Originally Posted by jenkman91
When you go to an Apple Store, how many versions of OS X to you see? You see ONE
Now let's say you go to Best buy. How many versions of Vista do you see? 5 or 6? I don't know the exact number because it's way to many versions to begin with.
The OS X server OS you can only get from the online store. And mobile OS X you can only get on the mobile devices.
What I was trying to get at in my comment was that OS X has 1 version of it's mainstrem OS which is Leopard.
Vista has more than one version of vista and the same for Windows7.
Why? Why does microsoft make it such a cluster f*ck for customers?
Apple has proven that making one version of an OS that has all the features and does everything right of the box. No trial software etc.. None of that.
And one more thing: windows ultimate is what $400? I can buy OS X Leopard for $120
Boom... Enough said
I really want the PC fanboys say something else.
I am not a PC fanboy, I use both, but will chime in anyway.
You may as well ask the question as to why BMW don't just make one car and sell it to everyone.
It is called choice, giving people more freedom to decide what they want to buy and what they want to pay for it.
Microsoft earn most of their money from the Enterprise, this should not be a surprise to you. They have a licensing model that enables them to get the most amount of money per license sold into the enterprise. Problem is that consumers are not usually willing to pay enterprise prices for any software that they see mainly not for commercial use. Consumers tend to use the software less, need less support and do not require all the features of a pro OS. And therefore do not want to pay $400 for a license. Microsoft then delivers a 'home' version, the lack of a few features is irrelevant, the price is the reason for doing it.
Why do you think this is a bad thing? If Apple had any kind of foothold in the Enterprise market do you not think they would be doing the same thing with OSX? Of course they would. There is no way that Steve Jobs would sell OSX to business for $179 if he thought he could get $300.
Why do airlines have business class? Why do hotels have cheaper rates available for tourists?
Business pays top dollar and consumers pay less in many different ways. Why should software be any different.
As I said it is only because of OSX's lack of presence in business that you are only saying this. To most people it is a good model.
And please, do you really think your average consumer is confused by choice? You need to get into the supermarkets more. There are something like 473,733,338,321 different brands and derivatives of washing powder on the shelves, is America facing a crisis of dirty clothes because people are facing a "cluster f***" of choice???