At the risk of being labeled a complete and total geek, I have decided to post about a bit of technology news. Since I am a Mac user and avid fan, and had been a Windows user for years before, I feel that I have somewhat of an unbiased opinion about the whole PC vs. Mac issue. I also came to a realization, and decided to share it with the rest of you (if there’s anybody out there).
Recently in a blog article by Hilton Locke, a Microsoft Software Test Engineer, stated that Windows 7 (Code-named “Vienna,” hence the title “Windows ‘Weiner'”) will have some impressive new touch-screen features that will “blow away” people impressed by the iPhone. By the way, let me just go ahead and say that I made up the name “Windows Weiner” in reference to “Windows Vienna” (as in Vienna sausages), and I’m darn proud of it.
What I realized is that Apple’s competitors are constantly playing catch-up with Apple. This is because Apple’s thrust is innovation, not necessarily competition. It is competition in a way, but it’s a different paradigm than most companies.
Apple releases a product, which is revolutionary, the competition scrambles to make their own version of this product, but by the time they are done with theirs, Apple has already released something else even more innovative. Companies have to stop trying to “kill” Apple’s products. They have to start trying to innovate and build their own envy-worthy, game-changing products.
So it might be true that Windows “Weiner” will indeed blow away people impressed by the current iteration of the iPhone. But if history is any indication, by the time Windows 7 “Vienna” is released, the iPhone’s interface will seem archaic.