Forrester Research Analyst: ‘Windows is good enough for most people’

“Everybody steals from Apple Computer Inc. Or so the thinking goes in the Mac community. Ever since Microsoft Corp. introduced Windows 1.0 in 1985, there has been a ceaseless chorus from Mac users accusing the software giant, based in Redmond, Wash., of pilfering Apple’s best ideas and poorly implementing them for mass consumption in successive versions of its operating systems,” writes David Zeiler for The Baltimore Sun.

Zeiler continues, “Mac users had their dander up again last week after Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates introduced a prototype called Athens, built by Microsoft and Hewlett-Packard Co., at the WinHEC (Windows Hardware Engineering Conference) event in New Orleans… Hardware and software development had at times been ‘a little out of sync,’ Gates said. ‘The best way to advance the state of the art is to work even more closely, always starting from the customer’s perspective and focusing on the combination of hardware and software that works best to create an innovative and compelling PC,’ he said,” Zeiler reports.

“The notion of designing computer hardware and software in tandem is, indeed, a terrific idea, but Microsoft and HP are late in embracing it. Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., has been designing personal computers that way for 25 years…”

Josh Bernoff, an analyst for Forrester Research Inc. in Cambridge, Mass. told Zeiler, “There’s enormous pressure on Apple to continue to innovate. Everything they do gets commoditized by somebody else and all the profit driven out of it… Windows is ‘good enough’ for most people.”

A great article from Zeiler can be found in its entirety here.


  1. I think one thing that alot of people like about Windows is that many applications by default take over the entire screen. Looks less cluttered (event though it’s messier in other areas) and gives insecure users a sense of, well, security. Apple should have this as an optional mode (along with a dock that can be set up to stretch across the entire length of the screen). This and some kind of scroll-wheel on the mouse

  2. heh, BMW for just a little more than a Ford? ummmm…can someone tell me where this guy is buying his BMW? Granted I would never buy an American car, but some cars, ahem, BMW, are just not worth the money, You want quality with a decent price, Japanese is the way to go. If you have the money, sure go BMW…For my money though, I’d rather spend it on something else that’s not going to suck my money dry when it comes time to repair.

    But since this is a mac forum, granted Windows has a long way to go, but as I said before:

    1.) Windows isn’t as bad as some peeps make it out to be
    2.) Mac OS X isn’t as good as some peeps make it out to be.

    I use both platforms and both have their advantages and disadvantages. The lack of customization for Macs is utterly appalling. Of course someone is going to say the G4 is plenty fast, I think not. The G4 might be faster MHZ for MHZ, however, it just doesn’t measure. Let’s hope the G5 saves Apple.

  3. What’s also scary is the calm acceptance of a vicious, avaricious monopoly (Micro$oft) that has survived through corrupting the tech, political, and business world by imposing an inferior standard that limits choice. That those who pride themselves on their independence and objectivity have embraced it with zeal, well—

  4. There is a big hole in your discussions. People don’t buy PCs because the BOX is cheaper than a Mac but because they don’t have to buy any software. The Mac is only a little more than a wintel box, but start adding in all of the software these weasals can’t steal from work for the machine at home and now you are talking about a lot of money.

  5. Chomper. don’t sell all america made cars short. there are many good ones. And that guy was not saying that you can find BMWs for just a little more than a Ford. He was saying that if you COULD get a BMW for just a little more than a Ford (as in, an apple comptuer costs only a little more than a comparable dell…), wouldn’t you take it? so then why not spend the little extra to get an apple.

    It’s a shame that so many ideas have been “stolen” from apple, but theoretically, that should help the computer market grow and blossom. What always blows me away is how many people acknowledge the many strengths of Macs and lament their problems with windows, yet go out and buy a shiny new Dell.

    oh, and the numbers quoted for R&D for Apple and Microsoft tell us nothing. To compare, we need to see how much Apple and Microsoft spent on R&D for specific things like their OS. Afterall, Microsoft has a LOT more going on than Apple. The R&D for the xbox alone is probably a huge chunk of that budget.

    Now that the public is getting more informed about computers and OSs, and since Apple has proven to the world recently that they are the best tech innovators out there, all they really need to do is make their computers decently faster than PCs. Then, their market share will start creeping up at a good rate. The last time Macs were considerably faster than PCs, the general public didn’t know what a megahertz was, let along understand the “megahertz myth.” just my opinion.

  6. Forester Research is used by mediocre? peole inside large organizations to CYA. The kind of people that are truly average and are not ever going to rise above middle management. They cant think for themselves. Thats why they pay (their comapanies) big bucks for Forester.

    You expect these people to see a need for anything more than mediocre? No! They drink Budwieser, Eat at Chili’s and think CLub Med is Excotic.They choose WIntel, becuase everbody else does.

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