50 Reasons to Switch from Microsoft Windows to Apple's Mac OS X

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I love my Xbox 360s; I think Popfly rocks (Silverlight will bring much needed competition to Flash). Plus, I can’t live without Exchange and its server-side rules. I love my Microsoft mouse more than any other mouse in the world. Surface looks totally awesome, too.

Microsoft does some amazing things – very amazing things. My choice, however, for a primary desktop operating system is no longer Windows – it’s Mac OS X. Duh. It’s rather difficult to admit that officially, if only because… well, I think Microsoft does amazing things. They’ve also been quite supportive of my own efforts over the years, if only because they understand the value of one user.

I’m still openly willing to give feedback to Microsoft’s product teams – Windows included.

If you’re also looking to Switch, let me tell you that VMware Fusion signed on as a Video Show sponsor – and would be more than happy to help you with the transition. Realizing that many of you are hooked on Parallels, I’m guessing that VMware would do just about anything to win your attention. I also have great sponsors like Plasq.com (who make Skitch.com and ComicLife.com) and Shinywhitebox.com, who makes iShowU, Stomp, and Chatter. These are independent Mac OS X software developers with widely-accepted products.

While I don’t need to justify my actions to anybody, I feel I have 50 strong reasons to finally make the move. This is after posting a list of my favorite Mac apps a few months ago, and inspiring Brian to create Appster (so that you could blog your favorite Mac apps with ease, too).

Anybody in my chat room who watches the live video feed with any regularity knows that I’m a platform neutral geek. Keep that in mind as you read the following list:

  1. Seems that the future of Windows development is happening largely for corporate environments and customers. I don’t take issue with this other than being someone who doesn’t live or work inside a corporate environment at home.
  2. Excellent power management in OS X. When I close the lid to my MacBook Pro, it falls asleep. When I open the lid to my MacBook Pro, it wakes up. Imagine that! Seems to be the case 99% of the time, and it happens quickly.
  3. I’m ready to experience different frustrations. OS X isn’t perfect, certainly – but I already see its noticeably more stable than Windows Vista has been. Kernel Panics at least look prettier than BSODs. 🙂 Seriously, I just find OS X’s update schedule to be more to my liking – instead of waiting for gigantic service packs, I get minor point releases along the way to major revisions to the OS. Bugs are going to happen, but knowing that showstopping / security bugs are likely to be squished quicker gives me amazing peace of mind.
  4. There’s more interesting, useful, beautiful, and affordable software being developed for OS X. If you still believe that there’s no software for “the Mac,” you’re simply a fool who hasn’t done his or her research.
  5. VMware Fusion makes it possible to have every operating system at my fingertips (as well as every app that runs on ’em, FTW). Performance and stability is a reality, not a dream. More importantly, with USB 2.0 support in VMware Fusion, I have near complete compatibility with any external hardware. Parallels is also there, which should keep competition lively.
  6. I believe that the future of Windows (or any OS software layer) will be experienced in a virtual machine of some sort. People have been dual booting for years – now I can triple-task cross-platform in seconds flat.
  7. Not to say that Microsoft or Linux haven’t made great strides in recent years, but… at least Leopard feels like only one team was developing the UI. It’s not quite perfect, but closer to what perfect should be. I’m not a huge fan of iTunes or every other Apple utility – but at least with Leopard, they’re trying to make them look and work the same way.
  8. I love the fact that most programs and their associated libraries are self-contained (apps). There’s no stress in installing / uninstalling most programs, and for true cleanup jobs there’s always AppZapper.
  9. I’m not a huge fan of the Dock for task management, but Quicksilver has virtually no Windows equivalent (in terms of elegance and scriptability, although it’s still completely overwhelming to me right now). The dock isn’t a shining example of where OS X is “better,” but I do appreciate the context menu options for each of the Dock’s icons for “Open at Login” management.
  10. Spotlight is to Windows Desktop Search as a BMW Z4 is to a Ford Pinto (in terms of performance, usability, and UI). No contest. I’m sure some would argue the opposite, but… they’re also probably the extreme developer “but it works if you just learn how to use it right” types. Feh.
  11. The Apple community has been infiltrated by enough people who aren’t smug. You’re not better than me just because you run another OS or support another vendor, nor are you any less of a geek. Not every Windows user is a neanderthal, although some of their dated arguments would make them out to be. I think that most consumers are caught up in the idea that you NEED Windows for everything at home. You don’t.
  12. My iPhone is not going away anytime soon. Would I switch for better compatibility with a communications device? Not necessarily, but if the future of OS X is in the present of the iPhone… they’re going to gain consumer market share at blinding speed. Remember, I wanted to hate this device – after years of being a dyed-in-the-wool Windows Mobile advocate.
  13. The spyware / malware / virus threat is diminished by an extreme degree. Not to say that one should avoid running protective layers of software or hardware, but… I’m just not as nervous when I try a new app on OS X.
  14. Many of my friends are considering making the switch as well. This dovetails nicely with my first point. I can tell you that just by showing off the fun features of CamTwist and Colloquy with my live stream, a few of those community members have already purchased MacBooks – or are strongly considering doing so in the not-too-distant future. Interestingly enough, those are two FREE apps that work amazingly better than most overpriced Windows shareware titles.
  15. Microsoft Windows completely abandoned its power users, period. Where are the Windows Vista “Ultimate” add-ons? Where are the new Power Toys? Why doesn’t Windows Media Player have podcast support yet (despite me telling them to integrate RSS back when WMP9 was in beta, years before podcasting was a buzzword)? I’m not saying that Windows is dead – not by any stretch of the imagination.
  16. Boot Camp, if all else fails.
  17. A single SKU of Leopard is both 32-bit and 64-bit compatible. This, alone, is a fantastic reason to embrace the platform. It’s seamless. Why should a consumer have to come to a decision on which code to run – or understand the differences between them in the first place? Remember, I’m to be considered a “home” user.
  18. Time Machine. Wow. Can it really be this simple? “Simply select your AirPort Disk as the backup disk for each computer and the whole family can enjoy the benefits of Time Machine.” Do you understand what that means? And no, Windows Volume Shadow Copy is not the SAME thing.
  19. Leopard’s Finder will allegedly search networked computers seamlessly, as well as allow you to access those results remotely (through a paid .Mac account, which would totally be worth purchasing at that point).
  20. Java app performance is decent on OS X, and the same code looks infinitely better when it’s not running on Windows. In fact, most third-party apps are very well designed so as to integrate seamlessly with the entire OS. That’s beyond refreshing.
  21. You never need to defrag a Mac’s hard disk.
  22. Adium is there – an Instant Messaging client that allows you to use AIM, Yahoo, Google Talk, and other accounts through a single client. It’d be my replacement for Miranda IM. Skype also works on the Mac. I expect to see even more universal IM apps reveal themselves over the coming months.
  23. Bonjour is proving to be quite useful on my home network. Computers with Bonjour-enabled services are automatically discovered with virtually no fuss – even my networked Windows machines have been playing along.
  24. Joining wireless networks in OS X is easier and more refined, easily accessible. The tools for networking don’t seem overly complex, either.
  25. Setting up services such as Windows File Sharing, FTP, and even Web sharing can be done on OS X with just a few clicks. If you’re telling me that I could set up FTP just as easily in Windows, then… it obviously can’t be done as easily.
  26. Almost all of the audio and video formats out there can be played on the Mac with Video LAN Player (VLC). One less barrier to entry.
  27. Great Web browsers that work in Windows also work on the Mac (Firefox, Opera, SeaMonkey, Flock). The only exception here is Internet Explorer, or any third-party overlay to IE (such as Maxthon, which has been taking a slight turn for the worse with 2.0). Of course, there’s always the “invisible” virtual machine possibility (read: VMware Fusion’s Unity mode). Moreover, Safari / WebKit is gaining speed on all platforms.
  28. Erasing deleted files placed in your trash (also known as a Recycle Bin in Windows) can be securely erased in OS X. No need to mess with third-party software.
  29. You can still right-click in OS X – and the way Apple decided to implement it is far more convenient than you’d think. In fact, I find double-tapping the mouse pad far more intuitive than using a second mouse button. Didn’t take long to get used to it at all.
  30. Wanna set up a VNC server on your Mac? No problem, its already apart of the operating system! Moreover, the feature isn’t buried three levels deep. It’s sitting right there in the Finder. Moreover, unlike Windows Remote Desktop, a Screen Sharing session doesn’t lock the remote user out of his / her session – one reason I’ve always loathed RDC.
  31. Microsoft doesn’t have an iLife. Not even close. It has a set of multimedia applications, but they don’t seem to be cohesive in the slightest. Maybe things will get better as Live continues to evolve?
  32. You really don’t get to play the blame game with Apple. They make the hardware AND the operating system, so… they really know what’s going on, and they really know if the problem is widespread.
  33. A Mac costs about the same as a comparable Windows PC – for hardware and (for argument’s sake for those who don’t believe me) bundled software. And for those who still claim that Macs are still more expensive, they obviously have never seen or priced a gaming rig. Price / cost is relative. If you want a cheap machine, that’s your prerogative. The resell value on Macs has always been higher than that of an equivalent “Windows” machine.
  34. You can record audio and video conversations from iChat 4.0 (natively). That’s pretty amazing, as it takes the idea of “video chat” and puts it into a time-shifted space. This isn’t just useful for those of us who conduct guest interviews regularly, but for home users who want to save calls for posterity.
  35. Dashcode appears to take the geekery out of widget-building. Moreover, the new “Web Clippings” widget appears to work better than anything I’ve seen come from Microsoft, Yahoo, Google, et al. This is putting the user first…
  36. With a .Mac subscription, you can save common local settings as global ones. You only have to configure your Dock or System Preferences on one machine to have those same changes appear on all machines connected to your .Mac account. Unbelievable.
  37. Unlike Windows font management, you can activate fonts as you need them within Leopard. This translates to less wasted overhead by fonts that remain largely unused in memory. I can only imagine this results in far less resource-intensive sessions. Genius.
  38. Automator now supports UI Recording and Playback, which means you can create “macros” without understanding a lick of logic. The last time I saw a native macro recorder in Windows was… v3.0? You don’t have to be a geek to gain access to geeky-cool features.
  39. Can’t tell you how much I love Spring Loaded folders. Love ’em.
  40. Wikipedia information, while not always accurate, certainly stands to be updated a lot more frequently than documentation that ships with (or from) the operating system designer. That Apple has taken the step to integrate access directly from within the Dictionary tool…? It’s just kinda nice to have there. They’re placing trust in the idea of community rather than trying to hide it from us.
  41. Mail comes with “Data Detectors” which will highlight phone numbers, addresses, etc. You can then choose to do something with that information, like map it or store it as an appointment, contact, etc. This is a feature I had not seen outside of a pricey plugin for Microsoft Outlook. I may not use Mail.app, but at least they’re continuing to improve its functionality – ugly capsule toolbar icons notwithstanding.
  42. The Preview tool ain’t no joke – with annotations, basic image editing, Core Animation zooming and scrolling, GPS Metadata support, batch operations, etc. It’s all at your fingertips.
  43. Expose works. ‘Nuff said. The only thing that surpasses OS X’s open window management is Compiz Fusion. None of this Flip3D nonsense.
  44. Help. No, seriously – Help is the way Help should have always been all along. I related my “Help” experience a few weeks ago, with the system not just finding what I was looking for help on, but taking me directly to the spot where I needed to be. I’m pretty sure the Help system isn’t 100% accurate, but it hasn’t disappointed me yet.
  45. Guest accounts are purged after every session in Leopard. Wow. Guest privileges, on the other hand, seem to be lacking somewhat on the security front (but most of my Guests are computer clueless).
  46. I love the Universal Access zoom feature – and have used it so many times for countless reasons. Really comes in handy when you’re trying to show something to someone from across the room. Never found anything close to its simplicity anywhere else.
  47. Call me crazy, but I love the fact that in OS X, the keyboard shortcut for opening Preferences is always the same (Command + Comma). Convenient. Dependable. Quick.
  48. Device compatibility doesn’t seem to be as much of an issue as it used to be with the Mac. While I couldn’t get my brand new HP LaserJet to work inside of Vista, it works flawlessly inside of OS X 10.4 (despite having to use HP’s scanning software). Still, with any USB hardware hiccups in Leopard, compatibility issues are erased with VMware Fusion until newer software is unleashed.
  49. Thanks to another one of our sponsors, GoToMeeting, I’ve had the opportunity to see quite a few of my friends’ desktops. Quite a few have gone to great lengths to make their installation of Windows look and feel like Mac OS X. At that point, what’s the point of sticking with Windows? Just about the only thing Mac users might want from Windows is the Explorer (FTFF) – and even then, there’s ‘Path Finder.’
  50. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Windows users need Apple’s software more than Mac users need Microsoft’s. That’s just a cold, hard fact. And given my severe disappointment with just about everything in Mac Office 2008, I’m even further driven away from Microsoft’s desktop software.

