Windows 95 was a pretty impressive step, everything that followed was small on new functionality and big on eye candy.
I still have not had one business move off of XP as their platform unless they are switching to Debian Linux, the only time I get a call regarding Vista or Windows 7 it is a home user who got it because they had no choice when they bought their computer.
I only have one Apple Computer, it is a 2009 Imac with a 22 inch monitor and a 3 GHz core 2 duo CPU with 2 Gigs of RAM running OS-10. It is a true joy to operate this machine.
I brought it home to see how reliable it was. It has never been turned off after all these years unless there is a power failure.
I assigned it to my kids with the instruction “try to break it”. They know what I mean by that, I want them to use all the social networking sites, accept all the plugins and add on’s to play all the games on all the sites they visit, utilize all their favorite IM programs and sync their mp3 players through this machine as well.
They would have turned multiple Windows based PC’s into frozen junk by now if I allowed them this Liberty to compute with complete abandon and disregard for what they were installing and doing.
This Imac runs as fast and smooth today as it did years ago when I first plugged it in, no virus’s, no spyware, no bloated list of crap that runs at boot, no glitches in any of the functions.
I literally forget it is there.
I don’t use it myself for software reasons but if I was just a regular user who did all the normal stuff with a computer I would not even consider anything but a Mac. I have a large family and I am the token IT guy who fields all the calls for computer issues, I started advising all of my Church and family members to buy Macs when Vista came out.
About half took my advice, I NEVER hear from them with computer issues anymore.
The other half are the reason I am forever googling information about Vista and Windows 7 so I can walk them through all the same crap that has plagued Microsoft users for decades.
If you are a typical user who just wants everything to work correctly without constant maintenance to keep it from becoming a bloated, sluggish mess and if you want your computer to last a long time then i see nothing even close to the Mac.
Even my personal preference (Linux Distros) are on such a fast release cycle now that I am constantly upgrading to maintain access to the software repositories, Macs are great for legacy support.