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by Dan Price — Sep 03
Scott can you explain to me how those were major versions? I'm just wondering because they have even less content than a Microsoft service pack

Since the release of XP, we've had SP1 & SP2 and they were largely security patches owing to the rushed-nature of XP. Windows 2003 is XP Pro but without the crippling. The x64-versions cannot be described as a 'major' releases as they add no new functionality and the uptake has been very poor. Tablet and Media Center are versions of XP shoe-horned to work on hardware never intended to run a full OS. The other upgrades you mention were security patches. MS is very good at marketing multiple versions of a product, but it's still Windows. Vista is a fiasco.

Since 2001, Apple has given us WebKit, Rendezvous, Exposť, Fast User Switching, iChat AV video conferencing, Automator, Core Data, Core Animation, Core Audio, Core Image, Core Video, the iLife Suite, a much enhanced Safari, a whole bunch of new apps that come bundled on every Mac, Dashboard, BootCamp, Rosetta, Spotlight (WinFS eat-your-heart-out)...the list goes on. That's not to mention that fact that within a year they've ported EVERYTHING to a new architecture and completely revamped their product line.

If you used Jaguar, then Panther was a pretty major upgrade, as was Tiger. At least on par with the upgrade from NT to 2000, or 2000 to XP.

showing the most piss-poor update MacOS has seen

Time Machine, Spaces, full (and importantly transparent) 64bit support throughout the OS, Core Animation, Objective-C 2.0, Dashcode...what planet are you from? WWDC is about developer resources, not wizz-bang user features. And the upgrade cost is likely to be a mere £80 for the whole thing, next to the hundreds expected to be charged by MS for the 'home' version of Vista.

All we get from Microsoft is yet more 'critical' security patches, buggy beta-versions of far-off releases (Office '07, Vista), un-innovative and sprawling development frameworks (.Net) and the long-awaited upgrade for SQL Server. That's not to mention the half-hearted Origami and Zune.

In 5 years Apple has completely reinvented itself.
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