By >Daimaou - G.G-B
OT: WWDC… Apple Kicks MS Where it Hurts
Ok so yesterday (for us in Japan) Apple held their WWDC conference announcing some interesting new stuff (iPhone 3Gs, cheaper MacBook Pro…) and some lame suff (non serviceable batteries on the new MacBook Pro, bye bye Express Card…).
But the most interesting thing of all, as far I am concerned, is the huge kick in the face Apple gave to Microsoft regarding Snow Leopard upgrade pricing.
Whether you like it or not, Windows 7 is just a huge Vista Service Pack. I personally like 7, but 7 is what Vista should have been from day one, but unfortunately Microsoft isn’t going to let us enjoy 7 for free or at a cheap price. So when Apple announced that their new OS, Snow Leopard, full 64bit, rewritten to take less space on your HDD with Exchange Integration and faster application launch, will cost only 29 USD to upgrade from an existing Leopard Mac… I have to stand-up and applaude Apple…
If only Microsoft wcould PUBLICLY admit that they screwed millions of users with Vista and was responsible for some slow sales in the PC world, and start to offer a stunning discounts to all Vista users for 7, it would really change the opinions of a lot of people to the good.
Not only is announcement a huge slap in the face to Microsoft, but it’s also a huge step forward on stopping piracy. Who will try to waist time downloading a pirate copy of Snow Leopard when it only costs 29 bucks? Upgrading my both my Macs will cost two times less than it should have (previous upgrades were sold at 129USD).
And guess what Microsoft? Apple didn’t even bother with Home, Home Premium, Business or Ultimate Edition, just one OS with all the needed features…
Please understand I’m not against Microsoft, I like their products (there’s NOTHING better then Office 2008 and Outlook for me), I really enjoy Windows 7 and all its improvements (I can finally stream MKV video from my HTPC to my Xbox 360)… But Microsoft has been screwing people hard and going in the wrong way since Vista, they try to get back on track with 7. They really need to stop for a while and completely rethink their overall strategy.