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In the span of five years, Microsoft promised its most advanced operating system ever and then yanked key features to meet deadlines that were missed anyway. Details of what would later be known as Windows Vista sounded suspiciously like Apple's Mac OS X. Yet Vista, which finally appears on store shelves and new PCs next Tuesday, manages to largely overcome its long, tortured prelude. Though it duplicates some of the feel and functions of the Mac software, Vista includes its own improvements that take security, reliability and usability to new heights on the PC.
C|NET Poll going on asks:
How soon do you plan to move to Microsoft's latest OS?
I'm sticking with the Mac--or moving there soon. 50.3%
Whenever I buy my next PC. 21.2%
Windows XP is going to last me a good, long time. 20.8%
I'm standing in line right now to buy it. 7.7%
Total votes: 11218
One question all the new look and graphics are blatant copies of Apple's OS from half a decade ago. There have been four major versions released since the original OS-X back in 2001 and the next Leopard 10.5 is due in a few weeks. Why is it that Vista needs Gigs of RAM and a screaming CPU plus a state of the art graphics card to do what Macs from 2000 running at 400MHz with 500MB of RAM and a 32MB video card are running the LATEST Mac OS-X smoother than Vista does running on the best equipment money can buy today? Would any 2000 PC run Vista? NO of course not even current systems require premium stuff to run this pig.
When will Microsoft find an original idea of it's own? Are PC users always going to be using five and ten year old Mac imitations that require many times the power to run the bloated buggy Windows crud?
Why are PC users so excited to get the same look and feel they couldn't stand five six years ago when Apple created it?
Shouldn't Microsoft be able to improve of these five / ten year old Apple technologies when they have so long to mimic them?
Why does Apple create leading edge technology in vastly more areas than Microsoft with 5% of the R&D budget?
Why does it take eight Windows programers to produce the same coding output working on Windows code as it takes to do the same on Apple code?
I could go on all day but you may want to ask yourself why everybody is talking about switching to the Mac yet nobody will every switch from the Mac to Windows?