“On Monday, Steve Jobs addressed thousands of Macintosh hardware and software developers at Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference. The clear message: the traditional Cold War between Mac OS and Windows is back on, and now it’s wearing spurs,” Andy Ihnatko writes for The Chicago Sun-Times.

“No kidding. Steve did everything but pound his shoe on the table and insist that his placement of iMacs in Cuba was merely a case of helping a brother revolutionary defend itself from industrial imperialism. Vista, the new overhaul of Microsoft Windows, will (dear Lord, please) finally be released in January, after five years’ worth of delays. Steve was keen on sharing Apple’s impartial opinion that Vista is but a shabby clone of Mac OS… last year’s Mac OS,” Ihnatko writes.

Ihnatko writes, “And Apple hasn’t exactly been sitting on its hands for the last 15 months. ‘Well, if you can’t innovate… impersonate,’ Apple’s VP of software engineering chided. And then the conference hall’s giant screens were filled with a photo of a fat Elvis.”

“Ouch,” Ihnatko writes. “They do have a point. If Microsoft’s current public beta of Vista and Apple’s sneak preview of Mac OS 10.5 (“Leopard,” promised for spring delivery) are anything to go by… Microsoft is in big, big trouble… Steve Jobs generated more genuine enthusiasm for Leopard in 90 minutes than Microsoft has generated for Vista in the last five years.”

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