Mac vs. PC: And the Winner Is...Nobody

Arthur Cole

Sorry, I just can't resist another Mac vs. PC post. I guess watching platform enthusiasts tear each other apart is akin to watching a lion devour a wildebeest on those nature shows: troubling, yet oddly entertaining.

 

This week's show was kicked off by Lynn Greiner at CIO.com, who argued that Macs make poor enterprise platforms because they're proprietary, expensive and not as flexible as the PC. To her credit, she welcomed responses from the Mac crowd, which was only too willing to oblige.

 

The only question that has not been answered by either side is how long this silly argument is going to last. The simple fact is that in a few short years, every enterprise on the planet will be virtual. So on any given day, any given employee will be able to power up any given desktop and launch any given operating system to run whatever application suits their fancy. Windows, Mac, Linux, Sun, all in the mix together, each doing what they're best at.

 

That's the future of hardware as I see it. Anybody care to comment on that?



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Aug 9, 2007 9:41 AM Ricky Munoz Ricky Munoz  says:
Not only will OS's become irrelevant, so will hardware. CISCO and Google know this better than either Apple or Microsoft or any other platform manufacturer. The virtual future will be network and content driven, and everyone knows this is happening, so I wonder why there are still any arguments over platform other than for application specific installations. But for the general and corporate publics? We won't give a fig who's software/hardware is doing the driving as long as we can download the latest training video in a hurry while emailing grandma. Reply
Aug 9, 2007 11:43 AM Ed Scott Ed Scott  says:
Within enterprises, virtual desktops will become predominant, but not exclusive. Enterprises are motivated to lock-down user desktop environments for security purposes and to keep employees focused on their jobs, so the concept of employees freely opening any virtualized operating system to run whatever they want is probably overly utopian an outlook. Apple is not motivated to virtualize their operating system since their profit derives from the coupling of their well designed hardware with their well designed software. Economics may compel them, but not probably in the mid-term.Individuals may or may not like virtualized computing depending on a raft of factors including needs, technical sophistication level, habits, self image and personality traits, location, financial status, etc. Reply
Aug 9, 2007 12:35 PM Scott Harman Scott Harman  says:
This is a personal opinion and not a view of my employer. You're right. The war of the desktop is now irrelevant. We're in a world where the individual can make a choice. I am grateful that even the technology market is yielding to the voice of the individual user.I have both a Mac and PC. I like it that way. I wanted it that way. I made the decision to have duplicity. -Scott Harman Reply

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