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Parallels, Boot Camp help Apple make inroads

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.

by MacNN Staff





  1. Bouba

    Joined: Dec 1969



    they had to buy a new licence for windows, but still, they saved money! way to go!

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969


    What's the point?

    Why switch to an all-mac setup, touting its lack of viruses and all, then go off and buy windows licenses for each machine, which means they're back to being susceptible.

    Plus, is it wise to be running beta software like boot camp on macs in a working environment?

  1. vasic

    Joined: Dec 1969


    It's just a trojan horse

    Switchers buy Windows licenses so that they may convince their management (and themselves) that they can continue to work without problems. The paranoid fear of dearth of applications on the Mac is alleviated by the existence of BootCamp or Parallels.

    In reality, and this is something I've tested a dozen times, with switching friends of very strong Windows commitment, once they begin discovering Mac applications, those Windows licenses, as well as BootCamp, don't get used. For sure, they make certain that Windows is installed on that Mac. Initially, they even run it from time to time. Very soon, though, they no longer bother. Two months into their Mac experience, they've discovered that everything they need is readily available. It's just under the Apple menu (Mac OS X Software), where a click takes them straight to Apple's download site. Quite a few of these switchers have deleted their BootCamp partition from their MacBooks (60G is too precious to waste part of it to Windows) and have not turned back.

    The Trojan horse works!

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