I think Slim often makes some good points about features on Apple but the degree of his commentary is pretty aggressive. As you know, I work as a consultant helping companies implement analytics to make better decisions. My whole world at work revolves around PowerPoint, Word, and Excel. Since I work for big companies in analytics, I typically have state of the art laptops, most recently an HP Elitebook. Around 3 years ago, I noticed that, in my opinion, the speed of the laptops, finally caught up to the XP O/S I use. By that, I mean plenty of RAM and core chip speeds and graphics chips allow me to do many thing simultaneously and fast. I often have three PPT windows open as well as a stuffed Outlook inbox and now everything is quite zippy. I still enjoy the iMac G5 at home as it allows me to scan in CD bar codes into Delicious Library, a music cataloging software. I have some 2,600 CDs so this is quite important for keeping track and maintaining insurance records. A close friend runs advertising for a Microsoft and has been playing with Windows 7. He has several Apples at home and loves them. This guy used to work for Yahoo so there is no long-standing loyalty to Microsoft. He says that Windows 7 is very stable and very fast. He thinks Microsoft has finally reached a level of O/S performance that everyone will enjoy. So my take on all of this is that both Apple and a good brand PC are great machines now. Apple is sort of the spendy, stylish, upmarket computer. The PC is a more affordable, sometimes stylish, utility workhorse.