Win 95 makes Apple crumble
In his letter in PC Week 19 May, Keith Brindley writes that Windows is "still way back in the race behind MacOS".
After Windows 95 caused Apple to say that it looked and acted just like the MacOS (when it didn't), why then did MacOS 8 suddenly change to look exactly like Windows 95? The famous "Windows 95 is just MacOS '87" comment is only quoted by users who've never seen, and now refuse to see, a Windows 95 system in action.
As for Brindley saying Macintoshes are the fastest notebooks and desktops in the world, has he actually compared them? If he has, I don't think he would say they are faster.
The idea that the Mac still has an eight-year lead on Windows is simply wishful thinking. The MacOS has hardly changed at all throughout its existence, with only a few small tweaks to change things. You may say that it doesn't need to change - but it does.
Original Mac software, for example Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and PageMaker, have many floating palettes which are always in the way. The new streamlined Windows 95 interface comes with docker palettes that do not take up any document space and are far easier to use.
There is also the fact that very few Mac applications have toolbars, which significantly ease and speed-up the use of the application. Commands in Mac software all rely on pull-down menus and key shortcuts, which can be hard to learn - and are barely adequate once learnt.
Mac hardware and software is always more than twice as expensive as its PC versions and the fact that there are far fewer hardware devices and software applications available for the Mac shows just which technology is doing best.
Adobe makes far more profit from its Windows versions of its software than from its original Mac versions.
The only future for Apple is NeXT (maybe) but, unless it does some serious development work, it will fall behind the competition, just like the Mac did - another technology once ahead of its time but now failing to keep up.
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Lethargy key to being bug-free
If the DTI places the UK last in Europe for its use of IT (PC Week 19 May), does it mean that the UK is in the best place to survive the Millennium bug. After all "No IT - No Problem".
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Get off Microsoft's back
There is something to be said in defence of Microsoft and all the extra features that it's trying to cram into its products.
If the company had incorporated these features in Windows 9x from the start, then there would be no third-party add-ons. In fact, it is the deficiencies of the Windows 9x operating system that has helped create the third-party software market. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you.
The problem lies with the third parties who seem to have all their financial eggs in one basket. They have no place to go when their products' functions are rolled into into the next operating system.
Surely, they all must realise that their 'Windows 9x' of opportunity for the add-on product is very short and likely to expire with the next Windows release? What sort of long-term business plans do they have? They must realise that they have to either diversify their applications across platforms or look for opportunities for more third-party software in the new release - and preferably a combination of both.
If there is to be no new Windows release then there will be no new niche for these third-party offerings and they will all be faced with, at best, a stagnant or, at worst, a declining market.
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Victim of its own success
Despite being cynical towards Microsoft, I still must conclude that the only way to view it is as a monopolistic organisation determined to create and dictate all standards relating to the environments its systems are used in.
Just look at what might happen ...
If Microsoft were to control the browser market, it would be able to ignore standards, like HTML, XML, MathML from the World Wide Web Consortium, and create its own standards. This would force people into using its proprietary method for authoring Web pages using what, no doubt, would be called MS-HTML.
In turn, Microsoft would then be able to create applications (possibly Microsoft MS-HTML Editor) that developers would have to buy to enable them to create and edit Web pages. A very happy situation - if you happen to be Bill Gates.
Although this is part fantasy, if the US Department of Justice's (DoJ) action was to fail, what would there be to stop Microsoft? How long would it be before the above scenario would occur?
What if the next announcement read: "After Microsoft's successful defence in the recent court case with the DoJ, the company has introduced a new monitor, the WinMon (of course)". Then, two months later, a special patch for Windows 98 arrives allowing you to "use your WinMon to its ultimate performance potential". Unfortunately, the other monitor manufacturers don't know how to make compatible monitors that can use these new features and, so, are perceived to be dealing in inferior goods. WinMon wins.
Fantastic and doom-laden, yes, but what's to stop Microsoft if the DoJ does not win this case? I must admit I'd prefer not to find out. I'd prefer the DoJ to win.
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Don't stifle the competition
Nothing encourages technology to be developed faster than competition.
History has shown us this time and time again.
However, with Microsoft incorporating more and more peripheral products into its operating system, the innovations from these third-parties are being stifled. Smaller developers which once served a particular area of the software market are now struggling to compete with the largest player in the world.
Something must be done before it is too late and there is only a handful of developers remaining.
Microsoft operating systems are ballooning in size to accommodate the new OS additions - and we are expected to welcome such changes happily in the name of progress. Well, it must be time for the tide to turn. And it must do so soon. How long before WordPad is made more functional and more closely resembles Word?
What other little gems are to become part of the operating system?
Despite being a supporter and user of Windows 95, I cannot help but think about the above questions. More important, who has an adequate answer?
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