“Why is virtualisation important? Because it has the potential to make operating systems irrelevant. This is, as you might expect, of some interest to Microsoft, which has gone out of its way in recent months to put its own spin on virtualisation,” Graeme Philipson reports for The Sydney Morning Herald.
“Operating systems are a vital component of modern computer systems. The operating system is the interface with the hardware – without them every application would have to include its own code for writing to and retrieving from disk drives, for printing, and for the many other housekeeping tasks we all take for granted,” Philipson reports.
“The hullabaloo surrounding Microsoft’s Vista, the messianic faith with which Macintosh addicts and Linux lovers defend their operating systems, the battle over the different flavours of Unix – all are testament to the power and the importance of the operating system. It is the operating system, more than anything, that defines a computer architecture,” Philipson reports. “Virtualisation shifts the paradigm.”
“It is virtualisation that allows people to run Windows applications on an Apple Macintosh,” Philipson reports.
“Microsoft is adopting a two-pronged strategy to try to head off the threat of virtualisation. It is belittling the latest virtualisation efforts, while at the same time developing its own virtualisation product, with vague promises that its own solution will be better,” Philipson reports. “It’s an old technique, known as ‘FUD’ – sow fear, uncertainty and doubt in people’s minds.”
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MacDailyNews Take: Why waste money on an OS-limited Dell or HP or Acer or Sony or any other personal computer than Apple’s Mac which is the only computer that can run everything? This is why Apple has created a robust library of Mac-only, best-in-class applications (iLife, iWork, Final Cut, etc.). Only on a Mac. The world’s largest software library runs only on Apple Macintosh.
Microsoft’s main source of revenue and profit (to fuel on-going money losers like Xbox, Zune, etc.) is WIndows (Office is the other) and most of their OS revenue comes from box assemblers like HP, Dell, etc. As people realize that they can get a Mac and run everything, the Dells of the world get hurt and, in turn, so does Microsoft – because not everyone will buy and run Windows on their Mac and those that do start out with their Windows insecurity blanket quickly realize that they want to use the secure, fun, and powerful Mac OS X instead. Embrace and extinguish. Windows-only sufferers who get Macs quickly develop the vision to see that Microsoft’s new clothes don’t exist; Windows is hopelessly outclassed by Mac OS X.
So, developers naturally work to give these users Mac OS X native product. It just gets worse for Microsoft. And Xbox and Zune aren’t going to make up the difference.
The end result: more Mac users, less WIndows users, and the Dark Ages of Personal Computing finally, inexorably come to an end.