Computerworld: Apple is the new Microsoft

“Don’t look now, but the role of the industry’s biggest bully is increasingly played by Apple, not Microsoft,” Mike Elgan writes for Computerworld.

“The most vociferous Microsoft haters slammed the company for being a greedy industry bully that used its monopolistic, clunky, copycat operating system to force software on users and coerce partners into unfair licensing deals,” Elgan writes.

“Don’t look now, but the role of the industry’s biggest bully is increasingly played by Apple, not Microsoft. Here’s a look at how Apple has shoved Microsoft aside as the company with the worst reputation as a monopolist, copycat and a bully,” Elgan writes.

Elgan doles out some real whoppers in his mess, including calling iTunes “the most nonintuitive application” on his Windows PC. Come on, Mike, get real. He complains that you can’t use an Apple iPod to listen to TV sound that gyms broadcast over FM radio when, of course, you can easily do so: iPod Radio Remote. Elgan even says Apple “stole the name for its iPod Touch product, according to HTC.” There’s much more similar baloney in the full article.

Elgan’s piece ends with, “My point isn’t that Apple’s growing bad reputation is deserved, but that Microsoft’s wasn’t.”

Full article, Think Before You Click™ (unless you want some laughs and wish to reward Elgan and his publisher), here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Dwayne” for the heads up.]

Elgan’s piece ignores a multitude of facts and history, not to mention copious legal testimony and verdicts. Bottom line: Elgan’s piece is simply a quest for hits from a Microsoft apologist.

Let us know when Apple threatens some other company that they’ll need the “knife the baby” in order to continue receiving a critical product or support from Apple, okay, Mike?

78 Comments

  1. …there is this little thing about eliminating eye soothing matte screens for harsh and eyestraining glossy ones.

    Not listening to users needs for both.

    I say that qualifies as Microsoft like behavior because I can’t just pickup for another hardware vendor for a mid range machine.

    Outside of that, no. Apple isn’t really bad at all.

  2. “Computer world is the new toilet paper?”
    How in the hell can any body compare YOGOs with Rolls Royce?
    They must be out of their mind, not jsut becuse both cars have 4 weells means that they are going to do the same job, the same way, and they are going to last the same and you will fell the same driving any of the, etc….
    Apple made good products and they are growing because people actually WANTS their products. People who buys microsoft computes (OK, PCs with windows) are ignorants, with very low budget or they must use it becuse they are obligate in their companies. (pardon my spelling, but I write this with a crappy windows computer).

  3. By the way…
    Does any body knows where can I report a crappy apple seller? I have a huge problem with a store in Menterrey mexico called “Mac Gic”, they sell a old, used computer, and also a defective macbook to a friend, and they did not wanted to give us the warranty for that. Is there a phone number or email to report this problem?

  4. As the technology sector evolves, Microsoft has had a hard time adjusting. The only thing keeping them going is their monopolistic market position. As MS Office becomes marginalized and their bloated operating system sinks under it’s own weight, smaller, more nimble competitors have the edge.

    Without clicking the link, his list of complaints is nothing compared to what Microsoft has done in the past 15 years. No need to list them here.

  5. “…there is this little thing about eliminating eye soothing matte screens for harsh and eyestraining glossy ones.

    Not listening to users needs for both.

    I say that qualifies as Microsoft like behavior because I can’t just pickup for another hardware vendor for a mid range machine.

    Outside of that, no. Apple isn’t really bad at all.”

    Maybe you should start a petition to persuade Apple to provide a matte sceen option for their MacBooks and iMacs.

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