Editor's Blog: Apple's Lawsuits, Microsoft's Missed Opportunity, and More

Editor's Blog: Apple's Lawsuits, Microsoft's Missed Opportunity, and More

 

A pair of Federal prosecutors involved in the Apple stock option investigation are leaving their jobs with the government and are joining private law firms. That doesn't mean the Apple investigation goes away; it means it will take longer for this case to be resolved. While the new Federal lawyers to play catch up, Apple's lawyers can keep themselves busy with Quantum Research Group's lawsuit against Apple. QRG claims that Apple's ipod touch sensor technology violates QRG's patent.

 

If you've been following the Iowa class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, then you've probably heard about Microsoft's Jim Allchin and his emails that are a little embarrassing for Microsoft. First, there was the "I-would-buy-a-Mac-today-if-I-was- not-working-at-Microsoft" email. Now there's the "iPod-will-drive-people-away- from-WMP" email, where in 2003, Allchin suggests teaming with Apple on making the iPod work on Windows. Allchin says he's going to retire after Windows Vista ships at the end of this month. What will he do after Microsoft? Maybe he'll come work for Apple.

 

Are you still fuming over the fact that you'll have to pay $1.99 to enable 802.11n in your new Intel Mac? Here's more fuel for your fire: rumor has it that Boot Camp will cost $29 once the software is finalized (it's currently in beta—and free). Boot Camp will still be part of Leopard (a.k.a. Mac OS 10.5), but, of course, you'll have to pay an undetermined price for the Leopard upgrade.

 

In other news: Upgrading to Windows Vista is going to be a pricey propostion—and it might even invigorate the high-tech economy. Sun Microsystems is jumping on the Intel bandwagon. Have you fallen for any of the top 10 Internet scandals of all time? And finally, two snowflakes can be alike.

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Dave Barnes

I think that everyone who is complaining about the $1.99 for activating 802.11n is a whiner (aka a cheap pathetic loser). Everyone can afford $2.
I think that everyone who is complaining about the $29 for Boot Camp 1.0 has no clue about marketing. Apple is charging for 2 reasons:
1. Stupid SOX.
2. To push more people into buying Leopard perhaps a littel sooner than they would normally. Duh!

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Anonymous

Bootcamp is obviously a secret feature of Leopard that had to be released early as a beta when hackers successfully installed Windows on Macs. The purpose was to prevent a customer support nightmare.

Since it isn't and never was a Tiger feature, and since most software that costs money goes through a free beta, this is business as usual. It's what everyone should expect to happen. Since Parallels cost $80, it isn't asking too much to charge $30 to retrofit what was intended as a Leopard feature into Tiger.

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