Apple ought to send Microsoft flowers and nice ‘Thank You’ note for Windows Vista

Apple Store“The tech company that really seems to be enjoying Microsoft’s new operating system is Apple,” Justin Lahart reports for The Wall Street Journal.

Lahart reports, “The Cupertino, Calif., computer maker has used Microsoft’s Vista, introduced in November for businesses and January for consumers, as an opportunity to make hay over the self-proclaimed superiority of the operating system in its own Macs. Microsoft doesn’t agree with that message, noting it has shipped 40 million copies of Vista for consumers. Still, Apple has the hotter hand. Mac sales were up 35% in the first quarter versus a year earlier. PC sales were up by 9%, according to research firm Gartner — a bit better than the prior two quarters, but below the average rate of the past three years.”

“‘Somebody in Cupertino ought to send flowers to Redmond and a nice ‘Thank You’ note,’ hedge-fund manager Jeff Matthews noted in his blog,” Lahart reports.

Lahart reports, “Consumers have been forced to buy Vista, because many computer makers no longer make consumer PCs configured for its predecessor, Windows XP. But FTN Midwest Research analyst Bill Fearnley Jr. reported that many computer sellers are now selling consumers business PCs that run XP.”

Lahart reports, “The hope, on Wall Street and in Silicon Valley, is that later this year Vista will start spurring sales. Given companies’ slow and steady purchase plans and consumers’ apparent lack of enthusiasm, that’s a pipe dream, says Pip Coburn of Coburn Ventures. ‘There are people who are disappointed now, and there are people who are going to be more disappointed,’ he says.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “LinuxGuy and Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

31 Comments

  1. “Lahart reports, “Consumers have been forced to buy Vista, because many computer makers no longer make consumer PCs configured for its predecessor, Windows XP. “

    Well, we know Lahart does not know what he is talking about. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

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    MDN word “stop” as in “stop the madness!” LOL

  2. Me bad with slow fingers this monday morning.

    “PC’s are “configured” should read PC’s are NOT “configured”

    Hope your monday is going better. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    MDN word “getting” as in, I guess I am gettin OLD. LOL

  3. Here we go again. Apple fanbois claim that Apple products are better because Microsoft makes can’t develop anything revolutionary and exciting. What does this mean? Well, obviously that Apple, er, Crapple, products stink less than Microsoft products. Hey, that’s a greater advertising slogan, “Crapple, we sell digital feces less stinky than Microsoft.”

    Ya know, I don’t buy any product because it is marginally less mediocre and somewhat less inferior than another. I want the best product. That should be Apple’s goal irrespective of Microsoft’s failures.

    This repeated and constant comparison of Apple to Microsoft only distracts Apple fanbois from the obvious problem that Apple has dropped the ball in OS development (i.e. Leopard delays). Well, I suppose that the truth will be known later this year. I hope that the wait will be worth the hype.

  4. @”Who cares?”:

    What the heck are you blabbering on about? If YOU can design a better OS/computer, then please do so, and maybe you’ll have a market for it. Until then, you obviously WILL buy a product that is the “least mediocre”, whatever that is, in your opinion, because you’re typing on something, now, aren’t you? Your argument is absolutely nonsensical and absurd.

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