Running Windows 98/Me?  It’s time to upgrade to Apple Mac

“Microsoft ended its support of Windows 98 and Millennium Edition (Me) this week, leaving millions of computers that are online right now vulnerable to hackers,” John Bowman reports for CBC News.

MacDailyNews Take: Those (and other) Windows users were never invulnerable to hackers even with full Microsoft “support.”

Bowman continues, “Analysts estimate that there are between 40 million and 70 million computers currently running Windows 98 or Me.”

MacDailyNews Note: For reference, there are approximately 18-20 million Mac OS X users currently.

Bowman continues, “If the choice is between continuing to use an unsafe computer and buying a new one, some users may make the switch to Mac. Computer security company Sophos recently suggested that home users should get a Mac if they wish to avoid infection by malicious software.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: This could be a big deal for Apple. For example, if 10% of Win98/Me users get a Mac for their next computer instead of an OS-limited Dell or HP, then Apple will see 4-7 million new Mac OS X users. That would be an increase of 22-39% in the Mac OS X install base alone.

Mac OS X, virus-free for over five years and counting.

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Related MacDailyNews articles:
New invisible rootkit hits Windows including Vista – July 17, 2006
Symantec researcher: At this time, there are no file-infecting viruses that can infect Mac OS X – July 13, 2006
Sophos: Apple Mac OS X’s security record unscathed; Windows Vista malware just a matter of time – July 07, 2006
Sophos Security: Dump Windows, Get a Mac – July 05, 2006
Security company Sophos: Apple Mac the best route for security for the masses – December 06, 2005


  1. I love the idea that as soon as Microsoft (or indeed any company) announce they’ve stopped support that a particular version of software becomes vulnerable to more stuff than it was before. When in reality (rolling number of Microsoft vulnerabilities aside) it just means that there won’t be any future fixes of any kind. To be fair, it’s not as if Microsoft have thrown a switch and just turned off what little protection the system did have. Even if 98/ME had been relatively secure the problem would still be the same – just as it potentially would be for any product. It’s just poor journalism.

    It just bugs me that little discrepancies like that sneak in so often in tech journalism.

  2. Win98? WinME? These aren’t upgraders, nor are they switchers. They are content with something that is 6 years old and slower than frozen poop.

    10%? Get real. I’d be surprised if 10% bought a new computer in the next 12 months, let alone a Mac. More likely 1% will buy a Mac.

  3. They won’t. They have a few dollars invested in 10 year old software that they wish to protect. They will buy a $400 Dell, get baited and switched to a $1000 Dell and think they have saved a pile of money.

  4. This is just a thought…but wouldn’t this be an excellent opportunity for some Apple land-grab? Apple could run a trade-in promotion for people with old Windows 98/ME computer. Bring your old box out-of-date box in to your local Apple Store and walk out with a brand new Mac.

  5. Jay – me too. In the fall of 2004, I decided to upgrade from a self-built Windows 98 box to a new computer. I ended up purchasing my first Mac (and no – it had nothing to do with the iPod). What made it “safe” to even consider a Mac was I learned there was a version of MS Office for the Mac – MS Office for Windows is our standard at work.

    Now I’m hooked on the Mac and my wife really likes the Mac too. We are going to each purchase a Mac laptop sometime in the near future. A “bonus” for us will be to set up a video conference when I travel for business. She wants a white MacBook. (I on the other hand can not stand those screens. Too bad Apple doesn’t offer the option of getting a matte screen on the MacBooks.) I’ll therefore probably will end up with a low-end MacBook Pro. (I’m an investingating the idea of putting a privacy filter on the MacBook screen to see if that reduces glare to an acceptable level.)

    I still have and use the Windows 98 box for older games.


  6. Lurker-Except fot the wife part (I’m not married), your future plans, and use of 98, sound just like mine. I’ve said it before that OS X is great, but like any tool, sometimes there are, out of necessity, other tools needed to accomplish a task.

  7. So let me get this straight – PC apologists say that the only reason that the Mac doesn’t get viruses is because it represents a small target. This ‘small target’ is 20 million Mac users.

    But wait a minute – by their definition, Windows 98 & ME represent a small target also (40 million users), so why are virus writers continuing to write viruses for these platforms?

    Could it be maybe, that the security is more to do with secure foundations and not ‘security through obscurity’?

    The Mac has secure foundations, and Windows? Well, it’s propped up by piles of bricks, that crumble at the slightest hiccup, and need an army of software & IT support to keep from collapsing.

    PC Zombies, please explain your way out of that one.

  8. Upgrading to Windows XP/Vista on an existing computer would slow things down too much. A new machine is in order.

    It’s funny how each successive version of OS X runs faster, even on old hardware, while each successive version of Windows runs slower.

  9. The problem is most consumers are complete idiotic schmucks who couldn’t tell the difference between a virus and a pop-up ad. None of them read Sophos’ website. The mainstream media needs to get on the Mac Bandwagon before we see any real exodus.

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