“Every computer user owes a great debt to Apple’s foresight and innovation. Apple popularized the graphical user interface we know today with overlapping windows, made the mouse a household word, and brought style and flash to the boring PC market,” Jim Louderbeck writes for eWeek.
“But Apple’s time in that market has come and gone. When it comes to servers, notebooks and desktops, the company is now a follower and a failure, not a leader. Luckily, the innovative company still has a bright future,” Louderbeck writes.
“What about the OS and software? Apple’s been rightly lauded as a leader in both areas. But not anymore. Apple’s OSX operating system is based on Unix, and now the company steals interface ideas from Microsoft, instead of Xerox. I love the new Expose quick-zoom feature on the desktop, but that’s hardly worth switching from either Windows or Linux,” Louderbeck writes.
“And what about Sherlock? The ultra-usable search tool that was supposed to take the Internet by storm? Google has been running rings around it for years,” Louderbeck writes. “When it comes to operating systems and software, Apple surely puts out a good product. But unlike in years past, it’s not much better than Windows. It’s not even the most talked about computer interface