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Does anyone know why the a copy of Windows 7 ultimate cost £229.99 GBP and Mac OS X 10.6 cost £26.00 its ridiculous, you might say it cost that much more because Apple make hardware but so does Microsoft they make the Xbox 360 and Wikipedia say its the 9th best selling games console of all time at 50 million units and you have to buy Xbox live membership to play online which most people do and they also have windows mobile OS, so its not like MS is short on money to force the price of Windows 7 to be almost 10 times as much as Mac OS X 10.6 and i also know that the cheapest apple computer/laptop (not ipad, ipod or iphone) cost £612 GBP (Mac Mini) and Windows has got 100,000s of viruses and Mac has got less than 50 (i think) and they not very common. Don't forget Linux as well the only price you have to pay for that is you have to wait a few weeks for it to come in the post and thats also got hardly any viruses lol and i got a Macbook 2 weeks ago and i can say that I'm not getting any Microsoft products anymore, my sisters laptops hardware is two times better than on my Macbook and my Macbook is about 4 times faster at doing things than my sisters Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit laptop.
    
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You're comparing clothes and screwdrivers, what is an operating system for a user? I'm gonna be the devil's advocate. Here are a few differences between Win and OSx:
1. Win works on any PC/Mac. You may use it on one laptop and you could use it on another one afterwards.
2. 270£ is the most expensive and isn't needed for 99%. If you wanna buy a Mercedes you can pick a 30k£ C-Klasse not necessarily the 200k£ SLS. Win 7 for 99% of users costs 80£ and is called Home Premium.
3. The 30£ OSx is an upgrade license, it supposes you have another Mac license. If you don't, you break the license agreement although nobody will ever care to check.

...as much as I like Mac's design I can't stand the smugness of some users. I have a colleague, 3 meters away from me that holds her MBP on two wedges to that the bottom of the lappy is distanced from the office desk. Guess why: it overheats. What else... oh Macs can't read NTFS drives (by default) - I know how to enable it, but how many do? A few weeks back one virus managed to find its way on her Mac... tragedy tragedy. One virus is enough if it passes, and of course since it's a Mac she didn't bother to installing an antivirus... oh the tragedy (luckily she had a recent Time Machine backup). But, according to Mac users around the office even like with a virus the Mac is way cooler than a working PC (which I agree with a grin).


I could continue with bias-ed comparisons. Every OS, since it still exists, has some merits. I like Linux on my laptop, Ubuntu 10.10 is a real good OS; it could be more "out of the way", but they'll get there. OSx is simple, sleek and if you are the kind of user that isn't bothered by its limitations, it's the best there is. If you have a rig on which you work, play, browse, do media, there's no better option than Windows.
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The £25 snow leopard retail dvd can be used to do FULL installations. It also has no licence key to input anywhere in the installation making it available for an unlimited number of installs.
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can i say inb4 the flame wars start?

there have been dozens of arguments about this


to put it simply
it depends entirely on what you use your computer for

IMHO
windows is an allrounder with the 99% support for all games
OSX is more of a media editing OS
linux is an open source super customizable OS

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Does anyone know why the a copy of Windows 7 ultimate cost £229.99 GBP and Mac OS X 10.6 cost £26.00 its ridiculous, you might say it cost that much more because Apple make hardware but so does Microsoft they make the Xbox 360 and Wikipedia say its the 9th best selling games console of all time at 50 million units and you have to buy Xbox live membership to play online which most people do and they also have windows mobile OS, so its not like MS is short on money to force the price of Windows 7 to be almost 10 times as much as Mac OS X 10.6 and i also know that the cheapest apple computer/laptop (not ipad, ipod or iphone) cost £612 GBP (Mac Mini) and Windows has got 100,000s of viruses and Mac has got less than 50 (i think) and they not very common. Don't forget Linux as well the only price you have to pay for that is you have to wait a few weeks for it to come in the post and thats also got hardly any viruses lol and i got a Macbook 2 weeks ago and i can say that I'm not getting any Microsoft products anymore, my sisters laptops hardware is two times better than on my Macbook and my Macbook is about 4 times faster at doing things than my sisters Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit laptop.
actually it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure this one out:

xbox 360 is not a computer, so i don't even understand why that is included in your argument.

have you ever seen a mac mini? if you did, you would know how already foolish your argument is...

if you take into account how much mac's cost compared to the hardware they use, and built a pc based on it (including windows), you'd more than likely come up with about a $2000 to $3000 price difference.

so what is ridiculous, spending $300 dollars on a full blown retail OS and cheaper parts/computers, or spending $2000 to $3000 more on the hardware, to get a $30 dollar OS?

i think the vote has been in now for almost 25 years...

and you can't complete the holy OS trinity without including linux in the discussion and its "free" cost.

my recommendation to you, is to fully understand what you are saying and do a bit more research than a hair brain idea that you come up with on a whim without doing any real research or putting in any major thought process, but then again if you were rational and thought things out, you wouldn't have bought a a mac.
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post #6 of 7
Buying OSX = you have a mac and have been ripped off there
Buying Windows = You haven't bought a 'microsoft' pc and haven't been ripped off like that so they need to make up for it XD
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People who buy ultimate clearly don't know better.

It annoys me to no end how people just read "Ultimate" and think it must be better (well yes it is the obvious choice but Microsofts marketing doesn't work that way). When in actuality all you get is even more bloat.

And you would have to pay me to get me to use OS X.
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