Analyst: One million+ Switchers in 2005

“Needham & Co. analyst Charles Wolf said today that the number of people switching from the Windows platform to the Mac is higher than he had previously anticipated. He says the increase is due to the popularity of the iPod and because of the epidemic of malware, spyware, and viruses affecting the Windows platform lately.
“If we assume that all of the growth in Mac shipments during the past three quarters resulted from Windows users purchasing a Mac, then purchases by Windows users exceeded one million,” the analyst said. “Indeed, the number of Windows users purchasing Macs in 2005 could easily exceed our forecast of 1.3 million switchers in 2006.””