Please don’t take this post as an all-out lovefest for Apple (and it’s definitely not a hatefest for Microsoft, either). The two can co-exist peacefully if you let them, and if your routine supports it. I wasn’t ready to switch before now for a lot of reasons. This has been a long time coming.

I think it’s lousy that Apple charges for QuickTime Pro and Remote Desktop, I believe iTunes and iPhoto are inelegant management tools (Picasa for OS X would rule). At least Aperture 2.0 looks promising for me. And, for whatever it’s worth, I’ve yet to hear from anybody at Apple in respect to marketing, sponsorship, endorsement, support – or otherwise. I’d imagine they’d be interested in knowing my background, and why this leap is relatively monumental for me – and a sign of things to come for the greater part of our community.

So, let’s say that the next version of Windows is amazing – for argument’s sake. Would I switch back to the “PC” for my primary computing needs? Doubtful, because I’m guessing that virtual machine support will continue to improve in leaps and bounds (with greater hardware support to boot).

Microsoft Windows isn’t in trouble, necessarily – but I do believe that it’s better (read: somewhat safer, more affordable) to run Windows in a virtual machine with USB 2.0 hardware support than it is to run it directly on the desktop.

If you’re a gamer, all bets are off – you’re a different kind of user. Gamers are likely the reason Windows is still alive and well at home today. If the gaming industry shifted gears and started to develop OpenGL-based entertainment titles for Linux, you’d see Ubuntu adoption skyrocket. I’m a console player – still in love with my 360, as noted before. I’m a casual gamer, and I can casual game anywhere.

I’ll still have traditional PC hardware around the house – especially since Ponzi may or may not be making this switch with me. We’re still living inside of Outlook, with no other usable PIM in reach (on any platform). I’ve been showing her a few cool things that you can only do with “the Mac,” and she’s certainly seen me try Outlook 2007 in VMware Fusion. I’m also looking forward to tinkering with new systems as they’re released from a variety of OEMs. I couldn’t abandon my beloved HP All-in-One LaserJet!

Point is: I’m not going ‘all’ Apple.

In time, this will all become easier to manage – but there’s no time like the present to shelve the last ten years of Windows enthusiasm and… switch. I’m fine with being a Microsoft enthusiast in other areas, mind you – very much so. They’re doing too many good things for me to ignore, and their community involvement puts Apple to shame. My choice for an operating system is just that – my choice for an OS.

And before anybody jumps in and claims that you can achieve the same level of “happiness” after installing 50+ third-party add-ons, plugins, extensions, and utilities to Windows… you simply don’t get it, and you probably never will. 

