Apple vs. Microsoft: Round 2.0

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Today Microsoft launches Windows 7, the latest and much-anticipated version of its popular Windows operating system. Microsoft hopes to build buzz for the new release by offering it on the same day that the software giant also makes its first foray into the retail side of business. Microsoft, taking a page from Apple's playbook, is planning to open their own stores all over the country. Killing Microsoft's buzz is the news that Apple profits skyrocketed 47 percent in the last quarter on the success of iPhone and Mac sales. The Takeaway's tech contributor and Wired magazine writer Cliff Kuang says Apple's big week was a big blow for Microsoft but that this could be Microsoft's big year. We also go live to Paul Atkinson of public radio station KJZZ in Arizona, who is on the scene of a Microsoft Windows launch party in Scottsdale, Ariz.

 

Banners in first Microsoft store

(Banners in the Scottsdale mall promoting the Microsoft Store. [Photo: Paul Atkinson])

Contributors:

Paul Atkinson, Cliff Kuang and Jen Poyant

Comments [4]

Mathew Thomas

I used to say "never buy a PC at it's first release, but wait until two or more service packs." Now my new motto is "never buy a PC." Period. Let's face it: When you use the reset button on your PDA more often than the "On" button, or you reboot as often as you "start" your computer, then it's time to find a stable system.

Nov. 09 2009 11:14 PM
Louis Almeida

I have finally given up on Microsoft and have made the switch to an Apple MacBook Pro. Sure is nice not to deal with all the problems with Microsoft anymore.

Oct. 27 2009 07:00 PM
GiuseppeVerde

For those not of the Windows persuasion (or those who want to try something else), Ubuntu Linux 9.10 (development name "Karmic Koala") is set to be released next week, Oct. 29. As with earlier releases, there will be launch parties/meet-ups, perhaps in your area (they're organized at https://wiki.ubuntu.com/KarmicReleaseParties; feel free to start a party if there's not one already). Sadly, Ubuntu doesn't get USD 4billion of profit per quarter, so the party is pretty much up to the individuals organizing it; no schweet schwag bundles or massive PR campaign. On the plus side, you can burn, bring, share, and copy as many Ubuntu CDs as you want, legally! ;) (it's all Free and Open Source Software) I suspect if you're hard-up for cash, though, the people there will pitch in to buy you dinner and/or a pint. :)

Also, since they release a new version every six months, if you miss out next week, there's always April, or October of next year.

Oct. 22 2009 11:25 AM
Michael Fairbank

The person who showed up for the goodie bag has it right. Anybody who is tech savvy will never wait in line to be the first one to buy anything Microsoft. Always wait the first or second service pack before you buy.

Oct. 22 2009 07:00 AM

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