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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Its about time
by vikramsharma on Fri 31st Jul 2009 13:09 UTC
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2005-07-06

The strategy behind the switch ads of Apple was to make people switch from Windows but from Windows based Computers to Mac Platform. Apple is a hardware company, they are not selling Operating System that can run on any other hardware other than an Apple branded computer, also Apple provides drive partitioning tool (Bootcamp), drivers; 32 as well as 64 bit so that the users of Intel based Apple computers can use Windows. Apple is in no competition with Microsoft here, Apple is competing with HP, Lenovo, SONY but not Microsoft. Apple switching to Intel was a good thing for Microsoft as it lead to increase of their user base. Steve Ballmer should see Apple as a potential partner in business rather than a rival. Vista ran best on the Mac when it was introduced, doesn't that say something. Plus even if Apple gained market share, lets say Apple's market share becomes 10%, the number one application sold/sought after on the mac is Microsoft Office.
People should just get over their personal

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RE: Its about time
by mabhatter on Mon 3rd Aug 2009 01:32 in reply to "Its about time"
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2005-07-17

The strategy behind the switch ads of Apple was to make people switch from Windows but from Windows based Computers to Mac Platform. Apple is a hardware company, they are not selling Operating System that can run on any other hardware other than an Apple branded computer, also Apple provides drive partitioning tool (Bootcamp), drivers; 32 as well as 64 bit so that the users of Intel based Apple computers can use Windows. Apple is in no competition with Microsoft here, Apple is competing with HP, Lenovo, SONY but not Microsoft. Apple switching to Intel was a good thing for Microsoft as it lead to increase of their user base. Steve Ballmer should see Apple as a potential partner in business rather than a rival. Vista ran best on the Mac when it was introduced, doesn't that say something. Plus even if Apple gained market share, lets say Apple's market share becomes 10%, the number one application sold/sought after on the mac is Microsoft Office.
People should just get over their personal


the problem is that Microsoft needs to own the whole pie rather than being a team player. They made the play for OEMs and Businesses to have total dependency on them in the 1990s and now they have to deliver the 20% growth they "promise" to the OEM customers or Linux starts to look really good. Microsoft just shot it's foot with the buy a PC ads that computers are supposed to be cheap as possible... while Apple laughs all the way to the bank.

The real problem accomplishing that goal is that news last week that Apple gets 91% of retail dollars in $1000+ computers. So in the real world if they hand people on camera $1100+ 90% of those dollars will go to Apple. Realize how top-heavy Apple's market is when they're the size of a company like Acer at retail... and Apple is selling ALL computers over $1000. The question is why are "Microsoft's" OEMs are so badly represented.... because that's the "honey pot" where profits are made, not the bottom feeding, cut-throat sales. Even MS Office on Mac is sad product for Microsoft OEMs because while OEMS are selling Office for $149 bundled with computers for small business, Microsoft is making $400 from Apple business/pro users every time... meaning again the Apple store selling it is getting a bigger cut per copy than companies like Dell or HP.

Apple has a good gig going selling the "full experience" and they're doing well rolling their own platform. Obviously it's working because everybody is wanting to run their software on other platforms and doing all sorts of hocus pokus to get it to work.... again it's just advertising for businesses and professionals to just buy a mac. I see Dell or HP or Acer really wanting to go "off the MS island" because it's not bringing in the dollars in PC sales... Dell is already venturing out to Ubuntu, Acer and HP dabble in Linux support too. in some ways MS is starting to find its way back to its "place" as a "parts" supplier for PC makers.. it's a good thing when OEMs feel the need to reach out for a "third choice" there's something ready to go.

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