Macs Have Decimated Windows PCs In Business



The Mac has gone from that hippy-dippy device artists use to the button-down world of business with more than one-in-ten corporate computers sporting the Apple logo.

Two buzzwords you’ll want to learn when talking about the Mac’s advances into the corporate realm: the “consumerization” of the company IT and BYO, or “Bring Your Own” device. “Empowered workers attracted to BYO device programs are quickly coming to expect Mac and iOS support,” Forrester analyst Ben Gray says.

Between April 2010 and March 2011, Mac OS X in business to 11 percent, up from 9.1 percent, according to the analyst firm.

The iPad has become a corporate “halo” of sorts for Apple, opening the door for Macs to replace Windows-based computers. Although nearly 90 percent of companies use a Microsoft OS, the majority are running Windows XP. Little wonder then that employees are pushing the “consumerization” of the enterprise, pressuring companies to adopt the faster, more agile Mac OS or iOS used at home.

Forrester polled 400,000 client computers and 2,500 companies.

How many of you guys are using Macs in your businesses? How many have seen Macs start creeping into enterprise?

  • Chris Brunner

    Unfortunately, we still live in a Windows world but thank God for Office for Mac, etc…


  • Mr. Bockbagock

    How is 1 in 10 a decimation? In the world we live in 9/10 is a pretty strong figure.

  • brownlee

    Decimation literally nmeans you kill one in ten of an enemy’s troops.

  • Patrick508

    Decimation? That seems a little overly dramatic.

  • Applelover

    You mean thanks Microsoft, right?

  • Sunil Patel

    Unfornutaely, no macs in my place of employment. I’m on this shitty as Windows XP machine that crashes if I have more than 5 tabs open in Internet Explorer. (IE blows, but they also disabled all rights on the pc…jerks)

  • Applelover

    You should run an online survey to see how many of all these “business macs” have dual boot with windows. And i think this growth is mostly due to small bussiness acquiring new Macs not huge enterprises.

    Macs are popular now, but there is a very long way to climb in order to kill windows OS in companies all over the world. Doesn´t matter if 90% of them stil running XP. Migrating to Mac OS will lead to the need of new software versions (i.e: SAP, Lotus Notes, etc), training to old employees and, obviously, more money than just the already more expensive Mac hardware.

  • carlospacheco74

    Ever since I personally switched to Mac a little over a year ago for my home use I’ve been dreaming of the day I’ll be able to use it for work. I still work for a worldwide firm so for now I’m still stuck with an infuriating Windows XP setup. The way Mac’s have been taking over I expect that the Mac penetration in business use to keep on growing.

  • MacGoo

    Just two macs here as corporate machines, but a LOT of my coworkers have Macs as their personal computers, so I can definitely understand the appeal of BYO programs. Thankfully most of the PCs here are running Windows 7 though – no XP machines except maybe a dusty one crying in a closet somewhere…

  • ralphtweety

    I’m thinking this is definitely an overstatement, but you have to admit that pc use is phase shifting in the enterprise marketplace.  – It’s good – Nothing ever stays the same.

  • firesign

    Seriously? What a load of hooey. I love Macs, but they are nowhere near “decimating” Windows computers either in or out of the enterprise. And as someone else said, I’m betting that a majority of those Macs that are being used in enterprise situations are running Windows either via Boot Camp or a vm. While Apple has made inroads, they aren’t that big.

  • superdave

    We’re a full mac office (albeit a small office of 9 people) and have been for many years – even through the dark days of Apple in the mid-late 90s.  I’ve seen things improve but it’s still irritating, though, when other companies we deal with assume the world only runs windows.

  • Wirehedd

    Small home office using a combo of Mac and Wintel and I use an iPad synched with home Mac and iPhone at my business. No need for a PC in my office with the iPad. Strange but it works perfectly for me. If worse comes to worse and I MUST bring a computer to work for some reason I bring my 2010 13″ MacBook Pro.

    The main usage of the Wintel machines in my home is by my kids for media and games.

  • Doug Bursnall

    dec·i·mate verb \?de-s?-?m?t\
    Definition of DECIMATE
    transitive verb
    1: to select by lot and kill every tenth man of
    2: to exact a tax of 10 percent from <poor a=”” as=”” cavalier=”” decimated=”” dryden=”” john=”” —=””>
    3  a : to reduce drastically especially in number <cholera decimated=”” population=”” the=””>
        b : to cause great destruction or harm to <firebombs city=”” decimated=”” the=””> <an by=”” decimated=”” industry=”” recession=””>

    Though I don’t think this is how most people think of the word </an></firebombs></cholera></poor>

  • 300AShareMakesMeSmile

    There’s a big difference in allowing employees to have what they want instead of having some crap forced down their throats which is what corporations did in order to give Microsoft Windows such an overwhelming market share.  What corporations did made a lot of sense in order to keep system integration tight, but that didn’t mean all employees liked it.  I’m just glad that Apple is getting some sort of shot of being adopted in the enterprise despite all those Windows-loving IT pricks just saying “No Macs allowed” because they’re a bit uncomfortable with any non-Microsoft device.

