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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by orfanum on Fri 31st Jul 2009 13:42 UTC
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Microsoft will have a difficult time; Windows 7 ain't bad, and it gets in the way less than Vista did for me, and yet I am just no longer prepared to put up with the quirkiness of the Windows environment all round. I switched to a Mac for work recently because I'd had enough of having to ring in to IT support on almost daily basis. I had my doubts about the Mac, as I have posted before, it can end up feeling like a toy. When I switched, I was told I would get no other support than a connection to the network. Full of trepidation, I made the move. Result; a few teething troubles with the network on the supplier side *and that's it*.

What we have in a way is 'The end of OS", in a similar way to our having "The End of History" with the fall of communism in the late 1980s, early 1990s. All I mean by that is that we have long had a process of convergence, with computer hardware and OS combinations essentially furnishing us with the same functionality. It's how all these different companies approach the delivery of that same functionality that will make a difference: call it The Senate, call it The House of Lords, call it the Federation Council of Russia, an OS by any other name will smell as sweet, if it performs.

Apple the company does sometimes p*ss me off but Apple the product does what it says on the tin. Microsoft the company can also p*ss me off, but Windows on the ground is often the spilled contents of the tin, and you are trying to use the last drying pools of it just to get anything out of the experience. I try not to confuse these two aspects, and certainly consumers in the market do not seem to confuse them. Microsoft has to keep the lid on its product and make sure it has the ability to influence the experience its users have much, much more. With the current situation, it cannot. How it gets to that place will determine its future.

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