I have Vista installed on this laptop. I haven’t booted up Vista in weeks. Why? Because I installed Ubuntu on another partition and it is so much faster, and more secure (since Microsoft instructed me to remove Norton and then failed to get OneCare to work on this laptop).
Many others are eschewing Vista, not just because of the speed and stability issues it has but also because of the steep learning curve on moving from XP to Vista.
On the other hand Apple’s star seems to be in the ascendancy. In their financial statement released yesterday, for the quarter ended September 29th, they report:
Apple shipped 2,164,000 MacintoshÂ® computers, representing 34 percent growth over the year-ago quarter and exceeding the previous quarterly record for MacÂ® shipments by 400,000. The Company sold 10,200,000 iPods during the quarter, representing 17 percent growth over the year-ago quarter. Quarterly iPhoneâ„¢ sales were 1,119,000, bringing cumulative fiscal 2007 sales to 1,389,000.
â€œWe are very pleased to have generated over $24 billion in revenue and $3.5 billion in net income in fiscal 2007,â€ said Steve Jobs, Appleâ€™s CEO. â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to a strong December quarter as we enter the holiday season with Appleâ€™s best products ever.â€
â€œApple ended the fiscal year with $15.4 billion in cash and no debt,â€ said Peter Oppenheimer, Appleâ€™s CFO.
Why are Apple’s Mac sales doing so well and Vista so poorly?
At least part of the answer has to be in Apple’s strategy of releasing new versions every 12-18 months. Steve Jobs referred to this strategy in a piece in the New York Times yesterday when he said:
â€œIâ€™m quite pleased with the pace of new operating systems every 12 to 18 months for the foreseeable future,â€ he said. â€œWeâ€™ve put out major releases on the average of one a year, and itâ€™s given us the ability to polish and polish and improve and improve.â€
Apple introduced OS X in 2001 and since then has brought out four newer versions (Puma, Jaguar, Panther, and Tiger) with a fifth version (Leopard – OS X 10.5) due to ship this coming Friday.
Ubuntu releases new versions on a pre-defined six monthly schedule.
Xp was also released in 2001 but the next version of Windows, Vista, didn’t ship until January 2007.
The gently, gently upgrade strategy appears to be working for Apple and Ubuntu as their uptake soars.
Microsoft needs a new strategy for its Windows platform. Its current strategy certainly isn’t working.