Gregg Keizer of ComputerWorld reports on the stunning progress Macs are making in the business world:
Nearly 80% of businesses have Macs in-house, nearly double the percentage that said they had users running Mac OS X two years ago, a research firm said today.
"Then, we were talking about onesies and twosies," said Laura DiDio, a research fellow at Yankee Group Research Inc. who conducted a survey of more than 700 senior IT administrators and C-level executives. "Now the number of actual users is very significant. A number of the businesses said that they had 50 or 100 or even several thousand Macs deployed."
No longer "just" used by children and artists, we are even seeing Macs being used by some members of the CAD media.
The article mentions people running XP and Vista on the Mac hardware using virtual machine software. An AutoCAD developer who visited me recently did just that: his Mac ran AutoCAD through the vm software.
The trend away from the Windows monopoly is gaining. CAD vendors who are not locked into Microsoft's APIs will benefit.