Walter Mossberg from the Wall Street Journal recently replied to a question: “I have a small but fast-growing business and am strongly considering going with Macs, but I’m not sure if it’s the cost-effective way to go. What are the pros and cons?”
“To a great extent, it depends on the size and type of business, but I can give you a few general pros and cons. Macs typically cost more upfront, but can save in maintenance costs because they aren’t susceptible to most malicious software and, in my experience, they crash less often. They tend to be easier to network, and, like Windows PCs, they work with Microsoft Exchange. They run standard productivity software, like Microsoft Office, and can access most online business sites and services. But there are many niche business applications that are written for Windows only. You can overcome this by running Windows on a Mac for the occasional program. But if your business would best operate using software that is only for Windows, you’d likely be better off with a Windows machine.”
Walt’s way too short answer really misses the bigger picture — While a Mac is a wonderful personal computer, in an office environment Microsoft Windows computers are simply cheaper and easier to deploy, updates for Windows & Microsoft Office are centrally managed, and Group Policies can be applied from a single server…not to mention a slew of other available Microsoft network services, as well as millions of trained Microsoft support people to help. None of this is available from Apple.
“If you have a small but fast-growing business I strongly recommend going with Microsoft Windows as the cost-effective way to go.”