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Apple, Microsoft prep new OS upgrades

updated 08:55 am EST, Thu March 31, 2005

New Apple, MS OS upgrades

Columnist Mike Wendland talks about from both Microsoft and Apple, saying that Microsoft, who has been relatively quiet about the new features of the OS, is expected to deliver the first concrete look at the long-delayed "Longhorn" OSand the end of March and ship the product almost a year after Apple: "But Longhorn will be competing with Apple's new Tiger operating system -- and Tiger is about ready to pounce. Apple won't confirm reports that Tiger is now pretty much complete. But its worldwide developers conference June 1-10 in San Francisco is expected to focus almost entirely on Tiger. And with Chairman Steve Jobs doing the keynote speech, speculation is strong that he will announce its public release at that time. Analysts are predicting a halo effect for Tiger, with the system basking in the stunning popularity of the iPod and the slew of new products Apple has been releasing, like its $499 Mac mini."




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  1. budster101

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Longhorn

    ???

    LOL

    How many Panther features will they have copied poorly?

    Tiger will make minsed-meat of Longwait(horn)...

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    2006

    If its out in mid 2006 its going to be a revamped XP edition, Win server 2003 with some extra stuff to run old code. Not the big turnaround, osX will beat the h*** out longhorn. But as a just good enough OS it will stay in the ball game just as 95 up to XP did. And i don't care anymore, people that want to use Windozs deserve it.

  1. JackNN

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I agree ...

    It's just a shame so many people will go through life not knowing their standard of living could be improved

  1. MacMoose

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    My crystal ball says...

    Tiger will come out soon,... it will have great support for older supported Macs and really shine on the G5 towers, G5 iMacs and even run sweet on the Mac Mini. With a year or more before Longsnore (horn) is due, any potential quirks or bugs with a major 10.4 release will have been put out and much improvements will be had for Tiger Users.

    Sometime in 2006 Longhorn comes out. Of course since Windows has a bigger marketshare monopoly and control of the media, they will hawk longhorn as the true future of consumer/prosumer desktop operating systems. It will have that new Windows feel... slow as h*** on older systems, so you need to buy a new one whereas on the Mac Platform, Panther is faster on older G4s and G3's and rumor is Tiger will play very nice on these older Macs.

    Microsoft will claim all the features it copied from Tiger early feature lists etc are their own INNOVATION and will make little reference to Apple's Tiger, even though Tiger will POUNCE all over Longhorn. Apple will in theory, start really promoting OS X Tiger. I think they are waiting all this time for OS X to be out there for a good number of years and the Switcher market to be ripe enough, plus... why promote a Mac OS when before, your cheapest computers were like 899 eMacs or the 1199 or so iMacs. Now we have the Mini and not everybody who is entry level needs a ATI 9800XT 256mb pro to do Word, DVDs, Web surfing and even basic good games and photoshop.

    Apple put the Mini out for a reason..I am thinking, to help act as a springboard for launching a more broad advertising campaign of Tiger. Get a Tiger system for 499 starting. We shall see.

    Oh yeah.. 1.5 years from now.. the next big cat system, 10.5 and that is about when we should expect a SP1 release for Longhorn, which will be trying to catch up to Tiger 10.4. Longhorn's focus on security and IE7 improvements etc will still have gaping loopholes... plenty of places for Adware,Malware,Spybot to infect and corrupt Longhorn systems cause if they made an OS as good at OS X, lots of their supportive audience, techies, IT managers etc would be out of a job and could not promote windows systems to their companies, thus keeping Windows in a Monopoly.

    Now hopefully we get new G5 announcements and maybe some other hardware upgrades... Apple Media Center perhaps or some other bombshell announcements like the Mini and cheaper iPods. Seriously... this whole Halo effect could grow more, which brings me to a side thought... Apple is constantly being referred to as doing a great job with the Halo affect,...

    Apple=Halo
    Bungie made Halo first for mac
    Microsoft bought Bungie for Halo and xBox

    I dunno, just makes me laugh.

  1. jimothy

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Speculation

    "...speculation is strong that he will announce its public release at that time"

    Actually, speculation is that it'll ship in April. I'm sure that Tiger will still be a focus of WWDC, but also figure that it'll be in customers hands by then. Think about it: It was previewed at last year's WWDC, so there'd be less excitement in saying, "Hey, remember that thing we showed you last year? Here's when we're going to get it in your customers hands," than in saying, "Tiger's been shipping for two months now, millions of customers have bought it, and they're eager for your new and upgraded applications that will take advantage of its new technologies!" And of course there will be a rundown of those new technologies and features, as well as sessions on how to develop software that integrates with them. Remember, this is a developers' conference.

  1. lkrupp

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    The stupid media

    Let's be honest about it. Microsoft and Apple are not competitors. How can anyone call 95% vs. 3% competition? Microsoft doesn't give a rat's arse about Tiger. Except for the PR advantage why should they? The news media likes controversy so they constantly paint Apple vs. Microsoft as a titanic struggle between two more-or-less equal competitors. This AIN'T GM against Ford. It's more like Snapple against Coca Cola.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    .

    I don't agree, Apple has proven now and years back that it can dominate an entire market. They won't stay dumb and lose it again. Apple still has a huge brand awareness so they are indeed valid competitors. There is also a huge trend towards non MS software, 90% isn't really happy with there win system. Look at Firefox.

    Just think, if in time MS loses about 15% of the market to Apple they wont be making any profit. This means a big reorganization in there money losing businesses (x-box, msn ...) with the risk of losing even more market-share.

    And think again, even clones can happen as long as they make the clones compatible with osX and not the way around. I see this happening this or next year, no kiddn.

  1. Deal

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    Ikrupp

    Microsoft will fall within our lifetime. Coka~Cola will not.

  1. beeble

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    House of Cards

    Any real analysis of MS will show that it's a house of cards built on office and windows. If one or both falter, then the entire empire will begin to crumble very quickly. The windows market is already showing serious signs of cracking and MS won't have a band aid ready until mid to late next year at the earliest. A band aid will almost certainly not be enough by that stage.

  1. Peter Bonte

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    .

    lol, the death of Microsoft is unstoppable. :D

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