Mac has finally made the big leap. OS 10.4 (Intel flavor) can run (actually dual-boot!) on a Windows box
. This is what they shoulda done in 1981. If Mac can make the leap from hardware company to a company based on an operating system -- as Microsoft is -- maybe they can win over a much bigger market share. Certainly Windows boxen have always been cheaper than Powerbooks.
I think that's the wrong philosophy to take towards Apple. One of the reasons that the Mac is what it is has to do with the fact that the operating system is tied directly into the hardware. Once OS X goes beyond the Mac itself, you suddenly open up a host of issues that Microsoft has had to deal with -- driver problems, incompatibilties, etc.. The great thing about Apple is that they're ultimately responsible for every quality control issue on your Mac -- so you're not getting bounced around between different companies (Microsoft and Dell, for example) if you have a problem. Apple's certainly not a saint when it comes to everything they do -- but keeping their systems proprietary is a smart thing. They may not have 90% of the OS market, but they certainly ain't hurting for cash, either.
In the late nineties, a company called Be (headed by Mac old-timers) tried to do this with BeOS, but failed. Of course, they didn't have Steve Jobs. ;-) But I have to agree with the above poster: Mac is more than the OS alone.
I've been using one of the developer macintel boxes for about six months and it's completely turned around my feelings about Mac. I've always appreciated Mac for everything except performance and now that pain point is finally vanishing. Even native PPC apps are screaming on the Intel Mac.
COME ON MAC!
Um, the difference between the two compnaies is that Apple creates stuff while Microsoft simply buys or steals other people's ideas.
Also, from the beginning, Microsoft's philosophy was to make money, period.
Apple's was to create the best computer systems, and if they did that, they'd make money.
Up until this very last OS, Microsoft's Windows was nothing more than a faux front on Mac foundation.
I remember a great bumber sticker from years back:
Windows 95 is Macintosh '87.
Microsoft is very good at two things - marketing and intimidation. Without either they would have gone the way of Wang.
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