Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

Summary: Microsoft has launched a new 'PC vs. Mac' site, and this one encourages potential Canadian Mac buyers to 'do the math' before buying.

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Microsoft has launched a new 'PC vs. Mac' site, and this one encourages potential Canadian Mac buyers to 'do the math' before buying.

The idea is that you compare the price of Mac systems to 'corresponding' Windows-based systems (I can't add enough quotes around 'corresponding' so I won't try, but rest assured that these systems have been carefully chosen) and end up being awed by the savings you could make by choosing Windows over Mac (and then you spend the savings on a vacation).

Along with price, the potential Mac buyer is encouraged to compare other specs, such as screen size, processor, RAM, battery life, and color options (seriously, I'm not kidding, although most of the choices here seem to be silver or black). Beneath each of the Windows systems Microsoft has a convenient 'Buy Now' button for you to use.

This is an interesting idea, but the problem is that, as with all such comparisons, they can backfire depending on the potential buyer's need. For example, if you're looking for a portable and battery life is important to you, then looking at this comparison, you'd go for the 13-inch MacBook.

Microsoft should just become an Apple affiliate and put a 'Buy Now' button underneath the Mac systems too.

I'm also going to pull Microsoft up on a little trick the company tried to get past me - one of the comparison criteria is 'Security Protection.' Under Mac systems is says 'Purchased Separately' whereas for Windows systems there's a 'Download for free' link. While it's true that Mac doesn't offer free security software for the Mac, there are free options available.

So, go on, do the math. Which system would you choose?

Topics: Apple, Hardware, Microsoft

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  • Which one?

    Any of them that doesn't have a piece of fruit as a logo.
    Hallowed are the Ori
    • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

      @Hallowed are the Ori

      +1
      safesax2002
      • Microsoft's math is wrong

        @safesax2002 <br><br><br>Enterprise Desktop Alliance: Apple Macs cost a lot less than Windows PCs to manage<br><br><a href="http://www.cio.com/article/569163/Are_Macs_Really_Cheaper_To_Manage_Than_PCs_" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">http://www.cio.com/article/569163/Are_Macs_Really_Cheaper_To_Manage_Than_PCs_</a>

        It is also strange that they want users to compare MacBook Air to netbooks, which are way different.
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

        @safesax2002

        Obviously.,From the link:

        [i]Keep in mind that Enterprise Desktop Alliance is a group of software developers who've bandied together to deploy and manage Macs in the enterprise[/i]
        Earthling2
    • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

      @Hallowed are the Ori
      Once again, we pay for quality and a brand, that's the reason I drive BMW and own 5 pairs of Oakley sunglasses... trust me, my Oakley lenses will not break if I drop them reason why I pay 250 for a pair...
      Hasam1991
      • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

        @Hasam1991

        [i]and own 5 pairs of Oakley sunglasses... trust me, my Oakley lenses will not break if I drop them reason why I pay 250 for a pair...[/i]

        Wow... my cheap $10 sunglasses from Wal-Mart have been knocked off, blown off, dropped, sat on, left on the dash in 100 degree weather, left on the deck during severe thunderstorms and they didn't break either.

        $250 for MAYBE the same performance? You got ripped off. Badly.
        Hallowed are the Ori
      • $10 sunglasses kill your eyes

        @Hallowed are the Ori: there is no actual UV protection there, and the glass/plastic is uneven, which gives headaches.
        DDERSSS
      • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

        @Hasam1991
        Hmm, if Oakley sunglasses do not break then why do you need 5 pairs? Just asking.
        paul2011
      • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

        @paul2011

        Because he likes to brag about his BMW and $1200+ he spends on sunglasses to make people think he has money and therefore is better than you because he can afford such things along with a Mac computer.