I can’t be alone, and I’m predicting that by the end of next year, even more people will choose (and use) Mac OS X over Windows Vista. I can’t open up the phone lines anymore without being inundated with calls that suggest such a tipping point. Everybody is curious…

…and curiosity is what keeps me going.

As a power user, Mac OS X has far more to offer me in terms of tweak-ability and modularity. I learned that by trying it, not by guessing that it wasn’t possible.

I heart MacOSXHints.com. I heart TUAW.com. I heart DaringFireball.net. I heart TidBits.com. I heart so many Mac software developers (like Steve Green and Wil Shipley and Randy Green and Brian Skrab and others). I heart watching for news of some new application, though I’m not quite on any review lists yet – it seems like a simpler nut to crack than it was in the world of Windows shareware.

It’s fun again.

To end this with a bit of humor, my live stream chatters (largely Windows and PC enthusiasts) gave me other title suggestions for this post:

  • C:DIE.EXE
  • 50 Reasons Why I Left Bill for Steve
  • Losing My OS Religion
  • Windows Broke My Heart
  • Obama Says It’s Time to Change to the Mac
  • /Volume/chris/switched
  • How to Switch to a Mac
  • The Wow Stops Now
  • Got Mac?
  • Once You Go Mac, You Never Go Back?

And now, I’d like to challenge any Windows enthusiast to publish 50 Reasons to switch from Mac OS X to Microsoft Windows. 😉

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  21. 1.work 2games 3its crappy 4 it sucks 5 macs better(go with the underdog) 6 microsoft sucks 7 viruses 8 its stupid 9 it sucks 10 macs are better 11… oh thats too much

  22. 1.work 2games 3its crappy 4 it sucks 5 macs better(go with the underdog) 6 microsoft sucks 7 viruses 8 its stupid 9 it sucks 10 its crapptimes2 11 vista sucks 12. oh… to manny!!

  23. And what a read that ones! *whipes head* I so wish I had a Mac right now. Perhaps I should convince my parent to get me one for my 18th. You never know, right?

    All in all, that is one heck of a list there; I seriously doubt that ANYONE can come up with 50 reasons to switch to Windows.

  24. What do I think?

    I think many of the features named already exist on GNU/Linux, Ubuntu being the popular example. Many things you cite as great about Apple software in fact comes from the Free Software community (whose main OS is in fact GNU/Linux). Mac OS X is neither open nor Free and Apple must be among the closes companies ever.

    So all it really comes down to is charm and utter convenience. Apple is for people whose value systems put those two things at the top of all they stand for, I suppose.

    But if you want true freedom, power at your fingertips and the real “just works” kind of convenience it will increasingly be available in Freedomware like GNU/Linux more than anywhere else – because the code is out there, so embedding, adapting, keeping secure – it’s all easier.

    But don’t take my word for it. Just keep your eyes open. There’s more to home computing world than Windows and Mac, sorry.

  25. Great list Chris!

    When we chatted last week (still editing, it should be up soon), lots of these points were mentioned but it’s great to see the list in one nice concise space. Anyone who still rebuffs Macs based on pre-OS X/Intel logic should really look at this, because you hit the nail right on the head.

    So much great software is available and is becoming available that I get friends saying things to me like, “man, I wish that was available for Windows;” even three years ago that wouldn’t have happened.

    I also think you are right that we are reaching a tipping point — when so many of my friends, who just a few months ago were deriding me for switching, are now looking getting a MacBook or MacBook Pro (or Mac Pro), I can just feel it.

    We just need a good Exchange alternative that doesn’t require Fusion (and I LOOOVE VMWare — I can install a Virtual Machine of XP SP2 within VMWare on my MacBook that is a C2D 2.16 w/2 GB of RAM significantly faster than I can on my Pentium 4 3.06 desktop — granted that desktop is getting on in years, but the fact that I can get XP installed and up in a virtual machine in about 15 minutes from start to finish, whereas it takes about 35 on the desktop, is pretty amazing)!

  26. Thanks for the tips Chris. I am looking to buy a mac mostly because I have played around with a few friend’s machines and after seeing all the free cool software links you have given out, I am sold! Thanks again.

  27. 1. Seems that the future of Windows development is happening largely for corporate environments and customers. I don’t take issue with this other than being someone who doesn’t live or work inside a corporate environment at home.

    Yes, because Mac is targeted at gamers…… Grow out of your goddamn shell, Windows is for almost everyone. They’re not developing for just corporate environments, because most companies WILL NOT switch to vista because their software isnt Vista compatible.

    2. Excellent power management in OS X. When I close the lid to my MacBook Pro, it falls asleep. When I open the lid to my MacBook Pro, it wakes up. Imagine that! Seems to be the case 99% of the time, and it happens quickly.
    ^has never used a PC laptop, it does the same ****ing thing. That also is a FRACTION of power management features, so he’s ignoring the other parts that both OS’s have.

    3. I’m ready to experience different frustrations. OS X isn’t perfect, certainly – but I already see its noticeably more stable than Windows Vista has been. Kernel Panics at least look prettier than BSODs. 🙂 Seriously, I just find OS X’s update schedule to be more to my liking – instead of waiting for gigantic service packs, I get minor point releases along the way to major revisions to the OS. Bugs are going to happen, but knowing that showstopping / security bugs are likely to be squished quicker gives me amazing peace of mind.

    Windows updates…..apparently he has never heard of them. I have also never had a BSOD in Vista other than from me overclocking.

    4. There’s more interesting, useful, beautiful, and affordable software being developed for OS X. If you still believe that there’s no software for “the Mac,” you’re simply a fool who hasn’t done his or her research.

    There is software, its just the PC has the same goddamn equivalent. And I would take functionality over looks anyday.

    5. VMware Fusion makes it possible to have every operating system at my fingertips (as well as every app that runs on ‘em, FTW). Performance and stability is a reality, not a dream. More importantly, with USB 2.0 support in VMware Fusion, I have near complete compatibility with any external hardware. Parallels is also there, which should keep competition lively.

    Umm…hello? VMWare is on windows too, its not Mac exclusive. And most companies using virtual machines? PC.

    6. I believe that the future of Windows (or any OS software layer) will be experienced in a virtual machine of some sort. People have been dual booting for years – now I can triple-task cross-platform in seconds flat.



    I believe that the future of Mac will be experienced in a virtual machine – then OSX will be worth it – OSX with the cost of a PC.

    7. Not to say that Microsoft or Linux haven’t made great strides in recent years, but… at least Leopard feels like only one team was developing the UI. It’s not quite perfect, but closer to what perfect should be. I’m not a huge fan of iTunes or every other Apple utility – but at least with Leopard, they’re trying to make them look and work the same way.

    Really? What BIG changes were in Leopard? Windows is lacking here, but Linux is the one really taking the strides.

    8. I love the fact that most programs and their associated libraries are self-contained (apps). There’s no stress in installing / uninstalling most programs, and for true cleanup jobs there’s always AppZapper.



    If I was used to it, I wouldnt compain. But its so goddamn confusing because I cant access any of the files under the appications folder, limiting customization.

    9. I’m not a huge fan of the Dock for task management, but Quicksilver has virtually no Windows equivalent (in terms of elegance and scriptability, although it’s still completely overwhelming to me right now). The dock isn’t a shining example of where OS X is “better,” but I do appreciate the context menu options for each of the Dock’s icons for “Open at Login” management.



    Windows – task scheduler. There are also TONS of programs to write macros for keystrokes.

    10. Spotlight is to Windows Desktop Search as a BMW Z4 is to a Ford Pinto (in terms of performance, usability, and UI). No contest. I’m sure some would argue the opposite, but… they’re also probably the extreme developer “but it works if you just learn how to use it right” types. Feh.

    Vista can index your entire drive – makes searching just as fast as OSX.

    11. The Apple community has been infiltrated by enough people who aren’t smug. You’re not better than me just because you run another OS or support another vendor, nor are you any less of a geek. Not every Windows user is a neanderthal, although some of their dated arguments would make them out to be. I think that most consumers are caught up in the idea that you NEED Windows for everything at home. You don’t.

