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Posted by MadaboutDana
Sep 6, 2017 at 06:27 PM




Posted by Pierre Paul Landry
Sep 6, 2017 at 06:50 PM


apb123 wrote:
> (...) I am actually quite astounded there are so many windows users..
> (...) I thought that went out years ago. Isn’t it all virus infested ransomware.

Very funny apb123


Posted by Marbux
Sep 7, 2017 at 02:39 AM


apb123 wrote:
I dip into this forum now and again. I am actually quite astounded there
>are so many windows users..
> > I don’t know anybody that uses windows. I thought that went out
>years ago. Isn’t it all virus infested ransomware.

Windows still has nearly 85 per cent desktop market share globally, with OS X under 12 per cent.  https://www.statista.com/statistics/218089/global-market-share-of-windows-7/

OS X is pretty good for personal use, but for business use not so much. The problem with OS X is lack of application support in distinct niche markets. E.g., in the law office market, many profession-specific applications are only available on Windows.

On virus infestation, I’ve been using Windows since Windows 95 and have never had a virus infection. It takes some skill and appropriate utilities for safe computing to avoid malware, but it can be done. But much more secure using a good Linux distro. Since I retired, I’ve worked nearly exclusively with Linux Mint plus Android. 

I’ve studiously avoided using OS X because I have issues with Apple’s proprietary walled garden business model. That and their products are way over-priced; most of what you pay for is the brand name, IMHO.

Best regards,



Posted by MadaboutDana
Sep 7, 2017 at 08:29 AM


I would gently disagree on your view of macOS as better for personal than business use, Paul, given that I run our business on Macs, but entirely agree that there are a whole bunch of niche markets that still rely 100% on Windows. In my own industry, in fact, there are very few Translation Memory Systems (TMS) that run on Mac (although there are a couple); most of the development effort still goes into Windows.

But winds of change are blowing - the most dramatic being the development of seriously impressive (albeit Mac-based) alternatives for Adobe’s expensive graphics offerings by independent developers. I think of Affinity (formerly Serif) in particular (their apps are available on Mac and Windows), but also of River and their amazing Sparkle web editor. There has also been an explosion of very nicely designed personal finance managers (although not so much for business finance).

So there are certain niches where Mac development is taking off in a big way; at some point, no doubt somebody will focus on law firms’ needs. Of course you could argue that powerful apps like DEVONthink Office already cater very nicely for lawyers’ needs, and that firms who want special systems could always build their own with FileMaker (also Mac/Windows) or Ninox (Mac, but runs on Windows via a browser). In practice, many niche industries are moving over to OS-agnostic Cloud solutions in any case. Not a direction I or many other SMEs wish to take, but definitely a focus of serious development effort!

However, I respect your wish to avoid being tied into behemoth-owned platforms, especially in light of recent (and not-so-recent, as it turns out) behaviour by Google…


Posted by Andy Brice
Sep 7, 2017 at 08:41 PM


>I’ve studiously avoided using OS X because I have issues with Apple’s proprietary walled garden business model.

I think Microsoft would love to emulate that. Thankfully (for me as an independent software vendor) their latest attempt at creating a Windows app store is so spectacularly inept that it is unlikely to happen any time soon, if ever.

Andy Brice


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