Re: ' by 1998 there was no actual need to buy a mac for DTP. NT4 was excellent'
I think the state of applications also has something to do with the Mac's troubles at that time: Quark Xpress was the dominant DTP program at the time, and around 1996 Quark dropped an absolute turkey. A lot of people in my space gave up on Quark at that time, and --since they were shopping anyway-- ended up on NT with Adobe. Which had its own problems at the time, but at least you could see a path forward. Never went back.