Isn't this what Apple is doing wrong in regards to OS X?

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  1. Slowstick macrumors 6502

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    Hope this is in the right forum.

    Read this article about why an analyst thinks Microsoft is so successful:

    Five Startegies Microsoft Got Right

    Apple has a better OS, so why is Microsoft selling better even with a bad reputation? This guy has it right on the money!!:D
     
  2. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Probably should have gone in the industry discussion forum, but... the article is bogus. I could not get beyond "Bill Gates and Microsoft untethered software from hardware, instead creating software that could run on almost any brand of PC." This is a complete misrepresentation of the history. It was IBM that hired Microsoft to produce the OS for the IBM-PC, so fundamentally it was IBM that created this market for "untethered software" -- not that they ever intended to do so. That opportunity came when Compaq and then others figured out how to "clone" the IBM-PC without violating IBM's copyrights. That event is what really created Microsoft's huge market for operating systems. This was by accident, not design -- so it's imaginative at the very least to suggest that this something that Microsoft "got right." They were really lucky.

    As for the creation of "win-win" partnerships, that's just a laugh. Microsoft is known as a bully in a business partnership. They are just as likely to screw a partner as help them.
     
  3. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Looks like someone needs to watch Triump of the Nerds.
     
  4. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    More like propaganda ;)

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  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    The article brought to you by...

    I don't know. This telling of the Microsoft story has been repeated so often, a lot of people assume that it's true.
     
  6. Slowstick thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Wow... you know what your talking about! :D

    However, the reason that Vista sells better than OS X is because it is used on all hardware manufacturers. The author says why under "Software is King." The reason Apple doesn't do this is because they want to sell Macs (as in hardware) and get people to buy a more expensive computer with a better OS, and have done well so far. And Macs is Apple's smallest market. The iPod and iPhone have done way better, and the majority of revenues come from this I believe. Correct me if I am wrong.

    And the author was saying Microsoft has win-win partnerships in terms of selling Microsoft software. This benefits Microsoft enormously and IS a win-win situation, wouldn't you agree? Whether it is a win-win situation for the actual partner, I don't know. Probably. They make money on this as well. There is really no such thing as a Microsoft Store where you can buy Windows from Microsoft directly. Microsoft has tried this with Windows Marketplace and it has had little impact. They don't need this type of "store" because hundreds of big box and small mom and pop stores basically sell all of Microsoft's software.

    You are right in the IBM-PC part of your posting. However this is not what the author is trying to emphasize. Have you read the entire article?
     
  7. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    Like it or not OSX will always be a niche OS as long is it only works with Apple computers. And like or not one huge reason why MS windows out sells OSX currently is because it is not tied to hardware.

    If OSX ever starts making any major inroads (Greater than 20-30%) into Market share it will start opening it self up to unfair and unethical business practice law suits. We have already seen the first one of these hit apple. It will not be the last. Also I do not see apple current bussiness model ever allowing for that. They are quickly reaching a saturation point with their current very LIMITED line up.

    But if you have noticed apple has choosen to move into other markets other than computers because they seem to of realized they are reaching that saturation point with their current computer line up. for example, iPod, iPhone , iTV, hell even iTunes.
     
  8. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    The reason Apple does this is so that they can integrate the software with the hardware so it "just works". You don't have the inconsistencies and random driver issues, etc. you do with the Windows world. The software and the hardware solution works seamlessly and you don't have to support all the 3rd parties. It is a closed system and a philosophical choice Apple made.

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  9. Slowstick thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I have to disagree with that. The reason Apple only sells OS X with Macs is they want you to buy a very expensive sexy piece of hardware with a great OS. I did it, and love my Mac. Drivers really has nothing to do with this. Its money.:D
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I wonder what computers you're using.
     
  11. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    Apple only lets there OS work on their computers, as they can then control the hardware quality as well, and as far as I can see, its greatly better than PC's hardware. All you have to do is look around at a lot of the old machines still running, including a few Apple II's

    I like it that Apple restricts the OS to apple machines only.
     
  12. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    I believe Apple still derives most of its income from the Mac. I know this surprises people who are fixated on the iPod and the iPhone, but Apple has been growing Mac shipments at 20-30% a year recently.

    You have to understand, the Windows OEM business was an accident of history. Microsoft has been the beneficiary, but that doesn't mean they created it.

    You can't derive a correct conclusion from an erroneous premise, except by accident. That's the main problem with this article -- he doesn't seem to know how Microsoft got to where it is today, yet he still wants to tell us how they "got it right."

    I can't recount the entire history of Microsoft's business dealings, but suffice to say that they've screwed a lot of their business partners, and strong-armed their OEM customers.
     
  13. Slowstick thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Microsoft has done a great job distributing their software. If they didn't, they wuldn't be the giant they are today.
     
  14. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    Never had a problem with any of my Macs from 1987 on...

    Mac SE
    Mac SE30
    Macintosh II
    Powerbook 160
    Macintosh Portable
    iMac
    Macbook
    Macbook Pro

    The only one I ever had problems with was a PowerComputing clone ;)

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  15. gnasher729 macrumors P6

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    The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Microsoft's problem is that nobody actually wants their software anymore.
     
  16. Slowstick thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Obviously that is not true. They sell more software than anyone. Apple has made them look bad. Vista is their best selling OS yet!! Hard to believe, I know. :D
     
  17. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    Vista IS huge, that tends to happen when all of the new computers sold come with it preinstalled........

    I dont think there is a huge amount of people running out to the store to pick up vista.
     
  18. the vj macrumors 6502a

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    MS is beigger because...

    They spread their software every where under a cheaper hardware. The companies that build PCs have a problem resolved becaus ethey do not have to build OS and MS does not have to sell it to the public, just by charging those PC manofacturers is all set.

    So business wise is perfect. Hardware manofacturer do not care much about the OS because without it they wouldn't being able to sell their hardware. Is just like Betacam and VHS.

    Apple creates the OS for their own hardware, in a way they can get the most from their hardware and that gives them a quality advantage MS does not have. But there is a cost involved.

    That and many other things.
     
  19. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Cute

    What if I say I've never had any problems with my Windows computers? I'll stand back your head might explode.
     
  20. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    I would say you are very fortunate and should consider yourself lucky! :)

    My Mac experience has been excellent
    I realize others have not had the same

    But overall, I would say the experience of the Mac user is positive

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  21. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Exactly... couldn't have put it better myself.
     
  22. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    My point is that even the closed system Apple uses isn't necessarily free inconsistencies and random driver issues.
     
  23. themoonisdown09 macrumors 601

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    Who said that it was perfect? It's far from perfect, but it's a lot closer than the average Windows box.
     
  24. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's something Mac users love to trot out as a perfect closed box.

    It's almost to the point where a completely closed appliance is desired.
     
  25. MacDawg macrumors P6

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    No, you are correct... not 100%
    But I think in general, it is the philosophical choice made by Apple
    And I think it has served them and their users well

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