Microsoft strikes back at Apple's comments

By Justin Mann on October 19, 2006, 1:43 PM
News commentators and bloggers aren't the only ones criticizing Apple over their recent pseudo-finger-pointing at Windows. Microsoft themselves are also quite upset over the whole deal, who say, like others do, that it's the manufacturers responsibility to make sure products are good:

"It's not a matter of which platform the virus originated [on]. The fact that it's found on the portable player means that there's an issue with how the quality checks, specifically the content check, was done," said Jonathan Poon who scans Microsoft software products for viruses before they ship. James Abrams, director of technical education for ESET, followed up by saying "The Apple iPod incident was not about Microsoft having a hardy operating system, it was all about security and process."
Nothing is worse than a he-said she-said fiaso, especially between two giants that have long bitterly opposed one another. Regardless, it does go to show you can't have your cake and eat it too. Apple probably did deserve some of the criticism, since blaming Microsoft for an iPod problem seems pretty far fetched no matter what way you look at it. No official word from Apple regarding this yet.

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black_death said:
Apple acts very childish sometimes, rather than explaining how and why a virus got on their product they blame Microsoft because the virus affects Windows and not all mighty mac users. Besides, who do you think would be in who's position of security if Apple had 90% of the world's computers? Apple needs to smarten up if they want respect from anyone besides their (dog-like) loyal customers.
peas said:
typical Apple spin and fud. But they have to do that to survive as a low-market-share player in the PC market. I don't see Apple surviving as a hardware company in the long term. Don't be surprised to see Apple moving to a mainly software-based biz model. They'll probably outsource an OEM or two to build their hardware using commodity PC parts and simply slap their logo on everything. They're already using Intel CPUs, PCI(-E), IDE/SATA drives, USB, etc... Gone are the AppleTalk bus, Apple proprietary card slots, SCSI, and for the most part Firewire (though it is an industry standard and still has some niche use). Mac hardware completely uses PC standards. It won't be long before most people realize that a Mac is just a PC that costs an extra $500 for the Mac OS. And people complain about $100 for a Windows license :O[Edited by peas on 2006-10-21 07:08:41]
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