Nearly 100 comments were added to my post declaring my plans to switch from Windows to the Mac as my primary work machine. I didn't really expect a reaction like that. I'm surprised that a decade after the Apple "switch" marketing campaign, the old Windows/Mac religious feelings seem to be running as hot as ever.
For me personally, the decision to switch wasn't as big a deal as it sounds. True, I was bitterly disappointed in Windows 8 Consumer Preview, which as InfoWorld's Woody Leonhard points out, fails the all-important Dad test. So after 22 years of sticking with one mainstream choice for my primary work machine, I threw up my hands and decided to try another.
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But I was lucky. It was easy to do. I was due for a new computer, and it just so happens that InfoWorld has MacBooks on its list of approved equipment. The one I chose cost little more than the new ThinkPad I'd been eyeing.
Choice is the point. I won't be surprised if the next time I pick a work computer, I'm simply expected to go out and buy my own, just like employees buy their own mobile devices today. By then perhaps we'll have client-hosted VDI of the type described by Keith Schultz in his review of Virtual Computer NxTop Enterprise 4.0: a secure virtual machine that contains all necessary business apps downloads to the client when the work day begins, runs without a connection if necessary, and syncs back to the server when one is available -- and, finally, disappears when the client is turned off.