“While Apple Computer has been working hard to gain a competitive edge, Microsoft has appeared slow to react. For instance, both Windows XP and the first version of Mac OS X were released in 2001. Since then, Apple has released four major updates to Mac OS X with each providing a variety of new features. During the same time, Microsoft has only released two ‘Service Packs’ to Windows XP which were primarily bug fixes and mostly devoid of new features. The next true enhancement to Microsoft Windows (Windows Vista) isn’t scheduled for release until the end of this year and will likely require many current Windows users to upgrade their PC hardware to run the new OS,” Justin Powell writes for GetTheNetResults.com.
“Apple has also recently shifted its Macintosh platform to utilize Intel chips and a similar hardware specification to that found in Windows-based PCs,” Powell writes. “This brings with it two main benefits to Apple and it’s customers: performance parity with Windows-based PCs and a new level of compatibility with the Windows operating system. So is it time for your business to consider using Apple Macintosh computers?”
In his rather comprehensive article, Powell covers his list of Macintosh Myths (many of which are still in use by the “IT Guy” today):
• Macs are not compatible with Windows
• Macs cannot run Windows
• Macs cannot run Windows applications
• Macs cannot read Windows files
• Macs cannot read Windows discs
• Macs cannot network with Windows PCs
• Macs are not as powerful as Windows PCs
• Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows are exactly the same
• Macs cost more
Powell also covers security when he writes, “I’ll be succinct: There are no viruses or related security threats affecting Mac OS X. There are not trojan horses or spyware applications on Mac OS X, either. Compare that to 100s of thousands of viruses and related security threats that affect Microsoft Windows. There may be a day when Mac OS X has a virus, but on that day the Mac will still have a minute fraction of those that affect Windows. If your firm has spent any time patching Windows, lost any data due to a security issue, or spent money on anti-virus software, then you may want to consider a Macintosh. In addition, Mac OS X has built-in security features that arguably make the overall platform safer than Windows. For instance, if you start to download something from the Internet that contains an application, Mac OS X will notify you and ask if you want to continue. This feature is designed to prevent spyware and other security threats from being downloaded to your system without your knowledge. And whenever you install a program, you must enter your user ID and password – another barrier to illegitimate software getting loaded secretly.”
Full article here.
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