“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.
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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.