Originally Posted by camroidv27
M$ is software, Apple is hardware (though these days, more about gadgets than anything).
Actually, Apple is hardware and
software. That's what makes them unique and able to dominate the high end market.
Anyhow. Its my opinion that they two don't affect each other. They really shouldn't. Apples and Oranges. The rivalry is all made up in people's heads, thanks to the think-tank at Apple.
Of course they affect each other. In OS and
applications. Do you think Windows would exist without Apple? Do you think Window's 7 task bar would look remotely like it does without the OSX dock? Would the Zune exist without the iPod?
Even in Microsoft's own products, the Mac version of office often has features well before the Windows version.
And in the mobile space they are absolutely competing, but MS is doing such a poor job at it, it's really hard to tell
Apple is hardware (though these days, more about gadgets than anything).
I quoted this again because although I know you probably meant it as a criticism, it's important. Apple is focusing on "gadgets" because a frontal assault on Microsoft over desktops and laptops, at this point, is useless. If Apple were going to be able to change people's minds about what desktop or laptop to use based on it's merits it would have happened by now.
So that's why you see them going all out in portable personal devices. The iPod was a fluke, but it opened Job's eye to the "next big thing". Portable personal devices like iPods and the iPhone have the potential to ship many more units then desktops and laptops will ever. The traditional computer market is saturated (witness MS's last two quarters of falling income) but the whole converged personal assistant market is wide open - and Apple is positioning themselves to own it. That will do more to shore up Apple's traditional business via the "halo effect" then "focusing on the Mac" or anything else they can do.