Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Dec 2006 18:33 UTC, submitted by alcibiades
Microsoft "Microsoft Office isn't among the apps that will run natively on Intel-based Macs - and it won't be until the latter half of 2007, according to media reports. But when it does ship, Office will apparently be missing a feature so vital to cross-platform compatibility that I believe it will be the beginning of the end for the Mac version of the productivity suite."
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RE: Apple is getting squeezed
by asupcb on Mon 11th Dec 2006 14:30 UTC in reply to "Apple is getting squeezed"
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As has been discussed many times before Apple is a hardware and software company and it is dependent upon both its parts. Allowing clones nearly killed Apple last time and Dell and HP would probably make cheaper computers (both in price and quality) that would kill the Mac's reputation. Part of the reason OS X is so stable is that it runs on controlled hardware. Plus the number of Apple computers has been increasing as of late and therefore it shows that their model is working. Even if they never get more than 5-10% of the market that still represents Millions of sales a year.
I think expanding their international market support and allowing for easier internationalization would help expand their marketshare more than allowing clones and other such things. Apple needs to focus more on international markets such as Europe (and having more equal pricing and do a better job explaining price differences among countries) as well as advanced markets such as Japan and developing BRIC countries such as Brazil, Russia, India, and China. Apple needs to stop focusing only on the US for growth.
As for open-source support I agree that Apple could do a better job. I think they could start by adding ODF support to iWork and also they should add OpenXML support as well since many people depend on interaction with MS Office. Personally I am looking forward to KDE 4.0 and KOffice 2.0 for cross-platform support. I am a Windows user and I no longer use Linux because my campus has a MS Campus agreement in which I have already paid for the use of Microsoft products and I know how to properly secure Windows and therefore I have no need to use Linux instead for now because it doesn't increase my productivity in any way at the moment because my campus is dependent upon Microsoft software. I like Linux don't get me wrong but I would rather use that space on my computer for other things (such as WoW) plus I still run across sites that I need to access that only work properly on IE due to the fact that I am a political science major and a lot of government and political websites are IE-only.

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