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Vista modified to adapt to Tiger?

updated 05:25 pm EST, Tue January 30, 2007

Vista modified after Tiger

Microsoft likely shifted its approach to Vista's development in the wake of Mac OS X Tiger's first appearance, writes Electronista. Obtained as part of a public disclosure in an Iowa antitrust case against the Redmond developer, the messages indicated conversations between the company's technology evangelists and executives about Tiger in the wake of its June 2004 unveiling at Apple's WWDC conference. In at least one case, evangelists recommended changes to Vista's development based on what had been seen at the conference.

"[Our] UI must be hot. We will be directly compared against tiger [sic]," then-evangelist Vic Gundotra said. "The bits we deliver in Sept. 05 PDC [Professional Developers Conference] must be compelling, even in beta form."

While Microsoft had been developing a number of similar features in advance of Tiger's demonstration and did not add completely new technologies, the e-mails revealed the surprise that triggered a newfound refocusing in the firm. Multiple Microsoft officials observed the similarity between Vista (then codenamed Longhorn) and its Mac rival, with evangelist director observing that Tiger was akin to "a free pass to Longhorn-land." Plaintifs in the Iowa case had previously revealed an e-mail in which Windows head Jim Allchin declared in frustration that he would buy a Mac after detailing his company's lack of direction at the time.

by MacNN Staff




  1. jarod

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and pathetic. You'd think with all the money they have, they could find at least ONE non-idiot.

  1. e2Sync

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why though

    The company is not about Windows, it's about a radical business empire based on licensing that features built in obsolescence. While it may be argued that other companies, such as Apple, have a similar model, it is not the money that drives Apple, but radical innovation. The only thing that drives Microsoft is radical profits.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: why though

    "it is not the money that drives Apple, but radical innovation"

    come on now.. find me a company that isnt driven by money. While the are graet innovators, that does not change the fact that they are driven by profits.

  1. chas_m



    at last!

    direct, indisputable PROOF that Microsoft just REACTS to Mac OS X.

    Not that WE haven't known this for years, but now you've got email to show your Gates-tool IT dept ...

  1. LouZer

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Just because there's an email from an evangilist saying "We need to do this!" doesn't mean the company listens. h***, how many decisions in Apple-land were made because Guy Kawasaki said it should be so?

  1. MacScientist

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re: ummm

    If you think that a single email is all they have, then you don't understand the rules of evidence. They have the email, the human testimony of those who were there, and the follow-up action in response to the email and other written and oral communication.

    Single email? Yeah, right! LOL

  1. Terrin

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Profit Driven

    I think there are many companies that are not driven by profit. Sure, they want to make money, as we all do, but they understand that if they focus on the product the profits will come.

    Moreover, Apple has demonstrated that while it wants to make a buck, it isn't willing to do so anyway that it can. For instance, any other company would have littered its website and iTunes with Third party ads. Any other company would have caved to demands to license the OS. Apple has standards.

  1. Sprocket

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Terrin: "I think there are many companies that are not driven by profit. Sure, they want to make money, as we all do, but they understand that if they focus on the product the profits will come."

    And my firm operates with a similar philosophy. It is true we are not crawling over mountains of money as we come in the door in the morning, but we are happy, growing, and paying our respective mortgages. Best of all, the company only has 'rolling debt' (lease, hydro, etc.)

    This is a very good place to be -- and we don't have to sacrifice our ethics to do it.

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