Another fact that appears to have been all but ignored is that
Macintosh, being the most elitist and closed proprietary operating
system in the world, has such a tiny market share, that it is all but
irrelevant to most users except arty types. It is true that Macs are
high quality machines with superior graphics and plug-and-play
capabilities. However, any enterprise (other than Apple) that even
considered deploying overpriced Macs with their overpriced software
packages on the desktop would need to have their head examined, even if
they can also run Windows.
As for home users, walk into any home today and chances are you will find a clunky old PC happily running some version of buggy old Windows. The reason is that the PC will do everything the Mac does and more that the average home user wants at a fraction of the price. Ok, it won’t do it as elegantly in some cases but most users couldn’t give two hoots. So why would they want to pay thousands extra for a Mac?
On the other hand, speak to Mac users and they will turn up their noses, grimace at the thought of using a Windows PC and smirk at all those unfortunate souls who can’t understand why spending thousands of dollars on locking themselves into a proprietary computer system that hardly anybody else uses is necessary. So why would they want to lower themselves to the level of the masses and install that horribly buggy and backward Windows system on their beautiful, elegant pastel coloured Macs?
Windows users, as any Linux evangelist will tell you, are also locked into their proprietary Wintel platform. However, at least they can feel a measure of comfort that most of us are in the same boat and Windows has after all become a standard of sorts.
So why on earth is such a fuss being made about the Boot Camp program? Who knows? If it is indeed an attempt by Apple to win back some of the market share it has squandered over the past 20 years by pretending the game was all about the hardware rather than the software, then it is way too late. Computers are now such a commodity that they’re rapidly becoming a waste disposal problem. As for software, much to Microsoft’s chagrin, we are now in the era where much of it is now open source and can be downloaded for free.
Incidentally, we ran a story a couple of days ago about how a PC user had successfully pirated Mac OSX. The story barely created a raised eyebrow. Perhaps the reason is, in the scheme of things as they exist in the desktop world of today, who cares?