The battle between Apple and Microsoft really is no great secret – it’s been going on for years and will continue to do so. At the moment Microsoft hold the largest market share at around 82%. However, Apple are fast increasing in popularity with their Mac OS X and claim to be reaping a 70% year on year increase in ownership in Australia.
Whilst most Australian Businesses still use Microsoft Windows for their computing the last 5 years has seen an increase in the amount going over to the Mac. It is difficult to find actual numbers but the percentages speak for themselves: 5 years ago, Microsoft held 91% of the market share, that is down to around 82%, whilst Mac have risen from just 5% up to a massive 14% market share.
There are vast differences between the two, which makes it difficult to say which one is the best. The main difference between the Mac and the PC is the operating system. Whilst most PC’s rely on Microsoft Windows, the Apple Macs run their own operating system – the Mac OS X. This is not available to be run in any non-Apple product so if you want to use it you have to have a Mac computer. Microsoft however allows Windows to be run on just about any system going, which means they have a much higher rate of availability.
Whilst both the Mac and the PC are pretty much up with each other there are one or two differences that should be noted. Mac’s are generally much smaller than PC’s in both RAM and hard drive space. Whilst a PC typically has anywhere from 2GB to 8GB of RAM, the Mac will only have a maximum of 4GB. This is great if you don’t store much on your computer or are a heavy user.
Another difference is in stability and compatibility issues. Although much more improved now, PC’s are still more prone to crashing than their Mac counterparts. This is a huge issue and one that needs some addressing before PC’s start to regain lost market share. As for compatibility, the Apple Mac will run both Mac OS X and Windows whereas the PC is only really capable of supporting Microsoft Windows products.
The Apple Mac is more widely used by designers and developers, particularly because of its ease of use and its graphics capabilities. The PC tends to be more a free for all type, suitable for just about anybody, or any type of business to use. Which one you use for your business will depend almost exclusively on what you require it for.
Before his death in 2011, Steve Jobs (Apple) and Bill Gates (Microsoft) were friends and business enemies for more than 30 years. Their relationship was based on a mix of personality and business rivalry and certainly had its difficulties. Although they remained close friends they also had several clashes over the years. In 1988 Apple sued Microsoft for an infringement on its patents but in 1997, when Apple were falling, Bill Gates stepped in and invested $150 million. In 2007 the pair appeared together on stage for the first time in over 20 years and, whilst some expected fireworks they were disappointed. The two demonstrated a long term friendship and a huge respect for one another and the meeting of two technologically advanced minds was deemed a massive success.