Microsoft’s Windows Vista is basically Microsoft’s version of Mac OS 9.3

“Apple is very good at maintaining degrees of freedom. Flexibility, problem solving, and fast responses are the same virtues that one needs in war in order to win. Of course, these aren’t the only virtues. Good communication, intelligence gathering, and efficient logistics are also required,” John Martellaro writes for The Mac Observer.

“Thinking about Apple, I recall of the degrees of freedom they have maintained for themselves as a company so that they can engage in discovery. Steve Jobs sees the computer industry as everyone else does, but thinks thoughts that no one else has thought. It’s not an engineering approach to problem solving. (That’s left to the real engineers on the Apple campus.) Steve does the grand scale problem solving,” Martellaro writes.

Martellaro writes, When an organization as a whole digs in and fights the war against Internet assailants with Windows, there is a certain amount of inflexible thinking. ‘Microsoft supplies all the business software we need, our MSCE certified people are not familiar with Apple products, we can’t afford distractions from the war, and so keep those patches coming so we can make our system incrementally better and better!’

“Worse, Microsoft makes you pay a heavy financial penalty if you even think about changing the game. Your loss of flexibility maintains their cash flow and, conveniently, makes you feel that you’re accomplishing something,” Martellaro writes.

Martellaro writes, “As we know, there is no light at the end of this tunnel. Microsoft never made the big commitment [with Windows Vista], never bit the bullet like Apple did in the transition from Classic/legacy Mac OS 9 to Mac OS X. Microsoft, because they had too many constraints, too few degrees of freedom, too many business commitments and concessions, too much technology locked up in the old APIs and kernel design, never made that leap. And so Vista is basically Microsoft’s version of Mac OS 9.3. Pretty snazzy. Cool graphics. Slightly better security. But basically deficient, built on a poor foundation, and not able to confidently face the war against Internet assailants with a new footing and a new technology.”

Martellaro writes, “In summary, Apple’s focus on degrees of freedom, inspired problem solving, and a modern approach to OS security has allowed them to win on multiple fronts. They provide their customers with the technologies they need to win their own wars. Conversely, those who engage in the eternal, incremental, war-patch mentality will find themselves hard-pressed to win any endeavor, any war.”

Much more explanation and detail in the full article here.

[John Martellaro is a senior scientist and author. A former U.S. Air Force officer,he has worked for NASA, White Sands Missile Range, Lockheed Martin Astronautics, the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and Apple Computer. During his five years at Apple, he worked as a Senior Marketing Manager for science and technology, Federal Account Executive, and High Performance Computing Manager. His interests include alpine skiing, SciFi, astronomy, and Perl. John lives in Denver, Colorado.]

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  1. This is the thing with Vista, let’s be extremely generous by assuming the best, we say that it’s good to use and far more secure than XP. Fine. Let’s assume that they get their next operating system out the door a bit sooner, say 3-4 years. all well and good. Even with those optimistic assumptions does anyone really have the slightest bit of confidence that Vista is robust and advanced enough to survive long enough for them to eventually make a shift like Apple did to go to OS X? Is the increase in security enough to hold out against the myriad of threats that will be thrown against it? Not a chance. And that’s ignoring the fact that things aren’t even that rosy and that it’s basically XP in a fancy jacket.

  2. Vista has been confirmed that it is only a “interm” upgrade to windows XP. It was never ment to REMAKE the windows OS. The next version of Windows is supposed to be totaly re-written.

    of course who knows when and how and if it will be any good, and still light years behind OSX, or maybe OSXI by then, however everyone keeps thinking Vista is going to be a MAJOR release, but its not.

    If i can find the link to the explination of Windows releases Ill post it here, but you guys should look for yourselves, i am 100% positive this is true.

  3. It’s a different mind set. I’m on an email list where there are people who believe that their 1992 software should run fine on their new systems. No upgrading, nada. They just expect their old applications to work. That is the problem Microsoft has. They won’t draw a line in the sand and say “OK, from this point on, we will only support Applications written for Vista. Anything non-Vista will work, in emulation, sorta. We can’t guarentee it. Ask your software vender to update their software.”

    That is what Apple did. It drew a line, gave users of the old applications a way to use their stuff while waiting for their favorite software to get updated.

  4. Nice summary he gives us:

    Windows is ‘basically deficient, built on a poor foundation, and not able to confidently face the war against Internet assailants with a new footing and a new technology’.

    Apple ‘provide their customers with the technologies they need to win their own wars’.

  5. “Originally, internal sources pitched Blackcomb as being not just a major revision of Windows, but a complete departure from the way we have typically thought about interacting with a computer. While Windows Vista is intended to be a technologies-based release, with some added UI sparkle (in the form of the Windows Aero set of technologies and guidelines), Vienna is targeted directly at revolutionizing the way we interact with our home and office PCs.”

    you can find this information:"Vienna"

  6. I’ve been saying the same thing ever since it was determined that XP wouldn’t be the clean break with old technologies as was originally intended. Microsoft is heading for a marketshare decline but it will be limited to non-business machines initially.

    If, with their next major effort, they try hard to leave users behind (people still running and happy with Windows 98 are NOT going to upgrade to Vista, Microsoft, deal with it) and concentrate on creating something lean and mean, they have a shot at the future, but they WILL piss people off… wait, they already piss people off, so no loss!

  7. Interesting. Microsoft’s approach to software development and technical problems mirrors the US government’s approach to the war in Iraq and the fight against terrorism. Every little success is taken as progress when in fact no progress is being made at all.

  8. “The way for Apple to win is to be very, very good at what it does.” – Steve Jobs, MacWorld, 1997
    (or words approximately to that effect). And Apple has shown itself to be very, very good at what it does, OS X being a prime example. I doubt Vista or any succeeding version of Windows will ever be as good as Apple’s productions.

  9. For noticing this, I was not going to bring it up because political flame wars erupting, but . . . we can’t afford distractions from the war, and so keep those patches [new novel justifications] coming so we can [“win the war in Iraq”] make our system incrementally better and better!’

  10. I think it helps that Steve has the support of the Mac Faithful, in that when he makes a drastic decision to make a change–OSX or to the Intel Chip–we trust him from past experience to know it’s going to be for the better and we support (and anxiously await) it because we know it will be insanely great and better than what we’ve had before. So we agree to do minor suffering through the Beta of it.

    Windows users know all hell will break loose with a big change and it will not be for the better. So they are terrified of change since there is nothing in it for them that is that much better–if not worse even after enduring the beta.

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