    I am better than you. Get over it. I spend 1/3 of the money on a faster PC, pirate all my software far easier, and am more productive. Me > you.

    12. My iPhone is not going away anytime soon. Would I switch for better compatibility with a communications device? Not necessarily, but if the future of OS X is in the present of the iPhone… they’re going to gain consumer market share at blinding speed. Remember, I wanted to hate this device – after years of being a dyed-in-the-wool Windows Mobile advocate.

    Lack of 3G, blackberry has 3x faster GSM, no tactile keys, slow browser. There are better phones and cheaper ones. iPhone is not revolutionary.

    13. The spyware / malware / virus threat is diminished by an extreme degree. Not to say that one should avoid running protective layers of software or hardware, but… I’m just not as nervous when I try a new app on OS X.

    3 years without any firewall (hardware firewall), no antivirus, no malware scanner. So far, I have NEVER gotten a virus on my PC, and to those I have educated, they have not gotten a virus either.

    14. Many of my friends are considering making the switch as well. This dovetails nicely with my first point. I can tell you that just by showing off the fun features of CamTwist and Colloquy with my live stream, a few of those community members have already purchased MacBooks – or are strongly considering doing so in the not-too-distant future. Interestingly enough, those are two FREE apps that work amazingly better than most overpriced Windows shareware titles.

    Most free software sucks. You bought a Mac to do video editing with iMovie? I didnt think so. Likewise, nobody serious is going to use windows media maker. There is also a free version of software on PC or linux that will get the job done.

    15. Microsoft Windows completely abandoned its power users, period. Where are the Windows Vista “Ultimate” add-ons? Where are the new Power Toys? Why doesn’t Windows Media Player have podcast support yet (despite me telling them to integrate RSS back when WMP9 was in beta, years before podcasting was a buzzword)? I’m not saying that Windows is dead – not by any stretch of the imagination.

    WMP blows. Ultimate addons were going to suck anyway. Dreamscene is not a “poweruser” feature. Give me network monitors, ip sniffers, and the liking and then we can talk. You have no idea what a poweruser is.

    16. Boot Camp, if all else fails.

    You bought a Mac, not a PC. I thought your OS was “sooooo great and better”?

    17. A single SKU of Leopard is both 32-bit and 64-bit compatible. This, alone, is a fantastic reason to embrace the platform. It’s seamless. Why should a consumer have to come to a decision on which code to run – or understand the differences between them in the first place? Remember, I’m to be considered a “home” user.

    Sure, but how many apps are 64bit? There arent enough programs written in 64bit to justify the switch on almost ANY OS. AFAIC, only video editors, and animators should really be using 64bit.

    18. Time Machine. Wow. Can it really be this simple? “Simply select your AirPort Disk as the backup disk for each computer and the whole family can enjoy the benefits of Time Machine.” Do you understand what that means? And no, Windows Volume Shadow Copy is not the SAME thing.

    Windows does have a full fledged backup utility.

    19. Leopard’s Finder will allegedly search networked computers seamlessly, as well as allow you to access those results remotely (through a paid .Mac account, which would totally be worth purchasing at that point).

    I can too. Not remotely, but 3rd party software is ALWAYS better for that.

    20. Java app performance is decent on OS X, and the same code looks infinitely better when it’s not running on Windows. In fact, most third-party apps are very well designed so as to integrate seamlessly with the entire OS. That’s beyond refreshing.

    Java + IE = sucks. Use firefox to justify anything. Java APPLICATIONS run seamless for me.

  28. Holy crap!

    If i had any money I’d run down to the Apple Store and buy a Mac right now!

    Chris, this is a wonderful post. I do follow Apple through your show and through TWiT’s Macbreak Weekly, however I rarely use a Mac and do not own one. My next computer WILL be a Mac, but I have this HP Pavilion Laptop dual-booting XP SP3 and Vista which runs very well. Until it is completely dead in the water, I won’t make the switch, because I don’t have problems in Vista or XP with the apps I use. Also, if I wasn’t in college and had the extra 1000 bucks laying around, hey I’d buy it.

    Laaabaseball

  29. linux is the best and its free and its updated like every 6 months, mac cost too much and the imacs are not even upgradeable and they suck on games, and windows is not too bad has terrible security

  30. This is a great list
    I to am switching to Mac. probly in March at the latest after I save enough money. It’ll be my first Mac OS experiance and I am quite exited. I decided to go with an affordable 20 inch iMac which I think is good to start with.
    Thanks for giving me a more reasonable arguement to my parents to let me get one 😉

  31. I ike the 50 reasons, however am not really a Mac fan, still not my choice after watching your stream, and watching you play on your Mac Pro, but I say stick with what you like. It’s you choice. I personaly dont have any problems with Microsoft Vista, when Vista came out I went with the upgrade option on my computer, which vista runs fine on the system, but my computer was getting alittle outdated, so I decided to go out and buy a new PC preloaded with Vista. I have no problems.

    Keep up the great work Chris.
    -Scott

  32. “50 Reasons Why I Left Bill for Steve”

    Well, Steve for Steve, now. People should train themselves to recognize that 2ist Century MSFT is not the same company as 1990’s MSFT.

  33. I’ve been a Mac user for over a year now and OS X is the best operating system I’ve ever used. Not only do I not have to worry about viruses as much, but my Mac stays just as fast as when I first got it.

  34. List applause & adjustment time! 1) ’nuff said. 4) (& 27) Don’t forget all the developers still perfecting the html browser- iCab, Camino, OmniWeb, Shiira, among others. 9) Quicksilver in the Top ten–correct for ten points. 42) Preview: Top ten experience masquerading as #42. Area 51: Apple’s open source/open protocol support (browser engine, chat, video, music, printer drivers, zeroconfigIP, portable documents). Macintosh loves you for your money. Windows (& Linux) love you for your time.

  35. Quicksilver is nice, but take a look at LaunchBar. It doesn’t throw in the kitchen sink, but you get what you pay for. And in LaunchBar’s case that’s speed and stability.

  36. AMAZING! That list is absolutely awesome! So many more points than i could have come up with, mostly (and sadly) because I’m still on Windows. My next computer will DEFINITELY be a Mac. Using them at school and other places, and being a console gamer also, i have learned to love the Mac OS X. Hope Big Mac brings nothing but fun and power for ya.

  37. I heard at mac rumors.com that they are going to discontinue the “Mac Mini” And Make a Computer called the “Mac Nano” the Machine is supposed to Be as thin as apple tv Good Reasoons though!

  38. Great read, and I thought most of the points spot on. I must admit, not only am I drooling from the beefiness of “Big Mac”, your postings and videos have me looking at Mac’s in a new light. Gratz on a great machine.

  39. I was with you until you got to price. OS value is better with OS X, no question. But for users who really could use less in the hardware power dept, Macs do not hold a candle to a cheap $700 pc. Using a gaming rig is a rather flawed comparison.

    Having said this, I will give you the OS argument as indeed, OS X is vastly better than Vista; I own both.

    So here is the unresolved issue and to date, unresolved issue.

    Joe User goes to buy notebook. Wants something secure that offers basic functionality as like most people, he is not a power user or gamer. Wanting security, he opts for a Mac. But because of undeniable cost out the door, Joe is left with the very poor performing mini.

    Later Joe learns that if he is willing to tolerate Vista, he could have had a basic notebook for the same money. Not so with a Mac however. Again, for most people, cost is a stronger consideration over value; as odd as that may seem.

    This is largely why my wife uses her imac and I get to save both Vista frustration and yet another cost of new hardware with a second Mac. Linux has saved me time, helped me gain new employment and of course, allowed me to use perfectly good pc hardware that was new just 2 years ago.

