Windows’ Enterprise Reign ‘Coming to an End’ and Mac OS X is Quickly Growing

macbook_airOver the past four years Apple has dominated the enterprise market with the iPad, with many of the Fortune 500 companies adopting the tablet in their business.

It has been a different scenario when it comes to laptops and desktops in the workplace. Microsoft has dominated the enterprise space for decades, but according to VMware this is all about to change.

VMware asked 376 IT professionals and found of that they are being asked to buy/support Macs more frequently in the enterprise. It turns out that more and more employees want Macs and not Windows machines. VMware’s Vice President of Marketing Erik Frieberg said:

“Microsoft Windows has dominated enterprise desktops for close to three decades but it appears its reign is coming to an end. As BYOPC and BYOD continue to transform the enterprise, Macs have become a popular and preferred option compared to Windows PCs.”

The new report from VMware confirms that the Mac is making significant inroads into the enterprise market. However, the study must be taken with a grain of salt because it was only done on 376 people which does not accurately represent the entire enterprise community.

Here is a chart which shows the reasons as to why companies have started to support the Mac:


According to the report, companies have been reluctant to purchase Macs because they are harder to support when IT professionals have to manage them in bulk.


The survey shows that almost all respondents expect their employees to be using more Apple products within the next three years. Currently, enterprises have been more excepting of Apple’s iPhone and iPad but over the next few years we should expect to see many more companies adopting Macs.

During the past couple of years Apple has made a push into the education market, especially with the iPad and their iBookstore.

[via MacDailyNews]

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  • Al

    #2 of the reasons to use a Mac clearly indicates that this survey was heavily skewed towards Mac users who use highly specialized software. Therefore, this is definitely not indicative of common businesses.

    Plus, it’s way easier to find Windows programmers as it’s easier for most to write software for Windows. [insert excessively long rant on the “new” Swift programming language here, along with Apples disregard for attracting Windows programmers]

    So, the point is, common businesses will be forced to stick with the software that caters to their businesses best. Which is usually Windows. I force my clients into that, even though some would like to switch to Mac (which nobody in my market segment writes for).

    I wish it didn’t have to be this way.

  • Aleksandar Matijaca

    Sadly, we are in Canada, and draconian rules apply. Nobody gives a flying f**k about what the end users want. The bigger the corporation, the bigger the draconian luddite attitudes prevail amongst the IT management. In view of that, I am very happy that I have not touched a Windows computer for the last 3 years at work – luckily, it’s been all Mac for the last few years.

  • Al

    hehehe…. cynical much?

    Although there are often issues with some holier-than-thou IT departments (not just in Canada, but the US and elsewhere), which computers and software ends up getting used is typically considered with at least some care. If you work for a company that doesn’t, then chances are that their way of thinking will cause them to drive the business into the ground. So… no worries, because that breed is dieing out.

    Having said that, I have little respect for corporations with regard to working at them, but for other reasons.

  • Cormang

    The cost to support mac in the enterprise is enormous. That’s the only reason. In Canada we pay 4-5 times the price for an internet connection which makes supporting byod a massive task. In order to deliver enterprise applications to mac, you would need vdi. To support vdi, you need infrastructure. And on top of all that, you need bandwidth which is extremely overpriced in Canada. It’s not your IT Department holding back. It’s the budget. Smaller organizations can get away with it much easier as they application requirements and planning of the deployment of the applications is much less complicated.

  • jfmartel

    Wow a survey or 327 people! Talk about reprensitivity! I guess in a small enterprise using Mac is not a big difference in term of support, but as companies grows, supporting a Mac is more expensive. Hardware is also more expensive. Login script, networked printer, secured shared folder, the list goes on. And BYOD is not helping. It’s a PITA for the support staff to get the things to work when you don’t know how the user installed his computer…

  • AMartin

    Being an IT pro I totally agree. As of right now, Apple has no business in the enterprise. At least until Apple can start to “LISTEN” to SysAdmins and support professionals. Right now, they think they are unbeatable not realizing that they are losing everyday!

  • amartin

    Spoken like a real fanboy