How else can you explain this:
I mean, it’s fascinating, maybe we shouldn’t have showed so publicly the stuff we were doing, because we knew how long the new security base was going to take us to get done. Nowadays, security guys break the Mac every single day. Every single day, they come out with a total exploit, your machine can be taken over totally. I dare anybody to do that once a month on the Windows machine. So, yes, it took us longer, and they had what we were doing, user interface-wise.
Hmm. So let me get this straight: Apple copied all the Vista features, because MS was being careful about security? And OS X gets hacked every day? Sheesh, I'm not about to claim that OS X is perfect (it's not), but exploits against it are extremely rare. Against Windows? Too numerous to count, and I'll be astonished if Vista improves on that track record more than incrementally.
Here's the thing: The OS X kernel is Unix based, and Unix is simply a better frame on which to build than the one MS is using. If MS wanted to really change the game, they would have to do what Apple did: explicitly break from the past, and build a new Windows. They aren't willing to do that, and it leads to two things:
- Slow (and slower over time) release cycles, as the agglomeration of cruft gets worse
- The steady leak of security issues that are inherent in trying to secure a basically insecure starting point
Maybe it is time for Gates to leave - he's clearly living in a different reality from the rest of us.
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