IBM VP Claims Windows PCs Are 3 Times Costlier Than Macs

It sounds crazy, but just hear him out

While it may sound absurd at first, apparently, Macs are much less cheaper than their Windows-powered counterparts when everything is taken into account. How much cheaper? Up to 3 times.

This is according to the VP of Workplace as a Service at IBM Fletcher Previn. Talking to the audience at the annual Jamf tech conference, Previn claimed that in his short stint as the head of IBM’s department which provides PCs to employees, he has learnt that Macs are undoubtedly the more cheaper option, all things considered.

To back up his claim, he mentioned that while Mac users comprise of 15% of the total workforce at IBM, only 5% of the help desk budget is allocated for them. He admitted that Macs can initially cost anywhere from $117 to $454 more than a similarly spec’d Windows machine, after 4 years of usage, the company saves $273-543 on each Mac in comparison to the Windows device.

And seeing that IBM has a total of 90,000 employees using Macs, Previn claims that the company saves $57.3 million per 100 Mac machines. He said that in short, Windows PCs cost exactly 3 times more than Macs for IBM.

He also added that it’s not just about the costs; people actually like using Macs as opposed to Windows devices. He said that employee satisfaction regarding Macs is through the roof, at a staggering 91%.

Previn concluded by saying that it demonstrates people’s willingness to buy products that are simpler to use, and companies don’t have to push these products on the people. We think this was a not-so-subtle remark about Microsoft’s notorious efforts of pushing Windows 10 onto users.

Previn gave a similar speech at last year’s Jamf conference, when he mentioned that only 5% of Mac users at IBM require help desk support, compared to a significantly higher 40% for Windows users.

The success of Macs at IBM has prompted the company to give out Macs for half of its employee base. And we can clearly see why.

We feel that this news might force other companies into looking at Apple devices. Maybe even Microsoft.