updated 11:25 am EST, Mon January 16, 2006
No Macs for business
Apple's transition Intel chips may help the company in the consumer market, but it is unlikely to . For the most part, government contracts require that companies use Windows, and many companies find that there is insufficient software compatibility and availability with Macs, according to InformationWeek. Even though debuting the Intel-based Macs six months ahead of schedule will help Apple keep sales up as customers will not have to wait for the upgrades, Apple is focusing more on a "living-room"-styled computer, according to the report.
Businesses switching from Windows-based PCs to Intel Macs must consider cost. Companies choosing the new Macs would need to factor in the higher cost of the machines as well as training and transition of applications and the need for Mac-compatible Oracle and SAP applications.
While Apple currently holds only 2-3 percent of the worldwide PC market, the company sold 1.25 million Macs sold last year, 200,000 more than 2004--though much of Apple's growth has come from iPod sales. With the upgrades to its consumer content-creation suite iLife, Apple has shown that as far as software is concerned, the home-based computer user is their priority.
Some businesses do, however, choose Macs for a variety of reasons. "It's not necessarily a pro-Mac thing, but it's an anti-Microsoft and -Windows thing," explains Interstate Screw VP Eric Seiden, whose company uses five Macs and two Windows computers. "Windows is prone to viruses and security flaws. My whole goal is I want the computer to work for me, and I don't want to spend my whole life fixing the damn things."