Pioneer Press: Windows Vista shows ‘Apple is an innovation engine; Microsoft, not so much’

“I praise Microsoft’s new Windows Vista operating system, and I also curse it,” Julio Ojeda-Zapata reports for The St. Paul Pioneer Press.

“Vista certainly is pretty. PC users long used to the dowdy Windows XP will do a double take at Vista’s translucent images and groovy 3D effects. Vista also is crammed with powerful, useful new features, like lightning-fast file searching, photo organizing and movie-DVD burning,” Ojeda-Zapata reports.

“But after waiting five years — as in half a decade — for this thing, I think I should get something revolutionary, a PC operating system so astonishing it makes the competition look laughably primitive. The almighty Microsoft made this, right? So Vista — being released to consumers Tuesday — has to be jaw-droppingly superior, right? Well, it’s not. Vista hardly rocked my world during weeks of testing. It’s a fine Windows upgrade, but it’s also a shameless rip-off (and not quite the equal) of another major operating system, Apple Computer’s Mac OS X,” Ojeda-Zapata reports.

Ojeda-Zapata asks, “That begs the question: Why not just use OS X?”

“Those upgrading from XP likely will have to get a new computer anyway because Vista doesn’t work properly on most older PCs. So, instead of purchasing a Windows PC, they could — and typically should — get an Apple Macintosh computer running OS X,” Ojeda-Zapata reports. “Apple is about to release an OS X upgrade, nicknamed ‘Leopard,’ that will make Vista look archaic… It’s also important to note that Apple has offered OS X upgrades at roughly yearly intervals during the half-decade that Microsoft has labored on Vista. Apple is an innovation engine; Microsoft, not so much.”

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Rockin’ Rod” for the heads up.]

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41 Comments

  1. You know, this reminds me of that bit I did on Conan with all those Star Wars nerds. You know de one, where I got Spock to come out at the end and give them all de finger.

    Yeh-heh-hehesssssssss . . .

    Except in this case, he\’d be giving de finger to all the pathetic losers who buy Vista.

    Hey, I keed. I keed because they\’re lame.

  2. I agree with the article 100%, but does anyone notice the similarity to what MDN has written 100 times before? When the mainstream press starts sounding like MDN, you have to realize that civilization as we’ve known it is over.

  3. “Apple is an innovation engine; Microsoft, not so much.

    He should’ve wrote:
    Apple is an innovation engine; Microsoft, not at all – or does a cheap, copy engine account for anything?”

    How about, “He should have written?”

    Word police.

  4. Microsoft is beholden to giant corporations and many other tentacles they have deployed. They CAN’T innovate much without completely BREAKING the connection they have with a huge community of users, developers and more importantly sales organizations. Apple has more flexibility here but truthfully Apple faced similar challenges in the past and powered right through them. From the 68000 series chips to PPC to intel, from OS 9 to OS X, and several other changes less visible or at least less well known. It’s called Creative Destruction and nobody does it better than Steve Jobs.

    well worth reading

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creative_destruction

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