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This title is all about switching to the Mac from a Windows PC. So in this lesson we are going to explore the advantages of doing so, while we bust a few myths that may have you feeling a little bit hesitant to switch right now. If you have already committed to the switch, this lesson should make you feel good about your decision, but if you are still on the fence, this lesson might just knock you off the fence and into Mac territory. Firstly, let's discuss some of the top excuses out there for putting off the switch to the Mac. For the most part these are not great reasons, but rather weak excuses.
For example, Mac computers are too expensive. Well yeah, you can spend about 300 bucks for a cheap Windows computer, but the keyword there is cheap. Most brand name PCs configured like a standard Mac will cost about the same amount of money. If you already have a suitable keyboard, mouse, and a monitor, you could spend less than $600 for an ample and totally sufficient Mac. If you are more concerned about the total cost of ownership and the quality of your computer, as opposed to just the initial purchase prize, the Mac wins hands down.
Alright, how about this one: there is less software available for the Mac. True. Some highly customized software applications are only written for Windows, and you may have fewer choices for equivalents that run on the Mac, but there are thousands of software applications available for the Mac that meet the needs of most users very well. Also, there are tons of great software applications that only run on the Mac. The Mac comes with many strong Apple applications, doing all sorts of things, like running email, instant messaging, organizing your photos and your music. Ever heard of iTunes? Well, there is that and a whole lot more.
We get into a bunch of these throughout this title, including my top-ten free fun programs that you get with your Mac. The Mac OS X is based on the UNIX platform, so many programs that run in a UNIX or a LINUX environment will also run on your Mac, not necessarily on your Windows PC. Of course, if you must have Windows, it doesn't mean that you must have a Windows PC. Windows too can run on your Mac. Now, there are a number of methods for making this happen, including virtualization software for running Windows apps, right from your Mac desktop, and a program called Boot Camp that will let you choose whether to boot up your Mac in a Windows or a Mac OS X environment.
I use Boot Camp, and I love how I can share content between both Windows and Mac environments. Alright, next excuse: the Mac won't last. Well, that's not true. Although it may have appeared that way over ten years ago. Since those less popular days, Mac sales are actually now on the rise, more than half by former Windows users. How about that? Don't be fooled by overall sales, which is around 8%. This includes the corporate world and things like cash registers that run on Windows; you will find those in retail outlets, for example in restaurants.
Mac sales in the consumer market are actually over 20% and climbing. Okay. How about Macs don't comply with industry standards and they are not expandable? Not any more. Let's start with expandability. Although the high end Mac Pro does have expansion slots, you rarely need them, thanks to FireWire and USB ports that allow you to connect devices without ever even opening the box. Now once upon a time Mac floppy disks wouldn't run on a Windows PC.
That's where noncompliance with industry standards ended. Apple actually popularized industry standards like Wi-Fi, wireless networking, and USB ports, and is compliant with such standards found on Bluetooth, PCI Express, FireWire, Gigabit Ethernet, and even Intel Ppocessor technologies, just to name a few. In fact, Apple's default web browser, known as Safari- available for Windows too by the way- complies with industry standards even better than Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
Alright, now it's time to explore some of the advantages to moving to a Mac. One-stop shop. Think about Windows for a second. It has to be able to run all kinds of PCs from all kinds of different vendors, and the people who make Mac OS X, also make the computers it runs on. This is called Vertical Integration, and it means a huge benefit to customers who can now count on a reliable system, as well as reliable service, all from the same place.
If you have an issue with your computer or your operating system, you call Apple. One contact. Of course, they have a strong incentive to resolve the issue. There is no one else to blame. Alright, how about then looks? Hmm-hm. Macs look cool, and whether it's an iMac or an iPod, the people at Apple are serious about aesthetics. This is proven by the numerous awards that they have received for excellence in industrial design. With the Mac, function follows form, and you can judge this book by its cover.
Quality design means having to keep the important features and scrapping the unnecessary junk. Easy on the eyes is nice, but easy to learn and easy to work with are the real goals here of the Mac designers. How about high quality products? Apple invests seriously in developing unique products that are superior to those that might be interchangeable with others sold by a bunch of different vendors. You get what you pay for. Paying a little bit more for a lot more functionality is what makes Apple the most profitable company in the industry, unit for unit.
Alright, innovative and compatible. Apple and Intel are partners and now all Macs use Intel processor chip, so watch for some new and unique innovations from Intel now that it doesn't have to rely solely on Microsoft Windows based computers. Microsoft Office 2008 for the Mac? Yeah, its out now, and its the same Office Suite you may be used to using on your Windows PC. Take Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files created on a PC, and open them up on your Mac. No conversion required.
Alright, just in conclusion, truth be told, I was reluctant to switch to the Mac. I was a victim of some of those misconceptions I talked about. I was simply ignorant of the advantages, to be honest. I was comfortable in my PC world using Windows, the Mac was foreign to me. To me switching would be like learning a new language, when I could get by just fine using English, thank you very much. Even if it meant putting up with a few bugs, the odd virus, and a computer that got a little slower every day.
Well, little did I know how easy the switch to the Mac would actually be. I just needed a few fundamentals revealed to me and the rest was a breeze. Well, that's what you can expect in the upcoming lessons. By the end of this title, you will know what you have been missing, and you will wonder why you didn't make the switch sooner. I will never forget my first day with the Mac. I turned the switch to on, and it was ready to use in seconds. Seconds, not minutes of flashing screens and chugging hard drives. Seconds. That's how long it took for me to get hooked.
So let's see how long it takes you. In the next lesson, we get acquainted with some of the new terminology associated with the Mac, and its Windows equivalent.
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