Mac vs. Windows war rages on

“The firewall between Apple enthusiasts and Microsoft Windows users has remained largely impenetrable over the past two decades. Incompatibility is not just a hardware-software issue, either,” Joseph P. Kahn writes for The Boston Globe. “There are Mac guys (and gals), and there are PC people. One camp might be graphics-crazy, the other price-conscious. But most choose one system and stick with it — to the point that Mac fans are often likened to religious cultists, whereas Windows-philes, who outnumber Mac-ies nearly 10 to 1, have made Bill Gates the richest man on the planet.”

“It’s hardly a fair fight, given the numbers. But the battle for users’ hearts, minds, and screens rages on, with the latest skirmish promising to be among the most bare-knuckled ever,” Kahn writes. “Driving this conversation from websites to water coolers is Apple’s recent introduction of its new Tiger operating system (no relation to the golfer), which tech-heads and industry analysts are hailing as the slickest, most user-friendly computer program yet. Tiger’s bells and whistles are many, including a desktop search feature that allows users to surf for files, applications, and e-mail from one location; an enhanced Web browser; mini-applications, known as Widgets, that multitask with a single mouse click; and an Automator program that rapidly does many functions only done manually on a standard PC.”

Full article here.

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33 Comments

  1. “mini-applications, known as Widgets, that multitask with a single mouse click; “

    I’ll let this speak for itself. Oh, and he called Tiger a computer program…

  2. Operating systems are still computer programs. Or did you think they were movies? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”big surprise” style=”border:0;” />

  3. I’m a recent home switcher (been working on Mac at work for 7 years).
    My parents are about to switch.
    My brother is about to buy his first computer (a Mac of course).
    I’ve gotten two coworkers to buy mini’s.

    And I’m working on converting the rest of our office over to Mac from the Deal-Of-The-Day PC’s we now use…

    MW=purpose… no explanation necessary

  4. This is so true I know of several people who are planning on getting Mac’s for a new computer instead of a PC. The masses are coming slowly but surely.

  5. Okay, let’s look at this again:

    which tech-heads and industry analysts are hailing as the slickest, most user-friendly computer program yet.

    No, they’re hailing it as the slickest, most user-friendly OPERATING SYSTEM yet. Computer programs are a superset of operating systems…

  6. At least he didn’t compare Apple’s new operating system to some third-tier electronics mail order business… that would have been horribly confusing and might have been grounds for a lawsuit. Oh, wait… never mind. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  7. Oh yea, almost forgot.

    Just got back from doing some recon’ over of at Best Buy re: Mac Mini being sold in their stores. What I wanted to find out was:

    a. Were they in fact in the store in a visible location and set up properly for the viewing public (not in some corner with keys missing like Compusa)

    b. Were the sales reps trained and motivated to sell Macs

    Well as to a: The location was choice but the setup had a lot to be desired, i.e. a mish-mash of parts connected to the Mini, mostly leftover pc parts

    And for b: The sales reps to a man said they are “more pc guys” and said they couldn’t show me much on the Mac. But “hey you could put one in your car; it’s so small”.

    Market share gains through big box channel? NOT

    Cheers!
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