Monday, July 21, 2008

Apple gets stronger

According to a press release issued today, Apple sold 2,496,000 Macintosh® computers during the quarter just ended. That's a 41% jump over the same quarter last year. To me, this result is a combination Microsoft's Vista blunder and Apple's brilliant ad campaign which capitalized on that blunder. Combined with really strong iPhone sales - almost three-quarters of a million units shipped in the quarter - we could be witnessing the makings of a sea-change in corporate desktop computing.

It's not just consumers buying those machines, after all. And when the CEO buys an iPhone, she's going to demand that it work seamlessly with her laptop. We saw this start to happen a few years ago, but Windows XP was still the gold standard for desktop operating systems. So, the conversion stalled. But now, Vista has opened the door for IT departments to rethink their O/S strategies. And once they overcome their fear of supporting a mixed environment, anything could happen.

Apple's press release can be found here: Apple Reports Record Third Quarter Results

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