updated 12:55 am EDT, Tue October 14, 2008
Microsoft claims Apple tax
In advance of Apple's alleged sub-$1000 laptop announcement, Microsoft's vice president of Windows Consumer Product Marketing Brad Brooks claims that potential users will still be subject to a hidden "Apple tax". According to an interview with CNET, Brooks cites the lack of Windows or the cost of adding it to the machine as a defining factor, or the availability of technology like Blu-ray or HDMI. It is interesting to note the presence of Entourage on the Mac, however, since Brooks says the lack of Outlook on the Mac is a setback.
Brooks also blasts Apple's upgradability. While most PC towers can accommodate PCI cards or other expansion methods, most Macs can only swap out the hard drive or RAM. Apple's Mac Pro offers a vast array of upgradability, but sits at a higher price point than most consumer-level PC boxes.
In addition, Brooks claims that Apple's well-known resistance to viruses and attacks is a "fallacy", before boasting Vista's increased security over XP. When asked about how it compares to the Mac, Brooks avoids a direct comparison, and instead highlights Vista's phishing protection.