“I’m quite pleased with the pace of new operating systems every 12 to 18 months for the foreseeable future,” he said. “We’ve put out major releases on the average of one a year, and it’s given us the ability to polish and polish and improve and improve.”
Donchawish Microsoft could roll out a new operating system rev every 18 months that includes richer application functionality and optimized usability? When I switched one of the ah-hah moments was when I realized that the applications that Apple includes with the operating system are actually highly functional.
I didn’t need Outlook anymore and because the Apple apps allow for integration with other third party apps I could more fully take advantage of them. Now I have to use Entourage (Mac version of Outlook) because NewsGator is an Exchange shop and I’m pissed off all the time as a result.
I am in calendar hell right now as that @#$#$%&%$^* application doesn’t respond to meeting requests and it’s database gets corrupted if I attempt to use the sync service to ical. Really, not only is Entourage bloated and slow, but it’s walled off from all the other apps on my desktop and I hate it. But heh, Office 2008 is supposed to be here in 2008, maybe, and 2 years after Apple moved to Intel chips and everyone else has recompiled their apps as universal binaries, Microsoft is still a holdout… is that not beyond amazingly ironic, Microsoft doesn’t natively support Intel processors on the Mac platform?
Microsoft would do well to rethink some of the basic assumptions about what should be included in an operating system.