Way back in May, in another thread, I posted the following opinion based on fact and point of view regarding how where I work handles the whole Mac/Windows issue: Up front, almost all our macs can be found in HR and Sales, and none in engineering. Despite Autocad being able to be run on a Mac these days, for pure engineering, windows is pretty much the only show out there. As to an earlier point about creative arts running better on a mac: 10-15 years ago? Absolutely. Back in the PPC days, and before the imfamous tiff between Adobe and Jobs over Flash, Adobe was focused for the most part on producing for the Mac, and then ported and/or rewrote its code for the Windows OS. After the tiff, things changed drastically. And once Apple went Intel, the days of Adobe being better on a Mac was long gone.
Anyways: quote is in the spoiler to prevent wall o' text syndrome, and since then our phone ratio is now almost entirely iPhone now and we no longer have any HP machines;Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Like some have said, its all about what you are going to be doing. Gaming: Sure, Windows 100%. Yes, you can run and support a Titan in a MacPro - Apple has just recently included the drivers for the latest AMD and NVidia cards, but I still say windows over Apple for gaming. You want a light and powerful laptop? Mac, All the way. But anyways....
I support Windows and Mac devices at work, and while your milage may vary (And probably does) I have next to no issues with our Mac users compared to Windows users, and it comes down to three basic things:
COL, PEBKAC, and Hardware.
When it comes to the actual hardware, yes, you can get a Windows Machine for less cost for the exact same performance. The beancounters love that little fact. Price/Performance ratio is where Apple falls down, yet, when you get down to it, is its greatest strength that makes it, in the end, better in my opinion. It all comes down to everything being locked down in the Apple ecosystem. A real pain in the ass, granted. And until recently, a killer for us when it comes to buying new Mac Pros. However, that tight control means you *never* have to worry about hardware issues. As the ads say, It Just Works. And the same goes for applications. Of course there is the occasional exception, but its just that: rare. Syncing desktops to iPads and iPhones is so simple, even a caveman will think its too easy. With windows, its a driver nightmare. Which has, I'll admit, improved, but its still true. The OS has to support everything under the sun regardless, which leads to excessively huge size requirements and compatibility issues.
Software, I used to say without any shadow of doubt, if its creative arts, go mac all the way. That has changed some so where I think that the windows world has caught up to the point where if your company has already had just recently invested huge sums into the windows ecosystem, I don't see this issue is important enough to justify the switch. However, if you have to upgrade your users systems anyways, go Mac.
PEBKAC (Problem Exists Between Keyboard And Chair) is night and day. The iOS/OSX duo is just that freaking good. Once you get used to it, its just better - in my opinion - due to more attention being paid to those little things you don't think about, and can't really point to, but at the end, you can see it in how you use it. Since all the various applications for the OS is run by Apple to greater or lessor degree, and you have to use Apple's tools to make such apps, you get a much more holistic approach to it all: what works in one program usually works in another. You don't have to learn different shortcuts across the board for every program. Of course there is differences, but not as much as you would see in the Windows world. Again, the caveman thing: anyone can make the most of the OS while you have to be a techie to some degree to get the same degree of use out of Windows in my opinion. I'll admit I am biased here, as I have been a mac user since Windows ME, but still, I think I am not far off the mark - though I will admit that MS has improved things remarkably with Win7.
COL (Cost Over Life) is the 600 pound gorilla in this argument. Its tied heavily in the Hardware discussion, and as said, the Beancounters love the Windows cost of entry, but over the years this is what I have found:
In our company, roughly 35% of our machines are Macs, all our tabs are iPads, and half the mobile phones are iPhones. When it comes to hardware costs, Macs take up half the expenditures budgeted for new hardware. On the surface, this is a badness thing. However, support costs are a much different story: 90% of my departments time is sucked up by Windows machines, as well as just under 80% of our service (Labour, parts, etc) budget is sucked up by the windows machines as well. Over a period of three years, a MacPro will cost less than the similarly equipped Dell and HP machines - and we use HP and Dell for warranty reasons, and yet, Macs still cost less over the lifetime.
Someone else referred to the Apple Ecosystem as a Walled Garden that is expensive to get into, but once in it, is the most beautiful garden ever. And thats not a bad way to look at it.
I'll say it again, this is my opinion, based on my personal experience at my company I am at now, and at the various companies I have worked at since 1997. Its based of what I have seen first hand, and what my coworkers has seen, not off of the internet or TV shows or any of that crud. And for what its worth, the time I spent in the Military because of 9-11, the unit (Look to my avatar to see what one that was) I was in after a very short while found that all our windows machines destroyed themselves after as few as three months, and none lasted longer than six, overseas due to the environment, while my Powerbook had nary an issue. And for the next deployment? All the personally owned laptops - some purchased for official use - was macs. Granted, part of that is this user being smarter than the others because I took care to make sure nothing stupid happened, but still… Sometimes, spending more up front is just out and out cheaper in the long run.