Mac’s are great. Yes they are expensive but for your money you get a fantastic design, intuitive interface and a system which (in general) tends to be free of viruses. But moving to a Mac is not as simple as buying one and switching it on. If you are thinking of making the switch I would strongly suggest you consider the following:
Why exactly are you making the switch?
Is it because a friend told you they were better than Windows machines or is there some business reason behind it? Make sure you understand the why before you spend your hard earned.
Mac’s are much more expensive than Windows systems.
You would be surprised how many people still don’t understand the difference in price before they purchase one. Also bear in mind that although Mac’s tend to break less than Windows machines (in general) repair costs tend to be much higher. Most techs, myself included, don’t tend to fix Mac hardware issues just software ones. This means the machine goes back to Apple who ramp up the repair cost.
Make sure your Windows programs actually work on Mac’s.
This is the one thing which catches most people out. Windows programs do not work on Mac’s. The software you use might have have a Mac variant (eg Microsoft Office) which can be used but a lot of programs still don’t (eg ACT!). I know of one company in Stirling who were advised by an IT guy to purchase 4 new iMac’s because “they are much better than Windows PC’s” only to discover during the installation that none of their accounting software worked. The solution was to run Windows as a virtual machine which kind of defeats the purpose of buying the Mac in the first place!!!
You can get viruses and malware on a Mac.
Yes you read that correct. Is it possible to get them but not that often as most viruses and malware are still written for Windows. If your system interacts with Windows machines (eg on a work network) I would suggest running some form of antivirus as you might inadvertently be passing viruses around the network even though they can’t infect your system.
Lastly it is not Windows!!
The interface and keyboard are different. You will have to relearn how to access your documents, use shortcuts and even use the delete key (shift + backspace). This does take time and patience.
So hopefully the above has given you a couple of things to think about before taking the plunge. What I usually tell clients is that if you are Windows based then stay with Windows. It is what you know and unless there is a business reason for changing why change?
Yes Mac’s are great but if it isn’t broke then don’t fix it!!
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