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    Apple and Microsoft — About Philosophy

    July 31st, 2015

    So in recent days, more and more tech pundits have published comparisons between OS X El Capitan, still a ways from release, and Windows 10, which arrived this week for download and bundled with some new PCs. Looking over these two, which actually derive an idea or two from one another, you can see where Apple and Microsoft have seriously diverged in how they approach platforms.

    For years, Microsoft has touted Windows Everywhere, meaning that, whatever device you use, you’d have access to a version of Windows. This would extend to point-of-sale devices and other gear that doesn’t necessarily strike you as related to a PC, though they are, in fact, computers. Windows 10 takes that integration attempt a step further by building an operating system meant to work on a host of devices. But there will be touch-centric and mouse-centric interface changes as needed.

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    About those Windows 10/OS X El Capitan Comparisons

    July 30th, 2015

    Just before writing this article, I read two articles that compared the latest operating systems from Apple and Microsoft. The results were contradictory, and that’s to be expected when different people express their points of view. But having worked with the El Capitan public beta and the presumed final version of Windows 10, I have my own ideas. I caution you, however, that El Capitan is still two or three months from public release, so it’s apt to be shaky. But the most serious bugs in Windows 10 should have been fixed by now, since it has been officially released.

    The biggest argument in favor of Windows 10 is that it’s closer in concept to Windows 7, and thus a more comfortable fit for most Windows users. As a result, there’s not much of a learning curve, and most things work pretty smoothly, although reviewers have run into more glitches than you might expect.

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    Memo to Apple: How About Better Release Notes for Public Beta Testers?

    July 29th, 2015

    An unknown number of beta testers are now eligible to receive prerelease versions of OS X El Capitan and iOS 9. So far, there have been three releases of the OS X public beta and two releases of the iOS public beta, compared to five betas of El Capitan and four betas of iOS 9 for registered developers. The process is clearly moving quickly, and it’s reported by some developers that beta five fixes a number of serious glitches with the next OS X.

    But Apple doesn’t make it easy for developers or public beta testers. Members of Apple’s developer program can download a sparse set of release notes for each update, but those receiving the public beta receive little or no information about the state of the release. There is no comprehensive listing, at least outside of Apple’s developer team, indicating what was fixed and, except for a few serious issues, what still needs to be addressed.

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    The Windows 10 Ho-Hum Report

    July 28th, 2015

    Microsoft definitely could use some good news. Their most recent financials weren’t so impressive, particularly the need to take a $7.6 billion dollar writedown because of the foolish decision to buy Nokia’s handset division. By foolish, I mean the fact that the division wasn’t doing so well before the acquisition. So by what leap of logic did Microsoft believe that it would make any sense to take it over, except to save some money?

    Certainly, the thousands of former Nokia employees who are finding themselves without jobs must be wondering whether it was all worth it. Had things been left alone, maybe they’d still have jobs, or perhaps most of them would.

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