I was in the Dartmouth College computer store in 2004 or 2005 and I saw a signed that proclaimed: “After July 1st computer services will no longer support Apple Macintosh.”
By 2008, however, I noticed more and more of my students using Macs. This trend was important to me as I use Minitab software in two of my classes. Newer versions of Minitab only support Windows.
This year, so many of my students use Macs, that I have to hold the classes in which I teach Minitab in the engineering department’s computer lab, as I want the students to follow me on a computer.
I was recently told that 75% of the incoming freshman at Dartmouth will be using Macs. All of this in spite of Macs significantly greater cost over a Windows based PC.
Since the students at our colleges and universities will be tomorrow’s leaders, this may portend big changes ahead in computing.