Do IT Pros Recommend Macintosh?

I had to laugh when I read this blog post. For many years I have been arguing with IT pros about the differences between Windows and Mac. In my office I use both systems, but I find the Macintosh easy to use. In this blog post the argument is that IT professionals often recommend Macintosh computers to their friends and families to avoid having to support the Windows machines.

I know the argument for Windows machines is that they are more customisable. But the reality is that most clients do not need to be able to customize their computers. What most of my clients need is a computer that works reliably and easily; they do not need to be able to change the computer very much. The argument about customizable computers goes away when you buy a laptop, because even a Windows laptop is not customisable.
My Windows machine recently updated itself. The challenge with this is that it then made itself unusable. I then had to try to restore the operating system to an earlier version. Unfortunately, this took me several hours to complete, because it did not work the first time. I have never had this kind of issue with my Macintosh computers. By the way, this update with my Windows machine didn’t just happen once, it has now happened twice, so for the last two weeks I have lost a couple of hours trying to restore my Windows machine.
My advice to people buying a new computer is to seriously look at buying a Macintosh. They are usually very well made, very well supported and I recommend you buy the AppleCare warranty. This will give you three years of trouble-free computing.
When it comes to upgrading your operating system on a Windows machine, it is usually cheaper to buy new machine. I just installed the latest Macintosh operating system on my five-year-old Macintosh, which runs this new operating system very well.


  1. I’ve done I.T. as part of my role for many years for many organizations. Often the main argument that has often come up against Macs is their initial cost. I have easily and quickly turned this around by asking about how much time has gone towards maintaining a Windows machine after purchase. I have yet to encounter a single Windows user, be they an I.T. professional or a regular user, who has said they are easy to maintain. The same headache (and lost time) can simply not be said of Macs.
    And an additional note regarding the extended AppleCare warranty… With it do you not only get 3 years of hardware coverage, but you also get 3 years of phone tech support. AppleCare gives you access to Apple’s own tech support people to ask even the “simplest” questions, so you get answers and advice right from the top. This is an incredibly handy resource whether you are new to owning a Mac or are an experienced user.

    1. When I was in the UK, the company I worked for asked the IT deparment to recommend a change from Unix. The choice was PC (running MS-DOS in those days) or Macintosh. The IT department wanted PC’s. Some of us bought our Macintoshes from home and set up our our networks and printers. I don’t think they liked that, and i think they had a vested interest in keeping a system that needed them…

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