Dear Mom and Dad: It’s PC Decision Day
For more than six months, The VAR Guy’s parents have asked him one key question: Which PC should we buy? And for more than six months, The VAR Guy has offered the same answer: Wait until October 22 and then go out and make an informed decision involving Windows 7 or Mac OS X. The VAR Guy suspects conversations like this have been happening across the globe. Today, the talk is over and the evaluations begin.
Now, for the irony. The more things change the more they stay the same. Apple and Linux have certainly gained some desktop momentum since the Windows Vista debacle. But for the vast majority of users, Windows remains the main game in town. And assuming Windows 7 really fixes five core problems found in Vista, Microsoft should be able to generate impressive sales in North America. (Emerging markets are a different story, especially as low-cost Linux systems pressure Microsoft.)
Still, some market shifts are occurring in North America. Apple’s niche is growing, and quarterly sales jumped 24%. Apparently, consumers like to buy quality products. Who would have thunk it? Heck, even a few Managed Service Providers are building Apple-centric businesses.
Meanwhile, high-tech heavyweights like IBM are weighing in with Linux alternatives — the latest move involves IBM partnering with Canonical on Ubuntu Linux. And small PC makers like System76 and ZaReason are gearing up for the Ubuntu 9.10 launch, expected on October 29. Competition, competition, competition. The VAR Guy is lovin’ it.
Microsoft on Main Street
Sure, The VAR Guy runs Ubuntu, Mac OS X and Windows XP. And he’ll give Windows 7 a try. But this blog entry isn’t focused on The VAR Guy. Instead, it’s written for Mom and Dad, and Main Street USA.
And today, Main Street USA — and the rest of the world — finally get to kick Windows 7’s tires. Windows Vista is dead. Long live customer choice and innovation. Mom and Dad, take a ride to your local retailer and give Windows 7 a look. Then, head over to the Apple Store and hang out at the Genius Bar for a bit. Ask lots of questions. Think about how you actually want to use a computer.
The VAR Guy will be interested to know which system you buy, and why.