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Windows XP Downgrade Costs $21 More Than New Copy of Leopard

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

Since the introduction of Windows Vista, Dell has been offering a downgrade option to Windows XP for its customers. The deadline for the downgrade option has been extended twice, and at this point costs more than a brand new copy of OS X Leopard.
Tgdaily points out that the Windows XP downgrade option is listed on [...]

Mac Web Share Hits Record 8.82%, Windows Dips Below 90%

Monday, December 1st, 2008

According to a Net Applications web survey issued overnight Monday, Apple’s (AAPL) cut of the “Internet pie” increased in November as the Mac and iPhone hit record numbers in Internet share.
Naturally, this comes at the cost of Microsoft’s web presence, with Windows’ Internet share dropping below 90% for the first time ever and [...]

Apple Recommends Antivirus Software For The First Time Ever [U]

Sunday, November 30th, 2008

For the first time ever Apple is encouraging its customers to install antivirus software on their Macs for added protection and security.
As Apple’s market share increases, so does the likelihood of malicious viruses being spread. As many have argued in the past, the reason Apple’s computers are currently so safe is because their market share [...]

Apple’s Entire Ad Budget: $486M, Compared to Vista’s $300M

Saturday, November 22nd, 2008

In its 2008 fiscal year, Apple’s entire advertising budget was $486 million. Comparatively, Microsoft’s entire Vista advertising budget was $300 million. While Microsoft is a much bigger company, how effective have both campaigns really been?
Lindsay Blakely over at Bnet has dug up some numbers regarding Apple’s entire annual advertising budget, and when compared to Microsoft’s [...]

People Love Windows: As Long As It’s Running On A Mac

Thursday, September 18th, 2008

Sales of virtualization software Parallels and VMware Fusion are up 50% so far this year. Both pieces of software allow Mac users to run Windows applications side by side with OS X, making it a huge selling point for Mac holdouts, or those interested in making the switch.

A lot of business users need to run [...]

Video: Microsoft Airs New Jerry Seinfeld Commercial, “New Family”

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Tonight Microsoft has aired its second installment in their ridiculously irrelevant $300 Million media extravaganza. The new ad, titled “New Family” comes in at 4 minutes 30 seconds long and features Bill Gates and Jerry Seinfeld living and interacting with real people.

I’ve previously written that “The commercials do demand attention, and by attracting buzz, Microsoft [...]

Update: iTunes 8 Causing the Blue Screen of Death in Windows Vista

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Windows Vista users that have upgraded to the new version of iTunes, have been greeted with a pretty nasty surprise, the dreaded Blue Screen of Death.

We have all heard of the dreaded “Blue Screen of Death”, many have even seen said monster with our own two eyes. And according to users of the Apple [...]

Analyst: New iPod Line Will Lure 20M Windows Users Over Next Year

Wednesday, September 10th, 2008

The iPod has become a staple within the Apple brand and with the new line made available yesterday, many Windows users are believed to make a conversion.

Microsoft to Replicate Apple Genius Program

Friday, September 5th, 2008

If imitation is the highest form of flattery then Apple should be blushing right about now.

Microsoft has recently stated that their latest marketing campaign will include expertly trained in-store personnel. The company’s GM of corporate communications, Tom Pilla, has stated that the Microsoft representatives, dubbed “Microsoft Gurus,” will provide support and answer customer questions, [...]

Video: Microsoft Airs First “Jerry Seinfeld – Windows” Commercial; Rips Off Apple

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

In response to Apple’s cut-throat “Get-a-Mac” ads, Microsoft announced that it was planning a huge $300 million dollar ad blitz, beginning with commercials set to star actor/comedian, and known Mac user Jerry Seinfeld. Tonight they aired the first commercial in the “Seinfeld-Windows” campaign.

The ad begins with Seinfeld walking through a mall, when he spots Bill [...]

Feature: Would You Really Want All Your Data and Applications in “The Cloud”?

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Google released their very own web browser this week, “Chrome“. Initial reaction has been positive and Google’s stance on cloud computing has become more apparent. Everyone from the NY Times to Google’s own co-founder Sergey Brin have called Operating Systems bulky, and old-fashioned.

Cloud computing is being pushed like never before. Google with Chrome is [...]

New York Times: Microsoft Windows Monopoly is Slowly Eroding

Thursday, September 4th, 2008

Microsoft’s Windows Operating System continues to make billions of dollars being sold and prepackaged with new computers. However the inevitable demise of its dominant monopoly, is so apparent that even mainstream media is writing about it (via Silicon Alley Insider).

Joe Nocera write the following for the New York Times
Windows is already dying a death by [...]

Microsoft Releases Internet Explorer 8 Beta 2

Wednesday, August 27th, 2008

Microsoft released a significant upgrade to its Internet Explorer web browser this afternoon. The first edition of IE 8 was for developers, and Microsoft suggests that anybody who browses or uses the web, will love IE 8 beta 2.

During the last year, Internet Explorer’s market share lost six points, falling to 73 percent, still not [...]