Three reasons Apple’s Mac OS X beats Microsoft’s Windows in the enterprise

Apple Online Store“Some topics are controversial. Apple versus Windows is definitely one of them,” Erik Eckel reports for TechRepublic. “So let me state, I don’t ‘drink Apple’s Kool-Aid.’ For proof, just review many of the TechRepublic articles I’ve written over 10 years.”

Eckel reports, “That said, any knowledgeable technician should be willing to admit the following three advantages that Apple enjoys over Windows when deployed in enterprise environments.”

1. Lower Total Cost of Ownership
2. Greater security
3. Better performance

Full article here.

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


  1. # 3 is not true. There are many, many Windows based systems with similar performance to Macs. It weakens the list when a writer says something that is not true.

    #1 is old. It’s been true for decades (literally). As far back as the mid 90s there have been studies showing this time and time again. Even Intel back in the mid 90s published in one of their 10Q filings that their TCO for Macs was significanly lower than for Windows based machines.

    #2 is true since OS X. Since virtually no one is running OS 8.5 or 9.x then one could argue this is universally true. Is the Mac bullet proof. Only a fool would say it is. However, the track record is unasailable. Hundreds millions of OS X system operational years without a single virus/worm in the wild. Compare that with Vista which had a Vista specific virus in the wild after less than a 100,000 system operational DAYS! (So much for security through obscurity.)

  2. Read the article. He clarifies what he meant by “better performance” (such as boot time, power management, multimedia multitasking, etc.), and his arguments are reasonable. You need to be more specific about what you mean, when you say that Windows has similar performance.

  3. @Shadowself:

    I’m not sure, but I think you may be confusing total machine performance scores on games/office suite tests using benchmarking applications, with his comments about OS-only performance. They are not necessarily the same thing.

  4. Well, Windows totally and completely dominates the Mac when it comes to viruses and malware. Without a doubt, Windows spawned and maintains an entire industry revolving around its lack of security.

  5. Actually they both suck. Ever since Snow Leo became blind to filetypes and creator codes, it gets confused from time to time – even after selecting “Always Open With….” Maybe it needs spelling out: A.L.W.A.Y.S.

    They differ by degree though because Windows is in another league altogether. Even Adobe sucks less. Well, maybe just as bad.

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