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.