    For power users with specialized needs, people like my wife that value her mac as an artist, I say go for it – it’s a great computer. But for the love of Pete, consider the cost argument a little more. Value, no argument. Cost out the door, just use the calculator.

    And no, the software falls under a great value, not cost. 😉

  40. OK, so I bought an iMac and pretty much hate it and I’ve really worked hard to like it. My biggest issues are I can’t import my custom set up folders into iPhoto without it sticking 7,000 photos into one library that’s unorganized (and no I can’t sort by date because I’ve got scans of photos in directories from 1960-2000 but the scan date on the file is 2003), and it ticks me off that when I am in a file/open dialog box I can’t do things like rename or delete a file like I can in Windows. Leopard also loses connectivity with my network drive regularly and I just have to click connect and it re-connects, but why does it lose the connection to begin with? It’s just frustrating. Any answers?

  41. This guide is pretty helpful, i really wish i could have read this years ago, i too had tried to skin my windows box to look like os x, but it just wasn’t the same, the unix core makes the OS work so much better, its not just the look like some people think.

  42. I feel that Microsoft’s major problem is the lack of personal service. They just seem like another Walmart. Vista didn’t help very much, either.

  43. with all those points i want to buy a mac. i hope i can go to my nearest mac store just to try out a mc the way you say.

  44. I love the reasons I have been with the mac for the past. I switched to full time mac 3 years ago now that you have made the switch and given 50 reasons for making the switch is even better. Good luck with the Mac Pro there will be some issues. I can’t even become full time mac I have Windows running under Boot Camp on my mac though I mainly use the Mac OS. Good luck Chris and thanks.

  45. I see what your saying Chris but i dont think i would switch over completly like what you recently done, because i have purchased many apps for windows and all of those would almost be useless if i moved to Mac OS X.Im not saying i dont want to, but if i ever did switch to Mac OS, then i would definetly have a windows Vista PC to use all my old apps with untill they become out of date, then i would make the transfer to OS X.

  46. Hats off to you for putting together such a detailed list of reasons. Each and every reason is solid and detailed! I’m now considering switching to a Mac…

    Thanks Chris for helping thousands of people with their tech questions!!!

  47. I currently use a PC, I would just love to get a iMac, in fact I want to buy the 2.8Ghz one – Top of the range! Wooooooo! But I suppose were not all millionaires..haha. And in my opinion all operating systems are rubbish, well they both have there good and bad points – but I must say before i go, I love the dock menu!

    Many Thanks,
    Sirton

  48. Hello Chris, i have seen a few of your videos on you-tube, but i have only recently visited your site since your purchase of your recent Mac. Here are a few reasons why people should switch from P.C to Mac. #1 When you buy a Mac its made buy Apple, almost all p.c computers are made buy hardware assemblers using 3rd party parts from china. #2 Viruses, i have never once used anti virus software on my Mac, and i have never had a problem. #3 Quality, it just looks like Apple put there heart and soul into developing a computer that everyone will enjoy when using. #4 I have had my Mac for 3 years now and its still just as fast as the day i bought it, and i have never had to formate my Mac. I formatted my p.c. 3 times the first year i had it. There are hundreds of more reasons why you should switch, but im getting bored typing…..

  49. For those wishing they had the money for a Mac. You can buy pre-owned. You don’t always need the latest greatest Mac. I’ve been using them since 1986 and still have a few older ones doing some real work running OS X. If you plan to run Windows on it be sure to stick with an Intel processor. Also max out the memory and you’ll do fine. This company also takes trade-ins so if you decide to upgrade later you’ll get a discount.

    http://www.powermax.com/preowned_macs

  50. Hey, Chris, could you clarify the FTW in #5– one of the possibilities listed by AF is: Forget The World (polite form)

  51. For some people Windows works just fine for them, then again some people do a more responsive system and better software so they go with a Mac. I don’t think I could come up with 50 reasons to switch from Mac to windows computer. Very good list though. I am actually considering switchin, after some of the points you made in the list.

  52. What is this obsession of Mac users to tell people to switch?
    Are they feeling lonely? Do they think that if people switch they’ll better commercial software support? Why can’ they just be happy with what they have?

    I refuse to get an apple due to it’s closed hardware configuration.

    I’ve had a mac and frankly OS X did nothing for me. I rather use Linux and XP… Yes, tha’ts right, I CHOOSE NOT TO USE VISTA! And you know what? It’s OK because XP will remain compatible for many years to come… How many of you can still find everything you need in OS X 10.3? because when I had it, half the software became obsolete and I was unable to update it because it wouldn’t run without OS 10.4 or higher. At least with windows and Linux I’m not forced to buy a service packs.

  53. Great list of reason, people will definitely take your list into serious consideration on wether or not to buy a Mac. I recently got a macbook and i’ve got to say that it is AWSOME!!!! I got it for Christmas because my parents seen your vids on Mac’s and they knew I wanted a laptop and I wake up and OMG A MACBOOK!! Thanks Chris! Hope the switch to Big Mac has been alright.

  54. –“Simply select your AirPort Disk as the backup disk for each computer and the whole family can enjoy the benefits of Time Machine.” Do you understand what that means?–

    This would be great if it worked, but actually reports after Mac OS X 10.5.2 are saying that Airport Disks are still not available to Time Machine as backup sources. (“Time Capsule” disks will be, of course…)

    Which is not to say that wireless, always-on backup isn’t the bee’s knees. I’m backing up my MacBook Pro to a disk connected to my desktop, and it works great.

  55. For me personally I was not much of a windows fan myself even though I had to use it for the couple of years over here. Besides that Personally even though my first computer was an Apple ][e way back in the early 80’s. For me a computer is just a tool to use. We all keep on hearing whos better than who wars of OS. I don’t mind using windows for certain work related things that I need to do at the office as a local tech support. But perferrably I like the unix and the linux operating systems. It is something that I have grown more fond of since I had worked in the early DOS like 3.3 for the PC based machines. Or the DOS for the Apple ][e for the mac. So for me even the operating system is just another tool to use with th hardware itself. Coming from as far back as I go in computers. Linux base like ubuntu or a unix base varient like Sun Solaris 10 express edition. is better off than windows or OSX. Since you can use that on either the PPC, X86/64 or even on a sparc systems.

    Karl

  56. Nice list! I discovered you while researching if I should get a Vista laptop for college. After seeing what can done with a Mac on your stream and playing with an Apple Store’s MacBook Pro, I’m convinced. This list seals the deal: I’m switching to Mac.

  57. Chris, it was an amazing thing seeing you get order the mac pre live, but it was WAY more exciting to see you unbox her and boot her up. I couldn’t agree more with the list. I am running OSX as well and the list had all the reasons (and more) why I made the switch. I couldn’t agree more on windows going no where and Windows users need apple software more then we need Miccrosoft. I mean look at how many people using safari and itunes. Great work Chris

  58. @libervisco: “But if you want true freedom, power at your fingertips and the real “just works” kind of convenience it will increasingly be available in Freedomware like GNU/Linux more than anywhere else – because the code is out there, so embedding, adapting, keeping secure – it’s all easier.”

    GNU is akin to communism, claims for equality but crushes freedom. Remember that GPL is a licence and to quote the OED: “grant a license to (someone or something) to permit the use of something or to allow an activity to take place”. A licence restricts freedom, it doesn’t protect it, all the GPL does is allows you to do things other licences don’t and prevents you from doing things other licences do. All this is irrelevant of course as 99.9% of computers couldn’t care less.

    @spydr101: As I’ve got nothing else better to do at the moment (I’m procrastinating from other things) I thought I’d take the time to take you to task. Even though you’re not going to pay attention to any of my points and simply come back with poor reasoning and a “MACs SUXORZZZ!!!111!!!1!” attitude I find responding to people like you quite entertaining… what can I say it’s a guilty pleasure… anyway:

    1. “Yes, because Mac is targeted at gamers…… Grow out of your goddamn shell, Windows is for almost everyone. They’re not developing for just corporate environments, because most companies WILL NOT switch to vista because their software isnt Vista compatible.”

