“The Microsoft chairman [Bill Gates] drew guffaws [at a meeting of business journalists on Monday] when he took a dig at Apple Computer Inc. in response to questions about the rave reviews the competitor’s newest operating system, Mac OS X ‘Tiger,’ received upon release last week,” Frank Bajak reports for The Associated Press
“The overwhelming consensus was that Tiger was far and away the best consumer operating system available now, with Microsoft not expected to match it in features in Windows until the end of 2006 at the earliest in its ‘Longhorn’ system,” Bajak reports. “Gates said he was pleased that the media were getting excited about computer operating systems. And then he took his jab at Apple, whose share of the consumer market is nearly 4 percent. ‘You can always tell if you’re working on a Mac or a PC. Just take your applications and stick them in there and see if they run,’ he said, moments after calling Apple ‘the super-small market share guy.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: “You can always tell if you’re working on a Mac or a PC. Just take your applications and stick them in there and see if they run.” Gates is correct. If it crashes and blue-screens, it’s a Windows PC. If it runs and just works, it’s a Mac.
Market share, folks, that’s all they have. It’s all they’ve ever had over the Mac. By the way, there are 18,456 Macintosh-specific software items in Apple’s Macintosh Product Guide. What Gates neglects to mention, of course, is that Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger operating system, iMovie, iDVD, iPhoto, iChat AV, Safari, GarageBand, and many other award-winning, best-in-class applications don’t run on Windows PCs. Perhaps Apple Mac users should decide not to stick Microsoft software in their Macs anymore? Hey, we’ve got an idea, why doesn’t Gates stick Longhorn in his PC and see if it runs? Oh yeah, that’s right, it doesn’t exist.
Gates has the odor of fear about him. It’s not about money, it’s about winning with Gates and Jobs. And it’s Jobs who’s destined to win, not Gates. History rewards the originals, the innovators, those who strive for excellence; not the fakes, the copiers, and those who roll up sales with mediocre products to a confused, technophobic public. People are waking up. Personal computing is emerging from infancy and the public is becoming more educated and discerning. Sometime in the not-so-distant future, the world will look back at the fact that Microsoft Windows once held 95% market share for computer operating systems and more than just mere guffaws will be heard.
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