Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 31st Jul 2009 12:13 UTC
Microsoft With Apple doing really, really well, and with Microsoft having its first sets of negative figures since the company's founding, Microsoft CEO points his arrows towards Cupertino. In a talk to members of the press and analyst community, Ballmer talked about Microsoft vs. Apple.
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jweinraub
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2009-06-22

That is exactly what I am thinking. If you looked at Mr Balmber's description of Apple, he included high quality in his list of negatives from the high price point.

This is exactly the reason why Apple products are more expensive, not just because of their pretty looks, but their decisions not to cut corners as many of their Windows "partners" often do.

Microsoft should change their labelling requirements so that it meets a higher quality of product to be Windows 7 approved. Perhaps if their partners are making better, more Apple like hardware, it really doesn't matter about the O/S.

I have been using Windows 7, and find it to be a very nice operating system. However, it still isn't intuitive. I find it requires too many clicks just to get a static IP address on my laptop. They changed too much from 2000 and XP that they are trying to make it easier for new customers but they alienated the old ones in the process. Which is a very unMicrosoft thing to do. They touted when 95 first came out, they went to a local computer store and bought every software they had to make sure it would work properly. The fact that MS can support old, archaic software in an advanced operating system (compared to MS-DOS or Windows 3.1), is an amazing feat on its own. While that is MS's biggest strength is supporting legacy code, it is also their weakest link. Refusing to let go. Apple never did that, got rid of Carbon in favour of Cocoa, and after the moaning died down, people went back to work to make more great stuff. That is why OS X is so good, they trimmed that fat by removing old, crappy code.

On a side note, Microsoft already does make hardware (mice, keyboards, etc)., would it really be far fetched if they started making their own, or would Dell call foul? Imagine that!

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