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Meet MacOS Vista
Autor: kai - Datum: 17.02.2006Der von Apple gern zitierte John C. Dvorak hat unter Berufung auf einen Psychologie-Professor die Theorie aufgestellt, dass Apple einen Switch auf Windows plant. Da schüttelt man erstmal den Kopf, besonders wenn man seine "Indizien" sieht: iPod hat kein Firewire mehr, Adobe-Software war im Januar nicht fertig, M$, das damals ein dickes Apple-Aktienpaket kaufte). Aber vielleicht hat Dvorak zwar eine richtige Idee, aber die falsche Vorstellung, wie das ablaufen könnte? Es folgt ein Gedankenspiel: Die Mitschrift von Steve Jobs' WWDC-Keynote 2007... "The last years have been a huge success for us. We sold over 30 Gazillion iPods and people just love iLife. They love the look and feel of the Mac, because that's what it always was about, right?
Last year, we introduced our Intel-Macs and people just went crazy. We've sold over 8 Million of them, they're so much faster than PowerPC-Macs and they're absolutely quiet, we're really thrilled with the reception.
But there is still one big problem: On the Mac, you don't have very much choice in hard- or software, and there's always this special program or that piece of hardware that someone absolutely needs that will never make it to the Mac. On top of that, MacOS X always was slow, this is because it is based on Unix-Technology that started in the late Sixties. We've tried our best to make it fast, but there's only so many tricks you can teach an old dog. To solve all this and to help mass adoption of MacOS X I am announcing today that we're going to switch over to Windows as the new Basis for MacOS X.
Why do we do this? A few years ago, Microsoft decided to throw everything overboard and start anew from scratch. This took many years, but with Vista Microsoft has developed a new platform that is modern, fast and secure, so you don't get virusses and stuff. We've had a secret team working on this for the past two years and we will release the new MacOS Vista 10.6 "Ocelot" in August.
So how will we pull this off? What makes a Mac a Mac is the userinterface, right? This must not change, so we're just using the Windows Kernel and its Programming interfaces and crafted the MacOS-Userinterface on top of that, so the user experience will be the same as it ever was.
What will this get us? We'll be able to run any Windows-Programs just like they were Mac-Programs. Games, special business software, custom-built Visual Basic Applications, you name it, it will all run on Ocelot. And you can just buy any hardware in a store and install it under Ocelot and it will work just fine. What about the developers that love our own technologies and make use of that? Well, they can still do so, because we will still provide these APIs in addition to Microsoft's APIs. So if you're using Quicktime, Core Audio, OpenGL, Bonjour, Core Image or Core Video, this will just work as it always did under Ocelot. You will have the best of both worlds.
The good thing is that most Mac-applications don't even need rewriting. Since we've always been using abstraction layers between the programs and the hardware in MacOS X, we can just switch out the kernel and MacOS X programs will run like they did before. For Windows-Programs, we will have an extra API called "Babylon" that adapts the look and feel to the MacOS-Userinterface. Through Babylon you will be able to directly access Windows-Technologies like DirectX, Windows Media, .NET, WinFX or Avalon. Because of its direct access to the hardware Babylon is fast, really fast. Games and 3D will run just as fast as in Windows.
What does the switch to MacOS Vista mean to developers? You can develop and compile your MacOS-Applications just like you ever did. And if you want to, you can also use Microsofts APIs through Babylon. For Programs that explicitly require MacOS Vista and Babylon we've developed a new logo that you can put on your box or your Homepage [shows Logo].
What about the users? The users don't care about the kernel, just like they didn't care about the CPU. They just wonder if they are compatible to the rest of the world and if they can run their existing software when they switch over from Windows. In the computing world it's all about compatibility, and with MacOS Vista we will be totally compatible, but still you will get the look and feel of MacOS and its great applications as a bonus.
Let me demo this for you... [Steve demonstrates AutoCAD, Halflife, Safari, 3D Studio Max, iLife and Final Cut Studio all running perfectly under MacOS Vista].
So, summing up, it's all about transitions. On the hardware-front we went from 68k to PowerPC and then to Intel, and the transition just went great and our sales show people really loved what we did.
Now we're doing the same with the operating system: First we went from MacOS 9 to MacOS X and now we're going to MacOS Vista.
We're sure you will all love it just like you loved the Intel-switch. Thanks to all the people at Apple and Microsoft that worked so hard to make this happen and thank you for your time. We're headed to exciting new shores really soon!..."
Horror-Vision? Vielleicht, aber die Logik zum Intel-Umstieg ließe sich zumindest exakt genauso anwenden (ist nur Weiterentwicklung, für den User ändert sich nix, In der Vergangenheit war das zwar scheisse, aber jetzt ist alles neu und toll!). Abschließend noch ein in letzter Zeit oft hervorgekramtes Steve Jobs Zitat, das zum Denken anregen sollte:
"If I were running Apple, I would milk the Macintosh for all it's worth -- and get busy on the next great thing. The PC wars are over. Done. Microsoft won a long time ago."
--Steve Jobs 1996, Fortune Interview
Dank an Leser Chris und andere für die Anregung!