    Yes, Windows is for almost everyone. Ever heard the phrase “jack of all trades, master of none”? That essentially sums up Windows. You are right that they are not developing just for corporate environments, but it would help them in the long run to do this. Corporate environments have completely different needs to consumers. You can’t have one OS for both sets of people and please both sets. In fact you’d be hard pressed to satisfy one.

    2. “^has never used a PC laptop, it does the same ****ing thing. That also is a FRACTION of power management features, so he’s ignoring the other parts that both OS’s have.”

    With Vista they are finally getting this right. The Mac has been doing this since the PowerBook G4 in 2001, possibly sooner.

    3. “Windows updates…..apparently he has never heard of them. I have also never had a BSOD in Vista other than from me overclocking.”

    Windows updates rarely bring big changes to the system. This just fix minor bugs. These updates are then grouped together in a service pack along with much bigger updates and a few new features. On OS X you get updates every 1-2 months (with security updates in between) that add new features, improve current features and round up all the previous bug fixes.

    4. “There is software, its just the PC has the same goddamn equivalent. And I would take functionality over looks anyday.”

    This is why you don’t get the Mac. An application that does 100 things badly isn’t a better application that one that does 20 things really well. Thinking that more features = better is akin to thinking higher clock speed = better with processors.

    5. “Umm…hello? VMWare is on windows too, its not Mac exclusive. And most companies using virtual machines? PC.”

    You can run Windows in a VM, you can’t run OS X (at least not the client) on a non Apple machine. The point is that you can have your cake and eat it on a Mac by running Windows in a VM

    6. “I believe that the future of Mac will be experienced in a virtual machine – then OSX will be worth it – OSX with the cost of a PC.”

    I think your point is: “OS X with the cost of some cheap PC that isn’t a match for a Mac”. Again, don’t equate features with functionality, the former is what it does and the latter is how well it does it and that is the more important of the two to most people

    7. “Really? What BIG changes were in Leopard? Windows is lacking here, but Linux is the one really taking the strides.”

    Time Machine, Core Animation, full 64 bit support that is seamless to the user, Spaces, iChat Theatre. All Linux is doing is saying, “oh, MS and Apple are doing this, let’s do something similar that shows how good our technology is”. All it results in is something that’s great as a demo but useless in actual use. There’s a reason why it’s OS X that’s gaining the lions share of market share from switchers, it’s that Apple realises that 99% of people don’t give a crap about technology and just want something that works. The fact that they have good technology under the hood is just a bonus (and great for developers like myself).

    8. “If I was used to it, I wouldnt compain. But its so goddamn confusing because I cant access any of the files under the appications folder, limiting customization.”

    A. Confusing isn’t what you’re looking for. You want “frustrating”, “annoying” or something along those lines. There is nothing confusing about it, but it may piss you off if you don’t know what you are doing

    B. Bundles are just folders that act like files. Right click and choose “view package contents” and you have your application files.

    9. Don’t use quicksilver so I can’t comment

    10. “Vista can index your entire drive – makes searching just as fast as OSX.”

    Another example of your not getting features vs functionality. Lots of people like to compare features because it’s easy, it’s a binary decision if something has a feature or not. How well it does that feature isn’t binary so harder to compare. Just because Vista can index your HD doesn’t make it better.

    11. “I am better than you. Get over it. I spend 1/3 of the money on a faster PC, pirate all my software far easier, and am more productive. Me > you.”

    1. You can’t spend a 3rd of the money on a faster PC. Take for example the base model iMac. It costs $1199 which gives you about $400 to play with. The processor alone is $260 from newegg which gives you $140 to get a motherboard, case, graphics card, ram, keyboard, mouse, OS, software, ethernet, webcam, wireless card, dvd burner and of course a 20″ monitor. If you can get me all that for $140 while making it better than the iMac then you deserve a medal.
    2. Does it make you feel big to pirate software? To most people it makes you seem like a pretentious prick with no respect for property. Do you have a job? May I have whatever you produce for free? Didn’t think so.
    3. If you’re spending your time looking for warez and porn then how are you being more productive than anyone?
    4. The only thing in your post I agree with. I am greater than thou .

    12. “Lack of 3G, blackberry has 3x faster GSM, no tactile keys, slow browser. There are better phones and cheaper ones. iPhone is not revolutionary.”

    You do realise 3G isn’t much faster than EDGE. The tactile keys are 50/50. Tactile feedback is better but you are limited to just those keys. The browser isn’t slow, it’s just loading the real internet, not some crappy version.

    13. “3 years without any firewall (hardware firewall), no antivirus, no malware scanner. So far, I have NEVER gotten a virus on my PC, and to those I have educated, they have not gotten a virus either.”

    Well aren’t you something special. I have two house mates who get viruses on their computers regularly and one who doesn’t get them regularly. If a system is secure then all you have left is social engineering. If you want security use Linux, OS X or Vista and some common sense.

    14. “Most free software sucks. You bought a Mac to do video editing with iMovie? I didnt think so. Likewise, nobody serious is going to use windows media maker. There is also a free version of software on PC or linux that will get the job done.”

    Wow, you’ve gone from “free software sucks” to “free software is better than paid software” in one paragraph. Is your argument more “That’s Mac software so it must suck, PCs rule so their free software is better, even though I’ve never used the Mac software he’s talking about”. And he may not have bought a Mac to use iMovie, but that doesn’t make it useless. Some people do buy Macs because of iMovie. For some people iMovie is more than enough.

    15. “WMP blows. Ultimate addons were going to suck anyway. Dreamscene is not a “poweruser” feature. Give me network monitors, ip sniffers, and the liking and then we can talk. You have no idea what a poweruser is.”

    Poweruser means different things to different people. I couldn’t care less about network monitors and ip sniffers, but I do care about developer tools.

    16. “You bought a Mac, not a PC. I thought your OS was “sooooo great and better”?”

    OS choice is a subjective thing. The point was that if you find you don’t actually like OS X you can still use your machine as Windows machine.

    17. “Sure, but how many apps are 64bit? There arent enough programs written in 64bit to justify the switch on almost ANY OS. AFAIC, only video editors, and animators should really be using 64bit.”

    On OS X I believe it’s pretty much just Xcode. But the fact is that there is no switch. A user never needs to know if they are running a 32 bit or 64 bit version, the OS chooses whatever the best that will run and falls back to others if it doesn’t exist. This is why I can release one version of my application and it will run whether someone is using a PowerPC or Intel Mac.

    18. “Windows does have a full fledged backup utility.”

    See #10

    19. “I can too. Not remotely, but 3rd party software is ALWAYS better for that.”

    Then you can’t do it too can you? And have you actually used the feature in question on a Mac to be able to say 3rd party software is always better or is it just something to write because you have no more valid arguments?

    20. “Java + IE = sucks. Use firefox to justify anything. Java APPLICATIONS run seamless for me.”

    The point was that Java runs well and that almost all 3rd party apps (usually non Java apps) are better designed than your average Windows app. Saying that “Java + IE = sucks” is just a counter-argument to something that was never an argument

  59. I think mac is best i dont own a mac 🙁 i wish i had a mac 🙁 i cant think of 50 reasons right of the top o’ my hed but there there 😉

  60. well i dont think i can come up with 20 but i think mac is better for students or people who are going on the art major or career. Im not saying that people who arent digital artists shouldnt get one but macs are better for art than a PC is. This list is amazing especially the future of windows part ( number 1 lol)

  61. Wow, Chris uve really inspired me into the mac world! I thought its was a piece of crud until you went over it. Now the mac world is soo different and much better! Thanks, ill look into getting some macs!

    -DJCool

  62. This is an awesome top 50 list. Right now I’m on a macbook running Leopard, and let me tell you this Operating system is amazing! Not to mention the hardware on the macbook is really great too.

