Originally Posted by extremeskater
Okay lets for a min say that are copying. Why do we care? If we like Apple products then we should simply use them. If like some of what MS does then we should use them. I don't see any benefit in bitching everytime MS does something. Its pathetic.
I think you might have some good points but the way you make them might detract from their validity.
In the first place, everyone enjoys a certain amount of validation - Apple fans love to point out when MicroSoft or others emulate Apple. The more blatant the copying - the louder the outcry, because they perceive hypocrisy in people like Balmer who states one position (i.e., software piracy is bad), yet seems to have little qualm about copying the things that Apple seems to have done right.
Windows fans - on the other hand - can rightly point out that the sheer size of MS market share - despite how one might characterize it or attempt to detract from it, is certainly impressive. I for one have a certain amount of MS stock that I have bought or inherited over the years and I sincerely hope that MicroSoft does everything it can to maximize its profit position.
It does seem like there is a recent shift in the balance that has been acknowledged for years - where the upstart Apple has certain fanboys that like to flout their ownership as proof of a relative superiority over those who have not gone Apple - while MS was always content to be raking in the dough despite being disdained in Apple fanboy eyes.
Now there is a kind of collective "I told you so" on the part of Apple fanboys which seems tilting in their direction with the recent wins in their columns through the developing iTune and iPhone dynasties. And, might I say it, nobody really likes to be told "I told you so" in that fashion.
Of course MS is not scared, but I attend the shareholder meetings and I can tell you that many of the small investors like me sometimes wonder if Mr. Ballmer has the correct vision. I sometimes fantisize about a really intelligent and rational appearing person (like Apple's Cook) taking the helm at MS and seeing what he could do to transform the company.
Say what anybody will, increased competition will only make it better for all concerned because MS and Apple really need each other to compete against. We should all really be secretly proud when we see Apple innovate and see MS and others smart enough to emulate what they do well.
You are correct when you say that bashing is pathetic - but that pathos is a two way street my friend. Apple is finding their way and although I can kick myself for never having converted any of my assets from MS into AAPL, I look forward to the day when my patience in MS will start to pay off again, as will others who have made their investments in Google, etc..
It will not only be better for those like me heavily vested in MS - it will be better for Apple as well because everyone will hopefully gain from the competition. I for one hope MS continues to do everything within its power to maximize their profitability - and if that means opening stores for image development despite a clear sense of public awareness of what exactly it is they will sell, I say do it!
At least they are not sitting around doing nothing - and I can tell you that not everything you have been lead to believe that comes out of Redmond is an empty promise or vaporware. It will just take someone with the correct cajones to allow the correct factions within MS to start emerging and taking center stage.