Originally posted by Gon
Dangerous, sure. They don't want app "erosion" to occur. But they can profit from this, too. I use OS X for all my serious work because of reliability, ease-of-use, security and mobility features among others. But all this serious work is relatively light in terms of computing power. iBook has been enough for that, so I can't see myself buying a Mac that is even nearly top of the line. If, on the other hand, I could buy a powerful Apple box and boot it to Windows to play, that could get me to invest much more. I understand most of Apple's profit comes from hardware, so this is a way for them to get twice as much business from me than they can any other way.
"The comparison will be too easy" must be an extended typo of some kind. Apple should welcome any and all comparison, because they win when people actually look around and compare their options! I hope I never see the day Apple must avoid being compared to their competition.
What concerns me here is that many people already have, or can get PC apps without paying for them.
Over the years I've had friends and others sit down at my machines with me for an hour or so. The remarks I've gotten from most of them have been the same:
"I love this! I would buy one if I could get the apps for free like I do with my PC. Would you give them to me?"
No it wasn't a typo. Apple might welcome a comparison between Windows and OS X on different machines. Look at the Mac and look at the PC. It's a matter of Gestalt. THe Mac looks better, so does the OS. The ease of use is better, etc.
But if Vista is on the same Mac, then some of that goes out the Window(sic).
Honestly, it's not like comparing System 7 to Windows 3.1 anymore. The differences these days are more subtle than that. Many people might miss them. Especially those coming over from PC's.
A little tale:
I do work (unpaid) for the NY ED. System in the area of technology. I was one of those writing the five year tech plans.
We have computer trainers. They teach the teachers. However, many come from a PC background, and aren't happy learning and teaching how to use Mac's. Some even hate the Mac. Most can't see any advantage in using a Mac.
I show them how. So I teach the teachers of the teachers, so to speak.
The first thing they dislike is the one button mouse. I get "I wouldn't buy a Mac because it has a one button mouse." more often than you would think.
Remember that these are supposed to be tech people, both hardware and software. You might think that they would WANT to find out more about the machines they are working with. Nope. I have to show them. Then they are startled. This goes back almost ten years.
The other problem with making comparisons is this; These same trainers use the Mac the way they use the PC. Boring down through folders to find something. Never understanding that there are far more efficient ways of doing things. Again, I have to show them.
Why this worries me is because someone coming from PC's having both Windows and X on their machine will tend to use X the same way they use Windows. They won't see that much of a difference. It really is true. Then they will complain about the differences that ARE there because they won't think that learning them is worthwhile since X is so similar anyway. I've seen this as well.
Windows in such close proximity might inhibit the user to learn from X.
Most of this is APPLE's FAULT!
Apple's manuals are crap. Apple is so interested in showing how easy it is that they don't want to present the new user with the information they need to actually MAKE it easy. They don't show or explain the features of the OS other than the most basic. HELP is not useful for this. An old fashioned put in the lap manual is far better. How many people are going to take their iMac into the bathroom or bed with them to read the help manual? They would with a paper one.
Trust me, this isn't so simple. It's not a slam-dunk.