This move will force many current users of XP to migrate to Vista or wait until 2010 for the arrival of Windows 7. As the much maligned Vista has engendered a legion of XP loyalists, this would seem to bode well for Apple.
Implementing a move that's been planned for months, Microsoft will no longer make Windows XP available to large computer makers, such as Dell, Lenovo, or Hewlett-Packard, or to software retailers, after June 30. It will continue to offer the OS to "system builders," that is, small, independent PC makers, through July of next year.
Nearly 80% of businesses have Macs in-house, nearly double the percentage that said they had users running Mac OS X two years ago, a research firm said today.
Twenty-one percent of the firms surveyed reported that they had deployed more than 50 Macs. "This isn't Mickey Mouse; it's not just onesies and twosies anymore," said Laura DiDio, a research fellow at Yankee Group Research, who conducted a survey of more than 700 senior IT administrators and C-level executives.. "Apple's graduated into the big league."
While you can understand Microsoft's rationale for following through on the original decision, the problems with Vista have been more than adequately documented and the criticisms continue to this day. Microsoft used to be able, prior to Apple's resurrection and the mainstreaming of open source, to force these kinds of decisions down the throats of their users with impunity. Not anymore. I think the next few years could be real interesting for the PC/Mac platform war.
DiDio was impressed with the growth of Macs in business, considering that Apple Inc. has put little to no official effort into that part of the market. "This isn't a tidal wave, but it's certainly a sustained trend," she said. "Apple has a beachhead in business. Where it once had just 1-to-2% market share in corporate, now they're up to 8-to-10%," DiDio added.