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Windows 7 Not Afraid of Netbooks or Macs

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Microsoft thinks that Windows 7 will be enough to fend off all challengers.

Despite increasing competition from all sides, Microsoft seems to be holding the "What, me worry?" kind of attitude when it comes to staying on top.

Microsoft executive general manager Charles Songhurst said that netbooks, despite being a growing segment that presents many opportunities for competition, isn't one that should shake Windows 7's success.

The Google Chrome OS and Intel's Moblin provide free and lightweight operating system software for netbooks is geared towards casual surfing and emailing. According to CNet, Songhurst believes that even Google's strength behind Chrome and its free price tag isn't enough to hurt Microsoft's hold on the OS market if the competitors' products aren't demonstrably better.

With Windows 7 being engineered to perform better on netbooks than Windows Vista did, the familiarity of the OS for many users will be reason enough to stick with Microsoft.

Even with Apple's surging success as of late, Microsoft still feels that it the hold on enterprises. "If they are not compelling to the CIO, they are not going to make inroads in the enterprise," Songhurst said, referring to Macs.

Everyone will be watching how Windows 7 performs for both consumers and corporations when it launches next month.

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    sstym , September 16, 2009 8:11 PM
    Yoder54 ..Snow Leopard was one of the easiest installs ever. I put it on three different Mac's and not one problem.


    Do you mean it is easy to install Apple software on Apple hardware?
    That's a shocker.

    Now build a Mac from scratch and install any kind of upgrades (Graphics, RAID, you name it) on it.

    oh wait. You can't.
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    sstym , September 16, 2009 8:08 PM
    Microsoft still enjoys an 88% market share on OSes. I view the current trend of rising OSX shares as positive on several accounts:
    1- This forced Microsoft to focus on quality and Windows 7 is a direct result of this market pressure. Vista was a product of over engineering and complacency.
    2- As Apple gains more market shares, the hackers are going to start noticing. Steve Jobs will have to rewrite history Big Brother Style and pretend the infamous "Macs don't get viruses" Hodgman/Long commercial never aired.
    3- Microsoft is known for a complete lack of vision that is only matched by their ability to turn around and recover from their mistakes in a split second. This means they will come up with elegant solutions should their market shares get actually threatened.
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    thackstonns , September 16, 2009 8:10 PM
    Yoder54You are an idiot...little man.Snow Leopard was one of the easiest installs ever. I put it on three different Mac's and not one problem. From what I have read in the media Win7 will be a beast when you go to upgrade any hardware. MS is more concerned with piracy than with paying consumers. They would do well if the learned from the music industry.If MS has no concerns, then why do they continue to inundate us with those lame "I am a PC" ads?


    Man thats wonderful about snow leapord. You installed an operating system on three macs. wow bet all three macs were similar hardware wise, because you know they are all pretty much the same hardware wise. Also I seem to think apple is just as concerned about piracy, you know with all thier closed systems. Ipod, Itunes, apple tv, Iphone, OSX, app store, Dont jailbreak, limited chosen hardware.
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    tayb , September 16, 2009 7:57 PM
    Microsoft isn't going to be effected by Netbook markets. If push comes to shove, Microsoft will offer a free version of Windows 7 for netbooks that will effectively kill competitors from Google and Intel. The only way anyone can compete is making their software free and if they become enough of a threat Microsoft will do the same and the only real advantage is gone.

    And to the idiot that said "Snow Leopard can suck my dick." - Get a life.
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    rebel conquest , September 16, 2009 8:05 PM
    Same reason apple runs adds?....
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    justin_honour , September 16, 2009 8:06 PM
    lol I'm sure you didn't really mean to have snow leopard to suck your dick... presumably you still want to use it don't ya :p 
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    Ehsan w , September 16, 2009 8:07 PM
    Snow Leopard can suck my dick.


