Interesting to contrast Jim Allchin’s comment to David Kirkpatrick:
[he] looked at my Apple PowerBook and smugly pointed out that the number of copies of Windows sold this year will be more than all the Macintosh computers used worldwide. By the end of 2005, he proudly noted, over 730 million people will be using Windows. “Business is good,” he said
(Interesting question: if people could *choose* which operating system, or had to, when they bought their machine, which would it be?)
Contrast that with the remark at the end of this deep-sighing column from SecurityFocus about the fact that while there’s a ton of Trojans, viruses and keyloggers for Windows, there still isn’t a virus for OSX (reprinted – if that’s the word – at The Register):
I should have also prefaced this column with the disclaimer that most SecurityFocus staff use OS X in some way or another, if not at work then at home, so we’re somewhat biased. After covering multi-platform security news all day long, from WiFi penetration testing to intrusion detection and honeypots, at the end of the day it’s nice to use a system that’s not on everyone’s radar for a change. Let’s keep it that way.
I guess one could say that Microsoft has 90+ per cent of the PC market – and virtually all the virus and spyware market. I did get asked by someone earlier this week what antivirus software she should use on her still-new iBook G4. I’m still not sure she believed me when I said “none”. Well, how can you protect against a threat that’s not there?