Apple’s Schiller: Mac OS X Tiger ‘has created even more distance between us and Microsoft’

Apple will release Mac OS X Tiger at retail stores on Friday, April 29. The new software is expected to have an immediate impact on Apple’s revenue, according to Wall Street analysts.

“‘I think Tiger is going to be a far more important upgrade than previous versions,’ said Charles Wolf, a financial analyst with Needham & Company in New York, who holds shares of Apple. He estimated that there were about 20 million Macintosh computer users and that as many as 2 million to 3 million might be expected to upgrade their operating systems to Tiger within the next two quarters,” John Markoff reports for The New York Times. “That would generate more than $200 million in revenue for Apple and would easily cover the software’s development costs, he said.”

Markoff reports, “Tiger adds pressure on Microsoft, which is developing a new version of its Windows operating system called Longhorn. The Microsoft software is reported to have many of the same features as Tiger, but will not be available until next year. Apple executives said on Tuesday that they believed the new program gave them a significant technical lead on Microsoft, the world’s dominant software publisher. ‘This has created even more distance between us and Microsoft,’ said Philip W. Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president for worldwide product marketing. ‘We’re becoming a tiny dim red light in their headlights.'”

Markoff reports, “David Caulton, group product manager in for Microsoft’s Windows client division, said ‘Apple is obviously doing interesting stuff within a closed solution.’ By contrast, Microsoft, he said, prefers ‘to take on the problem of platform solutions with a lot of different partners.'”

“Both Apple and Microsoft have focused on adding file retrieval and graphics technologies to their operating systems. Analysts have said that this is partly a response to the growth of Internet search, which has transformed the way computer users hunt for information,” Markoff reports. “Apple’s new Spotlight retrieval feature automatically indexes information without regard to whether the information is in a word-processing document, spreadsheet, digital image or any other file type. Microsoft has a similar feature available with its MSN service and has said it plans to integrate it into Longhorn.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Microsoft sure says a lot about their plans, huh? Lots of talk, lots of plans, lots of hopes and dreams that sound like features from Apple’s Mac OS X Public Beta (released September 2000) and zero action. Microsoft is good at sending out stooges to mumble FUD about “closed solutions,” but how ’bout shipping something? Something that actually works well, is secure, and benefits its users’ productivity and not just Microsoft’s coffers, by the way?

Microsoft’s “Stillborn” — or whatever they call it — “is reported to have many of the same features as Tiger,” Markoff writes? Reported by whom, Bill Gates? Steve “Monkey Boy” Ballmer? John Dvorak, perhaps? Compare Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger’s features to whatever’s left in the vaporous and constantly shrinking “Longhorn” blueprint and it’s clear that Microsoft should just rename their stripped-down “Longhorn” to “Windows XP SP3” and release it for free.

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20 Comments

  1. Microsoft needs to understand that the most closed system of all is one that doesn’t actually exist.

    Until they finally ship something, they’re just huffing and puffing about theoretical possibilities.

    As they’re unable to build what they promise, their only strategy is to snipe and be negative.

    Microsoft’s spokespeople become more like the Iraqi Minister of Information every day, but without being so endearingly amusing.

  2. Wynn Suddenly,

    But Microsoft, in the person of Steve Ballmer, is in a Longhorn drawn carriage. And the Longhorn is laying down chewing its cud. So there is Ballmer, fiddling with the useless alternator he’s holding in his hands.

    Ready? Set? Go!

    The race is on. Tiger leaps forward, moving at Panther speed due to initial Spotlight indexing. Despite this handicap, he is way ahead of Ballmer who is going nowhere fast. Longhorn continues to lie there and chew his cud contentedly.

    Tiger completes the first round, and his indexing. With a great leap, he pounces on the Longhorn, killing it. Then he Dashes forward. Ballmer continues to fiddle with his alternator.

    With every round, Tiger dismantles Ballmer’s carriage. What’s the matter, Ballmer? Need an Automator instead of an alternator?

    On the round before last, Tiger pounces on Ballmer and gives him a big, wet, slurp; the alternator flying out of his hands. Then Tiger slowly paces through the last round as the crowds chant “Tiger! Tiger!”. Daintily, Tiger steps over the finish line, and the crowd goes wild! Ballmer continues to lie there in the dirt next to the remains of Longhorn. Steve Jobs proudly hands Tiger the prizes: a juicy steak (quite fresh and still warm), and the first PowerMac GCell. The crowd throws flowers as Tiger roars his victory to the heavens.

    That’s how far ahead Tiger is from Longhorn. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

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  4. Have you noticed that EVERY person at Microsoft that is allowed to publicly comment on Apple refers to it as a ‘closed’ system, as if their software was open to all. They always seem to include it in their comments. I wonder if it is a standing directive from on high.

  5. crazy larry:

    oh boy i bet he regrets ever saying those words, that was a very long time ago and the only thing thats changed is m$ has got worse

    hope M$ rot like the rumour a few months ago

  6. NoPCZone: it’s simply that the marketing function at MS has all of the product/business unit managers extremely well trained at staying “on message”.

    Now maybe if they spent as much time concentrating on managing the development of a stable, secure operating system and accompanying applications as they do being “media trained”, maybe they wouldn’t feel the need to be quite as defensive.

    However, at MS, propaganda has long since overtaken programming as the most important output of the company so I guess it can’t be helped.

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