Originally Posted by Kafantaris
Microsoft does work for work -- all over the world. And that's something nobody has been able to replicate.
There's a car dealership that's in my area and they ditched their Dell computers for nothing but Apple iMacs, iPhones, and iPads and they love the change. I think they might be using Office, but most of them are using other apps that are specifically designed for the auto industry. They were using a terminal emulation to connect to a main system that the mfg uses, but I think it's Unix based.
There are plenty of specialized industries where it's common for certain users to use Macs or Linux computers and actually not have much in the way of Microsoft apps running. Go to a recording studio, chances are they are using Pro Tools, Pyramix systems and they aren't running Office on their DAW systems, which is what they use for their business. If they have a computer running the front office, they can easily use Macs with MYOB and if they don't want to use Office, they can use iWork 09 (soon to be the latest version) or another Office compatible software.
Microsoft just was successful at brainwashing people into buying Windows based computers, Office, and Exchange, but there are companies out there that don't.
I've used both Windows and Macs in business, and the Macs worked better. I might have run Office just because I was used to it, but I could have easily used something else instead. But for most of what I did, I actually didn't use Microsoft products, or didn't NEED to. In some cases I was forced to, but the company could have easily used something differently.
The problem is that people are easily brainwashed. obviously, you are one of them.
I know plenty of companies that were 100% Microsoft and they ended going out of business. My cousins had a investment banking company that was "SUPPOSED" to be a successful business, but they ended up shutting their doors down unexpectedly. They were too Microsoft centric and the CEO was spending most of his spare time fixing and setting up his own servers instead of running his business. He's now working for another company in a position that isn't the CEO. They won't say what happened, probably too embarrassing.
So, it's not always good to be a 100% Microsoft shop. LOL...
If you look at the trends in the server market, more and more Linux and Unix servers are being implemented every day as they are eating a LOT of Microsoft's business. I don't know how many people are using Microsoft data bases for transaction processing, that's usually Oracle and IBM to do that, and we all know those two would prefer Unix or Linux to handle that since they both have their own versions of both.
Don't get brainwashed with thinking that you NEED Microsoft because it's been proven that you don't.