Tech titans plot new platform moves
Mapping out dueling stratagems with new versions of their flagship operating systems, Apple Computer Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are vying in a meticulously choreographed game to win the allegiance of hardware makers and developers.
But it isn't clear yet whether consumers -- who will ultimately buy the software -- are willing to play along.
Apple unveiled its Mac OS X last month and Microsoft is putting the finishing touches on Windows XP for a summer release. The upgrades, touted by both companies as their most significant operating releases in years, promise everything from eye-popping graphics to fewer crashes.
They're hugely important to both companies. Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple hopes the overhaul will help sell more computers, and in securities filings warns investors that speed bumps in OS X's adoption could hit its bottom line. …