I am surprised at how much I’ve taken to new operating systems and UIs. I’ve been a pretty staunch Windows fan. Sure, I don’t spare it any criticism, but I don’t have a computer at home that doesn’t have Windows on it, and I don’t have a computer at home at the moment that has a Linux install that I’ve booted into in the last year. I gave Vista a good try, knowing that I am reluctant to take to changes in operating system UI. And yet… I find myself transfering tasks to the Mac on my desk at work because … it’s pleasant.
I’m told Apple’s money largely comes from the sale of their, lets be honest, overpriced hardware.
I think Apple need to be brave and put out a “Crouching Tiger” (if not a Crouching Leopard): A Virtual Appliance that PC users can download and try to see what they’re going to be working with. It takes a very little time to get your head around Mac OS and a vitural app would be a great way for Windows users to discover that MacOS not only doesn’t bite, it purrs. Frankly, I think a lot of folks who have been turned off by Vista will find MacOS a pretty nice alternative.