Originally Posted by CubicleDrone
If Apple respected the consumer then it would not have a closed system and its products would better integrate with the world at large. Apple products work best in its own ecosystem and the consumer pays a premium for that privilege. Apple makes good products but I like flexibility at a price that I feel gives me value for my dollar.
Although you are proving my point about the "intent" of Microsoft's policies, I had no desire to turn this into an Apple critique. However, since you go there I will respond. It is the respect for the consumer that drives Apple to have a closed ecosystem. I got my first Mac in 1983, it was an Apple II, and I was a little kid. Over the years, and with work, i've been forced to use Microsoft products, and I know tech and IT, with a solid understanding of business. Apple has a closed ecosystem for security of the consumer. Most people barely know how to use their smart phone, so they don't know how to secure themselves or their gear online.
Apple monitors, and regulates this process for you, so you can focus on whatever it is you are online to do; this is in grand theory. Apple has always been a niche company, and for all of you smart a$$es out there, graphic designers, photographers, and videographers usually are employed in a small firm environment, so Apple classifies what they buy as consumer products. Reason why, is there are no economies of scale which is what you get in Enterprise. Microsoft and Apple are the same, they just primarily target opposite ends of the spectrum. Apple is primarily a "consumer electronics company". Microsoft is a software firm focused on Enterprise tools. Both, have crossed over a good bit over the past 15 years, but their core has not changed.
My point was this.... In the world of Enterprise business that Microsoft is an expert, policies such as those seen in XBOX One are just fine; even expected. Businesses would rather one vendor handle multiple objectives for a lower price. Issue is, usually most can't do all of these things well. For instance, Microsoft Makes great database infrastructure (SQL Server), but are not who you turn to for SAN/NAS. Their virtualization platform works, but it's not a VMware or Citrix.
Gamers, are just a subset of "tech guys". For example, most of us tech guys don't have our HDTV, Receiver, and speakers made by the same manufacturer. Those who actually do, are often laughing stock to guys here on AVS, since they have an "Home theater in a box" system from a big box store. Gamers don't want the game box to handle it all, mostly because it won't be as good at it as our current custom systems.
I may not have a $20K home theater, but my set up is far from beginner. I want my Pioneer ELITE to do most of the work in my set up, and I already have streaming devices, so I only need my game system to play game; make sense?
Most gamers saw these policies as Microsoft taking too much control that we not only don't want, but don't need, nor like the thought of.