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Recently LifeHacker posed the question to readers, Mac or PC for Business? It’s been a somewhat common theme in recent months as Apple gains more and more momentum. Execs are being seen (and heard-of) toting MacBook Pro laptops around, in meetings, etc. It surely seems like […]

Recently LifeHacker posed the question to readers, Mac or PC for Business? It’s been a somewhat common theme in recent months as Apple gains more and more momentum. Execs are being seen (and heard-of) toting MacBook Pro laptops around, in meetings, etc. It surely seems like a wave that everyone’s catching these days. So what do real people think?

LifeHacker’s poll show’s a whopping 61% would choose a Mac over a similar Windows-based PC. The availability of Parallels for running Windows, or the option of booting to it through BootCamp make the Apple an ideal machine to fit all needs, and businesses are beginning to see that it seems. NetworkWold takes a look at this scenario as well, if you’re looking for some additional reading on the topic.

I use my MacBook more and more for the work that I do. I’m slowly finding the little things that allow me to fully operate in OS X to accomplish all my work tasks, and it’s fantastic. As is common, I receive a decent amount of ribbing about my Mac at work, but it almost always gives way to a conversation about how cool it is, and “it can really do that?” The tides are definitely changing.

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  1. At IBM we have a Mac user group that has for years been struggling to promote Macs as a viable alternative to Windows desktops and Thinkpads. It’s OK if you are a manager and you only need Office and Lotus Notes, but as a support engineer its almost impossible to get all work done purely on PPC macs. Now Intel Macs are here things are indeed changing, but there is still a lot of snobbery and ignorance to overcome before we get given the choice.

    Everyone probably heard by now that IBM announced that they will not renew the desktop contract with Microsoft, and they definitely will not move to Vista (woohoo). The upshot of this is that many departments will be, or have already started migrating to Linux.

  2. I agree that there is a different “smell” to that wind lately. But I don’t see a “sea change” just yet.

    One reason is that Apple isn’t seriously targeting the Enterprise. Yes, they have volume discount pricing. Yes, they have Enterprise service contracts. Yes, they’ve got a really good cheap server and server OS, with remote admin tools to boot.

    But they have not embraced the culture, and the kind of road map that Enterprise CIO’s want from Apple. Till that changes, I don’t see a huge change in their business market penetration, at least not in the mid to large business categories.

    They’ll also want to build a cheap, customizable Mac that can be used as a desktop unit. I’m not sure that the Mini is quite what businesses want in that product.

  3. I’ve been supporting a Windows, Mac, Linux, iSeries network with a Mac for years. As a Unix geek, I prefer it because I can use my favorite Linux tools, easily write scripts, etc and still run Microsoft Office. And it’s nice to be able to tear apart the occasional Windows virus that slips through the firewalls without fear of infection.

    As a typical network admin, without all the support staff that I’d like, the fact that our average XP machine takes 10X the amount of support as our average Mac wins Apple a lot of points. And that fact hasn’t been lost on management.

    More and more of them are asking for Macs. Since the cost of a Mac or a business class Dell is basically the same, this is one trend that I am encouraging.

  4. I work at a small vet clinic, and this summer we upgraded to almost a complete Mac environment, aside from the two PC tablets that the doctors have. The staff is very impressed the new computers, and we’ve had absolutely no problems with them, which makes my job easier, since I’m the IT guy.

  5. I’m lucky because I work for a company who is entirely Mac (apart from the accounts, which are trying to dig out of the final XP machine hold now). We operate seamlessly and especially so now that we can run Windows if we want (not that we often do).

    Further, our clients are nearly all Mac based, which makes life easier also, although those that aren’t cause no trouble barring the fact that we are IT support and need to fix them regularly.

  6. Apple boiled down life to music, pics, and video.
    They should go out to own life, not business.
    There are more people than business people.
    I have a post related to this and Apple TV at>
    http://www.ideasareorange.com/

  7. FatsLeroy.com | 33rd Degree, 11:11 » Macs or PCs for Business? at The Apple Blog Wednesday, February 28, 2007

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  8. We use Mac’s exclusivly at work. They’re ideal for our designers and us web developers can work with Firefox + Firebug, and run Windows in Parallels so we can check IE5, IE6 and IE7, along with the Mac browsers.

    The web development software is a joy. We can install Apache and Ruby on Rails alongside PHP and MySQL in a decent Unix environment on our own machines and the only software thats lacking is SVN clients. The Mac ones suck. But that’s our one complaint. :)

  9. Been using mostly Macs and a few PCs in a medical business for 9 years. Just tossed two old PCs… now just one iMac that runs Windows a few minutes every day. Stupid vendors who require ActiveX for web aps!!

    I did need a support call from that vendor the other day. They actually took over my iMac (running Windows) and fixed the problem. They never figured out that it was a Mac!! And that is a “good thing” as their official party line is that they do not support their application if it is running on Windows on the Mac.

    When IT types can’t tell it is a Mac then they will support. If you tell them it is a Mac then they wond support. My new Motto: Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

  10. While it makes perfect business and technical sense, the thing that worries me most, having gone through a few companies that “got too big for our own good” is what will happen when the tide turns in favor of Apple?

    How will Apple handle this? Steve and Bill, even though very different are business beasts and see markets the same wys. Would Apple flex it’s muscles on customers as Microsoft did and leave us out dry? That is my main worry.

    In the meantime, there is Ubuntu, I guess.

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