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Will Vista cause a switch to Macs, Linux?

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The cost of upgrading to Windows Vista is forcing more organizations to evaluate alternatives including Apple Macs and Linux for the desktop.

Half of's 12-strong CIO Jury IT user panel said the Vista factor is likely to lead to an increase in Macs on the desktop in the corporate computing environment.

That echoes the comments of Capital & Regional CIO Richard Snooks who said in an interview with this week that given the cost of being "railroaded" by Microsoft onto Vista, Macs are now "smarter money".

Nicholas Bellenberg, IT director at publisher Hachette Filipacchi UK, said his company runs lots of Macs with good cross-platform compatibility with Microsoft applications--though he added Entourage on the Mac doesn't match Outlook on the PC for functionality.

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