Macs are Increasing in the Workplace, Windows PCs are About as Expensive

The Windows and Apple logosEstimates see Mac’s share of the enterprise market hovering at around 5 percent, but the consumerization of IT is slowly forcing companies to accept Apple’s products as part of the everyday workflow. According to Gartner research, 60 percent of companies currently don’t allow Macs in the office, though the tide is changing as 64 percent of businesses will likely allow them to be adopted over the next few years.

Leading the charge in bringing the Mac into the workplace is a combination of demand for Apple’s mobile devices and a more affordable computing options for OS X. A recent study from Good Technology found that the top-six most-activated devices in enterprise were all Apple products, with the iPhone and iPad accounting for 79 percent of total activations.

Traditional views frown upon Apple’s computer system because of higher perceived costs associated with using the platform. “It used to be, ‘How do we keep Macs out,'” Silver said, but the prices have come down and the playing field has evened out.

While an average Mac setup runs $1,622, a Windows machine costs $1,513 and software makers charge slightly more for Apple-centric products. Average IT labor expenditure for Macs is lower with $636 compared to Windows’ $781, however companies report a wide variety of experiences in this department. Apple Insider »

Cool. Especially the last part. I’ve recognized that Apple computers were not necessarily more expensive than PCs for sometime. Most people still think they are.