“People talk about changing platforms. They promote Mac and Linux as vaguely better than Windows because these operating systems crash less, because they’re cheaper, or because Microsoft isn’t involved. Meanwhile, Windows users complain bitterly about everything. But few actually switch. Why is this? Let’s look at the reasons to switch and try to determine exactly why Windows has such a viselike grip on its user base. If I am correct in my assessment, then everyone has been barking up the wrong tree for decades,’ John Dvorak writes for PC Magazine.
Dvorak then goes through a list including “ease of use,” “total cost of ownnership,” “viruses and security,” and more and concludes, “When Steve Jobs first rolled out the Macintosh and eschewed games on the machine, telling people to put them on the Apple II instead, he made the biggest mistake of his life right then and there. This is the main differentiator in platform preference. PCs can play tremendous games, and there are many more to choose from than there are cross-platform titles. Families are hard-pressed not to own a PC because of the tonnage of children’s games, for instance. Although Macs are easier for kids to use, children still want machines that can play the games they like. All the wheel spinning about the superiority of this platform or that platform just boils down to the fun side of computing: games. No other single factor is so skewed. Everything else is a wash.”
Full article here.