It just works. That's the bottom line behind the success of the Macs.
Simplicity and ease of use coupled with flawless integration of hardware and
software are precisely the reasons why Macs are positioned to become the de
facto platform for home digital entertainment.
That's right, when it comes to playing and creating movies, viewing your
digital photo collection or listening to MP3 music, there's very little a Mac can-
not do straight out of the box. Now think of a PC and you're sure to recollect
one harrowing experience after another.
Okay so we're desensitised to driver problems, weird blue screen crashes
and system lockups, or trying to figure out how to use a particular feature in that
fancy multimedia application. But these 'oversights' are what make most peo-
ple techphobic in the first place. All PC users can't be expected to invest hours
of their time into exploring and working around these glitches. Most of them
simply throw their hands up in the air and exclaim, "Bah, this is not worth
This is where Apple steps in. In fact their marketing campaign recites sim-
ilar experiences of frustrated PC users turned Mac converts. And they boast sim-
plicity and a cutting-edge digital entertainment experience as the topmost rea-
sons for shifting to a Mac.
But we all know that Microsoft hates being an innocent bystander. If any-
thing, their business philosophy can be summed up as, "If our customer is
hooked onto something we don't make, we start making it!"
Enter Windows XP Media Center Edition. Some might know it as 'Freestyle',
but for the uninitiated, this new Microsoft Operating System defines the state
of things to come. Not only is Microsoft building a brand new user interface that
works seamlessly with a remote control for all digital entertainment needs, they
are also collaborating with hardware vendors in laying down the specifications
of the PCs that will drive this new OS.
Try connecting the dots. A new Microsoft OS based upon the Windows XP
kernel to specifically handl