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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timbobsteve
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2006-06-25

I just recently bought an old ibook G3. It runs OS X Tiger (latest version) without any slowdown. This is on a PC that is 7 years old. I was impressed. I was also really impressed by the OS and how easy and fun it was to use. I now consider myself a Apple user at home.

However, I don't see Apple ever getting more than 10% market share, if only because it won't get corporate support. I work in IT, administering Linux and Windows networks and after using Mac OS X for roughly 2 months now, I can safely infer that OS X has no place on the corporate desktop, even if it does run on a whitebox PC eventually. A few reasons why:

1) Users would be lost... even if Mac OS X is easy to use for EVERYONE (my Mother loves it), it would be too much of a paradigm shift for users to accept as well as keep up their current productivity levels.
2) It would cost IT billions of dollars trying to adopt Mac OS X as its desktop system, simply because all the software they use (Accounting, legal, office, payroll etc.) would have no equivalents on OS X and even if there were, databases would have to be converted, procedures re-writen and staff retrained. There would be massive downtime and considerable loss of profit for extended periods of time.

and finaly 3)
A desktop user who uses Windows/Linux at work is going to go home and when they decide to buy a computer they will look for familiarity. Of course this is not always the case (like me), as some users really do see the beauty in OS X as a home desktop system.

OS X is great... but it will never get mass adoption. I would be overjoyed, as an Apple user, at 10% market share for Apple, simply because it means that they will continue to supply me with hardware and software well into the future.

In closing, I consider Linux to be more of a threat to Microsoft on the desktop (in terms of mass adoption) than Apple/OS X. I love Linux too and I can see it getting better and better everyday.

NOTE: I would also like to say that in my organisation we choose to lock ourself into a single vendor hardware supplier, as do most large organisations, because we need all equipment to be identical for logistical reasons. So the "single vendor lockin" argument used before by one of the other posters really has no bassis in terms of organisational purchasing influence on Mac adoption in the workplace.

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