This is so silly. Apple is NOT in the OS business. Apple does not make money selling OSX. Apple is a hardware company. The OS is gravy. The monopoly rolls on and is not threatened by OSX. The only threat there is to Windows is Linux, but there is not money to be made there.
Services is the deal. Get it!
How much does it cost to maintain Windows and Mac OS X? Since Apple has released five times as many major updates and over fifteen times as many minor updates to Mac OS X since 2000, you might not have guessed that Windows actually costs users five times as much to keep up to date!
How will software pricing affect sales of Apple’s upcoming Leopard and Microsoft’s Vista? Here’s a historical comparison of professional desktop operating systems from both, leading up to a future outlook for how Microsoft’s significantly more expensive platform will affect new computer sales in 2007.
I’ve written before about how people prefer to spend money on hardware and have expectations of getting their software for free. Apple employs this idea to entice users to buy new hardware. New Macs ship with a free copy of iLife apps, which some industry pundits have valued at $350 in comparable PC software. New Xserves include Mac OS X Server, which is $500 to $1000 as a standalone product.
However, in this article, I’ll ignore the software Apple bundles with new Macs and focus only on the actual costs related to keeping the OS up to date, both for Macs and Windows PCs. That includes retail operating system software updates and associated costs.