updated 04:30 pm EST, Mon February 5, 2007
Confusion to aid Mac OS X?
Microsoft's recently-released Windows Vista -- which some industry watchers claim to be a blatant copy of Apple's Mac OS X operating system -- could end up helping the Cupertino-based company accumulate market share. Digit reports that Microsoft is losing consumer operating system market share to Apple for numerous reasons, with complication serving as the primary factor. Microsoft chose to release a total of 10 versions of Windows Vista at launch, confusing customers and experts alike about the differences between the various editions. Upgrade versions of Vista are "poison," according to Digit, because the requirements for each edition vary and demand an existing installation of Windows 2000 or Windows XP. Users hoping to reinstall Windows Vista on a freshly-formatted hard drive are forced to install Windows twice, and future hardware configurations may fail to support Windows XP to render the Vista upgrade versions useless.
What's more, users upgrading to Windows Vista are agreeing to no longer use the software they upgraded from, as stated in Microsoft Vista's End User License Agreement (EULA):
"Upon upgrade, this agreement takes the place of the agreement for the software you upgraded from. After you upgrade, you may no longer use the software you upgraded from."
Additionally, users who lost or were never provided with installation disks for their PCs are forced to purchase the more expensive Windows Vista full edition -- rather than simply upgrading -- once they reformat or otherwise remove their previous Windows installation.