Does Apple pass the Community test?

8 thoughts on “Does Apple pass the Community test?”

  1. I have to agree with PWB, Konfafulator was very problematic. Dashboard widgets are in no way similar to Konfab, Dashboard uses standard html/css/javascript and is totally open to any web developer. Konfab was/is it’s own little world.
    Widget have been around forever is some form or fashion, Apple did not bitch-slap Rose.

  2. Anybody in the “Operating System Utilities” business risks being stomped upon by the maker of the Operating System. I remember when some of the top selling software for Windows 3.1 was stuff to make it work better. Should Microsoft not have released Windows 95 and killed off that market?

    Heck, Mac OS X does live disk defragmentation, thus hurting companies like Symantec. Should Apple not do these things?

    If you’re in the “operating system utilities” market, you have to be aware that one of your competitors is the company that makes the operating system. You need to either be able to compete with those kinds of resources or have an exit strategy for if/when you get trumped.

    Heck, the company I work for does color management software. Apple is nibbling away at our edges. I keep an eye on it so I can adjust my software plans accordingly. In some ways, it’s kind of nice. I don’t have to write a color calculator because Apple wrote one for me, so I can spend time doing interesting things.

  3. Anybody in the “Operating System Utilities” business risks being stomped upon by the maker of the Operating System. I remember when some of the top selling software for Windows 3.1 was stuff to make it work better. Should Microsoft not have released Windows 95 and killed off that market?

    Heck, Mac OS X does live disk defragmentation, thus hurting companies like Symantec. Should Apple not do these things?

    If you’re in the “operating system utilities” market, you have to be aware that one of your competitors is the company that makes the operating system. You need to either be able to compete with those kinds of resources or have an exit strategy for if/when you get trumped.

    Heck, the company I work for does color management software. Apple is nibbling away at our edges. I keep an eye on it so I can adjust my software plans accordingly. In some ways, it’s kind of nice. I don’t have to write a color calculator because Apple wrote one for me, so I can spend time doing interesting things.

  4. OS companies should and will do this. Good ISVs learn to move ahead of them. Asking an OS to stand still is silly. Most of what we take for granted in operating systems was made by ISVs at an earlier time.

  5. This story will grow to replace the “Apple copied Xerox” meme.

    Konfab was not great. Dashboard is better. Rose was given a years notice. Chose to bitch publicly and run to Windows – an environment that has been and on again off again for applets. I hope that Yahoo satisfied him.

    Apple’s move was good for Apple’s consumers. That is the hand that feeds them. Yes, ISVs are required to support the platform. Many do, quite successfully without too many bites.

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