Originally Posted by Logisticaldron
. However, most businesses need that legacy support and MS Windows business oriented OS means that they they have to support legacy HW and code.
Yup, I can virtualize Windows XP on my Mac very similar to how Microsoft does it for Windows 7
Apple will never be able to get a substantial foothold in the business sector as long as they are quick to drop legacy support and dont allow 3rd-party PC makers to license their OS.
Quite frankly, Apple has more legacy support then the PC manufacturers. Try getting a driver that works with later service packs for hardware more then 2 years old. It's hit and miss at best. OS licensing is a red herring - even in government it's not an issue.
The variety of hardware in the PC universe is more a curse then a blessing - the sheer effort in managing it all wastes significant resources. Seriously, how many different video cards, hard drive controllers and network controllers do you really need? If I order 500 PC's from Dell - all the same model - I could get three or more different video cards/chips in my order depending on what Dell sources at the time. Some vendors are better - for a price you can guarantee with them that the hardware throughout the life of your contract will be the same - but as soon as you do that the PC's "price advantage" starts to evaporate real quick. For all the posturing in these forums, Apple really is quite price competitive once you get out of the garbage/disposable computer bin.
I think the new integration with Exchange and Active Directory in SL is going to start raising some eyebrows - maybe not in large organizations (or at least not on a large scale for a while), but it will certainly start making an impact in the small and medium business (SMB) marketplace. Apple has a pretty good plan - ride the iPhone into the enterprise. A frontal assault on MS is fruitless at this point. However you can introduce people to the Apple "secret sauce" - tight hardware and software integration for a seamless experience. While they don't really emphasize it (much to my annoyance) if you do ever attend one of their corporate enterprise roadshow events, you will find that Apple has quite the plan
for integrating Mac's in the enterprise. I can't wait to go back this year and see what Snow Leopard adds.