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Crossing Platforms A Macintosh/Windows Phrasebook by David Pogue, Adam Engst

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Part II. Introduction

The Macintosh and Windows are the most popular computer platforms on earth. But the relationship between them, and the people who use them, has never been smooth. For years, Macintosh fans felt robbed by Microsoft, who, they felt, stole the best features of the Macintosh when designing Windows. And Windows users, for their part, often resented what they perceived as the excessive enthusiasm Macintosh fans felt for their underdog platform.

Today, much of the anger has subsided. Microsoft, it turns out, is enthusiastic in its support of the Mac OS, happy to support its sole competitor (if only to show the U.S. Justice Department that Microsoft is no monopoly). The Macintosh, moreover, benefits greatly by Microsoft’s Macintosh software division, whose Office suite and Internet tools rank among the most popular Macintosh applications. Meanwhile, Apple has helped itself to some of the best ideas from Windows in the latest versions of the Mac OS, bringing the two systems even closer together.

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As a result, we now live in an era of unprecedented shifts from one operating system to another. During Apple’s financial slump of 1995 to 1997, thousands of Macintosh fans reluctantly started using Windows out of fear that their favorite computer maker might not be around to support the Macintosh for long. Then, during Apple’s subsequent recovery, thousands of frustrated Windows users embraced the simplicity and style of Apple’s smash-hit iMacintosh computer. ...

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