The Seattle Times: Business & Technology: Q&A with Jim Allchin of Microsoft: "Q: There's a bit of feature overlap with your new operating system and Apple's. What is the competitive situation going to be like now that you're on the same hardware platform?
A: I actually am not sure that sharing the same hardware platform's going to make that much difference, personally. People may disagree on that perspective. ... We're a massive company. By that, I mean that Apple really has no presence in business, and we think Vista's going to have a huge presence in business. We think we're going to help the corporate IT stack save money.
We think we're going to help information workers. And we think in the home space, we have significant advancements that we're very proud of, in terms of how we integrate with TV and how we do gaming.
And most important, we're super proud of the fact that we're a partnership-level company where we're working with ISVs [independent software vendors] and IHVs [independent hardware vendors] and we're not trying to do it all ourselves. There's a fundamental difference of perspective there."