“In addition to its assault on Windows Server and Exchange in office workgroups, Apple has also quietly released a paralyzing attack on Microsoft’s future server plans for home users. Disguised as the new AirPort Extreme wireless base station, it adroitly blows Microsoft’s plans out of the water months before any can even ship,” Daniel Eran writes for RoughlyDrafted.
Eran writes, “At the Las Vegas Consumer Electronics Show in January, Microsoft unveiled its plans for Windows Home Server, a centralized storage box aimed at home users who have data to back up and media files to share among PCs.”
When Microsoft visualizes a solution to a problem, it’s always a PC running Windows:
• Xbox is a PC running Windows for games
• WinCE is a small PC running a small Windows
• WebTV, Ultimate TV and Windows XP Media Center were all PCs running Windows as a DVR
Eran writes, “Unsurprisingly, the new Windows Home Server is a PC running Windows, albeit a version of Windows Server. It also serves as Microsoft’s latest conceptual product introduction in a long line of embarrassing failures that are unleashed every year at the CES tradeshow.”
Eran writes, “In contrast, Apple has designed products that solve some of the same problems as the plans offered by Microsoft every year, but in original ways that just make more sense.
• iPod made no effort to capitalize on rental DRM subscriptions
• iPhone made no effort to duplicate Microsoft’s spectacular failure with WinCE / Windows Mobile
• Apple TV blazes a trail unlike the unwieldy, expensive Media Center PC.
Eran writes, “In a similar fashion, the new AirPort Extreme delivers the idea behind Windows Home Server in a unique and different way that simply makes a lot more sense.”
Full article here.
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