As an April Fool's joke on Tuesday, iTWire writer Stan Beer ran a story headlined: "Apple to Release PC version of Leopard in Q3." Most of his readers quickly recognized the spoof, he said on Wednesday, but many of them also noted that they wished it was true.
That prompted him to ask these questions: What if Apple did create a PC-friendly version of its latest operating system? Could Leopard compete with Vista?
Of the cuff, I would say of course it could -- especially considering how poorly Vista has been received in the year since its release. However, that's assuming enough Windows users are so fed up they'd opt for the Apple alternative over XP, just to send Microsoft a message.
But based on what I've read lately, that assumption may be too big a leap to make. For example, there's the "Save XP" campaign and others like it. Then there's the fact that a Windows alternative already exists -- Linux, in all its variations -- and though it's made progress, it's barely made a dent in Microsoft's market share.
Migrating from one operating system to another is not an easy task. And when you throw in the headaches associated with training the IT staff on the ins and outs of that new system -- not to mention getting the rest of the company up to speed -- it's a tough sell.
iTWire's Beer argues that Leopard is "far superior in all aspects" and that "most Mac users love Leopard, while many Windows users say they hate Vista." He also points out that Mac market share in the U.S. is more than 8 percent. The ultimate question, he says, is how much more of that market can Mac snag?