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Patches are all in a day's work for Microsoft and Apple engineers. Indeed, the second Tuesday of every month has become known in tech circles as "Patch Tuesday." That's when Microsoft issues its latest updates for its operating systems and applications. Apple disseminates patches on a less-predictable schedule. Does Apple need to adopt a more regular routine as its platform becomes more popular among consumers, or is Patch Tuesday more about enterprise users? Or is a more flexible, whenever-it's-needed strategy a better idea, regardless of who's using the OS?
The article answers it's own question: "I think it's fair to say that Microsoft's broader approach to managing and securing Windows desktops has been influenced, or even shaped, to address the discreet needs of business users."
The Apple ads are correct. PCs are all about suits and work ( Excel, Word etc) while Macs are designed and meant to be used by human beings.
I would have liked to have seen the author get into some of the fundamentals of how each OS handles security issues. That is the real reason that Macs have no viruses and Windows has over 200,000. Many hackers have tried to write a virus for OS X and have failed. It is the hacker holy grail, so it is ridiculous to think that hackers aren't trying hard (and failing) to write the first OS X virus.
What's the story here? Macs are getting more visibility and so Mac users ought to be concerned about security? Yeah, so?!?! Old news.
You have me (somewhat) interested until you wheeled out that tired Microsoft hack, Bobby Enderle. Any writer that uses Enderle as a reference loses all credibility.
But to the heart of the matter - Listen very carefully - Microsoft issues patches on a regular basis because of exploits that are actually infecting their users. Apple issues patches to prevent exploits that MIGHT infect it's users.
This article is just more FUD - Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt - from the Microsoft camp and it's minions. The 'just wait 'til you're bigger, then you're gonna be infected with viruses just like us' thing hasn't panned out, so now they're gonna try the same tactic with 'security'.
This Chicken Littlesque rumormongering has got to stop! Until there is a bona fide virus or security exploit let loose in the wild for Macintoshs, you're just another little boy that cried wolf once too often.
In a Web 2.0 environment where Operating Systems are in perpetual beta stage, where upgrades are so constant that the consumer doesn't notice (Ubuntu, Solaris). Wheather there should be a patch Tuesday or not seems to be an argument for dinosaur companies headed for extinction.