In this morning's headlines I came across the following pair of articles:
Apple to Integrate 'QuickTime Pro' Features into Snow Leopard?
Average User Only Runs 2 Apps, So Microsoft Will Charge for More
The first is about how Apple, as part of the upcoming release of Mac OS X, is apparently going to stop charging for the "Pro" features of Quicktime (the core Mac video suite) and just roll these useful video editing features into the standard version that comes on every Mac.
The second says that Microsoft has decided that the "Starter Edition" of Windows 7 will limit users to running only 3 applications concurrently. If you want to run more you'll presumably have to pay more for another edition.
Now, I know that there is probably more to these stories than meets the eye - I'm sure that Quicktime Pro is probably not selling as well any longer given that more people are using the free iMovie software. And who knows, maybe Microsoft is going to offer the goofy starter edition for free (I doubt it). But doesn't it just seem that Microsoft is refusing to learn anything from the rise of Apple? People are tired of nonsense.