BW Online | Apple’s Real Worry Isn’t the Loss of IE: Good article on the future of the Mac and how it’s tied in with Microsoft.
“…far more daunting is the prospect of Microsoft abandoning the Mac version of its popular Office software. That’s because Apple hasn’t yet shown it can replace Office for most of its users. And without Office, Apple’s whole “switchers” program to convert Windows users will probably run aground.
Microsoft Word, Entourage, Excel, and PowerPoint are key bridges between the two worlds. Remove them, and buying a Mac suddenly looks a lot scarier.”
The author makes another point: the number of Linux machines on the desktop will surpass Macs on the desktop by the end of the year.