Before you flame me I know this is not the correct forum for this question. But I know this site gets tons of traffic by Windows techs and I had this question.

Do you see Microsoft losing the desktop? From what we've seen everyone wants a Mac and an iPhone. Our company is now allowing users the choice when they get a tech refresh, either a Mac or Windows 7 and just about everyone says Mac. Then you have all the OpenSource which is becoming mature. And then we've read that 70% of current XP machines will be upgraded to Windows 7. Not even close to 100% which means Microsoft will lose a huge chunk of the desktop. So do you see Microsoft in trouble and losing tons of Market share?
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It may lose a huge chunk, but 70% of the market, to take your company as an example, is still dominant. People stay with what they're used to for the most part and Windows has improved. Not sure about all that open source in the corporate market (support) but I see lots of people using Android now and other smart phones besides the iPhone which does not bode well for apple. The trouble with Apple is, as good as their products may be, they are mainly a marketing driven company and charge a premium price. Not open source at all. MSFT is probably more open than apple. Also, what about management software (AD, Exchange, SCCM) that you need in large organizations? I don't hear of Apple doing any of that. Linux maybe but not apple.

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Answered 11/23/2010 by: aogilmor
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Hi aogilmor. Good points. But there is a company called JAMF and they have a AD/SCCM type tool for Mac's called CASPER. It can inventory machines, deploy software and has a lot of GPO type settings you can use to open/lock down a Mac.
Answered 11/23/2010 by: mhsl808
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there is a company called JAMFLet's say I am Mr CIO of Company X. X has thousands of desktops, all managed by SCCM. Should I move management of the estate to a one-man-and-his-dog outfit or stay with one which has a proven track record in supporting enterprises? How many JAMF administrators are out there that I could employ? How many SMS/SCCM administrators? How much is it going to cost me to move my AD "content" TO JAMF? Hmmm...let me spend 4 nanoseconds pondering those...

70% of XP machines will be upgraded to W7? So what? You don't think that maybe people might be buy new machines with W7 pre-installed?

We had all this noise with thin clients (ahhh...Wyse terminals...memories...), then Apple, then Unix, now back to Apple. Boring... :-)
Answered 11/23/2010 by: VBScab
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What we do is run SCCM "and" Casper so our Mac's are managed. That is why it would be nice of Microsoft pulled their heads out of the sand and made SCCM support Mac's too and iPhones and Droids.
We think like techs but senior managers think like idiots and go with trends and "thing that feel good". I know Roche has fallen in love with iPhones, iPads and Mac's and are rolling them out in masses world wide. And they've been a Windows shop for 25 years. So things do change and I hope Microsoft can chance with them and maintain their hold on the desktop.
Answered 11/23/2010 by: mhsl808
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Dude, your ratings points rock! Happy Thanksgiving!
Answered 11/23/2010 by: aogilmor
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