I’m definitely not your typical Microsoft blue blood. I at times buck the kool-aid internally and prefer to always keep my options open to the “competitors” we have at Microsoft. It’s not that I'm a rebel at heart, it’s simply I can’t be bothered being that guy that belongs.
Lately, Apple’s been annoying me to no end. Most whom follow my twitter will notice my anti-Apple behavior and a lot of them associate this with being a MS-Fanboi (in fact one follower of mine took time to tear me new one over being too pro-Microsoft).
Well, if you were to come over to my house you’d see the following:
Clearly, I’ve earned the right not wear the label MS Fanboi? or would you like more proof?
That all being said, Apple has been the number one pain in my butt in the past 3 months for a number of reasons and they are as follows:
I can list about 1000 more war stories about Apple, but let me just illustrate it another way.
I’ve spent approx $12k in the last 2 years with Apple and to be openly honest, I’d rate the overall experience as being over-rated. OSX to me has ups and downs associated to it, certain software I like other times I feel it’s the distant cousin twice removed in terms of functionality.
I don’t agree with their ads, and feel they’re overselling and under delivering on promises.
I am really impressed with the Windows 7 team as whilst its only been 48hrs of usage, I’ve found the overall experience rewarding (XD is really interesting). Zune team are on a good bet here, but I’d love to see it scale more world wide. The Zune Desktop is brilliant in design, so high fives to their XD team on a job well done.
Windows Live team has always been a bit of a weird bunch to me (in both a good and bad way), but in the last 6 months I’ve seen exceptional amount of improvement from them (I’m sure Angus will take most of the credit ;D), so much so the tight integration with Windows is now in my mind going beyond the Apple iLife experience I once held them hostage against. Live have done great work, so big handclaps to them on their efforts so far.
I really feel Microsoft is on the right track in doing exciting things with both our consumer and developer story end to end. There’s still a few gaps I’d like to see us close, but I've already sent 13 emails tonight to various team leaders on how we could close them (which I’m sure they are thrilled at getting :D)
Does this make me the fanboi now? probably, but you know what, labels are for tuna cans, I rock the boat just as much as I ride it, so meh to you anti-Microsoftees :)
I’m sure there will be complaints..