Switching from Microsoft Windows to Apple Macintosh

“Apple has been selling a lot of computers to former Windows users this year. At least 1 million buyers switched from Windows to new Macintoshes in the last nine months, according to an analyst for the financial forecasting firm Needham & Co.,” Al Fasoldt writes for The Syracuse Post-Standard. “Apple’s clearly on a roll. Yet the reasons many Windows users cite for switching to an Apple computer greater online safety and freedom from viruses and spyware haven’t convinced some others. Many Windows users are worried about finding software to replace their familiar programs. Others say they are wondering if Apple’s computers will soon be just as dangerous as Windows PCs; after all, they say, wouldn’t the virus and spyware writers go after Macs, too, someday?”

Fasoldt covers some basics, such as Mac OS X vs. older, now-discontinued versions of Mac operating systems, and also writes, “As of now, there are no viruses or spyware for OS X. There are, however, two dozen viruses for the discontinued Mac OS operating system. This is why you’ll sometimes hear about ‘Macintosh viruses’ if this important distinction isn’t made. A Mac OS virus can’t infect an OS X Macintosh. No one has yet reported spyware for OS X, either. Sophos, an anti-virus firm, has counted 103,000 active Windows viruses. Spyware totals are unknown, but the math is frightening; 30,000 Windows PCs are infected each day by zombies alone, according to Symantec. What will happen if the bad guys start targeting OS X? Not much. Unlike Windows, Mac OS X does not allow programs to take over central operations of the computer, nor does it let a program (or even a user) install software without permission.”

Full article here.

For more useful information for switchers, read The Wall Street Journal’s highly-respected technology guru Walt Mossberg’s recent article, “Tempted by the Apple?” and, of course, Apple’s “Switch” pages here: http://www.apple.com/switch/

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  1. Hooray for intelligent journalism!! Finally distinctions are being made about the differences is Mac OS 9 and Mac OS X! And to think that a local paper of the Redmond office is actually researching the security benefits of a none M$ OS does not set well with monkeys or monopolists!
    There is hope for the world yet!!

  2. I also have no real-world Mac acquaintences .. not a single one. Zero. Zip. Nada. (except for my sister, and I had to buy her the Mac to even get that to happen). I sure wish those millions of new Mac users would make their presence visible. Anyway, yeah .. no viruses. That’s a fact.

    That said, I would comment that, as someone who also has zero experience with Windows, I haven’t found computing to be very socially compelling. I like my Mac, but it’s been a tediously isolating social experience, overall.

    Yeah, I know. Times are supposed to be changing soon. I sure hope they hurry up. I haven’t got forever for Apple to pull this off.

  3. This IS good news! However if Apple would plug its computer line and OS like Dell and Microsoft, sales would increase greatly. The key is to educate consumers to the advantages of the Mac and it’s OS, this will drive sales across the board (education, consumer, professional, enterprise) and more and more developers would produce products for the Mac.
    I can see that this works, Dell sees that it works, Billy Bob Gates see this, lots of people do. Why doesn’t Apple?

  4. MacDoctor — Baby steps, baby steps.

    Better a nice long, slow growth than a seismic shift that floods and overwhelms Apple.

    Slow and steady wins the race.

    AAPL has been winning the game for a long time.

    Apple is just beginning to turn the game around and will snatch it for good by the fourth quarter.

  5. Tell me. Why do we all like it so much when Macs get more market share. To me, that just means worse customer service because the calls are longer.
    Unless you’re a stock holder of course.

  6. We should all want more switchers.

    The more Mac users the more consideration for Mac users.

    No more Windows only services, no more Windows only software for new gadgets, less and less Windows only programs and games and, above all, social acceptance for geeky Mac owners.

  7. “At least 1 million buyers switched from Windows to new Macintoshes in the last nine months, according to an analyst for the financial forecasting firm Needham & Co.,”

    How do they know?
    Even Apple doesn´t put out wild ass guesses like this.
    Does anyone realize what a high percentage of Mac sales that is?

    And this news is old – Apple Insider reported it on November 7:
    “If we assume that all of the growth in Mac shipments during the past three quarters resulted from Windows users purchasing a Mac, then purchases by Windows users exceeded one million,” the analyst said. “Indeed, the number of Windows users purchasing Macs in 2005 could easily exceed our forecast of 1.3 million switchers in 2006.”

    Needham had previously estimated that 500,000 Windows users would purchase a Mac in 2005, but says its model underestimated the number of Windows users the Mac could capture because it was limited to Windows users who had purchased an iPod.”

    I love that take: “If we assume that all of the growth in Mac shipments during the past three quarters resulted from Windows users purchasing a Mac, then purchases by Windows users exceeded one million,”

    What an assumption – all growth coming from Windows owners – not old Mac owners running OS 7, 8 and 9.

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