Redmond (WA) - If we didn't know that Bill Gates will dedicate much of his future time to his charity, we would say that he could be enjoying his retirement from Microsoft as a part time actor, showcasing the talent he acted in
Hmmmm... Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld... yeah, those two scream "youthful", "hip", "trendy", "sexy", and "cool".
I don't think Microsoft gets it yet. Perception is reality. It doesn't matter how good (or bad) a product is, it is all about the marketing message and how receptive those with disposable cash take to it.
This is pretty controversial, its basically M$ admitting that Mac is a viable competitor. I guess Apple's gain in market share is enough to warrant this, or at least M$ thinks so. I'm not sure that this ad campaign will be successful, but I do think that Vista is a good OS (with the latest service packs) and is much better than a Mac for the typical user. That being said, Apple is the king of marketing and while M$ has a lot of money, I'd still put them as the underdog in this marketing battle.
I have had numerous people ask me about what to get in their new computer. Easy answer: Get a Mac. It might cost a bit more at first, but you will get a better general purpose computer. Most people don't know what they want until after they bought something that doesn't work for them. Most cheap windows laptops will have slower processors, and cheaper parts. Then you need to spend more money on annual antivirus subscriptions and spend time and money trying to find software that does the things the mac does out of the box. There is no easy answer when someone wants to easily organize their photos, music, etc. other that use iphoto, itunes. Oh wait you can't use iphoto on a windows pc. And I am not going to spend my time finding a good program for you when you won't listen to my opinions on what is a good computer in the first place. If you are new to computing either listen to someone who knows what they are talking about or learn how to use a google search.
My imac works alright for games in windows. It isn't the best, but I don't have $300+ for a new graphics card every 6 months to a year either. Graphics upgrades are expensive and only see minimal gains. And then I'd have to deal with a big noisy tower in my small apartment.
From the beginning, Microsoft said that they were not going to go for negative advertising like a "certain noisy company" does. This is probably the worst written and most biased article I have ever read on Tom's. You should be ashamed.
Anything will be better then the ads apple has. They are so dumb and false it's not even funny.
[citation][nom]gm0n3y[/nom]This is pretty controversial, its basically M$ admitting that Mac is a viable competitor. I guess Apple's gain in market share is enough to warrant this, or at least M$ thinks so. [/citation]
Apple's share is still what 6% if that. MS is just responding to the apple ads. Not controversial at all. Really if it wasn't for the Ipod and the Igayness I mean Icraze in general Apple would of been in big trouble.
For the most part Apple is still just a niche brand not seriously considered by most people. By M$ attacking them it gives Mac legitimacy and puts M$ onto more level ground with Mac. If battled correctly, this could put Apple back in its place, but Apple is great at marketing and there is a strong chance that this will backfire on M$.
[citation][nom]rallycars[/nom]I have had numerous people ask me about what to get in their new computer. Easy answer: Get a Mac.[/citation]
So to sum up what you're saying: if you are an idiot that knows nothing about computers, get a Mac. All of that expensive software you talk about you can find free versions of online that do a better job that the Mac software. I actually prefer that my OS doesn't come with all of that extra software (bloatware). I'd be happy if Windows didn't come with WMP. To me Windows is the happy medium between Linux and Mac. With Linux you get an even better OS, with (arguably) less out of the box. With Mac you get a more bloated OS that idiots can manage.