More on Wilkes University’s plan to dump all Windows PCs, replace with superior Apple Macs

Apple Store“Wilkes University announced yesterday that it has pulled the plug on PCs in favor of Macs, saying the move — which actually began last year — will save the Pennsylvania liberal arts college more than $150,000 while still letting students and faculty continue to run Windows applications,” Gregg Keizer reports for Computerworld.

“Touted as one of the first colleges to mandate a campuswide shift from Windows PCs to Macs, the Wilkes-Barre, Pa., school wasn’t a bastion of all things Apple before the decision, said Scott Byers, vice president for finance and the head of campus IT. Macs, in fact, were a minority,” Keizer reports.

Keizer reports, “Rather than take bids from the usual PC suspects (Dell Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co.) as well as Macs, Wilkes decided to go all-Apple because the new Intel-based models and the BootCamp dual-boot software… would let the school reduce the number of machines campuswide… ‘We’ll be able to reduce the number by about 250’ across the campus, said Byers.”

Keizer reports, “The school, which enrolls about 4,000 undergraduate and graduate students, will reduce its inventory from nearly 1,700 computers to around 1,450 after the changeover… He also cited the additional security of Mac OS X, schoolwide access to Apple’s iLife suite, and Apple’s operating system itself as side benefits. ‘It is, well, the superior OS, isn’t it?’ said Byers, who before the switch was a dyed-in-the-wool Windows user.”

Keizer continues, “Although the $1.4 million three-year switch — which started last year with the purchase of approximately 500 Macs — means Wilkes is all-Apple, students are free to choose any operating system, said Byers. ‘There’s no Mac mandate.’ Most of them pick one anyway: ‘This generation seems to prefer Macs,’ he added.”

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  1. > He also cited the additional security of Mac OS X, schoolwide access to Apple’s iLife suite, and Apple’s operating system itself as side benefits.

    Those are the “side” benefits? I think those are the MAIN benefits. The fact that Macs can run Windows is the side benefit (if you can call being about to run Windows a “benefit”).

  2. He does point out that most of the students use Macs anyway. I think that that is the key here.

    A lot of older people are not ever going to be open to the change but as they retire and are repaced by youger folks, those younger folks will already be Mac users.

  3. The “main” benefit for Wilkes will be saving $150K because they can buy fewer computers, according to their Finance/IT VP. Not how I pick my computer, but so what? If Apple can be the less expensive option, it will catch on a LOT faster!

  4. What’s going to happen is..

    In a all Mac enviroment, the Windows Macs will have software and OS problems and the Mac OS X Mac’s will not.

    The hardware failure rate is considerably less for Apple hardware than it is for any cheap PC box assembler.

    It’s because Apple makes sure it “just works” and not a cludgen of mixed hardware and software conflicts that one gets on the PC Windows side.

    Also the IT cost will be considerably higher mostly for the poor fools who have to use Windows.

    This is going to show itself in the long run and demonstate once and for all which is the superior OS company. The most cost effective choice.

  5. “‘This generation seems to prefer Macs,’ he added.”

    To me this is the biggest statement he made. These trends take years to begin and don’t just fall off. It began with OS X in 2001 and has gathered steam until today. It is this desire that will continue to drive up Mac sales and market share for years to come.

  6. “This generation seems to prefer Macs,’ he added.”

    Like I said, the war is already over. There is no way that 95% (or even 50%) of today’s kids are gonna grow up to be PC-using sheep like their parents. No way!

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