Market share is almost everything Antony, while computers sales in general have risen massively since 10 years ago, Apple's popularity has dropped to 1/4 of what it was!
Alright, a Mac costs say $3500, for a half decent one, a PC similarly configured costs $1500 - I have $2000 left over, whether I have slightly better software on the Mac or not is irrelevant. I can get Office 2003 installed by the OEM for $350, still got $1650, I can buy Adobe Photoshop Album, all of that kind of software, and for the same price - I have *better* software than what you get on the Mac, *and* MS Office. (Prices in AUD)
Windows 95 was hardly a ripoff of Mac OS, which was at version 7 at the time I believe. Windows 95 blew MacOS 7 away, as did the other various releases of Windows, until Apple releases a beta quality OS, OS 10.0, a few months later Microsoft releases Windows XP, good quality software, not beta quality. Then Apple fixes OS X with 10.1 so it is usable - but then makes you pay $129 USD for it! That'd be like MS saying 'Pay up!' every time a Service Pack was released. If someone buys a computer just before a new version of Windows is released, you generally get a free upgrade. If it was a while before the new version, say Windows ME on your Dell, you pay $99 USD for the upgrade to XP Home, and that's all you pay until Longhorn! Then Apple, unfairly trying to maximize profits by making their users pay every year if they want the latest updates.
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