“I go to trade shows with a mission based on my view of what matters, which oft times yet entirely by chance fails to overlap with what everyone else considers important,” Tom Yager writes for InfoWorld.
“Consider my take on Macworld Expo. I think that the headliner there, although Mac heads will be loath to acknowledge it, will be Microsoft. It’s been four years since Office for Mac, the one piece of software that every professional Mac owner must have, has felt its creator’s touch. The new features in Office 2008 for Mac are almost incidental. Office 2008 is Universal, meaning that it runs natively on Intel and PowerPC Macs. Microsoft came by that honestly, using Xcode and Objective-C, accumulating expertise along the way that has made the developer staff blogs of Microsoft’s Mac Business Unit one of the very few I check out regularly,” Yager writes.
MacDailyNews Take: Tom’s gotta lay off the egg nog. There’s no way that Microsoft’s Office for Mac will be the headliner for Macworld Expo. Footnote, maybe. Give Apple’s free 30-day iWork ’08 trial a try today!
“Lest you think that I’m writing about Officeworld Expo, Macs built on Intel’s Penryn 45-nanometer Core 2 CPUs will roll out at Macworld. I’m selfishly hoping that a Penryn MacBook Pro will be first out of the gate,” Yager writes.
Yager also wants an eight-core Xserve, OS X Server virtualization sans GUI at the flip of a switch (or click of a button), and thinks that “the iPhone will be a star attraction as well.”
Yager predicts, “The 3G iPhone will make its bow,” which, of course, puts the kibosh on his belief that Microsoft will be Macworld Expo’s headliner. Yager also thinks that we might “see a hint of the iPhone/iPod Touch software development kit (SDK) that Apple plans to deliver in February.”
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