Probably won't make many people happy that have responded to this thread, but whenever Microsoft is mentioned it reminds me of the dmoz bashing threads.
Lemme see, people complain it takes forever for MS to roll out an OS, but if they release a beta or too early, people complain that it shouldn't have been released.
I have yet to see another company build an OS from scratch that comes close to Windows. What says the MAC users? You have to remember MAC uses a lot of the Unix core OS.
So MAC users love to bash MS and it's new operating system, but then there is "Tiger" which I don't see anyone raving about…right?
As far as patches and security updates I think they do alright considering the amount of people trying to hack it and/or find holes.
I also have RedHat Enterprise Server on a workstation and I get security update/patch notices emailed constantly, so security problems don't affect only Windows boxes.
Might sound like I'm a MS employee, not even close. I believe people should give credit where it is due.
My problems with purchasing a MAC at this time is the initial price/performance ratio for everyday apps I use and the cost of replacement software when/where available (some of my useful apps are not made for the platform).
I have nothing against MAC's and plan on purchasing one sometime. I think Apple is going in the right direction with their move to Intel processors etc. Since all their hardware will be PC based and their OS is built on Unix I am waiting for them to start running Win apps natively….
MS still puts out the best everyday office apps and other reference related software that no-one even comes close to for usability etc.
BTW, why do MAC users hate MS/PC's so bad….never understood that especially when the new MAC's will carry the same hardware as a PC.
I look forward to the day when I can run both an Apple OS and MS OS on the same machine natively.