As part of his current series, "Legal Technology Trends for 2007", Dennis Kennedy predicts that there will be a noticable increase in the number of lawyers using Mac notebooks. He attributes the anticipated increase to the complexity and
potential costs of moving to new Microsoft versions of Windows Vista and Office 2007.
The Intel-based Macintoshes, with the ability to run Windows and Windows programs in a virtual machine or to boot up directly in Windows, have changed the thinking of many lawyers about Macintoshes. The Macs have excellent reputations on usability and security, perhaps the two biggest issues for lawyers. As we do more work on the Internet, our capacity to work on the Internet, more so than our operating system, becomes the biggest factor in what our computing needs are. Lawyers who examine closely what their needs actually are beginning to make the move toward Macintosh, and the number of Macintosh resources for lawyers, including blogs, will surprise many lawyers.
It is certainly good news for Mac enthusiasts for a legal technology guru like Mr. Kennedy to give the Mac such high praise. However, in mentioning the ease of use and security inherent in Macs, he fails to mention the many other advantages that Macs afford attorneys and law firms, such as increased productivity due to fewer technical problems; savings due to no need for anti-virus software; ability to use Apple’s superior presentation software (Keynote); and lower maintenance costs resulting from few (if any) technical problems.