Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 12th Dec 2012 23:18 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y "Sources familiar with the ongoing negotiations between Apple and Microsoft tell AllThingsD that the companies are at loggerheads not over the 30 percent commission Apple asks of storage upgrade sales made through SkyDrive, but over applying that same commission to Office 365 subscriptions sold through Microsoft Office for iOS, which is expected to launch sometime next year." iOS could end up being the only mobile platform without Office.
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RE[5]: So?
by henderson101 on Mon 17th Dec 2012 11:14 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: So?"
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Ah, semantics. Apple ran ads arguing that a Personal Computer must run Windows, and a Mac was a different product altogether. Agree?

Not really. A Mac is a PC.. *head explodes* This is a bit like the 1970's "Pepsi challenge" in the UK. At the time, Pepsi were not allowed to name another brand in their advertising, so they used the term "another leading cola". Equally, what would one call a consumer Windows PC if one wanted to remove the word "Windows(tm)" and were trying to be "generic"? Errr... PC. What would one Call a Macintosh branded personal computer if one wanted a similar level of simplicity? Mac. This is the common parlance, after all. No matter what the factual truth of the definitions are.

And the operating systems are converging - OS/X is becoming more like iOS (I hear),

OS X. It helps if you know what you are talking about. And, no, it's a long way away from iOS.

I run Android apps on my Linux desktop (precisely the same kernel, btw),

Arm or IA32/x64? With ARM we might believe you... with Intel you might run "some" apps with major caveats due to the native extensions being in ARM. But then again, Dalvik is a VM - running the majority of Android apps that make no use of the NDK is pretty straight forward, so long as you've ported the runtime. This is no different to running any Windows app compiler with MS.Net under Mono on Linux or Mac OS X.

and Windows 8 pretends to be the same on both (don't look at that processor behind the curtain!).

Both of what? Processor? No it doesn't. It does nothing more than LINUX does when you run a PowerPC distro, or BeOS did on both PowerPC and Intel or Android does on ARM, MIPS or Intel. You seem to have not gleaned the simple idea that one OS can run on different platforms quite happily. As an example, I used BeOS on PowerPC then Intel... I didn't think the Intel port was "pretending to be BeOS" because it couldn't run PowerPC apps. I also used Openstep on Intel hardware, but I didn't go around thinking that the 68000 or RISC based versions (SPARK/HP and fabled PowerPC) were imitations or pretending to be anything more than fully functioning ports. You comments seem pretty naive.

More importantly, people are increasingly choosing to buy mobile devices instead of Wintel PCs to do their personal computing.

Desktop PC's are struggling, but tablets have still got a long way to go before the oust Laptops. And the most popular Tablet I see commuting in the London every day is the iPad (iPad 1's, and the newer shape that could be a 2, 3, or 4 - not seen a mini yet.) I see as few Android tablets as to make them seem extremely niche and I have seem maybe 1 Blackberry Playbook and zero surface so far. I see more eBook readers, such as Kindles, than anything else though.

But it's semantics, so we could argue in circles all night. *shrugs*

You can argue in circles, but the circles seem a bit wonky from where I'm standing.

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