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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95 Comments

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. To those who watch, this has been apparent for years.

    Innovation is in Apple’s DNA… from their first home-built computer, to the Macintosh, to the iPhone. Apple had ups and downs, but they ALWAYS innovated.

    Microsoft grew out of a combination of craftiness and ruthlessness. To WIN was their goal. Winning above ALL.

    You can’t win forever.

    The Mac and Mac OS was ALWAYS years ahead of anything churned out by MS. When I read comments about how crappy Mac OS 9 was… compared to what? Tiger? Okay. But Windows 95 or 98 or XP? LOL! Sure, OS 9 could be a bit finnicky, but it worked well. CLEARLY these are people who didn’t or NEVER used it.

    There’s one thing that’s forgotten. Steve Jobs lost a few times… being booted out of Apple, the failure of NeXT in the marketplace… and he LEARNED from it.

    Microsoft never lost. But then, after they signed that first contract with IBM they never really learned to compete and certainly not on level ground.
    Crush or starve the competition? Sure.
    Strong arm your “partners”? Sure.
    Keep products afloat on rivers of cash? Sure. But is that competing.?

  4. os 9… compared to win9x? realistically, that’s a bit tough. os 9 from my experience was much more stable than 9x, but 9x had one thing going for it that os 9 didn’t – real multitasking. it also had better developer support (firefox 2 still runs on windows 98, and even win95 with a few updates – and i realize this isn’t an inherit flaw with the os itself, but it still matters at the user end that i’d be stuck with netscape 7 or ie 5), and os 9 didn’t have the option of opening folders within the same window unless you were in list view. even so, os 9 looked a lot nicer and was quite a bit more stable… but that wouldn’t have been enough to switch me back then. os x came around and changed everything, and i haven’t looked back since. just thought i’d throw my experience with the two out there. =)

  5. Also from that article: “…the iTunes store has only a limited range of TV shows and films – and they’re over-priced.”

    Huh? I thought NBC/Universal et al said they were too cheap!

    Who’s the greedy one, eh?

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