If Intel-based Macs can run Mac OS X and Windows, buying a Mac will be a no-brainer

“Diehard Macintosh users have long mocked ‘Wintel’ computers with Microsoft’s Windows operating system and Intel innards as inferior to their beloved Apple Computer machines,” Julio Ojeda-Zapata writes for The St. Paul Pioneer Press. “So, recent news that Macs will soon switch over to Intel processors — and maybe even run Windows along with Apple’s own Mac OS X operating system — certainly came as a shock.”

“Yep, you heard right. While Apple isn’t encouraging this practice — no surprise there — it won’t interfere with those who want to put Windows on their Intel-based Macs. How this will happen is unclear, but it raises interesting possibilities. If Macs are able to run Windows as well as OS X, for instance, buying an Apple machine may become a no-brainer (if the price is right) because it will give computer users the best of both worlds,” Ojeda-Zapata writes. “Windows runs on PowerPC Macs now, but only via sluggish ’emulation’ software such as Microsoft’s Virtual PC.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Right now, with only “brainers” buying Macs, anything that leads to the “no-brainers” buying them is a good thing for Apple. By “no-brainers,” we are referring to those who choose Windows presuming it’s their only choice. Almost uniformly, after people use Mac OS X to do something (not just play with it for 5 minutes in a store), they’re quickly able to recognize Windows’ mediocrity. It’s like a 10,000 watt bulb switching on. The majority of Mac users know both Mac and Windows (they’re forced to use Windows at work or to interact with Windows businesses, for examples) and tellingly choose Mac for their personal computers. The vast majority of Windows users only know of Windows and have little idea how much better their computing experiences would be with a Mac. Apple would be smart to play up the “get two computers for the price of one” angle; that kind pitch appeals to the masses and a Trojan Horse like a Mac capable of natively running Windows would make the iPod Halo Effect seem an insignificant blip in comparison.

CNET: “Those who surf the Web using a Mac tend to be better educated and make more money than their PC-using counterparts, according to a report from Nielsen/NetRatings.”

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46 Comments

  1. When it comes to computing, nothing is a no-brainer. While we who choose to compute using the Apple platform think we’ve got it good, many people who choose otherwise feel they have it equally good.

    It really isn’t that difficult to keep your PC healthy, surprisingly. Yeah there’s a ridiculous number of exploitable holes, it’s not difficult at all to block people from being able to exploit them.

    This mentality of PC people being “no-brainers” is exactly why the Mac has lost market share. When we as a community decide to quit shitting on everyone else because they choose a different methodology in computing, and start actually trying to showcase to those people what better computing is all about, then inroads will be made.

    As long as everyone keeps drawing childish lines on the playground, reinforcing the us vs. them credo, the Mac will have trouble gaining converts.

  2. Article 11 of about 685 on this topic we’ll see over the next year.

    I just hope it doesn’t create a backlash. There are a number of reasons why this might not be a “no-brainer” but if people come to expect it thanks to constant repetition in the press, they might be disappointed when the Intel Macs roll out next summer.

    Even if it doesn’t come true, one thing is clear: no one is talking about MS and Longwait these days.

  3. Given the choice between Apple’s GUI interface and the much more sophisticated and .Net compatible forthcoming Longhorn OS, most users will choose Longhorn.

    Simply put, as those in the real IT world know, with e-commerce becoming a large and intergral part of the computing experiences, custs will want the ability to use .Net to navigate e-retail. Apple simply cannot offer that.

    I am mocked openly here but I will continue to be the lone voice of reason, showing everyone the future or the world is bright and that as we get more intergrated with the Internet as an indispensable part of our lives, .Net and MS will lead the way.

    ©

  4. “This mentality of PC people being “no-brainers” is exactly why the Mac has lost market share. When we as a community decide to quit shitting on everyone else because they choose a different methodology in computing, and start actually trying to showcase to those people what better computing is all about, then inroads will be made.

    As long as everyone keeps drawing childish lines on the playground, reinforcing the us vs. them credo, the Mac will have trouble gaining converts.”

    My response
    http://www.apple.com/retail

  5. Sputnik, come to Earth. You missed the last news: Longhorn is not going to support .Net . It has been removed from the Longhorn initial features.

    And I am not kidding. Only a minimal part, inadequate to do any ecommerce will be in Longhorn when released.

    Sorry to give you the bad news.

    PS
    I lied: I AM NOT SORRY 😀

  6. thank you cpt. obvious…..no really, thank you.

    and hammer, how is that a “response”? maybe i’m missing something..but that seemed off topic (apple retail)

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