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It might have some value for small/medium size businesses+XP

by tashi48 / April 11, 2006 4:43 PM PDT

As a Microsoft Small Business Specialist I see the value in placing Mac hardware in a business. Apple has some great engineers and marketing staff working for them. Apple has always had some innovative designs but the adoption of Apple hardware by business has been resisted for some time because of the lack of supporting business software. Sure there are some ported pieces like Entourage so you can connect to an Exchange server but it lacks many of the public folder and calendaring features of Outlook. Plus, in business you can?t easily manage a mass of Apple devices like you can with PC workstations joined to a domain. I believe that the change to Intel architecture and a boot solution solves this delima.
From a hardware standpoint, the form factor of the Mac mini makes it ideal for office use where space is a concern. I don?t think a mini-itx pc can be scaled as small as a mac mini for all intensive purposes, plus compare the speed. Compare the price, noise and sound to even a Shuttle mini pc, quite a difference. The only problem is gamming, but I?m not here to talk about game potential as much as business potential for these new mac?s. Plus the new iMac (the one with a built-in monitor) makes sense for that exec who is always complaining about the mess taken up by wires and space taken up by a typical PC. I don?t believe the MacBook Pro has any edge over any Dell or other PC laptop other than the sleekness of the design.
Put all the features of this Mac hardware behind the marketing talent of Apple and I?d say that you have a future hit. Look at how successful the iPod is and how its bridged platforms already. This could be another bridging tool for Apple. Sure, many individuals like myself won?t necessarily adopt the Mac OS unless there is a need to run software people have mentioned such as GarageBand or FinalCut. What it will do is allow Apple to corner a larger segment of the computer sales market and increase their sales tremendously over the coming years, right now though it?s a work in progress.
For myself, I?m seriously considering purchasing a Mac Mini for purely evaluation purposes and try joining it to a domain or run windows media edition. For testing purposes I?m looking forward to Boot Camp but I?m still a PC guy. I can?t put down my tablet pc?s, its perfect for my needs.

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