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Megatrends: an Apple ate my Windows homework

Over here in New York, one of the technology trends that can no longer be ignored is the rise and rise of the Apple platform. In one of the conference sessions at this year's LegalTech, the sentiment from the floor was that the Apple iPad was now the device of choice for attorneys of all ages. Elsewhere, we could see the growing interest in the iPhone as an alternative to the digital recorder. And we encountered ediscovery vendors who are now developing a niche line of business dealing with data collections from Apple Macs.
Echoing these sentiments, Forrester Research is now predicting that “Windows dominance is at an end.” To back up this prediction, Forrester has released figures showing that the number of companies in North America and Europe issuing Apple Macs running OSX increased from 30% in 2009 to 46% in 2011. Other key facts include…
* in a survey of 10,000 employees worldwide, 8% were using Macs, 9% were using iPads and 11% were using iPhones
* 30% of businesses support Macs, 27% support iPads and 37% support iPhones
* Apple users are likely to be younger or higher up the corporate ladder than Windows users: 41% of Apple users are directors, 43% earn more than $150,000 a year and 28% were between 18 and 24.

4 replies on “Megatrends: an Apple ate my Windows homework”

I should have gone Mac years ago, once again my wifes laptop is completely dead in the water, and even the Geek Squad cant resuce it, so its across the road to Grand Central and I will be purchasing an ipad for her, and it even has navigational charts, tides, planets etc…….

This is all fine as far as it goes; but it doesn't go far enough. I love my iPad; I take it almost everywhere I go; I use it all the time. But whereas it is an excellent data display device, it is not a good data capture or manipulation device.
The iPad is great for email, calendar, Browsing, music, movies, games etc. But, at present, if there is a risk that I will have to edit anything more than a very simple Word document or Excel spreadsheet, or take contemporaneous notes of a meeting, I still have to carry my Windows Tablet PC around.
There is no App for the iPad that I've found that won't mess up the formatting of most Word documents, or show Track Changes properly; and none of the seven note-taking Apps I've tried are effective for manuscript note-taking (if, like me, you can't touch-type).
Roll on iPad 3 and new Apps to fix all this – believe me, I don't want to lug my Tablet PC everywhere…

Remind me to recommend note taking app & a stylus. I abandoned paper for note-taking some time ago.

Underestimate Microsoft at your own peril, you do. Though the survey stats here look impressive, I think at last count Microsoft still owned 80%+ of desktops worldwide, and that's not going to change any time soon. We'll also have to wait and see how much of Apple's success was all Steve Jobs. In the mobile space Nokia's WP7 releases will hit the ground running this year with huge marketing campaigns globally. Gartner are forecasting that Microsoft will be #2 behind Android come 2015, and I tend to agree. Finally, with Windows 8 around the corner there could be a shift in the tablet market over the next few years if they can get the form factor aligned with iPads, whilst managing a slick interface with windows functionality as well. A better front man than Ballmer might help too…

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