Microsoft’s Windows 7 release fails to dent Apple as planned corporate Mac sales hit new high

Christmas PD5FM $10 discount“ChangeWave’s November corporate IT spending survey points to an uptick in IT spending for 1st Quarter 2010 – midst the strongest growth rate in 2 years,” Andy Golub and Paul Carton report for ChnageWave.

“Regarding PCs, the release of the Windows 7 operating system is the key factor driving growth,” Golub and Carton report. “Nearly three-in-four (73%) of the 1,753 corporate IT buyers say their company will be buying Laptops and 69% Desktops in the 1st Quarter – the highest levels for both since February 2008.”

Golub and Carton report, “To date, Windows 7 does not appear to be hurting Apple’s corporate Mac sales. Rather, planned Mac buying has hit a new high in the latest survey, with one-in-ten respondents (10%) saying their company will be buying Mac laptops and 7% desktops in the 1st Quarter.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Okay, let’s go to the iCal: The Windows 7 launch will take those market-share gains Apple has seen over the past several years and make them disappear… Gartner says Apple’s share of the U.S. computer market for the third quarter amounted to 8.8 percent, up from 8.6 percent in the year-ago period. My bet is that market share is going to drop below 5 percent by the end of 2010.Steven Burke, October 15, 2009


  1. As of this comment, AAPL is up $6.25 or 3.1% for the day. I think we can safely say that both the “Planned” and “Un-Planned” Mac buying is going strong!!!

    Go Apple… and Merry Christmas to everyone!!!

  2. My blog gets decent traffic (100,000 unique visitors a year) and 7 didn’t show up on my stats until December. Of my Windows traffic, 75% is from XP. For December so far I have much more traffic from Window 2000 vs. 7.

  3. Just to add to Gartner credibility, in April 2007, at Gartner ITXPO, Steve Prentice and Tom Austin, both from Gattner, wrote:

    “By 2012, at least one of the following will win new standing in the enterprise market: Sony, Apple, Motorola, Nokia, Google, eBay and Samsung (0.6 probability).

    In a future where much innovation is driven by consumer products and services, the technology and service providers with a consumer focus will have the opportunity to enter the enterprise space “bottom up” driven by employee selection. Those with strength both in consumer products (e.g. personal electronics) and consumer services (e.g. communities, media, entertainment) will be well placed. Furthermore, technology and service providers who combine consumer knowledge with an ability to bridge the gap between the consumer and enterprise worlds will have an opportunity to transform adoption of consumer products into enterprise revenue.”

    And their conclusions to Enterprise IT folks was:

    – Get out of denial. Recognize the reality of the impact of consumer IT in all aspects of enterprise IT and infrastructure. The status quo is going to change
    – Don’t try to stop it. You will fail. But you can manage it with education and a realistic and pragmatic approach
    – A proactive approach to relieve pressures as they build will be better than waiting for tectonic shifts
    – Keep an open mind, and watch consumer activities and technologies carefully. Watch and listen to your children if necessary
    – You ain’t seen nothing yet. This trend is still in its infancy. Prepare for the ride of your life

  4. OK, enough, guys.
    Sure, Windows has some problems. I’m not sure if it still SUX … though I suspect that is true. That part of the equation is unquestioned.
    Sure, OSX RULZ. And, if this new MacBook I’m using right now is any proof, things continue to go just fine in Cupertino.
    Neither of those opinions suggests that Apple will be routing Windows from the Enterprise any time soon. I’m not sure that would be the case even if Apple allowed the use of the OS in non-Apple hardware. Linux, OTOH, offers most of what OSX offers plus a lower price tag and the option to run it on any hardware available. Legally. Even those cheap PCs from Dull and @cer.
    Changes … sure. Expect them. And expect Apple to grow. But maybe not into a major player on the Enterprise desktop. Be satisfied with SOHO, perhaps?

  5. Because of Microsoft’s marketing brilliant 2009 marketing campaign, Windows (whatever the version) will forever be associated with the low-end “cheaper” option. And Macs will continue to be the high-quality and “too cool” choice. There will always be customers who only look at the price tag, but more and more are realizing that “value” is better than “cheap.”

  6. I said this before: No one was going to get excited about Windows 7 because there’s simply nothing exciting about Windows. The days when people lined up for a new Windows release, like they did for Windows 95, are long, long, gone.

    Nobody enjoys using Windows. People tolerate Windows, they don’t enjoy it. It’s just something that makes your computer work, and you just hope it doesn’t get in the way.

    There was never a hope that Windows 7 was going to make people rush out to buy a new system just so they could experience the new hotness. The best that Microsoft could hope for was to staunch the bleeding caused by Vista.


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