Monday, August 11, 2008

The difference between Apple & Microsoft

On the Discovery Science channel (Foxtel Digital/HD) they finally have some new more modern content, in particular a show called Download. The episode I watched followed the invention of the web to the development of the Mosaic/Netscape browser and the competition from Microsoft which led me to thinking. Microsoft used it's money and power to destroy (word used by Internet Explorer engineers when talking about Netscape) the competition, not software from which the company was built from. We all know how crappy Internet Explorer is, the only reason it's still going is because of business as any self respecting developer would have scrapped it already. Microsoft got to the top by using illegal and brutal Business tactics while Apple is rising to the top by making great software and matching it with great hardware. Name one Microsoft application (concept or release) that hasn't already been done before? Microsoft engineers admitted they did not want to know how their salesmen made the multi-million dollar deals, relating them to members of the mafia. Don't get me wrong, I have a lot of respect for Bill Gates and his talented developers but Microsoft as a company is exactly where this industry must not go.

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