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  • Microsoft Latest Ad: Buy a PC instead of a Mac and go to Hawaii with the Savings


    Microsoft’s Canadian website is now advertising the merits of Windows PC’s over that of Apple computers by comparing various models and configurations. This kind of advertising is nothing new of course, however, the PC’s that Microsoft has chosen to compare are hardly evenly match machines. Mac’s have always fetched a higher price than rivals, but it’s all about what you get for your money that really counts.

    Microsoft argues that with the money you save by buying a PC instead of a Mac, you’ll be able to use that savings to go on a Hawaiian vacation instead. The tag line, “Surf the web or surf Hawaii,” is Microsoft’s attempt to entice customers to chose a PC over a higher priced Mac.

    If your only concern is price then the choice is obvious, go with the PC and you’ll save some hard-earned cash in the process. However, Apple doesn’t have one of the highest customer satisfaction ratings in the industry for nothing. Microsoft is well aware of this fact and would rather that people focus on the price instead of the specs.

    Over the last few years, Apple has steadily chipped away at Microsoft’s dominance and their latest ad campaign clearly indicates that they consider Apple to be a serious threat. Microsoft’s market share may still be close to 90%, but Apple maintains a considerable lead when with it comes to portable devices like the iPhone and iPad. Does Microsoft really have anything to worry about? Probably not, but where would they get their best ideas from if it weren’t for Apple?

    Source: TUAW
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Microsoft Latest Ad: Buy a PC instead of a Mac and go to Hawaii with the Savings started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 272 Comments
    1. stylingsq01's Avatar
      stylingsq01 -
      I already live in hawaii so ill stick with the Mac.
    1. ohthatguyagain's Avatar
      ohthatguyagain -
      The greatest problem in most of these arguments is that pc people just don't get it. Keep replacing the "superior machines" every three years then buy a Mac. Two years ago, a man brought an Apple 2e into an apple store because he wanted a bigger hd. That comp was over two decades old. Apple sells long-lasting solutions. What's under the hood doesn't matter at all because the os runs correctly.
      In this regard:

      Apple = BMW
      PC = Ford

      Sure the mustang may be faster, but in three years time, I'd put money that the Beamer still drives like new.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I believe it's a misconception that Mac users are snobby just bc they'd prefer to spend money on a Mac than spend some on a PC and save the rest. I could say the same about PC buyers. Mac users are just defending themselves the same as a PC user would defend him/herself. It just looks bad on a Mac user bc Macs cost more therefore automatically deeming people as "snobby."
      From my experience most Mac users have spent a lot of time using Windows, but very few Windows's users have spent much time, if any, using Mac's and Mac OS X.

      Many use the fact that it might take a little time to get used to any new OS as a failing of some sort.

      I use both Mac OS X and Windows 7. Neither OS is perfect and neither OS alone does what I need it to do. Both have their uses, their pluses and their minuses.

      These Mac Vs PC, Xbox Vs PS3, iPhone Vs Android or whatever "debates" (and I use the term loosely) only end up doing one thing, and that's fueling stupidity, arrogance and ignorance. Very few people it seems can actually have a normal discussion about two rivaling things without becoming fanboys that are both blind to their own things failings and also un-accepting of their competitors superiorities. That goes for both sides of the coin.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by feidhlim1986 View Post
      From my experience most Mac users have spent a lot of time using Windows, but very few Windows's users have spent much time, if any, using Mac's and Mac OS X.

      Many use the fact that it might take a little time to get used to any new OS as a failing of some sort.

      I use both Mac OS X and Windows 7. Neither OS is perfect and neither OS alone does what I need it to do. Both have their uses, their pluses and their minuses.

      These Mac Vs PC, Xbox Vs PS3, iPhone Vs Android or whatever "debates" (and I use the term loosely) only end up doing one thing, and that's fueling stupidity, arrogance and ignorance. Very few people it seems can actually have a normal discussion about two rivaling things without becoming fanboys that are both blind to their own things failings and also un-accepting of their competitors superiorities. That goes for both sides of the coin.
      You know, I have to completely agree with you. I am exactly what you described. I've spent my whole life on Windows and recently switched to Mac (loving it). I still use Windows 7 on my Macbook Pro for school and for personal use just bc some things work better on PC and some things are better on a Mac. I would much rather run Windows on a Mac than use a Hackintosh. It's a lot easier to get Windows on a Mac than vice versa anyhow for the most optimal performance.
    1. Madblaster6's Avatar
      Madblaster6 -
      Quote Originally Posted by i.Annie View Post
      I believe it's a misconception that Mac users are snobby just bc they'd prefer to spend money on a Mac than spend some on a PC and save the rest. I could say the same about PC buyers. Mac users are just defending themselves the same as a PC user would defend him/herself. It just looks bad on a Mac user bc Macs cost more therefore automatically deeming people as "snobby."
      I don't think people who own macs are "snobby". I sell Pc's and Macs all day. It's the arrogance of the Mac company themselves. They show it in their commercials. The Mac VS. PC commercials. Also the new iPhone commercials "If it's not an iPhone"
    1. Stray's Avatar
      Stray -
      yeah if its not an iPhone its an iPod touch
    1. IXAdamOwnzXI's Avatar
      IXAdamOwnzXI -
      Forget about Mac and Windows. Real tech savvy people know Ubuntu is where it's at. Even with some programs (like iTunes) not being built for Linux theres many alternatives to those programs. Linux > all.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      I also have Ubuntu booted via VMware on my MBP

