“A high-ranking Microsoft executive has conceded that the initial release of Windows 7 will not lead to a significant increase in PC sales. According to senior VP Bill Veghte, enthusiasm over Windows 7 is likely to be ‘drowned’ by the macroeconomic environment,” Aharon Etengoff reports for TG Daily.
“‘History would tell us that generally as you ship a Windows release into the market – the bump is very modest. You will see a little bit, but it is modest,’ Veghte explained in a company webcast. “As the macro environment comes back, people will have to buy new PCs. People aren’t using PCs any less,’” Etengoff reports.
MacDailyNews Take: Yes they are, if you’re talking about Windows PCs, which we assume a Microsoft exec would be. Windows PCs are gradually and consistently losing market share to superior PCs: Apple Macs.
Etengoff continues, “It should be noted that Microsoft has done its utmost to convince skeptical Windows users that the latest iteration of its OS will ‘run better’ than Vista… Apple, however, remains utterly unimpressed with Windows 7 and has taken the opportunity to extol the virtues of its flashy Snow Leopard. Indeed, Phillip Schiller recently told a rapt WWDC audience that Windows 7 will include the same flawed technology that plagued Vista and earlier versions of the OS, including a registry file, DLLs and UACs.”
Etengoff reports, “Schiller also claimed that Apple had adopted a totally different approach with Snow Leopard by refining 90 percent of the more than 1,000 projects in Mac OS X.”
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: Snow Leopard is a US$29 upgrade for Mac OS X Leopard users. Plus, it’s such an easy upgrade that even your Aunt Edith could pull it off with aplomb. With history as our guide, “upgrading” from Windows XP to Windows Vista service pack, er… “Windows 7″ will be expensive and difficult, if not impossible. “Life Without Walls” precludes the need for Windows. Get a Mac.
[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader "The Other Steve" for the heads up.]