With recent CES (Consumer Expo) and upcoming MWSF (MacWorld Expo San Fransisco), lots of friends of mine asking will Apple finally taking down Microsoft and once again rule the desktop. I simply say it will never be… Unless Apple is willing to let PC hardware use/license Mac OS X on ordinary PC hardware. Apple should letting the Mac OS X go as an independent product. Why? Because end users are the last mile and they are all the laggards. They are slow to change. They use Windows!! Some of them are using Windows 95 and most corporate are happy enough with Windows 98 Second Edition. Some portions are Windows 2000, XP and Windows 2003 users. And they have lots of investments (softwares and hardwares), and familiarity based on Windows that not easily change overnight.
By the time Apple are happy enough with Leopard (10.5) and/or Dharma (10.4.4), people will stay there with Windows, and some even experiments or start migrating to Windows XP x64 Edition and/or trying Windows Vista in the mean time. The point is there’s no way Apple would ever be a clear winner of desktop competition if Apple would never release Mac OS X as stand alone product. To win the battle it’s not about technical excellency, it’s the market share, dude!!
Dang!…. so will Apple or Steve Jobs will ever release Mac OS X as a stand alone product?? I don’t think so (I hope I’m wrong, or may not too little too late if Steve start changing his mind about this)… why? Because Apple never think that they have made a mistake by keeping the OS proprietary, and there where Microsoft stole the show…. especially with huge success of iPod!! (Still a propriatery product). Though the case with music player is different.
Read my previous rants here. Are you there, Steve?