Apple Gives Microsoft the Smack-down

Via the Apple “Startup Page” on my Safari browser, I came across this Twin Cities Press dot com article, “Vista’s pretty, but it’s a shameless Mac OS X imitator.” I just think it’s so, I dunno, pissy that Apple decided to have this on their web site the day of the big Vista roll-out.

Of course, it has been pretty-well documented that the headline here is true– that is, that Vista is pretty much like the Mac with a few windoze features thrown in. Which leads the folks at the Twin Cities Press to make this observation:

Vista hardly rocked my world during weeks of testing. It’s a fine Windows upgrade, but it’s also a shameless rip-off (and not quite the equal) of another major operating system, Apple Computer’s Mac OS X.

That begs the question: Why not just use OS X?

Those upgrading from XP likely will have to get a new computer anyway because Vista doesn’t work properly on most older PCs. (See my recent column, “Take your time buying that new computer,” for details on this.) So, instead of purchasing a Windows PC, they could — and typically should — get an Apple Macintosh computer running OS X.

Really, I don’t care if PC users in general convert or not, but if it is true that the new Windoze/Vista is basically the same as the Apple OS, then I can imagine a future where I have students who aren’t completely stumped with the Macs in our computer labs.

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