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Mac vs. Windows

Posted in Software, Technology by Noah Harlan on August 7, 2009

Microsoft just released to Walt Mossberg (which I found via Daring Fireball) this handy-dandy chart to help anyone interested in upgrading to Windows 7 understand whether they can do so easily.  The blue squares means it’s hard (ie: clean install), the green squares means it’s a simple upgrade.  Take a look:

windows-upgrade-chart

Now I present the Apple upgrade chart for 10.5 (Leopard) to 10.6 (Snow Leopard):

10.5_vs_10.6

You decide.

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  1. Michael J. Cohen said, on August 7, 2009 at 11:51 pm

    cute, but you left out the fact that PowerPC users of Leopard can’t upgrade to Snow Leopard. 🙂

  2. Wade said, on August 8, 2009 at 1:40 am

    If you’re upgrading from 10.4 (newer than XP by 4 years), you need to get the Boxed Set (I don’t know why, but that’s what Apple’s matrix indicates, http://www.apple.com/macosx/specs.html.)

    Also, add 32-bit & 64-bit headers. 10.6 won’t fly on 32-bit Intel Macs. Like MA092LL/A. That’s a “NO”.

  3. Noah said, on August 8, 2009 at 10:48 am

    True, true – but the Windows chart doesn’t seem to deal with hardware issues either…

  4. Noah said, on August 8, 2009 at 10:50 am

    I don’t know that you “need” the box set – I think they’re just encouraging you to get the box set since it has the latest version of iLife and iWork. The upgrade only works for consecutive versions I guess.

    And, as I replied to Michael, I’m only looking at the software route, I don’t think the PC chart deals with hardware issues – but yes, you need a 64-bit intel machine for snow leopard.

  5. Wade said, on August 8, 2009 at 2:59 pm

    You’re right, the $29 10.6 SKU is only for those with 10.5. Prior version of the Apple chart showed a $129 SKU to upgrade from 10.4, which I suppose would dud iLife from 10.4 (this is what’s happened w/ Apple upgrades in the past), thus the $169 SKU that includes iLife now being recommended. It’s unclear if there’s still a $129 SKU or not now. Anyway, cross the 10.6 SKUs with the 32-bit vs. 64-bit consideration, and consider that the Windows chart includes a lot of “Custom Install” combinations that are unlikely (like going from pro or business version to home version… sure, you can, but you lose features), and that “In Place Upgrade” means “YES”, and I think you get pretty similar charts.

  6. Noah said, on August 8, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    My chart is a bit simplistic but I was more pointing out the fact that the 6 different versions of windows is just a bit absurd. Why not just offer “windows” – perhaps in 32 bit and 64 bit versions? I just think it’s such a poor ethos to cripple one version of your software (that’s not demo software). The way that M$ segments it’s users makes you decide, up front, what type of user you will ultimately be. With OSX, you can use it’s most basic features or it’s most intricate command-line features and all of it for $29 upgrade. Yes it might not work on some legacy machines (PPC’s) but time moves on and maintaining backwards compatibility for everything is part of what has crippled M$’s development over the year.

    Furthermore, and something I haven’t addressed in the chart, is the commendation due to Apple for pausing in their development cycle to take a product and make it work better. Snow Leopard has some new features but the real bonus is that it’s much, much smaller and faster. Nice to have someone stop and think about streamlining and polishing for once.

  7. Wade said, on August 9, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    Sure, I get your points, and I agree, I’d like to see “one version” Windows 7 upgrade SKU. (I like the range of SKUs that are pre-installed on PCs, though, and to your point about segments, there are plenty of hardware segments in retail purchase, some which have TV tuner & geosensing hardware and can use Ultimate, some for business which are suited for Professional, Home for lower cost & better performance.) But I’d like to see a chart that shows the issues for Mac users as well though, lest your readers buy $29 coasters. (That’s Apple’s flavor of poor ethos… what Apple doesn’t like folks to know is it’s not just PPC Macs that can’t run 10.6, but the early generation of Intel Macs that were IA32 instead of IA64… we’re talking 3-year old Pro-priced hardware..)

  8. Charles Hubert said, on August 28, 2009 at 9:21 am

    I don't know that you "need" the box set – I think they're just encouraging you to get the box set since it has the latest version of iLife and iWork. The upgrade only works for consecutive versions I guess.

    And, as I replied to Michael, I'm only looking at the software route, I don't think the PC chart deals with hardware issues – but yes, you need a 64-bit intel machine for snow leopard.;. All the best!!


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