“A few days ago, I read that Apple is supplying 30,000 iBooks, the company’s consumer-level laptop computer, to the Broward County public school system in Florida’s Fort Lauderdale area,” Al Fasoldt writes for The Syracuse Post-Standard in an article entitled, “Wake up and try an Apple! It’s safer.” “A day later, an upset parent showed me a note from a Central New York college official discouraging the use of Macintoshes on campus.”
Here’s what the college official told the parents of a prospective student who wanted to bring her iBook to college:
“The problems a student will encounter using the Apple system are the result of incompatibility. Since none of the faculty in the business school (that I know of) use the Apple system, we really do not know the extent of the difficulties a student will encounter using an Apple. In her freshman year class she’ll be expected to use the classroom computer to create presentation visuals. Sometime students need to e-mail papers to professors or other students and not all such work can be interpreted by the Windows system.”
MacDailyNews Take: Obviously, if they are using an “Apple,” there might be problems, but if they’re using a Mac, trust us: email works, MS Office files are interchangeable between Mac and Windows, etc.
Fasoldt continues, “Windows is so pervasive that many of us, institutions and individuals alike, assign some sort of vital force to it. It doesn’t matter that Windows is badly designed from the standpoint of safety. All too often, the alternatives to Windows are simply dismissed. So what should Mac users do? Grin and bear it, maybe. Apple’s Mac sales are up by more than 30 percent, and many of those sales are going to former Windows users – maybe even in the offices of college officials.”
Full article, give Al the hits, here.
MacDailyNews Take: Compared to Apple’s Mac OS X, Windows is badly designed from the standpoint of usability, too.