  63. chris great video! i do not use a mac but i sure would like to. If you ask me windows interface is rather clucky and kinda jumbed all togeather. I would have to agree with ponzi when she described the gui as “gooey” it looks so arttistic great post ~afro

  64. I can see use for about 30 of these reasons for me personally. I’ve been thinking about going to Leopard for a while, but this really pushed me to it. This list is really in depth, and usful for both advanced and casual users.

  65. Great well thought out entry took a lot of care into it. Plus its great to see such a hardcore windows user switch over.

  66. Nice list! I just switched to to a mac and love it. I agree with most if not all of them. Except for #19. I can’t get my mac to detect any PCs on my network. They all have network sharing on and everything. Argh! Congrats on the mac pro btw.

  67. hi guys,

    I used windows for decades and then in march i was in the market for a new laptop. i’m a little embarrassed to admit this but I saw the mac vs. pc commercials and my interest was piqued. I honestly had no idea to buy a mac until those commercials came on. that was very effective advertising. I went into the apple store and talked to someone, and the macbook had everything i wanted and was actually $400 cheaper than a similarly outfitted dell laptop. dell wasn’t giving a student discount, that’s for sure. I bought it right then and there. I am very happy with the mac osx experience and am very happy i switched. I honestly could not see myself going back to windows. i think that i might be a mac fangirl for life. that’s my two cents.

    Siamese27

  68. I agreee, mac OS X is so much more intuitive than Windows. Being a PC and Windows Fanboy for sometime now, i find that going back a couple of years, that ive always wanted a mac! I was jealous of macs really and i pointed out there flaws and none of the good stuff! So i purchased a used IBM PC from around 2005. it had 2 GB ram, 250 gig hd, 2.8 p4 ht but it wwas still slow! So i returned it and finally had the chance to get an iMac! Since i am such an loyal apple fan, i didnt care that the first imac I got WAS BROKEN! the optical drive prevented the OS from booting! A blank DVD got stuck and i couldnt

  69. I want to get a mac laptop but I just don’t have the kind of money for one. But I would never just get a mac and stop using window. I would just have both b/c I like how window works over mac. But I really like some of the thing a mac has that windows doesn’t.

  70. Not only this great for people who wish to switch from WIndows to Mac OS X, but also as proof for Mac preachers to show their Vista counterpart what makes a Mac. Chris, send this to Apple or Job’s email!

  71. I believe that OSX is a lot better than Windows. I believe you are right on with the 50 reasons. The one reason I really like is the FTP server stuff. With Windows you have to enable it and it is not very friendly.

  72. WoW. Thats a great top 50. I would like to get myself a Mac as well. The fact that you don’t havw to defrag macs is also very nice. Good Work chris

  73. great post! after reading this im actualy considering looking into a mac. crazy to think id ever do that but after seeing you go out and get that mac pro im considering it.

  74. Remote Desktop is painfully expensive and mostly unnecessary. For your LAN, Leopard’s Screen Sharing is great, and for remote Macs or non-Leopard Macs, just get the free Chicken of the VNC.

    51. You can find all Mac software in one easy place: versiontracker.com. No need to try a dozen different download sites to find what you need.

    Great list, Chris, and congrats. It’s about time. :^)

  75. Great blog post Chris!

    I have been a Windows user for a long time and since watching you and you set up your Mac Pro, I really want a Mac now. Maybe in the near future I can make the switch from Windows to Mac. Thanks..

    Keja! =D

  76. Hey Chris
    This has to be one of ur best blogs. I totally agree with all 50 reasons. I moved to OSX a year ago and i will never leave OSX. Welcome to the club.

  77. 51. No activation
    52. No Windows Genuine Advantage TM
    53. System disc not copy protected, no CD code (convenient for legitimate users, not just pirates)
    53. Firewire Target Hard Drive
    54. Glowing keyboard (MBP and Macbook Air)
    55. Comic Life included w/new Macs
    56. WireTap Pro freeware
    57. System dictionary / thesaurus / Wikipedia content
    58. Unix command line
    59. Keynote presentation program ($79 as part of iWork suite)
    60. Magsafe power adaptor

  78. Nice list chris. I have also recently made the switch and I am really enjoying and I encourage others to do so also.

  79. Great reasons to switch to a mac

    i could never leave windows 100% myself because im so used to it

    id like to read a 50 reasons for switching or staying on windows

    Have fun with your 16 gigs of ram and your “Octicore” processor

    -Rat_Dot_Exe

  80. Nice blog Chris… I have pretty much made up my mind to switch to mac as soon as I can afford it. You are a major instrument in my decision too. Keep up the great work and taking calls.

  81. I am switching because windows seems so easy to mess up. I have an hp and when i remove there oem stuff it screws with my whole computer with error messages with windows installer. Also I got my first two bluescreens lately

  82. Thats it! Thanks to you, i’m OFFICIALLY switching to the Mac. If i need Windows again ill just dual boot. Thanks for helping me see the light!

  83. I’m all for windows, I’ve been using it since i was a kid.
    Also, most games come out for windows with Dx10.
    And you can upgrade your computer but you can’t on a mac sadly.

  84. I’m going to stick with Windows, thank you.

    I’ve been playing with computers for longer than most of you have been born I’m sure. I’ve done programming on TRS-80’s of all sorts of models (I through XVI) and various TRS/DOS and and even Xenix. I’ve done IBM XT’s, and some of the near (and now so near) compatibles like the Tandy 2000, the Monroe 2000 (spitting cousins those two) and the Victor 9000. I’ve gone through the beige box phase as well. I’ve gone through so many different network interfaces, I’m sure I can’t remember them.

    I’ve gone through all sorts of verstions of TRS/DOS, MS-DOS, NW-DOS, CP/M, Xenix, Unix, and Windows, dabbled in Linux.

    The trouble is, while it’s a nice purdy little operating system, there is a cost associated with it. You HAVE to run their hardware (OK, maybe a Hackintosh can be made to run OSX, but then, is that exactly legal, even if you purchase a copy of OSX?). It’s only taken them how many architecture changes before they finally decided to be remotely close to what the rest of the world has been running for ages.

    I’m not running any Apple software now, and see no need for me to be running any now. The iPhone (and the various iPods) is pretty much just a toy to me, and I have no interest. Yeah, I may be locked into Microsoft, but jumping ship to Apple just means I’m locked into somebody different. And if I really get tired of MS, I can switch to some distro of Linux without having to upend all of my current hardware choices.

    For every point to move to Apple, there’s one to stay with MS.

    My step-son made the switch. He’s still learning, asking me stuff I don’t have a clue about. He’s also still keeping his Windows laptop, because there is software that he still needs to run. I don’t know for sure, but I believe his MacBook isn’t Intel.

  85. #! I am using my Dell Laitidute running Vista to post this
    #2 I am listing to podcast using my Dell Laitidute running Vista right now as I tytpe
    #3 I have my IM app on my Dell Laitidute running Vista right now as I tytpe
    #4 I am running no Anit Virus or Malware apps om my Dell Laitidute running Vista right now as I tytpe
    #5 I plug in my Canon camera via USB on Vista and by golly it import photos
    #6 I type something in my vista search and oh my gosh it brings up results right away
    #7 Wow I can actually burn DVD using Vista…
    #8 Wow I can download tons of software for sourceforge.net and it works on Vista
    #9 Wow Vista has yet to crash or BSOD since I am typing this
    #11 Wow using Vmware or Virtual PC I can virtualize, DOS, Winodws 9x, Windows XP, Vista, and Linux distro… Apple where is my virtual love for OS X?
    #10 Get over it , stop with the Vista hate or XP hate or Linux hate, this is just awefull how people are trying to make Vista into something it is not.

    It sounds to me that if you are hapy with a Mac good for you, but there is nothing wrong with Vista or XP or Linux. At the end of the day they just work just like a Mac.

