Computerworld: Apple exec disses Vista as no threat to Mac OS X Leopard

Apple Store“Apple Inc.’s CFO yesterday said Windows Vista is no threat to Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ and argued that the steep hardware requirements of Microsoft’s new operating system will give Leopard an opportunity to step in and grab more market share,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

Keizer reports, “Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in San Francisco, Peter Oppenheimer added that if history is any indicator, Apple would see a bump in revenue the quarter that Leopard — Apple’s name for Mac OS X 10.5 — is released. When asked to give a more specific ship date for Leopard, however, Oppenheimer declined, repeating only what Apple has said for months: ‘This spring.'”

Keizer reports, “As for how Leopard will stack up against Vista, Oppenheimer wasn’t shy: ‘We believe we have the superior OS on the market today, and [this] release will only extend that. With the features and functionally and stability and security of Mac OS X, I don’t really see Vista as a threat.'”

“Perhaps keying off one of the television ads currently in rotation, Oppenheimer took a shot at Vista’s hardware demands. ‘Since the hardware requirements for Vista require much of the installed base to buy a new PC, it gives [the] Mac an opportunity to be considered,’ he said,” Keizer reports.

Full article here.
Of course, Vista is no threat to Leopard. Or Tiger. Or Panther. Or Jaguar…

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  1. I am the only Mac user in my IT department. I am exceptionally familiar with Vista. I can honestly say that I am absolutely unimpressed with Vista. I have yet to see anything (aside from iSCSI support, which is coming in Leopard) that Vista can do that I have not been doing for two years with Tiger.

  2. How long does it take for a similarly-priced technology that nobody in their right mind could NOT see is leaps and bounds above the competition to actually trounce the competition?

    The answer to that question is now referred to by the experts on this subject (so far limited to myself) as the planet’s Techno-Dysfunction Index (TDI).

    The fact that we can’t even be sure that our TDI is a finite positive number is a sign of how truly screwed up human enterprise has become.

  3. How can Vista be a threat? It’s a 5 year old operating system and Leopard is an enhancement to the worlds newest,safest, and best operating system OSX. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />
    No comparison.

  4. I visited Dymocks, a large Sydney book retailer which has a large IT technical department with loads of software and every IT reference text known to man…

    Noticing a prominent stand with boxed versions of Vista close to the register I asked the sales clerk how Vista sales were going.

    “One or two sales only” he said. “The stock you see is basically what we had from launch date. We have sold one or two manuals about Vista as well but for the most part I think people are over upgrades.”

    I commented that I had heard bad reviews about Vista. “Well if you have heard them, so has everyone else.” was his response.

    When Leopard is launched the comparisons to Vista will be unavoidable. And in the consumer space Apple already has a significant market share, somewhere between 15% and 20% if you consider the market is split 70/30 between business/consumer sales and most (maybe 80% ?) of Apple sales are in the consumer space.

    It is possible that Apple may move to a majority share of new consumer business much faster than anyone thinks. People follow trends – and there is a lot of positive news about Apple.

    I can see an Apple Mac as the computer everyone desires to have, even if they can’t really afford it.

  5. >> I commented that I had heard bad reviews about Vista. “Well if you have heard them, so has everyone else.” was his response.

    Sales drones mincing their words like politicians, instead of just lying flat out as they were taught to do. What’s the world coming to?

  6. I was on the Apple Store site before and look at the new <a herf=””>”Which Mac are you?”</a> section. Or am I late to the party?

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