Macworld UK noted this morning that a new Gartner study backs up what Mac users have known for years: itis cheaper to operate a Mac than it is a Windows-based PC. According to the Macworld UK article, the study was conducted at Melbourne Universityis Faculty of the Arts. That facility uses some 4,676 Macs and 5,338 PCs, and:
It compared direct costs such as hardware and software for desktops and mobile computers, servers and peripherals, upgrades, service and support and depreciation. It also examined the indirect costs of supporting end-users, training time and non-productive downtime.
Gartner found that Macs cost $1,114 to support per year, while PC-based systems cost $1,438. Macs also needed less technical support and hardware and software costs were lower, the report explains.
You can read the full article at Macworld UKis Web site. Macworld UKis article says that there is a 36% difference maintenance costs between the two platforms, though our math says it is actually a 29% difference.