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Windows 7: Interesting view of Apple versus PC

05 Jul 2012   #1
whs
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Interesting view of Apple versus PC

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Microsoft was just hanging around like a lame duck for a while. Sitting on their large install base and just lived of that. The last two years it finally realized that it is time to catch up to Apple again to not be extinct. A great visualization of that is the trend of Multiple of PCs sold vs. Macs.


http://www.i4u.com/51024/dramatic-pcs-versus-mac-sale-ratio-trend-shows-windows-8-needs-be-huge-success
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05 Jul 2012   #2

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Microsoft's reaction to Apple creeping onto their sacred turf is like throwing the baby out with the bathwater.
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06 Jul 2012   #3

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The high point of Microsoft OS domination was 2004 with 54x. Since then its a drastic steep decline to 18x in 2010.
In 2010 people bought 18 PCs for every 1 Mac.

Like all statistics this one requires some deeper analysis. Consider that:
  • in 2004 most computer users had desktops not laptops.
  • in 2004 Apple was just coming up out of the rubble of near collapse, while MS was riding high on the success of XP.
  • in 2004 people were not using phones and tablets in place of computers.
This is not to discount the gist of the story which is legit and interesting. Only to point out that it may not be a case of "people like Apples more than PCs", but more like a picture of market economics changing.
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06 Jul 2012   #4

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Could be that people are keeping thier pc's longer and Apple seems to come out with new os's that require a user to buy a new machine if they want to upgrade.

The chart probably doesn't include custom built pc's either, but that could be a small fraction of pc sales.
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06 Jul 2012   #5

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This is a wrong comparison. Windows PCs vs Macs + iPads + iPods + iPhones?
I would clearly draw a line between Macs and iOS devices since their capabilities are different. They should compare only Macs vs Windows PCs. If thats how they want to compare it, then they should be including all Windows Phone 7.X, Windows Mobile 6.X and every single Windows product (not limited to PCs).
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06 Jul 2012   #6

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by yowanvista View Post
This is a wrong comparison. Windows PCs vs Macs + iPads + iPods + iPhones?
I would clearly draw a line between Macs and iOS devices since their capabilities are different. They should compare only Macs vs Windows PCs. If thats how they want to compare it, then they should be including all Windows Phone 7.X, Windows Mobile 6.X and every single Windows product (not limited to PCs).
The comparison is pc to Mac.
At the end if the article they state that if you factor in all of the apple products, the ratio drops to 2 to 1.
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06 Jul 2012   #7

 
 

If they're banking on W8 being a huge success - Apple wins.
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06 Jul 2012   #8

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
If they're banking on W8 being a huge success - Apple wins.
"Hear, hear!"
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07 Jul 2012   #9
whs
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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
If they're banking on W8 being a huge success - Apple wins.
If it was not for the price, I would think you are right. But Apple is just too much money for the person who is just looking for a system to do mail and internet and maybe a bit of office.
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07 Jul 2012   #10

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by smarteyeball View Post
If they're banking on W8 being a huge success - Apple wins.
If it was not for the price, I would think you are right. But Apple is just too much money for the person who is just looking for a system to do mail and internet and maybe a bit of office.
This may be true a while ago, but the prices for their iPads which can do those rather simple things is rather competitive compared to the others, and not exorbitantly so as compared to their MacBook Pros and their tower Xeon Based Macs
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