Originally Posted by tcphoto
It's like comparing Apples to Oranges, one Company sells well designed products at a premium price while other sells products to the masses at discount prices. It's like comparing Kia's to Mercedes Benz, one sets the standards while the other is denying the others quality. Let's stop arguing and just acknowledge that they're doing things differently. Let's just try to remember how respectful Steve and Bill were at that event a couple years ago.
It's one thing for Ballmer to talk about installations of Windows vs. installations of Mac OS, but he should not be bragging about sales of Windows PCs, because Microsoft doesn't market any PCs. And Apple doesn't market the OS outside of their own computers. So it's two completely different approaches to the market.
Furthermore, I believe you have to look at either company as a whole. If you include the iOS, which is after all, an offshoot of the MacOS, how close does Apple get now?
But even that's not the issue. The issue is which company is most positioned to be able to deal with the future? In spite of their past successes, does anyone think of Microsoft as a visionary company? What was the last groundbreaking product from Microsoft....the menu bar in the latest versions of Office?
McDonald's sells far more burgers than your high-end, locally-sourced, grass-fed, organic burger restaurant, but which would most people rather be associated with?
But I do think there are legitmate questions as to whether Apple can remain a visionary company at the same time that it appeals to the masses. Generally, if the masses want something, I don't.