Microsoft blogger Brandon LeBlanc used figures from the whitepaper to conclude that a family that chooses two Windows PCs over two Apple Mac systems in a 5-year period saves $3,367. LeBlanc claims Mac hardware is significantly more expensive than regular PC hardware, and that support and upgrades on the Mac platform also cost a lot more. More details at The Windows Blog.
Microsoft sponsored a new whitepaper (PDF) from Roger Kay of Endpoint Technologies Associates which takes a look at the tax from a tech analyst’s viewpoint. His paper shows the “Apple Tax” is the combination of what people pay up front when purchasing a Mac and what people pay over the life of their computer – the hidden tax.
Roger looked into both aspects in his whitepaper, and has discovered some interesting findings around the “hidden tax” of owning a Mac – using the scenario of a hypothetical family of 4 and their costs over a five year period. Knowing that Tax Day is just around the corner here in the US (April 15), I decided to have a little fun with his findings by building a mock up tax form using Roger’s numbers that show the whopping difference this family would get purchasing Windows PCs over Macs: $3,367.