When it comes to the consumer end of things, every person I knew who bought a computer wanted a PC because they were not locked into a closed system. They wanted options and they wanted control. In fact, even businesses had this end in sight. The fact that PCs are NOT controlled by any one company and that they are modular is the vast majority of why the everyday user chooses them. There is no reason to suppose that consumers would have chosen a computer simply because the businesses were using them, even if they worked for those businesses. Those who wanted Macs still bought them. Consumers want an open system. That is what drove the demand for PCs in homes, not businesses. Do you think that we did not know that Apple's products were nicer? We chose not to buy them. Business did not choose for us.
How about a discussion on what to do ahead of the Windows 7 end-of-life that is coming next year? What are readers doing or suggesting to get ready or to make changes in their systems? I have 2 Win 7 Home computers that I would love to keep and have been looking for safe ways to do that - along with other alternatives if I need to think about replacing them such as Linux, Apple, or even not using an administrator account - just a regular account - so that a possible hacker or malware can't install anything without permission.
I've searched the forums but haven't found a discussion on that topic, so it would be great to get one started now - while there is still a lot of time to plan. Thank you.
--Submitted by Irene