As Apple’s products have moved from a specialised niche to become mainstream consumer electronics, it’s no surprise that they’ve become more common in the business world too.
Indeed, it’s not uncommon nowadays to see both Apple Macs and PCs together in the same office. But if you're in the market for new business computers, should you go for Mac or PC?
Although in the past it might have been difficult to combine PCs and Macs on the same business network, technology has now progressed to a point where both systems get along well. Sharing files and printers between the two systems is straightforward, as is having them communicate on the same network.
Popular applications - like Microsoft Office – are also available for Macs, making it easier to switch to a Mac for business if you want to. And then there’s the ‘iPad effect’: as companies start to make use of iPads and iPhones, it’s only natural for them to want to consider Apple Mac computers too.
For years Microsoft has dominated the world of business computing with its Windows operating system. And although the market share held by other operating systems – like Apple’s Mac OS – is growing, let’s not get carried away.
In a recent survey, only 6.8% of the total operating system market was Mac OS. That compares to the staggering 91.5% commanded by Windows. The remainder was a mix of open source favourite Linux and ‘other’.
So, attractive as using a Mac for business might seem (and they certainly are attractive – who couldn’t fail to love the brushed metal of a MacBook laptop?), it’s worth thinking about these key issues before making the switch:
Perhaps the truth is that whether you choose a PC or Mac is becoming less and less important. As we all begin to use more cloud-based applications over the internet, the operating system you choose is less critical.
So, using both Macs and PCs in the same office won’t create the same problems as it has done in the past. There are dozens of ways to make them manageable.
However, if cloud computing really is the future then all you will need is an ‘internet enabled device’. It won’t matter whether it’s a Mac, a PC or something else. Maybe Google’s Chromebook?
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