Apple vs. Microsoft – Choosing the Right Hardware for Your Business

April 30th, 2013 - Category - IT Blog, Tips & Best Practices

A survey in PC Pro last month asked readers which platform they preferred to use: Microsoft, Apple, Google or a mixture of all/something else. The results showed that while only 23% chose Microsoft over the other two, it was only 13% ahead of Apple.

It’s no secret that Apple is fast becoming the dominant computer conglomerate and the culture that surrounds it can even be described as a form of worship. Fans idolise the likes of Steve Jobs and the products his company makes. If you’re running a business and you are thinking of making the switch, there are a few things you may need to consider beforehand.

Think about your reasons for wanting to go with Apple. Perhaps you have had problems with Windows PCs in the past and you just want to try an alternative. When figures show that sales in PCs have plummeted, it’s easy to see why people may be looking for a change. Apple’s rise in popularity over the years means there’s no shortage of electronic stores that sell them and there are plenty of places to get advice.

Perhaps you like the idea of using mobile devices for your business. Using an iPhone or iPad may appeal to you, as it gives you access to emails and the internet while on the move. And let’s face it, when it comes to mobile connectivity, Apple are the frontrunner.

It’s also important to bear in mind price. Generally, Macs are more expensive than Windows computers without offering more in terms of hardware. Also, unlike PCs, they require experts to help fix and upgrade. While it’s a good idea to hand technical issues over to trained technicians, this could be inconvenient and time consuming, especially if you are running a business.

Fortunately, there is a lot of help available for Mac users. We offer IT support for Macs, with trained and certified engineers. It’s not limited to desktop computers, either. We also offer support and advice for handheld devices, such as iPads and iPhones.

One advantage to Apple products is its standardisation of software, so the programs you need are available on most Apple products. It’s true that a PC does have access to a lot more software, but Apple still have everything you need for your business.

Essentially it comes down to personal preference. Windows is still the leader in the computer market and is often cheaper. However, Apple products are catching up fast and more and more people are seeing the benefits of using alternative operating systems.

For information about what package is best for your business, or for general PC IT support, have a look around our website and get in touch with our friendly London based team today.

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