Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 14th Sep 2006 16:00 UTC, submitted by Sonia Mehta
Apple "I want Vista to be a better OS than it's been promoted to be, but at the same time, I also want OS X to finally receive the public adoption that it deserves. Now is the time for Apple to creatively promote its Macintosh platform with OS X. This is the critical hour, and if Apple is able to take advantage of the uneasy feeling that many have towards Vista, then they could attract an untold amount of new users."
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Apple vs. Vista
by moondog on Thu 14th Sep 2006 19:12 UTC
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There are several reasons why OSX can't dent Vista, based on the currently known featuers of their makers.


First, Apple's roadmap is a mystery to all but Apple. We heard about supercomputers and high-powered micros a few years back, and then lo and behold we get an Intel machine. First there was no dual booting a Mac, now there is officially, Boot Camp. Macs are great products but an IT organization can't live with that sort of uncertainty and vendor-lockin.

The costs of changeover are largely the cost of re-training employees and reworking the behavior of legacy software applications -- some of which wont even work on OSX today. Second, there is always the fact that computers are a commodity product and an Apple is overpriced. We've been through the debate many times here, so I won't resurrect it. The fact is an IT place hs $X with which to buy Y identical machines with support, from preferred vendor Z. I talked recently with someone from SAP Hosting. I was told that there is such a tight linkup with MS, that the Mac doesn't show up on their radar.

Vista sales will trickle through the first-line customers who are the OEMs themselves. The actual user does not call the shots.

For details on the market share of operating systems, look at the chart at the website http://marketshare.hitslink.com/report.aspx?qprid=2
clearly, changing more than 95% of the world's computers and their operating systems overnight is not feasible if the change is to machines made by just one company with a superstar leader. Business doesn't think that way.

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