“In 2004, when Apple Computer showed off its latest ‘cat,’ Tiger, it couldn’t help but taunt Microsoft,” John Boudreau reports for The San Jose Mercury News.
Boudreau reports, “The Redmond, Wash., software giant was working on its long-awaited next-generation Windows operating system, Vista, known then as ‘Longhorn.’ During Apple’s annual developer’s conference in San Francisco, when its Tiger operating system was unveiled, the company jabbed at its mighty competitor with posters that read: ‘Redmond, start your photocopiers,’ ‘Introducing Longhorn’ and ‘Redmond, we have a problem.'”
“In roughly the same time frame that Microsoft has labored over Vista — its predecessor, Windows XP, was launched in 2001 — Apple is on the verge of rolling out its fourth Macintosh operating system,” Boudreau reports. “Microsoft, meanwhile, has delayed the release of Vista until early next year.”
“Critics and analysts credit Apple for its ability to continually innovate ahead of its much bigger rival. But unlike Microsoft, Apple has the advantage of controlling every level of the computing experience by making the hardware, as well. Apple can also keep the competition guessing until the last minute because, as a consumer-focused company, it does not have to show its hand until it wants to,” Boudreau reports. “Apple has created its own ecosystem. And its ability to continually create elegant products gives it an influence that far exceeds its relatively small size in the computing world. That’s why a new Mac operating system stirs up a buzz, from the blogosphere to Redmond.”
Apple plans to unveil its newest operating system, Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, at August’s World Developers Conference at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.”‘It’s going to be really exciting,’ Jupiter analyst Michael Gartenberg said. ‘This is going to be Leopard’s coming out party,'” Boudreau reports.
“‘There will be another round of, ‘Why can’t Microsoft get Vista out?’ which Microsoft would just assume [sic] not happen,’ said Greg DeMichillie, senior analyst with Directions on Microsoft, an independent research organization. ‘It’s a bit of an embarrassment for the company,'” Boudreau reports.
Boudreau reports, “Envisioneering Group analyst Richard Doherty believes Apple’s new operating system will put pressure on Microsoft. ‘Apple has been delivering compelling upgrades every 12 to 18 months since 2001,’ he said. ‘During that time, Windows XP has had a Service Pack, and that Service Pack has been more about fixing problems.'”
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