Many good reasons to put Apple Macs to work running your business

Apple Store“Ian Cumming was a Windows guy. After almost 40 years in the IT industry, he knew everything there was to know about Microsoft’s operating system. He started out as a computer programmer on IBM mainframes and then graduated to personal computers that ran MS-DOS,” Paul Lima reports for The Globe and Mail.

Lima reports, “He’d been a Windows user ever since Microsoft had introduced its graphical user interface OS in 1983.”

MacDailyNews Note: Incorrect date. Microsoft announced its development of Windows in 1983. Microsoft modeled the Windows GUI on Apple’s Mac OS. Bill Gates had been shown a Macintosh prototype by Steve Jobs early in its development as Microsoft was partnered by Apple to create some early Mac software (Word) circa 1981. Microsoft debuted Windows 1.0 with a very rudimentary UI in November 1985.

Lima continues, “As head of sales and marketing for an IT security company, Cumming had experienced all the good things about Windows: the business applications like Microsoft Office and cheaper prices thanks to all the vendors that sell Windows-compatible hardware—to name just two. He’d also experienced all that was bad about it, including unexpected crashes and that notorious susceptibility to viruses—also to name just two. But if you were in business, Windows was what you needed. At least, that’s what Cumming thought, until a friend persuaded him—’with a great deal of resistance’—to buy an Apple PowerBook G4 for home.”

“When Cumming decided to set up his own company, selling organic fertilizer to commercial farmers, he decided to use Apple—much to the horror of many of his Windows-touting business associates. ‘I didn’t have to think about it for long,’ he says,” Lima reports.

“Compatibility between programs made for both operating systems is so complete that Cumming doesn’t even operate his Mac in Windows mode,” Lima reports.

Lima reports, “The porting of Macs to the Intel microprocessor and the inclusion of dual-boot mode began to pay off late in 2006, says Eddie Chan, a research analyst with IDC Canada. In the third quarter of 2005, Apple had a 5.8-per-cent share of the Canadian commercial desktop computer market; in the third quarter of 2006, it had 6.4 per cent. It’s seen similar growth in the U.S. market. “Apple has been significantly outperforming the North American commercial computer market in terms of year-over-year growth,” says Chan. In the third quarter of 2006, sales of Apple’s commercial desktops were up 16.6 per cent in the U.S. Meanwhile, year-over-year sales in the desktop computer market were down 2.3 per cent over all. Same story in Canada: 17.4 per cent growth for Apple Canada in the third quarter of ’06, compared with just 6.7 per cent for the Canadian PC market.”

Much more in the full article here.

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25 Comments

  1. Just for the record…. Microshaft Windows was a lousy ripp-off from Mac OS, Office was a ripp-off MacWrite, Visicalc and PowerPoint was bought from another company.

    So Mafia$oft NEVER created anything…. except 16,000 plus viruses and malware the powers the international criminal enetrprise today.

    Thanks Billy… ilii

  2. People all around me are buying Macs. For my business customers, I insist on them using Macs. In fact, I specify that my web-based software will only run on a Mac, so they don’t have a choice. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”smile” style=”border:0;” />

    — a guy from Canada

  3. After almost 40 years in the IT industry, he knew everything there was to know about Microsoft’s operating system

    I think it’s apparent he didn’t know everything…

    ••••

    God, I’m getting so tired of these lame-assed stories about switchers and the writers who are compelled to tell the story!

    Establish credibility for the switcher by juxtaposing his entrenched knowledge about Windows and their migration to OS X, which is all tied together neatly by their heartwarming epiphany.

    A million-mile-180-out journey that began with a single misstep only to find he wasted his whole life pursuing a DOS prompt.

    Guess what Cummings? Microsoft and its billion users think you’re a loser!

  4. According to Wikipedia:

    “PowerPoint 1.0 was released in 1987 for the Apple Macintosh”

    “Later in 1987, Forethought [the company that developed PowerPoint] and PowerPoint were purchased by Microsoft Corporation for $14 million”

    “In 1990 the first Windows versions were produced.”

    And about VisiCalc:

    “Conceived by Dan Bricklin, refined by Bob Frankston, developed by their company Software Arts, and distributed by Personal Software in 1979 (later named VisiCorp) for the Apple II computer, it propelled the Apple from being a hobbyist’s toy to being a much-desired, useful financial tool for business”

    In other words…

    Microsoft would be nothing without the Mac. Ironic. Most of Microsoft’s products were developed by others.

  5. You can do the most dastardly things, but if you repent, you will be saved.

    God business, computer business, it doesn’t matter, the outcome is the same.

    Ian Cumming will have a happy rest of life and a happy afterlife.

  6. I think that the original version of Windows Media Player actually used already installed QuickTime components to do its playback. If you didn’t have QuickTime installed and you tried to run it, you got an error message that said that you didn’t have the necessary QuickTime components installed!

  7. “After almost 40 years in the IT industry, he knew everything there was to know about Microsoft’s operating system…Cumming decided to set up his own company, selling organic fertilizer to commercial farmers”

    You’ve got to worry about Microsoft when someone decides peddling manure is a better career…

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