The Telegraph: Apple blossoms as Microsoft wilts

“It has been a bumper year for the California-based [Apple]. More than three billion songs had been bought through the iTunes music store since 2001, and that 110 million iPods have been sold worldwide,” The Telegraph reports.

“Apple sustained the momentum by increasing the capacity of its iPod range, giving it a facelift, adding a new selection of pastel-coloured iPod shuffles, and introducing video-playback to a thinner, squatter iPod nano. Oh, and it launched a mobile phone,” The Telegraph reports.

MacDailyNews Take: Not-so-minor omission: Apple also released the iPod touch.

The telegraph continues, “In all the brouhaha surrounding the iPhone launch, it would be easy to miss one of Apple’s biggest successes this year – the upsurge in sales of its computers. Apple shipped more than two million Macs between July and September this year alone, a 34 per cent increase on those months last year… If Apple’s rise continues, it may soon be able to think about posing a more serious threat to Microsoft’s dominance.”

“Bill Gates’s company seems to have been caught napping, failing to get to grips with a consumer demand for flair, innovation and beautiful design,” The Telegraph reports. “But more worrying for Microsoft will be the backlash against its latest operating system, Vista, released in January. Its snazzy new graphical interface wasn’t enough to win over many consumers. Vista makes heavy demands of computers, and lots of people found it sluggish and bloated. Such was the lack of interest that Dell began to offer computers preloaded with the older operating system, Windows XP, as an alternative.”

The Telegraph’s Best of 2007: Apple iPhoneWhile there is definitely room for improvement, its intuitive interface and stunning good looks have set the standard that all future mobile phones will be judged by.

The Telegraph’s Worst of 2007: Windows VistaWhile it’s lovely to look at, this operating system can feel sluggish. It has perhaps shaken consumer confidence in the Microsoft brand, and goes some way towards explaining why Apple’s star is in the ascendancy.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Linux Guy And Mac Prodigal Son” for the heads up.]

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  1. What a great title… a double entendre on “Microsoft” as it wilts, becoming impotent….

    Maybe it needs some of that Viagra that so many spams go on about, spams sent mostly by compromised Windows zombie machines.

  2. I would like to know what the consumer market share is for OS’s.
    Reviews often lump business and consumer market hare numbers together.
    I bet Mac is making some important inroads in the consumer realm.
    Business is too political and has different influences, cheap and works are simply what is wanted in IT.
    At home you want something nice to work and play on.
    Enjoying my blacbook, not going to be happy if an aluminum 13″ gunmetal, slim macbook is released in January, ARGGGH!

  3. Innovation is not in M$ DNA. It will take years to change their corporate culture.

    By the time any real changes emerge, AAPL will be light years ahead. This is truly the beginning of the downfall for M$.

  4. The Telegraph can’t be serious. Another Apple puff piece for morons who don’t know any better.

    The only thing they got right was to mention Windows Vista’s “snazzy new graphical interface” is “lovely to look at.” So true. Vista is a work of art and it belongs in a museum. I’m basking in the warm glow of Vista right now, rocking the Aero interface on a Dell and it’s fantastic—from the window and dialog box transparency to the drop shadows. Beautifully rendered stuff. You’d think Crapple with their “Pro” apps background could do the same with their OS. Microsoft is at the top of their game and Apple should be scared. Suck it, MAC sheep.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  5. Yep microsoft is on a downward spiral.

    Anyone remember the ‘origami’ device they launch such bombed bibig time? It was supposed to be the ultimate handheld device, well it sucked.

    I just wish I bought Apple stock in the 1990s when Sj returned to Apple, it was selling for $24 a share.

  6. I still have not seen any good explanation of why the screen Steve put in the Touch is inferior to the one he put in the phone.

    My conclusion is he believes it causes a potential Touch purchaser to buy a phone instead. Wouldn’t that be just like him to do that? And, I’m sure that still another genius marketing ploy has succeed as they always do.

    Prediction: when the new gen phone is introduced next month, we will also hear a breathless announcement about the sudden, dramatic improvement in the resolution of the Touch screen. “Wow! Look what we’ve done for you. The new Touch ships tomorrow! And, if he’s honest will also say: “because we’ve had these things stored in our Chinese warehouses for months now and we need to get them to you.”

    Result: lots of early adopters of Touch will then own two and paid more for them than the phone would have cost but instead of being turned off by the manipulation, they will just be pleased that Cupertino had a “breakthrough” in new technology and made the Touch look as good as the phone.

    What suckers we all are.

  7. If Vista shook the confidence in Microsoft’s brand, what did millions of Windows XP virus infections do?

    How about well over 1/3 of all Xbox 360s dying on eager gamers? Did that hurt the Microsoft brand?

    How about Microsoft being a convicted monopolist? Did that take any shine off?

    There are many reasons we are Apple fan-boys. The biggest one is Microsoft’s incompetence.

  8. If Vista shook the confidence in Microsoft’s brand, what did millions of Windows XP virus infections do?

    Remember, Vista was supposed to fix everything, MS’s golden “we finally got it right” OS. MS failed to deliver, spectacularly. That’s the Magnitude 10 shake in confidence, the final straw.

    MS’s announcement that they’re already working on Vista’s successor, Vienna, is almost as bad as Vista itself. The market isn’t going to wait for another pipe dream of empty promises.

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