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Are Macs Taking Over the Enterprise?
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melgross
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melgross,
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7/9/2014 | 10:14:21 AM
Take over?
While I doubt that Macs will take it over, there is no doubt that they will continue playing a bigger part. In other studies, Macs have a 5.5% share in enterprise, so the numbers themselves are malleable. But, according to IDC, Mac sales in enterprise have been growing at a 50% a year rate for over three years now. IDC has also said for over 20 years, that the more Macs in an organization, the less expensive it is to run. That hasn't changed. In all previous studies I've read, Macs ARE easier to maintain than Windows machines. This is the first one that says otherwise.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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7/9/2014 | 12:25:59 PM
Re: Take over?
"71% of organizations support Macs"

Now that Macs provide the Office Suite--and I'm sure other products that I don't use--the systems are more compatible. Time was a PC couldn't read a Mac document at all and vice versa.
soozyg
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soozyg,
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7/9/2014 | 12:27:11 PM
Re: Take over?
Mac sales in enterprise have been growing at a 50% a year rate for over three years now.

I wonder if that's solely due to iPhones and iPads.
Gary_EL
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Gary_EL,
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7/9/2014 | 1:19:01 PM
Re: Take over?
Many younger folks' first computer experience is smartphone devices, almost none of which are Windows-based. There is also the continuing disgust over Microsoft's planned obsolescence, forcing users to abandon perfectly good XP machines for 7 machines that do nothing new for them. If they pull the same thing with 7, forcing their users to adopt Window 8, 8.1, or the upcoming Windows 9, anything can happen. Microsoft is poisoning its own waters.
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Henrisha,
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7/9/2014 | 1:26:58 PM
Re: Take over?
I'm a little surprised at that number/percentage. I was always under the impression that most offices only have Windows support, so this is a bit of good news. Shows inter-platform support and makes the job for many people easier.
Henrisha
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Henrisha,
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7/9/2014 | 1:27:29 PM
Re: Take over?
I would think that iPhones and iPads make up a huge bulk of that. Will be interesting to see how other platforms respond, specially Windows.
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Technocrati,
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7/9/2014 | 1:31:54 PM
Re: Take over?
@soozyg    I don't think it is due solely to iPhones and iPads.  Many companies are using the mac mini as a desktop or backend server.
Technocrati
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Technocrati,
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7/9/2014 | 1:36:51 PM
Re: Take over?
@Henrisha    I think a lot of companies are not too impressed with Window 8.1 and this view is probably the biggest reason Macs are invading the enterprise.    So I agree it will be interesting to see how MS responds to this real threat to it's enterprise market share.
Shane M. O'Neill
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7/9/2014 | 2:04:51 PM
Re: Take over?
"Over 70% of respondents said employees perceive Macs as easier to use than Windows PCs."

Wow, that's high. Macs are definitely prettier and they pass the cool test, but I disagree that they're easier to use. Windows UI is arguably more intuitive than a Mac. But the problem is not the UI, it's that Windows is loaded down with too many updates, and AV software, and has not caught on with young people because it never made any headway in mobile. Add to that Macs coming in the back door through BYOD as more millennials join the workforce, and you can see this situation not getting better for Microsoft.
Charlie Babcock
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Charlie Babcock,
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7/9/2014 | 2:16:59 PM
If Microsoft is getting weaker on the deskto, what's not to like--VMware
Nice analysis here by Michael. VMware as the sponsor of this survey is trying to get the survey to perform a balancing act. Give the end users what they want, which seems to be Macs and Macbooks. But put virtual desktop infrastructure on them so that they can access their existing Windows and Office applications and Windows servers. Weaken Microsoft as a desktop vendor, strengthen VMware as a virtualization vendor. Not bad for one survey. 
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