The Apple pie is about to get a lot bigger

April 5th, 2006

Apple Computer is making it easy to boot Windows XP on the new Intel-based Macintoshes.

From now on, viagra buy troche buying a Mac will be a no-risk decision because you’ll be getting two computers for the price of one.

Apple’s shareprice is going through the roof.

But I predict their marketshare is about to go up even faster.

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  • 1. Nick  |  April 5th, 2006 at 4:44 pm

    Why is it that people keep thinking that making computers more complicated will make them sell better? You would think that Apple of all people would know better than that, seeing as how they’ve practically invented the easy to use interface.

    This sounds good on the surface, but it won’t make it sell any better. Only computer geeks like me are ever interested in dual booting computers. Most normal people want a computer that works like an appliance, not one more thing they need to learn how to do.

  • 2. Administrator  |  April 5th, 2006 at 4:56 pm

    Hey Nick,

    I’m not sure why it would make it any more complicated. You’d just have the option of running a different operating system.

    The reason I think it will do wonders for Apple’s marketshare is that many people are held back from switching because:

    1: They’re afraid they won’t like the change.

    A duo-boot machine complete removes this worry. If you don’t like OS X, you can always run XP exclusively.

    2: They have legacy apps they MUST use.

    They can enjoy the benefits of OS X (no viruses/malware, arguably better UI) and STILL be able to run their legacy apps when they absolutely have to.

    3: They’re serious gamers who don’t want to give up the PC-only games.

    Go ahead, boot into XP and frag bad guys to your heart’s content.

    This move basically complete removes every barrier to trying a Mac… except for price.

    And Apple is never going to sell to the people who just want the cheapest box they can get.

  • 3. Nick  |  April 6th, 2006 at 10:54 am

    Having dual booted Windows NT4/Win 98 back in the day… and dual booted Windows and Linux at various times… it makes things more complicated because a lot of people have interoperability expectations between data created on one OS being available to the other.

    I created a file on my Mac partition… why can’t I get it from Windows XP? I need to be able to do Y… which OS do I boot to? Why do I have to restart my computer to get to the other OS?

    Remember… we’re talking people who get confused because they have to go to Start in order to Shut Down.

    I’m reminded of a favorite Stroustrup quote. “There was once a man who dreamed that his computer was as easy to use as his phone. That dream his come true since I no longer know how to use my phone.”

  • 4. Administrator  |  April 6th, 2006 at 11:02 am

    lol

  • 5. Melinda Omdahl  |  April 6th, 2006 at 9:00 pm

    I’m very torn on this.

    I’m a die-hard Mac loyalist — one of those people who will NOT take a job if I have to use a PC. One of those people who’s had three different iPods, three Mac computers or more at a time just cause. Yup- I’m a die hard.

    As such, I want and NEED Mac to do well. And – this is fantastic news for Apple.

    Here’s the twist. As a die-hard, I kind of like my little – almost exclusive – group of loyalits. I have to say I’m not looking forward to a whole bunch of Dell/Gateway PC users who just don’t get Mac jumping into my world.

    I don’t like what their PC/Windows world looks and acts like so I don’t want them in mine.

    Awful, huh?

  • 6. Lee Tse  |  April 6th, 2006 at 9:54 pm

    Bring on the PC games!!! Work on a Mac, play on a PC. Play on a PC, work on a Mac. All at a press of a button… ahh, I love the sound of dual boot in the morning.

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