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Is Microsoft becoming more and more like Apple every day? Here's what some of you think:

Microsoft has long tried to be more like Apple, often to its detriment. The Windows XP UI was made to look more like the Apple UI (OK, the trash can became the recycle bin and the menu/task bar was at the bottom instead of the top). Despite what Microsoft might think, just because it is Apple does not mean that Microsoft should copy it.
-Darryl

I would love if Microsoft started selling its own hardware like Apple does. I am sick and tired of hearing morons say that Apple is better, just to find out that it is because the computers are faster. Well guess what? If I spent around the same amount of money on a PC as you would for a Mac, then you would get that speed. Too many people buy the low-end models and then wonder why the $1,000 Mac is better. It's because it was made with parts that cost $1,000 rather than $400. Maybe Microsoft will do the same and get a better rep for it.
-DJ

I hope it does try to be more like Apple, as long as it doesn't try to be a 'me too.' I am worried that all this catch-up will mean it becomes just like Apple -- leaving the PC enthusiast that wants to use their own researched hardware purchases instead of settling for the big name, big ticket, big box retail solution. These solutions have a history of ignoring what people want unless they number in the millions. Unfortunately "device" means Microsoft probably will go that route too. Heaven forbid we allow people to actually have a choice that doesn't involve compromise!
-Tom

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Posted by Doug Barney on 08/17/2012 at 1:19 PM


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Mon, Aug 20, 2012 RS

Apple has proven it can be a market leader while completely ignoring the enterprise. Its products are so compelling to the consumer that Apple technology has moved into the enterprise through a form of osmosis. I don't think that Microsoft will ever again capture the hearts and minds of the average consumer unless it sells a matched pair, a PC/Laptop running a non-bloatware filled copy of Windows. Do you know why people buy $499 Windows machines? Because they find themselves having to replace their computers every 2 - 3 years. They don't have the tech savvy to wipe their drives and rebuild the OS as the systems get slower and slower over time (how many bother to save the OS disk image installed on every new PC to a flash drive or even know how to use it?). I have a 5 year old Mac running Lion that's been through 3 OS upgrades and keeps on chugging like the day I bought it.

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