Almost half of Mac users favour the platform above Windows simply because its easier to use, a MacExpo 2006 survey conducted by Konica Minolta Printing Solutions reveals.

The company surveyed 100 attendees at this year's MacExpo. Of those surveyed, 48 per cent said they used Macs rather than PCs because Macs are easier to use; meanwhile a third of users (32 per cent) said they chose Macs because they view them to be more secure and less virus-prone than PCs. Another 4 per cent of those surveyed said they liked the Mac as it alllowed them to be independent from Microsoft founder, Bill Gates. Inkjet printers are used by 62 per cent of those questioned.

The survey also found that 53 per cent of workplaces run both Mac and Windows operating systems and that while 33 per cent of respondents' work environments are exclusively Mac-based, just 8 per cent were exclusively Windows-based. Though, this latter result is perhaps less surprising, given that the survey was conducted at a Mac show.

Mark Lloyd, managing director of Konica Minolta Printing Solutions, said: "This survey offered us some great insight into the Mac user community, which is an important part of our market. I was surprised to hear how many Mac users rely on inkjets, seeing as it costs many times more to print a colour document using an inkjet than it does with a colour laser printer."