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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There is no such thing as "OS X market". If you look backward, the degree how Apple lock down users by OS X is much less how Sun locked down users by Solaris. And what would happen? Solaris is replaced by Linux. It is nonsense to let Sun open its Solaris market because 1) it is not a market by single product, 2) no one was actually locked down and people move to Linux easily. To defeat Solaris or to defeat OS X, you just choose another product or make a better alternative. If there is still no better alternative, that's it! If there is still no better alternative and you can't prove it is Apple's any conspiracy to prevent it from appearing, that's it! Nothing to complain. You can't ask for a product to be open or invite competition by simple say "oh, there still no better alternative".

If Apple one day make Mac poor in user experience, user will be just ten times easier to move to other OS than how easy Solaris users moved to Linux. People just choose their product by quality and no one have right to enforce a good product to be open, though I think a product is both open and good is really attractive.

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