“The tech media is working to pit Microsoft’s upcoming Windows 7 release against Apple’s new Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, but the two products aren’t really direct competitors.,” Prince McLean reports for AppleInsider.
“The following presents a historical overview of the competition between Apple and Microsoft in the operating system market leading up to this year’s face off between Windows 7 and Snow Leopard. While modern Macs can now also run Windows, Apple is the only PC maker to refrain from actually licensing it from Microsoft as an OEM; in contrast, Apple’s Mac OS X only legally runs on the company’s own premium PCs. That has enabled Mac OS X to differentiate Apple’s hardware from other PC vendors using easy to demonstrate software features and tighter hardware integration,” McLean reports.
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McLean continues, “The game is set for a rematch between Apple and Microsoft, with the Mac maker’s latest Snow Leopard due in the first half of the year and Windows 7 aggressively scheduled to arrive shortly afterward.”
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