Originally Posted by nvidia2008
I predict, at the upgrade price and the rate of new Macs sold (which would be high despite the economy), by the end of 2010 the adoption of Snow Leopard will be probably "the best ever rate of adoption" or something like that.
There is a much greater probability of Snow Leopard succeeding than Windows 7 mainly because of what has gone on before. Considering how expensive Windows 7 will be to upgrade to and considering that its predecessor Vista has been an unqualified disaster, how long will the line-ups be to scoop up copies of Windows 7 when it comes to market? Certainly if you spent a couple of hundred to buy a cheap PC, you would be rather reluctant to spend nearly as much to update your OS.
It's an embarrassment for Microsoft that right now a lot of people are running XP because of how unstable, expensive and power-hungry Vista has proven to be. In comparison Leopard has been an unqualified success, likely running today on the vast majority of Macs.
Even if the adoption rate is slowed somewhat because a few PPC owners out there cannot migrate to SL, at $29, Snow Leopard will seem far more successful than WIndows 7 which, you can be sure, will cause a three-OS mess on the PC side. By that I mean soon enough we'll have XP, Vista and Windows 7 out in the wild at the same time whereas on the Mac side, I predict that by early next year there will be Snow Leopard running on the vast majority of Macs. Certainly the perception will be that the state of Mac's OS is that there is Snow Leopard and nothing else of consequence.
Kudos to Apple for getting it right and total puzzlement over how a company with the resources of a Microsoft could mess up so thoroughly. Microsoft is one of the worst monopolistic giants in business history. Thank God there is an Apple, otherwise the state of personal computing today would be outrageously bleak.