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Why Windows Is Good for Business

Oct 11, 2010, 12:04 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Tony Bradley)

"The Linux and Mac operating systems fill a relative niche in the world of technology, yet that has never stopped loyal followers of either platform from being a very vocal minority Quixotically tilting at windmills and proudly asserting the superiority of their given OS.

"Although they've both been around for decades, Linux and Mac combined make up less than ten percent of the overall operating system market. Steve Ballmer recently underscored this simple fact, telling an audience that "ninety-five percent of the world's computers run Windows. They don't run Mac, they don't run Linux."

"Microsoft Windows provides features and benefits for business that can't be matched by competing platforms.Market share alone does not make an OS better. Many arguably superior technologies have lost the marketing war and faded to oblivion. However, Katherine Noyes--a PCWorld peer of mine and Linux aficionado--makes the bold claim that Windows is bad for business. Sheer market share aside, there are a number of reasons that Microsoft Windows is undeniably good for business."

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