Thursday, June 09, 2005

Will Microsoft Finally Be Put Out Of Our Misery?

Oh, please, oh please, oh please. Robert Cringely has an interesting take on Apple's announcement that it will be switching to Intel processors. Apple has been firing on all cylinders the last couple of years, leaving Microsoft absolutely, positively, in the dust technologically. As an engineer and software architect, I have come to loathe and despise Microsoft. From the standpoint of aesthetics and technology, I would be elated to see Microsoft permanently dethroned.

Here's one point I liked:
Microsoft comes into this because Intel hates Microsoft. It hasn't always been that way, but in recent years Microsoft has abused its relationship with Intel and used AMD as a cudgel against Intel. Even worse, from Intel's standpoint Microsoft doesn't work hard enough to challenge its hardware. For Intel to keep growing, people have to replace their PCs more often and Microsoft's bloatware strategy just isn't making that happen, especially if they keep delaying Longhorn.

Enter Apple. This isn't a story about Intel gaining another three percent market share at the expense of IBM, it is about Intel taking back control of the desktop from Microsoft.

Intel is fed up with Microsoft. Microsoft has no innovation that drives what Intel must have, which is a use for more processing power.

It's got to suck to be Intel and see no use possible for all the innovation you'd like to do, given that your beautiful processors must run the bug-ridden, virus-infested, bland sludge that is Microsoft software. It is high time to put an end to all this ugliness...

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