If you’re looking for inflammatory speech, search no more: everybody’s favorite bearded-uncle of tech, Walt Mossberg, has well and truly rammed his metaphorical review-poker into the flames of the Windows/Mac argument. In his review of Windows 7 for All Things D, Mossberg confesses that while “In recent years, I, like many other reviewers, have argued that Apple’s Mac OS X operating system is much better than Windows. That’s no longer true.”
Nonetheless, Mossberg is still leaning toward Apple overall, going to to confirm that “I still give the Mac OS a slight edge because it has a much easier and cheaper upgrade path; more built-in software programs; and far less vulnerability to viruses and other malicious software, which are overwhelmingly built to run on Windows.” Still, he confirms that “Now, however, it’s much more of a toss-up between the two rivals.”
“Windows 7 beats the Mac OS in some areas, such as better previews and navigation right from the taskbar, easier organization of open windows on the desktop and touch-screen capabilities. So Apple will have to scramble now that the gift of a flawed Vista has been replaced with a reliable, elegant version of Windows” Walt Mossberg, All Things D
To be fair, Mossberg is telling the tech community something it’s already known for several months now. Opinion of Windows 7 has ranged from grudging approval to all-out surprised amazement, and when you consider the vitriol and bile Vista can still prompt, that’s impressive. October 22nd can’t come soon enough.