“The news that Microsoft’s support for the next-generation of BIOS, called the United Extensible Firmware Interface, will wait for a couple of years or so, was a welcome, but unexpected break for the Macintosh community,” David Morgenstern writes for PC Magazine. “The technology bragging rights against Windows and the commodity market for PCs can continue. When Steve Jobs last year told the world that Apple Computer machines would run Intel processors, a collective sigh of defeat went through the Macintosh community. The pioneer spirit was dead.”
Morgenstern writes, “The new MacBook Pro’s big new feature is MagSafe, a magnetic power connector that can keep your notebook on the table instead of being pulled onto the floor. It’s novel and a great idea, but is it enough for Mac users to crow over? Now, here comes Microsoft to the rescue… EFI is supposed to make our systems more stable and fast. Apple credits the fast boot of its new Intel models to EFI… In so many ways, Windows users keep receiving the leftovers or technology hand-me-downs from the Macintosh. Longhorn looks to be more of the same, from the hardware to the software. As Mac users gain the benefits of EFI over the next couple of years, Windows XP and Vista users won’t. That is a simple equation, and one that Mac customers can cheer about.“
Full article here.
MacDailyNews Take: “A collective sigh of defeat?” “The pioneer spirit was dead?” “MacBook Pro’s big new feature is MagSafe?” Microsoft “rescuing” Apple by sticking to legacy BIOS thereby providing “technology bragging rights?” No. No. No. And no. What bunch of utter nonsense! It’s the OS and the software, stupid. Morgenstern must have dashed off this compendium of idiocy on his daily trip aboard the short bus.
MacDailyNews Take (updated 12:02pm EST): After reading the full article on eWeek (the original take above was based on a truncated excerpt from PC Magazine), we have added the bold text to the last paragraph of our quote from Morgenstern. We’ve changed the headline and the link to the full eWeek article. While we don’t think EFI is a great ‘bragging right’ for the Mac – it probably won’t sell one more Mac than would otherwise have been sold – it is yet another advantage for Mac OS X over Windows. Obviously, reading the entire article has changed our opinion of Morgenstern’s piece. For not seeing the link and for not reading the full article before commenting on it, we have scheduled a ride on the short bus for ourselves later today.
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