Yahoo! Reports Mac Closing the Gap on PC
And another look at "Switching to Mac: A Love Story"
Posted by: RET Staff
Last week, this headline caught my eye as I was opening my Yahoo! email: "Gap between Mac and PC sales the smallest in 15 years." According to the article:
"Currently, PCs are outselling Macs by a ratio of about 20 to 1. That's a huge lead, but Apple has been steadily closed the gap over the last decade from its 2004 low of 55 to 1. When you factor in mobile devices such as phones and tablet computers, the PC vs. Mac gap closes to a mere 2 to 1, with Apple likely to draw even within the next year or two."
This news was closely followed by a glowing report of the iPad from Consumer Reports. Together, they reminded me of an article I wrote almost a year ago. I'm going to republish it here. Since this article was written, I've invested in a MacBook Pro of my very own, and it is the love of my life.
I have been an entrenched PC user all of my life. Right or wrong, I've been very vocal about my objections to Macs:
- They're unnecessarily expensive.
- They're unrealistically exclusive.
- They're difficult to use.
And then, yesterday, my PC crashed – for the tenth time. As one of my fabulous teammates valiantly went to work on my crippled Sony Vaio, I was allowed to maintain my productivity with a borrowed MacBook Pro. And so it began.
After a fair amount of groaning and griping, I went back to work. I was pleasantly surprised to find all of my favorite Microsoft Office programs already installed. I could still use Word! But when Word opened, I saw that it looked different. "Ha," I thought, "Here's confirmation that switching to Mac is going to be difficult."