I don't get involved in the Mac vs. Windows 'whos better etc'' having owned both companies since ipo and both machines exist in this house. Each have their pros and cons.
I don't see the activation issue in Vista as a stumbling block though continuous improvement should occur. Hardware and software need to evolve to accomodate its use though imo Vista's primary hurdle is perception due to the significant difference in security controls based on the long standing expectation that switching an o/s should be seemless and allow one to do everything without permission.
A business has to be comfortable with their choice of hardware and software and the support industry has to accommodate those needs....as far as I can see..Msft, Apple and Linux will be around for quite some time.
"NB" <NB@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message news
: Thanks for all your help and suggestions so far. Yes, a volume license would
: be a better choice, but only for 5 or more licenses and this client only has
: about 10 computers total. He wasn't ready to commit all of them to Vista
: just yet and wanted to test it for a while first.
: Unfortunately, he already boxed up the new Dell and will be sending it back
: soon. He will most likely be ordering a Mac next week since apparently they
: make Quickbooks for the Mac, which is his primary app. I'm actually
: surprised that they make it for the Mac. I guess he's fallen for all the
: hype and other misleading info that Apple is putting out there and these
: activation problems with Vista were just enough to push him over to the other
: I personally can't stand Mac's and I'm bothered by the fact that we're
: losing a PC user to Mac (which is inferior to Windows and always has been
: If you put the headache inducing activation woes aside, Vista is actually an
: excellent improvement in the Windows platform. Let's hope Microsoft can come
: up with a viable solution for the heavily flawed activation system in Vista
: real soon.
: "...winston" wrote:
: > Have you considered some discussion on the difference in volume licensing for in house Windows computers vs using an Oem preinstalled operating system.
: > Additionally at this stage of Vista's release, it's market penetration is not necessarily significant nor is software unique to only Vista thus the need to run business software on Vista that can't be run on XP or W2K, especially in profit oriented business environment, seems somewhat odd.
: > ..winston