Computerworld: Switching to a Mac for business use

“Over the past few months, I’ve put aside my PC and switched over to a Macintosh full time. I wanted to take a closer look at the viability of the Mac for business use, something more and more users are considering. I settled on a MacBook, since I need portability and the MacBook Pro is too heavy to carry on a regular basis. I ran the latest version of Mac OS, 10.4.9, and installed Windows XP with Service Pack 2 under both Parallels Workstation and Apple’s Boot Camp beta,” Michael Gartenberg reports for Computerworld.

“The Mac of today is not the Mac of old. The benefits outweigh the hassles,” Gartenberg reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “qka” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: Please note that nearly all of the “hassles” that Gartenberg lists are caused by proprietary Microsoft products and formats, not by Apple. These artificial fences – that Microsoft has erected in an attempt keep the sheep in the pen – can be overcome, as Gartenberg explains in his article.


  1. And in line with Microsoft greed how about this quote from MS chief operating officer Kevin Turner:

    “I see one thing in FY08; I see money,” said Turner. “I see monetization. I can smell it and hear it, see it, OK, because this is the year that we’re going to monetize that innovation.”


  2. Computerworld has begun to see the light and start publishing more reports on Apple in business. Like many companies, it’s breaking free of its Microsoft shackles, along with its FUD and intimidation tactics.

    However, Computerworld still publishes articles from Mike Elgan, who manically keeps writing about Apple despite his total ignorance of the Apple way.

  3. I have been using a Mac as my primary work station for nearly 2 years in a VERY PC-ingrained environment – to the point where the IT department only supports FrontPage as a web authoring tool and WON’T support Parallels. Fortunately, for some of the legacy M$ products I must occasionally use (like FP and MSAccess) I can easily use RDC to get into a nearby XP or Vista box to which I’ve granted myself remote privileges. I’m using FP less and less now that I have DreamWeaver 3. Sadly, the need for me to get into MSAccess will probably persist for some time, darn it.

  4. Sent him a not explaining that the 15″ MacBook Pro is only 5.4 ounces vs. the 13″ MacBook weight of 5.3. I’m pretty sure he was thinking 17″ in his head but thought his readers would want a clarification.

  5. “I used the Mac version of Microsoft Office for collaborating with the rest of the organization, and it mostly worked out OK. But a PowerPoint presentation I had spent hours on couldn’t be viewed properly on Windows machines. And launching applications was slow, since the current operating system isn’t a universal binary and so relies on Apple’s Rosetta to run Office via emulation.”

    “operating system isn’t a unversal binary”????
    I think he should have said “since the current Microsoft Office application isn’t a universal binary…”

  6. I carry my 15″ MacBook Pro everywhere. Weight has never been an issue.

    And I’m not the world’s most athetical guy… (like in The Kinks song….) ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”raspberry” style=”border:0;” />

  7. The artificial MS fences MDN dismisses are no different from the ones Apple erects to keep its iTunes customers inside THEIR pen. They’re real and worth considering.

    This article is SHOOOOOORT and useless, but the three criticisms are valid concerns for switchers:

    1 – Mac options are limited. Especially in the mobile line, as he mentions, where size/weight are an important personal consideration. Either it’s gonna work for you or it’s not. If you can’t lift it, or your fingers are too fat for the keyboard, it’s going to make your life harder, not easier.

    2 – Safari ain’t great. Whether it’s Apple’s fault or *everyone else’s* for adhering to common-use standards instead of strict web standards, it’s a problem that we all have to deal with every day.

    3/4 – Yes, MS has crippled their Office functionality. It’s sad, but if you require seamless integration with the rest of the world, and aren’t willing/able to spend a good deal of your time settling for “pretty good” or fine-tuning your configuration, then you’re up a creek. Until Apple or someone else produces a good alternative, this is the #1 red mark against switching to a Mac.

  8. @PC Realist. Please don’t for one minute equate Microsoft’s practises with those of Apple.

    MS is built on proprietory everything designed to maintain its monopoly nothing more.

    Apple is being built on open standards. iTunes use AAC an open format. As with Mpeg4 H264 video formats. Micrososoft? Uses WMA and WMV, closed proprietory formats.

    You are are just another FUD monger.

  9. Macaday –

    The problem discussed in the article isn’t w/ MS document formats — it’s with interoperability between versions of the same format (specifically mentioned Powerpoint for Mac and Windows).

    Apple’s open standard AACs are locked w/ their proprietary, unlicensed DRM (FairPlay). MS’s proprietary WMAs are locked with their freely-licenseable DRM. How is this different?

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