Do Microsoft Employees Use (and Love) Mac OS X?

My friend Brandon works for Microsoft, and he also owns a Mac. He uses Windows on his Mac, but… let’s just assume that he’s not the only Microsoft employee who carries around Apple hardware (and software, given that Brandon’s running Boot Camp on it).

What about MacBU?

I can’t say that I’ve been all that impressed with Mac Office 2008. Excel doesn’t seem to be half as user friendly (and fun!?) as Numbers, PowerPoint doesn’t hold a candle to Keynote, and Word is no longer a killer app. Entourage needs to be scrapped and rebuilt from the ground up, but by the time that happens… a true Exchange-like replacement (Web and desktop accessible) may have shipped. At least the Mac Office team has relatively prolific bloggers:

As far as the rest of Microsoft’s Mac offerings are concerned, there’s Remote Desktop Connection, but… I hate using it on Windows, so why on Earth would I want to use it on OS X? Messenger doesn’t make any more sense, either – since I use Miranda on Windows, and Adium on OS X. Microsoft has already abandoned Windows Media Player for OS X, but VLC plays WMV and WMA well enough for me. Virtual PC was waiting to be lapped by the likes of VMware Fusion and Parallels

I just don’t need Microsoft’s desktop software like I once did.

iTunes is a must-have app on Windows for those folks who carry around iPods or iPhones without a Mac lying around. I’m not saying that I like it (I don’t, on either Windows or OS X) – just that users have a clear reason to have iTunes installed and running on either OS. The day Apple decides to bundle Safari with iTunes downloads is the day their browser starts to make a serious dent in the browser agent pie chart. Safari on Windows isn’t all that bad, either.

Windows users need Apple’s software more than Mac users need Microsoft’s.

21 thoughts on “Do Microsoft Employees Use (and Love) Mac OS X?”

  1. [I]Windows users need Apple’s software more than Mac users need Microsoft’s.[I]

    Thats the smartest thing I’ve heard in a long time. Macs have all the best and most easy to use software, not to mention beautiful. I’ve only had my Macbook Pro for a few days and already I have found far superior alternatives to all the software I loved in Windows. For example, Adium. In windows there pidgin and what….trillian? They do the same things sure, but Adium is just beautiful in terms of GUI and customization ability. Some more prime examples of alternatives are Colloquy for mIRC, or Cyberduck for whatever FTP client you used on windows (mine was smartftp). Even apps from companies that have made version for both platforms, they just look and work so much better on a mac. Its an undeniable fact.

  2. I work at Microsoft in Redmond and there are lots of Mac users here. Lots of lively Apple specific distribution lists for discussing iPhones, Macs, iPods and OSX. I like that the culture at MS allows this to happen.

    I wonder if the opposite could be said at Cupertino? lol

  3. Windows users need Apple’s software more than Mac users need Microsoft’s.

    God, Chris, that’s the funniest thing I’ve read all day. ONE application necessary to operate ONE piece of equipment does not substantiate your comment. I have no need for any other Apple software. If I did I’d buy a Mac. But Apple users certainly like to find ways to put Microsoft products on their Mac. Why is that, Chris?

  4. I must point out the recent convention appearance, where Steve Jobs and Bill Gates were interviewed together. Apologies as I cant quite remember which conference this was.

    Bill Gates Freely admitted that Microsoft are one of the primary purchasers of Mac hardware. In fact, it was also stated that many of the Microsoft in-house projects for the XBOX 360 are developed using macs.

    So, it is of my opinion that Microsoft does indeed recognise the merit of the mac OS, and the fact that certain tasks are better performed using this, as opposed to the windows platform.

  5. Found a link on Youtube, it was All Things Digital 5. The entire video is available on youtube, and it is quite long. It may take a while to fing the part I refer to.

  6. Idea of Safari together with iTunes downloads is actually quite good for increasing it’s market share (while there still should be option to have iTunes without optional addons). Just to hope that Safari will get more stable on Windows before that…

  7. I agree with all of your points. The one thing about iTunes, though, is the seamless experience you have using it with an iPod or iPhone. While it’s definitely a closed system, at least it’s a well thought out one.

  8. Purley IMO, iTunes sucks at everything except manging content for iPods and downloading podcasts for listening on computers or iPods. Also, the font smoothing in Safari for Windows looks horrible, and Opera KOs in the number of features, on both OS X and Windows.

    Honestly, I love OS X. It’s shiny n the right places (a bit less glittery than Vista, ie. no Aero Glass and Flip 3D), and waaaay more practically designed than Vista.

    I long for a Mac more and more every day, thanks in part to programs like CamTwist, GarageBand and iGTD, none of which have Windows counterparts that are equivalently priced and the same featureset for the price. Each app in iLIfe could cost $30 or more each on its own from a third party, yet Apple bundles five awesome programs for just eighty smackers.

    You, Daniel Brusilovksy and plenty of others get me more interested day after day.

  9. Almost all Apple Software to Windows crash or doesn’t work well…
    My QuickTime always crash Firefox.
    iTunes crash sometimes…

  10. So, what is stopping someone running Windows from running a native OS X app?

    I mean, I hear about people running M$ on Mac all the time… even seen a vid of someone with M$ in a window running on their Mac Pro.

    So, why isn’t the reverse happening? I would love to run a few Mac apps in a window on Windows.

    I’ve tried playing with VMWare on XP… trying to get a working Mac install on it…

    I don’t really like having to resort to something illegal to just ‘try’ something out- I’m not getting very far on this front since I won’t resort to warez (I’ve bought a new copy of Leopard just for this endeavor).

    Methinks Mac needs to start using an identifiable keycode system, imprinted with the installed system specs… so people like me can simulate the stupid chip legally (or whatever the actual piece of software is stored in/on). Hell, charge me another $20 or something if need-be.

    Damn, I’ld be happy as hell if Darwin was updated to run more current Mac sw… or was at least a close enough simulation so students could use it to actually learn Mac software properly, and cheaply. I long to delve into the workings of OS X…

    On a side note; I *have* seen OS X under VMWare on XP in the wild. It lacked the VMTools, but otherwise seemed pretty darn cool. There were clear video issues, but appeared otherwise to be acceptable. Unfortunately, it was a fellow student who resorted to unauthorized ‘patches’ to make it work. I want a legal, legitimate install of OS X on my machine(s) that can surf the web and update properly.

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