I was just reading a news article about Steve Ballmer’s reaction to the recently announced Google Chrome operating system when I stumbled on this little gem:
“I don’t know if they can’t make up their mind or what the problem is over there, but the last time I checked, you don’t need two client operating systems.”
A quick look at Microsoft’s website tells me that Windows 7 is going to be released in “Starter”, “Home premium”, “Professional”, and “Ultimate” versions. There are more versions available depending on where you live because of Microsoft’s legal obligation not to force Internet Explorer on everyone in certain countries.
These are admittedly just different versions of the same operating system, but then we have to consider Windows Mobile on smartphones. That’s a entirely different operating system because it’s designed for a different type of device. Perhaps Microsoft should be reminded of their Zune. That runs a version of Windows called Windows CE (or Windows Embedded Compact). This is similar to the uses of Google Android and Google Chrome OS. Nobody would run a full version of Windows Vista on a mobile phone. It just wouldn’t be practical. Why should it be any different for another company? Do Apple run a full Mac OSX installation on every iPod and iPhone out there? You bet your ass they don’t!