I guess I just don’t have much self control. It seems I can’t go six months without writing something negative about Microsoft. I don’t think its my fault. Microsoft just makes it so easy sometimes. Lets examine a couple of quotes by Microsoft management and then you tell me if I’m wrong or not (Have I ever been wrong )
Here is the man himself – Steve Ballmer
“Apple gained about one point [in global market share], but now I think the tide has really turned back the other direction. The economy is helpful. Paying an extra $500 for a computer in this environment — same piece of hardware — paying $500 more to get a logo on it? I think that’s a more challenging proposition for the average person than it used to be.”
This is the CEO of Microsoft? Here is my beef with this statement. First, while Apple does demand a premium for their products $500 is a modest exaggeration given the quality of the parts Apple uses, but my real issue is that he seemingly doesn’t understand at all the value that Apple brings to the table. Ballmer very unwisely compares the hardware that comes on a standard PC with Mac hardware and then assumes that the operating systems are of equal value. In short he says a PC that comes with Vista for $1000 is a better value than a Mac with the same hardware that comes with OSX that costs between $1000-$1500. The problem is that almost no Mac users would agree with that statement. I’m sure I am a little out of the norm, but I would happily pay 5x the price for a Mac because I have no patience for Microsoft’s products and their constant problems. If he REALLY believes that a few hundred dollars are going to sway a significant portion of Apple’s user base back to Windows he is grossly mistaken. People are not only buying Macs, but they are increasing their share at TWICE the rate of HP and Dell. Why? Isn’t this a recession? The reason is because they recognize VALUE. Notice I didn’t say cheaper. Apple’s operating system is so much better than anything coming out of Redmond these days that people are switching at a record pace. Microsoft has put themselves in the poor position of having to compete on price because they can’t compete on quality. Hopefully Windows 7 will improve things and force both companies to improve their products at a rapid pace.
Ok next quote – IE General Manager Dean Hachamovitch
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