Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 28th Jun 2007 21:39 UTC, submitted by jayson.knight
Windows Microsoft is simplifying the processes via which its PC-maker partners will be able to provide 'downgrade' rights from Windows Vista to Windows XP for their customers. Microsoft will implement the first of the policy changes for its Gold Certified (top-tier) OEM partners within the next couple of weeks. The company will streamline downgrade-rights policies and procedures for the broader channel somewhat later, said John Ball, general manager of Microsoft's US Systems Group.
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The OSX updates 10.4 10.5 are the same as windows moving from Win2k (5.0) WinXP (5.1).

The mac does have service packs like windows 10.4.1 10.4.2 etc.. (SP1, SP2).

The main difference i have seen is that with every release on the Mac it gets quicker, where as every release after Win2k seems to get slower. Personally i think Win2k was the last great Client OS from Microsoft.

OSX is moving more and more as a viable platform simply because a lot of companies are now implementing their business logic and software on web platforms, accessible by any computer. It's as if the IT world has come full circle with the mainframes to client server and now back to mainframe type working (i.e. central computer (farm) provides the UI, processing and data storage.

Windows will never go away overnight and probably never will as although it has it's problems it works mostly well.

Microsoft is a strange company, if there's no competition they give up and release stale useless products. Give them competition and they work damn hard and provide some good stuff. I love Windows 2003 server i think it's a solid product, i don't really like Vista as there are far too many problems with it (network stalling, high memory usage) however because Mac OSX and Linux are now serious compeition i expect the release after Vista R2 to be very good.

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