  • Spike

    I’ve been using Macs exclusively at work since 2003.  My first work Mac was a 12″ PowerBook G4, and I’m using a 15″ MacBook Pro today.  Still use XP occasionally, but now it’s just another window on my Mac desktop thanks to VMware.  As a wise friend of mine once said, “Finally the Windows realm has been reduced to an application, which is as it should be.”

  • Rebelord

    deci·mation n.
    Usage Note: Decimate originally referred to the killing of every tenth person, a punishment used in the Roman army for mutinous legions. Today this meaning is commonly extended to include the killing of any large proportion of a group. Sixty-six percent of the Usage Panel accepts this extension in the sentence The Jewish population of Germany was decimated by the war, even though it is common knowledge that the number of Jews killed was much greater than a tenth of the original population. However, when the meaning is further extended to include large-scale destruction other than killing, as in The supply of fresh produce was decimated by the nuclear accident at Chernobyl, only 26 percent of the Panel accepts the usage.

  • BenGleck

    To those who are having a hard time swallowing this: do yourselves a favor and right/control-click on “decimate” (or a variant) and select “Look Up in Dictionary.” (If you haven’t enabled that, well…)

    The thing I find amusing is the use of the iPad as a Trojan horse.

    How many people realize that the Mac OS reached over 12% market share in the absence of Steve Jobs in the early ’90s? Apple is finally, just now, surpassing that milestone.

  • Danny

    Decimate – schecimate.  How about some reality here.  When folks say they use their Macs at work – have they joined a Windows domain and been kerberized?  In a Windows enterprise environment with Active Directory, enterprise AV and Mac management software you can kiss your “seconds” of boot-to-desktop time to minutes of hell – slower than some new Lenovo SSD offerings that boot in seconds under 25 and slower than most Intel PCs.  Once you start managing a Mac in a full blown Windows IT shop some of the “magic” fades rather fast.  But its a gorgeous kind of a slow.

  • GLee

    Or even easier just control-command-d

  • RJ

    I work for a large credit union and while we only have two Macs in the building (both in Marketing, my MacBook Pro and my designer’s smokin’ MacPro) the company has adopted other Apple products. Of course the company is Windows-based, but our department has been utilizing the iPad with our business development team. They use the iPads in the field to open accounts, display rates, conduct onsite presentations, the list goes on. The public is blown away when they see us out and about. We’ve received some great press from various trade publications about our iPad integration. I don’t expect the company to go full Mac OS anytime soon, but it’s a start. I’m just glad we have an IT Dept that sees the value in Macs and other Apple products instead of just saying ‘no’ to Macs.

  • gnomehole

    1 in 10 is huge.  We’ve all known its a Windows world, but 1 in 10 in the corporate environment is MAJOR.    You’re definition is off.

  • gnomehole

    Our company is too old granpa to embrace Macs, although I am doing my best to push them.  They are now on our “standard exceptions” list and our service desk supports them, where this was not the case previously.   Its only a matter of time.

  • Matthew Sprygada

    Right, you are the CIO of a large company and you need to replace all the workstations with new PC’s. you can choose a Windows box for $400 or a Mac for three times the price. Remember, your multimillion dollar bonus is based on how little you spend on IT equipment. Lets see how many Macs you order. Plus your IT staff needs to manage this environment and it is hard enough to manage 3000 workstations all of the same kind and from the same company verses having to support both windows and mac machines on a Windows environment (since there is no Mac environment that I am aware of).

  • Mr. Bockbagock

    As I said, ” the world we live in”. My comment was not on the validity of 1/10 being equal to the term decimation rather that the term used to describe the current adoption rate of a platform for use in business is misleading at best. Worse though Decimation in a modern sense is a gross exageration. It appears that Rebelord picked up on what I meant by sighting current usage.

