Microsoft made their fortune on integrating
Originally Posted by BlackSummerNight
What cool things have google created? I don't see why everyone is in love with google.
(their only successes) Windows, Office and their Servers (Exchange, etc.). Apple has come back on the back of their integrated
computers and OS X (it's like they're made for each other!), the integration of their OS X and other software (iLife, iWork, Final Cut, Aperture, etc.), and the integration of their various hardware (Macs, iPod, AppleTV, iPhone, etc.). In a couple of months their server offerings, with it's integration with everything Apple, will be ready to take on Microsoft's in the enterprise. Google is similarly building the exponential power of integration......
Originally Posted by pt123
Well, if we are gonna sing that tune, iTunes was purchased, so was OS X.
Originally Posted by karbon
So, Picasa was created by Google? Nope, it was bought. Google Earth? Nope, bought as well. Gmail? Nope, it was based on a previous AJAX application.
So what are all those alleged PhD's doing at Google? I don't know, maybe bouncing their exercise balls?
But seriously, the search engine is great, but don't give them a lot of credit for "inventing" whatever they have acquired. It is what Microsoft has been doing for years...
Apples offerings, many of which come from acquisitions that they then built on and perfected (NeXT/OS X, Final Cut, DVDStudio, Shake...), Google is acquiring pieces (Writely, Blogger, YouTube...) to build on and perfect. And you're right. Microsoft built MSDos from a clone of CP/M.
What Apple has done in the past ten years would never have happened if they'd tried to bake everything from scratch. They took a lot of open source software and aquisitions but the big deal is that they made great software out of the building blocks that were available to them. Without Apple's software from Final Cut Pro to iLife, Apple would have disappeared......