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Jobs: Microsoft still copying; PC makers want OS X

In a six-page Fortune article (subscription required), Apple CEO Steve Jobs says that Microsoft is still copying the Mac operating system and that three PC makers are wanting to use Mac OS X with their machines. Jobs said Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” will have everything Microsoft wants its Longhorn OS to have. “They copied the original Mac with Windows 95,” Jobs said, “and now they’re going to be copying us again.” The article also notes that “three of the biggest PC makers are wooing Jobs to let them license OS X and adapt it to computers built around standard Intel chips. Why? They want to offer customers, many of whom are sick of the security problems that go with Windows and tired of waiting for Longhorn, an alternative. And besides, Apple has buzz now, and Microsoft does not.”

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