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Thursday October 23, 2003
06:26 PM

The Macintosh is the most compatible platform

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This response was e-mailed to David Pogue in reply to his New York Times article, entitled "Apple's Latest 0.1 Adds a Lot":

> "..that far more software is available for Windows (true; "only"
> 6,500 programs are available for Mac OS X).."

I'm afraid I'm going to have to take exception to the above statement. While it's true that there are more native Windows applications, I think that this is a misleading metric.

The Macintosh is by far the most compatible platform. It runs Classic applications, Mac OS X applications, BSD applications, Linux applications, and X11 applications. As surely you know, the Mac will even run Windows applications via Virtual PC.

This being the case, it's a reasonable conclusion that "far more software is available for Windows" is a false statement. I thank you kindly for an otherwise excellent article.
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