        I see this attitude amongst many Mac or Die people.
        bobiroc
      • RE: there is no actual UV protection there, and the glass/plastic is uneven

        @denisrs

        OK maybe not a $10 pair bout I have a $35 pair that does have very good UV protection, fits nicely, and are durable. Granted they are not as stylish as the Oakleys but they do the job just fine.
        bobiroc
      • About Oakleys, BMWs and Apples

        OK BMWs, Oakleys an Apple products are more expensive.
        But in a crash a BMW, Mercedes or Volvo can help you survive more than other (cheaper) cars.
        A good pair of sunglasses like Oakley's can proctect your eyes in case of an bike fall or similar accident, A friend saved his eye whe he fell in a downhil, hurted his face badly but his right eye was protected with an Oakley M Frame.
        And about crashing in a Mac .... it just doesn't happen :)
        BTW Oakleys, BMWs and Apples are ultracool and a joy to use, ride and wear

        @Hasam1991
        vela.eduardo@...
      • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

        @vela.eduardo@...
        Car crash protection?
        I'll put my Honda up against any of those :D
        rhonin
      • RE: And about crashing in a Mac .... it just doesn't happen

        @vela.eduardo@...

        Really? It does happen and denying it doesn't make it true. Nothing worse than seeing a Mac stuck at a gray screen with nothing but a little apple log on it.

        As far as your comments about being Ultracool well if that is your MO in life then more power to ya. There are plenty of cars that offer same or better safety than the BMW's of the world. Yes BMW and Oakley are great products usually but they are not in a class all their own and neither is Apple.
        bobiroc
      • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

        @Hasam1991 Apples are like those shitty Porsches with the weak, impotent 4 cylinder Volkswagen air-cooled engines. Fancy on the outside, cheaper, older and underpowered on the inside.
        Feldwebel Wolfenstool
      • Yeah, rite

        @Hasam1991

        [i]my Oakley lenses will not break if I drop them reason why I pay 250 for a pair[/i]

        Nobody pays $250 for sunglasses because it's a good value proposition. You can't fool me.



        :)
        none none
      • I must have a charmed life, from what I hearing here

        @Hasam1991 <br>I have a $50 dollar pair of sunglasses that will out perform Oakley anyday of the week, my 4x4 S-10 pickup (with all the bells and whistles) does great, My MS network (desktops and servers) perform without a hitch, MS Office working just fine; everything doing exactly what they're supposed to do, leaving me plenty of time to vacation with the wife and kids in Disneyworld; time to scuba dive or take out the dirt bikes with friends or family; just have a fun life.<br><br>I had no idea I needed Oakley sunglasses, BMW's, Google and Apple products in order to accomplish all of that.<br><br>How did I get so darned lucky? I must live the charmed life so many people are searching for.
        :)
        John Zern
      • who cares?

        @Hasam1991 WOW, I drive a Maserati QP GTS...is that special?
        Basically, who cares what I drive or the person down the street. If you like your Mac then great...if you like your MS powered machine, then that's great as well. It is all about freedom of choice ($$$ aside of course) and what works for you, the buyer and really, no one can critisize you for your choice of what you want.
        Ease up guys, there are more important things in life.
        Bradish@...
      • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

        @Hasam1991

        BMW are just over priced foreign vehicles. They are nice because they slightly different but that's it. I know guy who worked in the BMW plant in Europe 8 years and worked here at Ford for since. He laughs at people who over pay for BMW as they are the same as a Ford as he puts it. Me I wouldn't know but my brother inlaw has BMW, nice car but not worth $80,000. That was the sticker price, he got it used for $35,000.
        voska1
      • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

        @Hasam1991 $250!? That's over ZAR1700! I'd have to be really desparate to spend that much money on sunglasses! I'm a South African, so where I feel the urge, I do a conversion to the South African Rand. Go onto xe.com, and do the conversion yourself, to see the exact figure!
        Nookhoek
      • RE: Microsoft: 'Do the math' before you buy a Mac

        @Hasam1991 Almost anyone can buy a BMW a few years used , plus they break down a lot , i used to work for BMW , and Oakleys do break , you probly dont do any sports which is what they are designed for , so its a mute point on all counts , buy what you want :)
        JoshuaVegas