  • russ

    The real story is the invasion of iPads and iPhones, not Macs.  The post PC world is just starting to appear, and will ultimately be where Apple wins biggest.  I can tell you I do well over half my ‘computer based’ work from iPad now, and only resort to the kludgy XP corporate machine for heavy spreadsheet/powerpoint tasks.  And to file emails.  Another example: In the past, the only reason I would habitually go to my desk in the morning was to slavishly boot up the old XP box, do email, etc.  Lately, I may stop by my desk in the morning, or not.  I work on a large campus and collaborate a lot, so the iPad liberates my work style to do email/light duty computing anywhere. 

    Jobso once said we don’t need to believe that microsoft must lose for apple to win.  He was mostly right, but I think apple will win in the arena of post-PC work style.  It remains to be seen what happens to replace the installed base of XP boxes over time.    

  • Starbrand7

    I used to work at a large corporation (3000 plus in one building) and my PC was so slow I asked for a second so that I could switch over and check email while the first was ‘thinking’.  Now I am at a smaller firm (just under 100) and we all use macs (except for accounting, I think I saw a windows screen over there somewhere).  Much better here.

  • Howie Isaacks

    For Apple consultants like myself, this is great news!  Frequently, the I.T. departments in large companies are resistant to supporting Macs.  As a result, we are called in to help.

  • Howie Isaacks

    OMG!  That’s a Powerbook in the photo above.  I would still choose a Mac with a G4 processor and Mac OS X over a Windows PC any day :)  Even if it is slower.

  • Rann Xeroxx

    It sounds like you just had a slow PC. We refresh our PCs on average every three years. Most corporate PCs are build to be quickly serviced, hard drives replaced, etc. 

  • jack mangan

    PC vs. Mac. No one wins this religious dispute. Its about whatever tool works to get our work done and have one less thing to worry about in this crazy world.

    Here is what happened at my office.We sold our small company ($28M revenue, 100 employees) to a large corporation with all the corporate trimmings. Think CIO pyramid, lots of bad lieutenants, smothering police state process, “old” standards, and endless silos. Then they lay off our 4 man IT dept and promise us remote support. Never happened, so IT support fell on our remote product support group (employee burden that was unfair) and we were stuck with aging Windows-base infrastructure (and Lotus Notes too!). What happened? Since we are a Unix shop, employees starting bring in Macs to work because its native FreeBSD. Guess what? Macs did not screw up and piss people off at work like our Dell and Windows machines did. Outcome? As managers we went and bought our own Apple gear (hw and sw), and guess what  – zero IT staff still and no employee complaints. Don’t let me fool you, we still have drives that fails, ram that craps out; however, the employee handles it and you never hear any fist pounding in cube land. Applecare does its job.Irony? Being told no iPhones (everyone had one at our company before the sell out), no macs (right)……then being in executive presentations watching our leadership each with iPad’s, iPhones, and a Mac Air in front of them. Oh yeah, no Macs…… it as their emails say “Thanks! Bill Exec, Sent by my iPhone or sent by my iPad, or better yet get a meeting invite from MobileMe”Its not Microsoft or Apple that created the disputes. Its the decision makers that trade economics for who gives a shit whats right for employees and customers. Typical of the modern technology executive.

  • Rann Xeroxx

    I think you’re half right.  Most business apps will not run on a Apple device but that does not mean you need a laptop or desktop to run them. Unlike Apple, Microsoft fully supports virtualization and their Citrix build RDP remote client is very robust (VNC is OK but RDP on a LAN is like having the remote right there). The number of Windows PC installs might be going down but the number of virtualized Windows installs are going up at the same time.  The iPad and Mac RDP app works very well.

    I use a MacBook Pro at work and although I do have my email and such setup on it, I almost always just RDP into my Windows 7 machine and work from there.

  • nautimus

    Macs have certian advantages but the shortage of good industry specialize software is a hiderence.  Apply did this to themselves by holding to much control on the developers.  Some of the software I used as a Attorney was originally written for macs but because to the game playing of Apple they switched to Windows.  25% of attornies used Macs but it dropped because of the lack of software.  Apple osx is a great engineering platform because of Unix but the lack of a rock solid cad (ie Autocad) hurts it. 

  • Wirehedd

    thanks for that, I was JUST about to post it myself but now I don’t have to. :)

  • Frenchfroggie

    Hi All
    Since when is it “what the employee wants” which should dictate what hardware the company chooses for it’s users? Consider the initial cost of a Mac, the maintenance which will still exist (harddrives crash, screens are broken, memory dies, no matter what system you’re on), and for what advantage? Most of the users in my company use their Win7 pcs for access to mail, fileshares, web, and tools like SAP. Do they really need devices that will cost a lot more, but bring little to no advantage in a day’s work? There is a big difference between the use of a personal and company computer – and users tend to not understand this.