Because the two technologies don’t interop
well nicely at all (hardware wise), and one is fairly expensive to get in to (or out of, especially if you have expensive software), it seems unlikely that lots of “PC people” ever come over to the “Mac people” side, or vice versa. Buying a $3000 system to try out something is just not worth it for the average Joe.
Moreover, once you are in the PC or Mac world, you tend to get to know it well, and entering a strange new environment, even one that is proported to be very user friendly is a hard adjustment to make. Alt… erhm.. I mean “apple key” – tab switches apps but not windows of individual apps? What a POS! What, apple key.. erhmm.. I mean “alt” – tab switches between every single window, not just apps? What a POS!
Because you are nicely entrenched and very familiar with one environment, it takes an open mind to not listen to the stories that each side tells and instead try it out for yourself. Oh, right, there isn’t an extra $3k to “just try it out”, I forgot.
Of course, each side just ends up badmouthing the other and beating each other about the head with “I know more people who have BSODs every day” and “every mac I’ve used has crashed at least once a day” and “my Mac/XP is incrediably stable and I’ve never had a crash once” etc etc ad nauseum.
Anyway, that’s my shallow and oft repeated thought for the day. I guess the reason I keep on writing about this is because I want to make an informed statement at the end of the day about my (currently very recent) mac experience.