Micah (micahchaplin) wrote,
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A List or Two

First, we'll start with a list of things the Apple can learn from Windows:

1. The dock is cool, the Windows 7 Task Bar is cooler - specifically, if I want to minimize a window, I click on the task bar and it minimizes. Maximize it? Click on the task bar. Pretty cool stuff there.

2. Themes and Customization - Come on Apple, when OS X debuted ten years ago you promised us the ability to customize the look of the OS to meet our needs/aesthetics. Where is it?

3. Menu items - Why have menu items listed at the top of the screen ALL THE TIME? The integration of Menu Items into individual windows frees up screen real estate.

4. Censorship - As far as I know, Microsoft isn't censoring anybody on their products. Stop that, Apple. It's bad form. Now I can't buy overtly sexual apps in your app store but I can rent and download 9 1/2 Weeks or Original Sin? Ummmmm, what? Take all the apps you don't feel are "necessary" and put them in a completely different genre in the store if you want, but don't boot them because you feel they're not necessary to the user. Are people using them? THEY'RE USEFUL!

Now a list of things Microsoft could learn from Apple:

1. Networking isn't hard, don't make it needlessly difficult just so your certified pros can hold onto jobs.

2. Develop your own hardware to sell you OS on and control the quality of it - I'm not saying try to put other computer makers out of business, but learn from Apple's total oversight of the hardware they produce - even if you don't like their OS, the hardware they put out there is always ranked exceedingly high in quality standards.

3. Quality Control - Seriously, Vista should never have been released as it was. Stop the "Release it now, fix it later" doctrine and get it right the first time. With any luck, Windows 7 is a glimpse into a brighter future in regards to that.

4. Stop trying to play catch-up with technology you didn't come up with. The Zune should be put out of its misery and let go. Focus your attentions on your strengths and build out from there. The upcoming Courier from you guys is unique, useful and and appears to offer much more usability than the iPad right out of the box.

I could easily go on for some time on both lists, but I don't want to rant too much.

I honestly feel if you put the best aspects of both into a single OS, it would become the one OS to rule them all!
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Stop trying to play catch-up with technology you didn't come up with. The Zune should be put out of its misery and let go. Focus your attentions on your strengths and build out from there. The upcoming Courier from you guys is unique, useful and and appears to offer much more usability than the iPad right out of the box.

The reason that the Zune didn't overtake the iPod in market share has nothing to do with the device itself, but Apple's head start in the marketplace, and arguably aesthetics. Look at the features of the Zune versus the features of the iPod, and the Zune wins out. As it does on price. And the argument could be made that the software, firmware, and marketplace are better on the Zune (I happen to prefer it to iTunes, far and away).

If market share is your benchmark for letting a product die, then Apple should kill its computer line. As far as not getting involved with "technology you didn't come up with", remember that Apple didn't invent the mp3 player, they just marketed theirs very well.
I didn't mean to say that because of market share the Zune should just lay down and die. I meant because as far as I've played with one, it's junk. It looks bad, the interface is bad, the features are bad (even though they sound good on paper). Unfortunately for those people who want something other than the iPod, the Zune really is the only other option if you want to "stick it to Apple." However, that's not saying much.

I should clarify and say that they either need to let the Zune die and put that time and money into another project (like the Courier, which could, potentially, offer much of the same functionality of the Zune along with all that other awesome stuff it appears to have on board). And, from what I've ready, it's not that much bigger than the Zune when it's folded up.

If Apple doesn't get the iPad's full potential up and running pretty damn fast, the Courier is going to kick its ass when it comes out. Of course, final judgement on both can't be had until I've managed to play with both of the, but right now I'm leaning HEAVILY toward the Courier.

I think that if MS continues to create software like Windows 7 and Office 2010 and put out fun little things like the Courier (assuming it's as awesome as it looks) AND can start pushing their way into the creative market, then they could potentially kill the Apple Computer side of thing. However, I think that MS will ALWAYS need an "Apple" to keep it from falling into Windows ME/Vista debacles in the future.