Originally posted by PB
You have too much faith in the average user out there. Why people wanted to use Windows when they tried NeXT? Why they wanted to use Windows when they tried BeOS? Why they wanted to use Windows when they tried OS/2?
Where are all those GREAT systems of the past? What? To the grave? Right. Guess where OS X will be once Apple makes Windows installation on an Intel-Mac completely painless.
You are completely mis-reading the situation. NeXT, BeOS and OS2 were never mainstream systems that you could buy in the high street. They had neither the public mind-share nor the breadth of applications that Apple has today. Apple is an established company that's not going anywhare. Whether people use its products or not everybody knows the name and is aware of the brand values. This move will make it easier in the future for developers to port to OS X and we will actually see an increase in applications for the Mac (including all those stupid "Design your own Garden" programs). The move to Intel also removes another reason for Joe Fuckwit not to buy a Mac.
I can't wait to see the first review comparison between the top Dell, Acer or Alienbrain laptop and the top Mac laptop. They will be the same price, they will have the same processor, but the Mac will be better designed, easier to use, provide integrated access to all the clever dodads on the motherboard and may even be slightly faster due to OS X optimisations. It will also come with a slew of class-leading applications, and get this; it'll run Windows anyway! It's a complete no-brainer buying decision and I serioulsy expect to see Apple marketshare gains over the next five years.
Mac sales will tank for the next year, no doubt about it, but the campany is in the best position it has ever been to survive this period. There will be a stream of music and home entertainment products to keep the momentum going.
At a market inflexion point, which this move represents, buying behaviour is not linear, it tips one way or the other. For NeXT, BeOS and OS2 it slid down the wrong side of the probability slope. Apple have clearly made the calculation that for them it will tip the other way and I have to agree with them.