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Windows 2009 = Macintosh 2001 (well, nearly)

It took Microsoft six years, from the release of the first Mac in 1984 to the release of Windows 3.0 in 1990, to make something that matched Apple.

It’s taken them eight years, from the release of Mac OS X 10.0 to the release of Windows 7, to get close again.

Welcome,  Windows 7. Seriously.

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  • http://01792.org Milo

    “matched Apple”??? can you expand? I just can’t stop thinking about the fact that MMS has been enabled on iPhones in 2009, when it has been around on SPV smartphones in 2002.

  • Ian Betteridge

    Well now, obviously things are a little different in the mobile space :)

    Windows 3 was basically just about as good as the first Macintosh OS release. Windows 7 is close to what Mac OS X was on its 10.0 release – some aspects are better, some are (much) worse.

  • Wes

    I disagree somewhat. In my reckoning Vista was very much like OS X 10.0, where both companies introduced big changes to the OS, but the OSes both suffer from usability issues and sluggishness. OS X 10.0 was on many machines painfully show compared to Mac OS 9. And of course much of the two OSes were literally “under construction”. Until 10.2 or so, most users stayed on 9, much like users preferred XP to Vista. In my opinion Seven is much like 10.3 It’s the release where the plumbing works and there are no more loose electrical wires. And even coincidentally, both were releases where they introduce a significant enhancement to the user interface — Expose on 10.3, Aero Peek and Shake on Seven.

    So, Windows 2009=OS X 2003.

    (I first posted thoughts to that here — http://www.osnews.com/permalink?378114 )

  • Simon

    Milo, Milo, Milo. *sigh*. Apple were trying too initially sell the device as an email device, why put something as archaic as MMS on the device – I’m convinced SMS was there at the behest of AT&T! You should look up email! It’s like MMS on steroids. It got quite a few users now too! All I’m saying is that MMS was a conscious omission, make of that what you will!

  • Ian Betteridge

    What I make of the initial omission of MMS was a classic case of “Steve Jobs’ Worldview being divorced from reality”. Sometimes, it happens – and it’s always funny.