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Windows 7 was "inspired by Mac", Microsoft admits

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We reckon a lot of Mac users will be dashing across to read PCR’s interview with Microsoft’s partner group manager, Simon Aldous, today, if only to look in black and white at his admission that Windows 7 was “inspired” by Apple’s Mac OS X.

As readers hear the faint strains of ‘Follow the Leader”, here’s a few samples of what he said:

“One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that it’s very graphical and easy to use. What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7 – whether it’s traditional format or in a touch format – is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics,” he said.

“We’ve significantly improved the graphical user interface, but it’s built on that very stable core Vista technology, which is far more stable than the current Mac platform, for instance.” (Oh yeah?).

Create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics?

Where did we hear that before?

And isn’t that what everybody knew already?

Perhaps that’s why Windows XP users should consider switching to a Mac.

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Microsoft's fight against Apple ads seen as waste of money

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With Apple's Mac home market share tripling in the past five years, Microsoft has fought back with its own advertising campaigns attacking Apple for the first time, a move one analyst sees as a mistake.

In Sunday's New York Times, Devin Leonard took a look at the advertising battle between Apple's "Get a Mac" campaign and Microsoft's "Laptop Hunters" and "I'm a PC" TV spots. He said that the ad war between the two companies is "destined to go down in history," with the likes of the Pepsi-Coca Cola rivalry of the '80s and '90s. But in a new note to investors, Charlie Wolf of Needham & Company said the Mac's recent market share gains are a result of much more than advertising. In addition, he said the Windows maker would be better suited using its money to combat overseas piracy in emerging countries.

"One has to admit that Apple’s 'Get a Mac' campaign was humorous if nothing else," Wolf said. "But why Microsoft responded with an ad campaign of its own is a mystery. The company erroneously attributed the Mac’s share gains to the 'Get a Mac' campaign... However, the damage done to Windows' worldwide market share was miniscule.

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How to Use Cydia: A Walkthrough

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If you have used Installer.app in the past, Cydia should look somewhat familiar and be fairly straightforward to use. Here’s a basic walkthrough to help you navigate through and get the most out of Cydia. NOTE: This only works on jailbroken phones, see our 3G Jailkbreak Tutorials for Mac Users & Windows Users.

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Ballmer calls Apple a competitor for OS, but not smartphones

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer spoke with analysts in New York yesterday, discussing the company's prospects in the current economic downturn. Though the easily excitable executive acknowledged that Windows faces serious competition from Mac OS X (as well as Linux and Google) in the operating system area, he continued to downplay Apple's iPhone as a serious competitor to Windows Mobile.

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Windows Mobile 6.5 -- Obsolete Already?

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Yesterday, at a "strategic update meeting," Microsoft Chief Steve Ballmer said the company will release Windows Mobile 7 -- Microsoft's OS for smart phones -- in 2010. That statement is a little surprising when you consider Microsoft just last week introduced Windows Mobile 6.5, which isn't slated to ship until later this year.

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UPDATE 2-Microsoft tailors Windows 7 for netbooks

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Chief Executive Steve Ballmer told an analysts' meeting in New York on Tuesday that Microsoft will offer robust versions of its yet-to-be-released Windows 7 operating software for netbooks, as the company looks to boost revenue from these hot-selling, low-cost computers.

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