    thumbs up because of that XD
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    sstym , September 16, 2009 8:08 PM
    Microsoft still enjoys an 88% market share on OSes. I view the current trend of rising OSX shares as positive on several accounts:
    1- This forced Microsoft to focus on quality and Windows 7 is a direct result of this market pressure. Vista was a product of over engineering and complacency.
    2- As Apple gains more market shares, the hackers are going to start noticing. Steve Jobs will have to rewrite history Big Brother Style and pretend the infamous "Macs don't get viruses" Hodgman/Long commercial never aired.
    3- Microsoft is known for a complete lack of vision that is only matched by their ability to turn around and recover from their mistakes in a split second. This means they will come up with elegant solutions should their market shares get actually threatened.
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    thackstonns , September 16, 2009 8:10 PM
    Yoder54You are an idiot...little man.Snow Leopard was one of the easiest installs ever. I put it on three different Mac's and not one problem. From what I have read in the media Win7 will be a beast when you go to upgrade any hardware. MS is more concerned with piracy than with paying consumers. They would do well if the learned from the music industry.If MS has no concerns, then why do they continue to inundate us with those lame "I am a PC" ads?


    Man thats wonderful about snow leapord. You installed an operating system on three macs. wow bet all three macs were similar hardware wise, because you know they are all pretty much the same hardware wise. Also I seem to think apple is just as concerned about piracy, you know with all thier closed systems. Ipod, Itunes, apple tv, Iphone, OSX, app store, Dont jailbreak, limited chosen hardware.
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    sstym , September 16, 2009 8:11 PM
    Yoder54 ..Snow Leopard was one of the easiest installs ever. I put it on three different Mac's and not one problem.


    Do you mean it is easy to install Apple software on Apple hardware?
    That's a shocker.

    Now build a Mac from scratch and install any kind of upgrades (Graphics, RAID, you name it) on it.

    oh wait. You can't.
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    war2k9 , September 16, 2009 8:13 PM
    Microsoft has nothing to be afraid of.
    MAC OS what a joke, you can only install it legally on apple hardware only(the price of the software is good $29 for a full version).

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    jellico , September 16, 2009 8:15 PM
    Yoder54You are an idiot...little man.Snow Leopard was one of the easiest installs ever. I put it on three different Mac's and not one problem. From what I have read in the media Win7 will be a beast when you go to upgrade any hardware. MS is more concerned with piracy than with paying consumers. They would do well if the learned from the music industry.If MS has no concerns, then why do they continue to inundate us with those lame "I am a PC" ads?

    As opposed to the plethora of, "Hello, I'm a Mac" ads which hock the over-priced Apple offerings by touting the, apparently only ad-worthy virtue that, Mac is not a PC.

    Spare us your self-righteous indignation. To borrow a line from Top Gune: [Apple] neither be doing it better nor cleaner than the other guy.
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    bydesign , September 16, 2009 8:16 PM
    Vista SP2 isn't that much of an improvement and from a corporate point view isn't any stronger at all. Having said that I don't see any of those OS making huge moves in the corporate environment. There is no ROI in upgrading to Windows 7 so that isn't going to happen.

    I was a supporter of Vista, Windows 7 is just a service pack to Vista and should be free of charge. Things like the useless search feature and crippled virtual PC make it hard to support and the home group is slow and useless as well. The only real improvement is the slide show wallpaper and gaming performance. Really not impressed and M$ gives me all my OS's for free...
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    thackstonns , September 16, 2009 8:21 PM
    dainsane1I've been using win7 rc for about a month since my Ubuntu drive failed.it was a week perhaps two before once again i was back to cursing Microsoft. the honeymoon has passed and i miss Linux. win7 is nice but does not beat out ubuntu with compiz installed. rant said; win7 will still do well because the humans of the world still see and think of a computer as windows or mac. people seem to only understand branded systems and become rather confused when things look a but different. I am so tired of the blank stare when i say Linux and yet I do not see that changing anytime soon; even with google pushing a distro.


    Sweet so your telling me that I can run all my games on Ubuntu? Oh wait its still just for mostly office type apps, (yes I know you can run some games on Linux. I am just saying not very many that I play.) I think linux is a very commendable os. that being said I tried linux. I am so sick of command line, finding semi usable program alternatives. I don't really want to think that hard all the time. I am sure it is great for some people, but when I build a new system, I want it to do the majority of the things really well, office and productivity, Gaming, Multimedia, etc. Linux might do that, but not without a tremendous headache.
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    thackstonns , September 16, 2009 8:27 PM
    war2k9I guest i was misinform the zune is also a closed system product.


    I never said it wasn't. I never said Microsoft wasnt against piracy. I just stated that apple is too, and gave examples.
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