Computer World: Lessons From a Mac OS Switcher

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By: switchtoamac at: 9:40 AM on July 18, 2007 | Comments (0)

In a July 16, 2007 article Michael Gartenberg details his switch to a Mac.  He now uses an Apple MacBook running the latest version of Mac OS X (10.4.9) along with Windows XP Service Pack 2 via Apple's Boot Camp software and Parallels Workstation.

Quotes of Interest
"Over the past few months, I’ve put aside my PC and switched over to a Macintosh full time. I wanted to take a closer look at the viability of the Mac for business use, something more and more users are considering"

"All my corporate Web-based applications worked. Some of them didn’t love Safari, but I was able to fix that by downloading Camino, a Firefox-based browser optimized for Mac OS."

"For the most part, I used the Mac version of Microsoft Office for collaborating with the rest of the organization, and it mostly worked out OK."

"Compatibility isn’t a problem until you get into more complex documents. (As expected, graphic arts applications, particularly the Adobe Creative Suite, ran flawlessly.)"

"OS X’s native mail application worked fine with Exchange, and there are two Mac applications that handle calendar and syncing with the Exchange global address list."

"The Mac of today is not the Mac of old. The benefits outweigh the hassles. The ability to run Windows seamlessly via dual booting using Boot Camp or virtually with Parallels Workstation means Windows applications are only a click away."


It's a nice read that can be found at Computer World.

Switch To A Mac Commentary
We would like to point out that the "hassles" mentioned in the article are directly related to issues related to Microsoft's products and lack of standards.  Microsoft can't even get it's Entourage for Mac program to work correctly with their own Microsoft Exchange software.  It's important to note that the issues outlined are not caused by Apple.

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