Every new release of Mac OS X makes old hardware faster; the opposite is true of Windows

“We’ve been waiting over five years already for the successor to Windows XP, so we might as well wait a few more months for Microsoft to ship a secure, reliable operating system. The problem isn’t trying to meet the January 2007 release date. The problem is that after such a long delay, Microsoft must absolutely make sure Vista works. There’s nothing worse than taking five years, only to release a buggy operating system that just offers marginal improvements over Windows XP,” Wallace Wang writes for CNET.

“Rather than try to yank out more features to insure Vista ships on time, Microsoft should work on optimizing Vista. Every new release of Mac OS X from version 10.1 to 10.2 to 10.3 to 10.4 actually added new features while making my ancient G3 iBook faster at the same time. With Mac OS X, it’s a no-brainer to upgrade the operating system since you speed up an old computer while getting new features at the same time,” Wang writes.

“With Windows, the opposite is true. Each succeeding version of Windows needs more hardware and still runs sluggishly. Don’t even think about running Vista on a machine originally designed for Windows 98 or even one designed for Windows XP. Ultimately, no matter how long Microsoft takes to ship Vista, the fact that it won’t run on existing machines already means Vista is a failure,” Wang writes.

Wallace Wang is a freelance computer journalist and author whose books include “Microsoft Office for Dummies” and “Steal This Computer Book.”

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54 Comments

  1. What’s wrong with this picture from a strategy standpoint? Since Apple sells hardware, and Microsoft makes more money on an upgrade than on a system bundled with a new piece of hardware, you’d expect Apple to degrade existing systems, and Microsoft to speed them up so they can sell upgrades.

    Doesn’t anybody study marketing strategy anymore?

    Oy.

  2. Dude,

    The speed gain from 10.3 to 10.4 was pretty drastic, too. In contrast, MSFT has had years to “refine” their dog shit OS and all that happens is it gets more bloated and incomprehensible with each iteration. They want to keep the hardware box assemblers pimping Windows. The way to do this is to force new hardware on everybody.

    The ultimate truth: No one person at Microsoft knows what’s in Windows. In fact, no MSFT group does, either. That’s why they can’t get a coherent OS together.

  3. Personally, my first experience with X was on my (currently) defunct 15″ TiBook (screen hinge, before you ask).

    With 768MB of RAM, there was no speed decrease when moving to X, which I first did with 10.1. Each version thereafter improved that system until my somewhat clumsy colleague juggled it to death during its Panther incarnation.

    However, Wallace Wang is correct and I made this very point in another thread several days ago. The response from the visiting Windows trolls was “what was the obsession with running on slow, outdated hardware”. There are two observations here: a) if we can get Panther running on an underspec Bondi Rev. A iMac, then – by implication – that hardware is not outdated and b) why are Windows users obsessed with running on insecure, outdated operating systems.

  4. Preach it, Brother Wang!!!

    My Cube is going strong because of this very thing. I’m not even thinking of buying a new desktop yet (unless it goes kaput).

    I plan on upgrading when my Cube is 8 years old – summer 2008.

  5. I question the notion of OS X making the older Apple hardware faster.

    I have 2 Powerbook G3 (500Mhz and 400Mhz) notebooks. Each version of OS X that I install on them only makes them slower. Boot times gets worse. Applications take their sweet time starting up.

    I’ve done the permission repair procedure at least twice a day. I’ve also used many cache cleaners for OS X but they are still slow.

    I have upgraded the ram to the max (1GB) and installed a faster hard drive on both. I know there is a processor upgrade available for the Pismos but I’ll just wait for a new MacBook Pro.

    I maybe the only one having the problem. They are still usable so I’m happy.

  6. More Truth,
    You are 100% correct. But, Tiger is definitely faster than Pather on my machine, and I’m sure Leopard will be even faster. Let’s see how Vista runs on a 3 year old machine, let alone a 6 year old machine.

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