Originally Posted by MyopicPaideia
I'm going to agree with you, tipoo. Windows 7 was actually a pretty good update of a hell hole operating system to maintain and keep up and running properly. It was a good update, but not enough to keep me from finally making the switch.
I am very impressed with the ease and intuitiveness of use in Snow Leopard relative to Windows and won't be going back. I cut myself off completely and refuse to install Parallels or use Bootcamp or Fusion or anything else.
I'm not a "Power User" in the sense that I don't use any obscure programs that only are available for Windows.
Windows will never really lose meaningful marketshare until it begins to lose its foothold in the commercial sector, or 'enterprise' marketplace, as the new buzz word seems to be. If OS X can start to supplant Windows in any significant numbers there, then you will see the private/home market follow. We may actually be seeing the beginning of just such a scenario indirectly with iOS as the iPad and iPhone appear to be starting to really gain traction in just this space.
Exciting few years ahead to see what Apple's strategy here will be and how it will pan out.
I came back to the Mac after 8 years on Windows XP when Apple came back to the desktop with quad-core iMacs. I didn't want to buy an iMac with a 3 year old Core 2 Duo CPU meant for mobile computers. Thankfully, Apple came back to its senses and decided to build a desktop computer with a desktop CPU. In the mean time, for three years, Apple's competitors had been using the Core 2 Quad to build desktop computers.
Desktop computers are not mobile, but they are powerful, especially with a Core i7 CPU and its 4 logical cores to supplement the 4 physical cores. My mother's HP desktop with its Core i7 CPU does twice the medical research for the World Community Grid http://www.worldcommunitygrid.org/
on the BOINC http://boinc.berkeley.edu/
platform as my Core i5 iMac.
Mac OS X will make a dent in the 90% Windows world market share only if and when Apple:
1- licences Mac OS X to all major computer builders like Microsoft does for Windows;
2- lowers the profit margin and sales price of its Mac computers to bring back Apple's profit margin from 39% back to the industry average of 15% to 20%;
3- lowers the insane (as in psychotic, delusional) stock option bonuses paid to all Apple executives as you cannot buy love or loyalty, just mismanage a company with premium prices for its computers and an out of control management whose obedience and silence must be bought with unreasonable stock option bonuses.
Still missing from the Mac OS X platform (and required to really compete with Windows):
1- native support for the most popular lossless audio codecs, i.e. APE http://www.monkeysaudio.com
, FLAC http://flac.sourceforge.net
and WavPack http://www.wavpack.com
2- A Mac OS X version of the Windows only Tag&Rename http://www.softpointer.com/tr.htm
to tag digital music;
3- a digital music player for the APE and WavPack lossless audio codecs. The FLAC audio codec is now supported in Fidelia and Songbird digital music players.
Using Macindows http://www.pioneeringsoftware.co.uk/pages/products
to run Windows software on the Mac is only a temporary solution at best.