Gartner Research

Mac TCO: Where Should It Matter?

Published: 05 November 2008

ID: G00161009

Analyst(s): Michael Silver

Summary

Users need to get the PC and operating system that their applications require. Running Windows on a Mac is great for users who have Mac OS and Windows applications, but costly for those who don't have Mac OS applications.

Table Of Contents
  • Overview
  • But Today's Macs Can Run Windows
  • OEM Windows Licenses Are Not Portable
  • The Move to OS-Agnostic Applications
  • More Important Than the OS Is How It's Managed
  • The Cost Increase to Run Windows Applications on Mac OS
  • User-Owned Hardware
  • Are Macs as Manageable as Windows PCs?
  • How Much of Your Infrastructure Is Mac-Ready?
  • The Bottom Line on Mac TCO
    • Usage Is the Key

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