Enterprise Applications: 10 OS Lessons Apple Could Learn from Microsoft

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2009-12-04 Print this article Print
10 OS Lessons Apple Could Learn from Microsoft

10 OS Lessons Apple Could Learn from Microsoft

by Don Reisinger
Now that Apple's battle with Psystar is coming to a close, an important realization has emerged: Apple believes that its operating system, Mac OS X, is the foundation stone of its intellectual property and a treasure that must never be degraded by allowing the formation of a competing Mac-compatible computer market. If it didn't believe that, it would have licensed the operating system a long time ago. But that hasn't happened in more than 25 years and to all appearances it never will. Now that we know Apple's intentions and strategy are firmly rooted in its operating system, there are some things that the company must learn if it wants that OS to gain even more market share. And although some might not like to hear it, many of those lessons can be learned from Microsoft. Windows is in no way a perfect operating system. It has been ravaged by malware, giving Apple the high ground on the security front. It has also suffered from design issues in the past that have allowed Apple to gain ground in the operating system market. But it's not all bad. Microsoft has made great strides with Windows that Apple could learn from. Apple can also learn from all Microsoft's mistakes. Here are some of the lessons Apple can learn about the OS market from some of the good and bad ideas Microsoft has had in the past.
Don Reisinger is a freelance technology columnist. He started writing about technology for Ziff-Davis' Gearlog.com. Since then, he has written extremely popular columns for CNET.com, Computerworld, InformationWeek, and others. He has appeared numerous times on national television to share his expertise with viewers. You can follow his every move at http://twitter.com/donreisinger.

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