Originally Posted by ascii
I know 10.6 wasn't about major consumer features, but I was saying they shouldn't have done that, because MS is not standing still. Drop-down menus with columns of text entries have been around since the very first GUIs, I don't think it's a minor thing to get rid of that. I think it was very brave of Microsoft.
But yes, it is good that Apple are charging such a low price. Hopefully it will encourage adoption which will in turn encourage developers to use the new frameworks. Of course Mac developers are pretty good at that sort of thing anyway.
Don't get me wrong, I would never go back to Windows, I just thought GUI was one of Apple's specialties, and it seems MS is now the one innovating in this area while Apple is focussing of programmer frameworks. Or at least - Apple's GUI innovation has shifted to touch screen.
Both Apple, with Copeland, and MS with Longhorn learned that you can't do everything at once. Something has to go.
You can't rework the internals in a major way, and add major new areas to the OS, while at the same time, overhauling major GUI features. It just can't be done. The GUI features will have to be based on the new internals. How can a company do both at once? It's impossible1 They would have to wait until the internal makeover was almost complete before doing any serious work on the feature set, and how much more time would that add to the wait? Another year? Two more years?
Apple did the right thing. They broke it down into two parts. 10.6 was the factory overhaul of the OS, and 10.7 will be the pimping out of the externals.
Win 7 meanwhile, as Ballmer himself said, is just "Vista done right". Nothing to brag about there. It's what they should have had over two years ago with their sweating and pushing out of Vista after a five year pregnancy, once aborted.
Now, we're reading that Win 7 might be the last major Windows upgrade, and that they have learned their lesson. From now on, the thinking goes, they will copy Apple's formula of making smaller upgrades, and more of them. We'll see. But Windows is also in terrible shape internally, which is why Longhorn was worked on. So maybe, Win 8 will see few features, and an internal reworking. But then, Win 7 saw few new features, so who knows?
But the OS is getting pretty creaky, and this is said by those who follow it. They may have problems adding much more to it as it is.