WIndows Vista service pack, er, ‘Windows 7’ vs. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard: Who’ll finish first?

“Both Microsoft and Apple are hard at work on the next versions of their respective operating systems. Both companies are in crunch time, coming down to the wire on completing these big software projects,” Dwight Silverman blogs for The Houston Chronicle.

Silverman wonders, “Who’ll get there first?”

“On Monday, Microsoft announced that the incoming data for the Windows 7 Release Candidate was lookin’ good, and that if things continued on track, Win7 could be released to manufacturing three months from now,” Silverman writes. “And also Monday, Apple Insider reported that a critical part of the code for Snow Leopard, a.k.a. Mac OS X 10.6, had been locked down. This indicates that the operating system is nearing completion.”

“If Microsoft’s plans go according to schedule, it would complete Windows 7 sometime in August. It would likely be another 4-6 weeks before it was available in boxed form and on PCs – it takes that long for computer makers to develop builds of the OS specific to their systems. I think you can expect to see Windows 7 for sale in late September,” Silverman writes. “You’ll probably be able to buy Snow Leopard – and new Macs with 10.6 installed on them – shortly after the WWDC [in early June].

“While I doubt Microsoft and Apple consider themselves in a race to finish either product, it appears that Apple’s going to be first out of the gate with its latest OS. That could give Apple more than just bragging rights. It could give the company a marketing opportunity,” Silverman writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Some race. In many ways, Microsoft still hasn’t caught up with Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah (released March 24, 2001), much less deserve to be considered in a release date “race” with Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard. At the current rate, Apple could immediately cease OS development for a decade and still be ahead of Microsoft in the operating systems “race.”

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