Originally posted by PharohGnosis
Apple plans on setting up a store with in a store concept with Target www.wired.com...
with this happening do you think Windows 8 which I think will fail cause people to buy a low cost introductory Mac Mini at $599 instead of a Windows 8
If people are wowed by the aesthetics of the Apple products, maybe. But, as far as I know, the Mac Mini still doesn't come with peripherals. You
still have to buy a mouse, keyboard, monitor, and DVD drive. That bumps up the initially low cost by a bit. People want to make one purchase and
have everything they need. They could just as easily buy a Windows laptop that has comparable, or better, hardware than the Mac Mini for the same
I think Windows 8 is going to be a mess too. They'd do well to have the desktop set to the "Classic" look by default, and not have the first thing
the user sees be their new, weird, smartphone-esque, tile interface. If one thing will be the downfall of Windows, it will be that new interface.
Windows people like the Windows look, Mac people like the Mac look, and so on. For the consumer market, if that interface is their first exposure to
Windows 8, and a Windows machine and a Mac were being sold side by side in a store, I'd say there's definitely a possibility that they would end up
with a Mac.
Originally posted by autowrench
Linux would be a nightmare to them.
Not true at all, a nightmare only to a brand new PC user who only knows where the Start button is.
I don't know, my folks have been using Windows XP for 10+ years and that's about all they know. How to turn it on and off, how to surf the web, how
to print. Nearly the same situation for people in my own age group, the only added skill set they posses is how to download music and videos.
Your wife has the initiative that most people who use computers do not have. Most people just want to know how to use what everyone else uses. They
want the same proprietary software everyone else uses. The HP photo printing software, Photoshop, MS Office, their tax software, and no substitutes.
If they have a problem, they want to be able to ask a friend who has a similar product for help. For those people, computers are scary, mysterious
things, so they will pick the one that isn't so mysterious and scary, and because everyone else is using Windows and Mac, and the programs that run on
them, they aren't so scary. They won't want to go to one that's even more mysterious than the one they are barely comfortable using to begin
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