“As everyone knows, I’m a great fan of Apple Computer,” Cormac O’Reilly writes for The Register. “By 1995, Windows had matched the original Mac OS features…”
MacDailyNews Note: That’s quite a stretch. Anyone using a Mac and Windows in 1995 can tell you that Windows had not matched Mac OS features, unless by “original,” maybe O’Reilly means the very first Mac operating system, not Mac System 7.5 circa 1995.
O’Reilly continues, “…and Windows PC prices were markedly lower than those of Apple’s… Fast forward to Wang where, as CIO and CTO, and still in the role of Defender of the Microsoft Faith, I noticed the emerging new Apple operating system – OS X. Sitting in a local computer shop, I had a repeat of my 1984 Apple Damascus moment. The elegance and simplicity of what OS X did was mindblowing. I bought an iBook and, with hundreds of thousands of others, rode with Apple to OS X’s full realisation. And as Apple wove its capability with those of Windows, I started to use my Mac more and more for work. Strange, given that economic logic and practicality meant I still had to ride shotgun over a corporate Windows-only policy. But I owned the IT organisation, so got a pass.”
“Now, I advise companies on technology, and yesterday Apple just announced a capability to run Windows on its Intel based new computer models – one of which, being technology self indulgent, I have. So will I add this free Windows capability to my Mac Book Pro? No, because I no longer use anything that needs Windows as, over the years, Apple has done such a great job convincing most main software companies to successfully write their products for the OS X to take advantage of its cool features. Would I advise a wholesale corporate move to Apple? No, again,” O’Reilly writes. “Few companies can fund a major technology switch, without a significant economic business case. And, truth be told, most corporate folks will continue to do just fine with Windows – hey, email, the typical Microsoft Office suite applications and the odd business system’s really don’t benefit from change. Even if they did a bit, people don’t want change. After 20 plus years of enforced technology firedrills they’ve become highly sceptical of technologists’ promises of a better life, and rightly don’t believe the endless theoretical business cases technologists dream up.”
MacDailyNews Take: Boy, isn’t that the truth! Windows has lowered peoples’ expectations so much, that many are simply unable to believe that Apple Mac offers a better way. They’ve been promised PC nirvana from the never-delivering Mediocresoft so many times and for so long, that they’ve given up.
O’Reilly writes, “So what to do. Well, my advice would be to actually give people the choice. There are unlikely to be support issues, especially with Apple’s long-term commitment to support dual Windows and Mac OS. And few extra cost issues. I think we are on the cusp of businesses allowing folks to buy and own their own business PCs and funding them through the expense system. The new Apple world is the perfect reason to accommodate this, and gradually take companies out of PC ownership. You own your own calculator and mobile phone – PC ownership is a natural evolution. And the timing is perfect, especially as Microsoft will be pushing a wholesale move to its much delayed and maligned Windows Vista.”
Full article here.
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