      I hate the rivalry. I think it's all dumb. But that's how competition goes I guess.
    1. A3gOwner's Avatar
      A3gOwner -
      Like mentioned before it's a matter of preference. It mainly what you like or are comfortable with. Personally I don't care for either one give me a Linux box and I'm happy. My i7 has gentoo running on it with slackware partition, windows 7 partition and osx partition so it's essentially a quad boot. Think I've been in windows once in past couple of months and osx like twice in two weeks. The reason for the Linux is because that's all we use at work (behind the scenes) gotta love it.

      Ubuntu is a beginners Linux by the way. There are way better distros out there. Just not as windowy as ubuntu but way more powerful.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by IXAdamOwnzXI View Post
      Forget about Mac and Windows. Real tech savvy people know Ubuntu is where it's at. Even with some programs (like iTunes) not being built for Linux theres many alternatives to those programs. Linux > all.
      I do like to use my Ubuntu VM every once and a while. Used it primarily for college stuff, cos the college PC's run only Ubuntu.
    1. jius's Avatar
      jius -
      Why oh why when there is some PC vs MAC debate do the Mac-fanboys mention the bluescreen death? Im a PC user and never had a bluescreen since windows 95! Its just a lame excuse or 'justification' for their fanboy-ness. My ipod touch has crashed multiple times however, serious on some occasions, so should I use that comment everytime??? If Apple got off their high horses and made things 'real' rather than relying on fanboys dry humping in an apple store over the genus bench over looks and specs, then they may gain more considerable ground over MS as they come back down to earth and what the 'common user' not some savvy nerd wants from a machine...they are the bread and butter of the pc purchases.
    1. DMI187's Avatar
      DMI187 -
      Quote Originally Posted by youngone305 View Post
      Windows pcs suck! Alway and error are a blue screen
      Quote Originally Posted by MegaEduX View Post
      Aww mate, do some research first...

      According to Wikipedia, Postal 2 runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

      All the games above can be ran natively using CrossOver Games.

      Link to more than 100 native Mac Games? Steam. Welcome to Steam
      Quote Originally Posted by c0dy View Post
      When did the measure of a computer's worth become it's gaming catalogue? If you're buying a computer to "pwn some noobs", then get a PC. But I'm an adult, so I buy Mac.
      Thanx
    1. jeffs64's Avatar
      jeffs64 -
      I build computers all the time, never built a Mac. It seems to me Mac's are for people that just want it to work. For them that's great but for me a PC is best. You can do a lot more with PC Program's Game's. Less expensive in every way. Mac's can get hacked just as easy as a PC. Safari was just hacked. It's just the way it is.
      Always a PC never a Mac.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by jius View Post
      Why oh why when there is some PC vs MAC debate do the Mac-fanboys mention the bluescreen death?
      Why when there's a PC vs MAC topic, the PC fanboys mention the price of a Mac? You like your PC, I like my Mac. They're both flawed in their own ways. Don't matter if you like my computer or if I don't like yours, as long as we like our own it's all good.
    1. XFaega's Avatar
      XFaega -
      It doesn't matter which one is better it's what people are willing to pay for.

      Most people buy a Apple product because everyone else is and same goes for a PC. Really each it all comes down to what you need it for. Me I own both but rather have a PC since you can upgrade with out paying a arm and a leg.
    1. feidhlim1986's Avatar
      feidhlim1986 -
      Quote Originally Posted by MegaEduX View Post
      Aww mate, do some research first...

      According to Wikipedia, Postal 2 runs on Windows, Mac and Linux.

      All the games above can be ran natively using CrossOver Games.

      Link to more than 100 native Mac Games? Steam. Welcome to Steam
      A game that's running through CrossOver isn't running natively.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Quote Originally Posted by XFaega View Post
      It doesn't matter which one is better it's what people are willing to pay for.
      True. It also doesn't make you superior or inferior depending on which one you paid for. As long as you're happy.
    1. Ikemann888's Avatar
      Ikemann888 -
      MacBook is overpriced when compare with PC in the same performance. I've just got my Dell XPS 17 i7 2nd Gen fully loaded with BD Burner 3gb Video Card 1080P 3D Display, etc. for $1,400. Never had a blue screen for a long times since Vista & Windows 7.

      Has to admit that MacBook looks sleeker & sexier.
    1. i.Annie's Avatar
      i.Annie -
      Not trying to argue, but it's not the same performance. It seems like it, but it isn't. Purely based on using the Mac and not the numbers and specs...that's what counts.
    1. Ikemann888's Avatar
      Ikemann888 -
      Mac OC is gaining ground over Windows. It doesn't matter who will won the battle, I own both Microsoft & Apple stocks.