updated 03:20 pm EDT, Tue March 20, 2007
Windows helps Apple
Apple switch to the Intel-platform and its ability to run Windows (via Boot Camp or Parallels) has helped the company make market share inroads. Last year, Apple accounted for 4.4 percent of all new PC shipments in the U.S. professional market, up from 3.6 percent in 2005 and 3.2 percent in 2004, according to Gartner numbers published by The Wall Street Journal. In addition, Apple's share of total new PC shipments in the U.S. jumped to 5.4 percent last year from 4.5 percent the prior year. The report notes that ability to run Windows was critical to a recent decision by Wilkes University to migrate to an all-Mac campus, saving the University about $150,000, despite having to purchase an additional Windows license for each machine.