BusinessWeek: making the Mac palatable to IT means Windows compatibility

“Bill Gates used to brag that Microsoft made more money from each Macintosh sold than Apple Computer did. Apple’s hardware is now plenty profitable, but Microsoft software remains an important part of the Mac ecosystem. Microsoft’s latest effort for the Mac, Office 2004, could even persuade some corporate technology managers to take a fresh look at Apple,” Stephen H. Wildstrom writes for BusinessWeek.

“I believe that for ease of use, reliability, and security, Mac OS X is the best desktop operating system available today. Still, the Mac is not a good choice if you depend heavily on a Windows-only application. But with a more compatible version of Office, plus Virtual PC to run the occasional Windows program, the Mac should get new life in business. It has definitely earned the chance,” Wildstrom writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: The success to the Mac in corporate settings depends on how well the Mac deals with Windows. Sad. It didn’t have to be this way. But, that’s the current situation. Someday, we hope Windows is judged not by what it can do by itself, but by how well it integrates with Macintosh. IT people, if you get the opportunity to speak with a small or medium-sized business owner who’s standardized on Mac OS X, do so – it’ll shock you. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll probably have to severely downsize your support staff if you make the leap to a pure Mac OS X environment.


  1. 100% Microsoft free.
    20 people and not a single Windows machine.
    I consider all Windows machines as security risks that are unstable and unreliable that are also too expensive to keep and maintain.

  2. One Guy from Finalnd,

    SNAP! 20 people in my office and we all use OS X 10.3.4

    My boss has an XP laptop that plugs into the network so he can access the net. First time he plugged it in he got Netsky, then 3 other viruses. He is throwing it away next week when his PowerBook arrives ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    I would never, ever switch to Windows. Been using Macs for 12 years and I intend to keep on using it, especially now it’s UNIX based…

    On a completely different subject, I bought Salling Clicker yesterday. All I can say is… WOW!

  3. MS Office is an important application in corporate world, however there are much more applications, which are available only for Windows. Unfortunately, many of them are custom appications written for Windows.

    Only solution I can see is Apple Service organization, that says “We do Windows.” Then Apple can get in through the corporate doors and start changing the IT infrastructure from inside (by writing Mac only applications… Ok, they need to start with multi-platform applications, preferably Java applets).

  4. Paul,

    Sorry I think he’s giving it to a school. We like to do our bit for charity ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    The school uses Red Hat, by the way.

  5. Ofice is a money spinner for M$. but there must be another story here. M$ needs Mac Office to only be good enough, but they’ve taken it further. Good business? Maybe. But I think it’s because Apple must have a black program with a ready alternative to M$ Office for Mac. Would you take the risk that M$ releases a shonky version of Office for Mac? I think not. Common sense dictates that one has to be ready for any eventuality. So, as long as M$ plays fair with Office, Apple can keep this super-AppleWorks out of the market. But if M$ fails to keep pace (I.E; PowerPoint ~ Safari; Keynote) Apple is ready.

    Farfetched or sensible?

  6. Hmmmm, Less is More, possible but I don’t know how probable. Do you think Apple would spend all the development costs for a product that they only intend to use as a threat and not release? I guess it could be an interim step to use it as a threat and THEN release it ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”grin” style=”border:0;” />

    Anyway I think that the reason Office 2004 is so good is that the Mac mind set has infected the MacBU at M$. They march to the beat of a different drum and are inspired to excellence by the system they are programming for. Also they are doing all their work on Macs so they can be much more productive than other developement teams at M$.

  7. It’s not necessarily true that an IT department would have to downsize. For exaple, where I work the staff numbers are woefully inadqueate for supporting an enterprise of our size. We’re a non-profit research and educational institute with three locations in the States and seven overseas: (Bankok, Tokyo, Seoul, Milan, Paris, London, Moscow and soon somewhere in India).

    They could really benefit from the better reliability of Macs. One of them asked me to make sure to include him when I run an OS X training class for our graphics people in the next few weeks.

  8. Jack A:

    It’d be an extension to AppleWorks; it’s not like they’d have to reinvent the wheel. And you wouldn’t fund the group much. Doubt that it could be kept under wraps this long. Just pure speculation.

    Atatakaku natteru, sochi?

  9. ” Someday, we hope Windows is judged not by what it can do by itself, but by how well it integrates with Macintosh.”

    Actually, I hope someday Windows is judged by what it is, i.e. crappy OS.

  10. Sorry Scott but most corporations are thinking different, which is why they are moving to Linux. Apple is the ultimate in Corporate America thinking “buy everything from us and us alone”, Linux will free people from monopolies be it MS or Apple.

  11. I had a mac then when to a PC, of course a mistake, and now i have to go back to a Mac, In the past 3 months I had to reinstall Windows Xp, 3 times, as for the article, I believe in a matter of 4 years to 6 years, windows will be nothing more then “another” OS. OS X is amazing and people will see it, hopefully a few more software companies will see the light too.

  12. Hey Voltar… Linux is great, but not quite ready for primetime on the desktop. Each of us read and contribute to this forum because we are interested in computers – but business needs machines that are easy to operate for the majority, and cost-effective for the business.

    Windows is not cost-effective, simple or stable. Linux is far more stable than Windows, but needs a higher level operator.

    The Mac is currently the best all-round computer solution for small and medium businesses. It’s very cost effective (ya ya ya, Windows PCs cost way less to purchase… but factor in the costs of downtime and lost data and the costs go through the roof.

    Windows computers are a liability. If everyone was starting from scratch again – MicroSoft wouldn’t even be in the running.

  13. Unfortunately, the office where I worked has standardized on not one, but three applications, all of which are browser-based and work only with MSIE. So not only are we locked into the worst operating system, but also the worst browser.

    It’s sad: I know the higher-ups here are not fond of Microsoft, in fact harbor quite a bit of resentment toward them, and yet here we are making ourselves even more their slaves.

    (At least the servers are all going Linux…)

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