    If you really like to DOC for the mac get it for Vista rocketdock.com, written by some mac fans..

    No I will fire up Company of Heroes without the need for VMWARE / Pararells or BootCamp….

    And by the way I do not drink the TWIT kool aid, I make my own descisions…

    Peace

  86. Chris haha~ you bad 😉 I guess that must be a hard decision… since you’re using Windows for years.

    Anyway; just my opinion, personally still I’d say that it’s unfair to direct-compare Apple computer with Windows PC, even the output from both system is nearly perfect, but it’s truly unfair.

    The vision between Apple and Microsoft is different; one [Apple] is control the entire ecosystem and the other [Microsoft] is a software house, a hardware supplier. Technically they are different…

  87. Excellent list, Chris!
    Thanks for being clearheaded about it. Windows sufferers get a bit edgy about the “Mac thing”. Mac OS X and Macs are certainly not perfect.

    What’s with the Linux Desktop fixation? Linux servers I get. How much usable software is available for it? Oh yeah, Macs can run Linux, too, and have for years…

    I suppose you could mention Apple”s Human interface Guidelines as THE reason Mac applications all look and work about the same… similar menu structure, similar keyboard commands, etc.. Switching between apps and picking your way through an unfamiliar application becomes quite simple. You’re not afraid to try new apps or fear getting lost in them.

    Mac PowerBook/MacBook power management has worked the same… Open lid, awake – Close lid, sleep… since around the mid 90’s. Actually Apple desktops have had sleep since then, too.

  88. This is a great list. I fully agree. I was a Windows user all my life. I had always wanted to try out a Mac but was worried about compatibility issues with the old PowerPPC Macs. What really swayed me was the switch to Intel, OS X and being able to go into an Apple Store and play around with them. So last Christmas I purchased my first Mac, a MacBook C2D, 1GB RAM, 80GB HDD. I thought about installing Windows on their but after using Tiger for a bit I really had no reason to go back. I used it on the road all the time. However, I am one of those people who likes a desktop computer as my main computer and then a laptop just for traveling or when I want to move around the house, so I was still using a Windows PC as my main machine.

    A lot of my time was spent keeping everything up-to-date on my Windows machine that I found myself using the MacBook more. I tried out Ubuntu. People say it is much easier and user-friendly now. That maybe true, but in my opinion it still has a long way to go. If you have got time to maintain and tweak your computer then go for it. I don’t I just want to check my e-mail, surf the web, listen to music or whatever then be on my way. Mac does that. Which is why this Christmas I bit the bullet and purchased a 20″ iMac and now I am a full-time Mac user. It is just personal preference and as a student I do not have any compatibility issues as I don’t have to use Exchange or anything. There are a couple of programs I do miss such as Exact Audio Copy and foobar2000. If anyone knows any Mac equivalents then that would be great. I am a bit anal about ripping and tagging my music 😛

  89. Like you I have also recently switched to the Mac after over a decade of windows. I kept shying away from the Mac due to cost and the G4-G5 just not comparable to Intel. I bought a mac-mini when they first came out and ended up selling it due to how slow it was (G4). I know own a MacBook 2.16 intel and really love it. I also agree that the MacBook ran Vista better than your typical windows pc as I duel booted with Bootcamp for a while. I also have a HP Pavilion dv9650us laptop that I hardly use anymore. It is new with Vista home premium and I just use the Mac for everything now. I think it is time to sell the HP. I could use the money to get either another Mac-mini or maybe just go with an iMac.

  90. I don’t understand this blind ‘competition is good’ thing. Sure there are situations where it can benefit end users, but Silverlight and Flash? It’s just yet another proprietary standard whose purpose is to help its owner to dominate some aspect of our internet experience. Yet another crappy plug-in we have to install. Real competition would be something based on open standards like the internet is supposed to be. Something anyone could develop an interface for, including browser vendors.

    Flash was originally developed to make animations in a small, efficient package that could be downloaded over a slow connection. Now it is nothing more than a vehicle for Adobe’s efforts to own media distribution on the web.

  91. It seems to be the perfect time to switch to a Mac. I am a big fan of UNIX and UNIX-like Operating Systems, and the recent Leopard release has made Vista look worse than ever before! And with Virtualization software like VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop for Mac, some people may wondering why should they still use a PC.

    Anyway, I have to agree with most of your reasons. But let’s see if you can come up with 50 reasons to switch from Mac ==> Windows or Mac ==> Linux or Windows ==> Linux? That would be an awesome post…

    Love the show!

  92. Remember when you compare two different Oss – it will always be one sided – It is like Ford Vs Chevy no one really wins. I have always had both operating systems in my life – from my first Mac with OS 7 and my first Windows PC with Windows for Workgroups 3.11. Both are different and both are the same.

    I enjoyed your list and many of them make a good point. Several users refer to Mac iLife 08, but I can say that iLife is an outstanding product from Apple as a hole; however, I can’t stand the new iMove. Too much of a change for me, iWork 08 is a good first attempt. Not as good as MS Office, but a good first attempt – I find that Pages, is a good notepad replacement not a full replacement for a word processor – such as MS Word or even OpenOffice (NeoOffice).

    Thanks again for giving us a voice and keep up the good work…

  93. As soon as i van afford to go out and do it, i will be switching for sure, i cant stand windows any more!

  94. Chris,

    You mentioned that you do not like the new Microsoft Office 2008. I was wondering why and what are you using as an alternative.

  95. Agree with everything you’ve said Chris, and coincidentally I made the switch myself mid-last year, after nearly 2 decades of being an IT professional and administering networks of assorted flavours and holding certifications in a variety. I found using an iMac to be the most enjoyable time I’ve had with a computer in one heck of a long time. All the solidness of a *nix OS, but with support for Photoshop and Painter and a host of other core tools. And with Fusion I’m finding my XP VM runs everything I need a Windows machine for. Add in some drive mappings internally, and I’m using Total Commander to manage files on Firewire external disks hanging off the Mac (if only there were a Total commander for OSX – muCommander is getting there slowly!).

    So when are you starting a Mac newsletter up Chris?

  96. Chris, you are wise beyond your years, and more energy than I’ll ever have. Continued success.

    My #51 would be system level spell check. Using the same spell checker in this web form as I do in all my other applications provides a consistent interface and one time training. OS X provides a variety of system services that provide rich functionality to developers. Why should each developer have to build/buy a spell checker and why should each user have to train more than one spell checker?

    And to spydr101 and Martin Pilkington, you both get an A for effort, but I have no idea what either one of you are trying to say. I can’t even tell which side of the argument you are on.

  97. Windows shortcomings are because they’re still trying to satisfy the users that want to buy a $200 PC and fly to Mars with it. All the pundits moan and groan about Windows not doing things that other pundits/users previously complained about MS trying to control everything. The BIG difference between MS Windows and anything Apple – (it’s been said a gazillion times) MS supports really OLD hardware and software that they didn’t even sell, let alone build. Apple doesn’t even support their own middle-aged software/hardware. If you want something new, you gotta buy a new machine to run it. Now, when MS decides to even approach something like that, with Vista, the whole world whines – eeyew, Vista doesn’t work on my old ‘486 with 512KB ram on my 200MB hard drive.

    Duh – realllyyy?

    Any comparison of Apple products with anything else is really just comparing –

    wait for it:

    Apples & Oranges.

    (sorry ’bout that, I just had to 😉

  98. @ Bryan Price: If your stepson’s computer model is “MacBook” or “MacBook Pro,” then it has an Intel processor. If it’s called “iBook” or PowerBook”, it does not. When the machine is running, you can also click the blue Apple menu on the top left corner of the screen and then click “About this Mac” and it’ll tell you the version of the OS, RAM amount and what kind of processor it has. If it’s an Intel Mac, and he’s running Mac OS X 10.5.x, then Boot Camp is preloaded so he can create a partition for Windows to run. Otherwise, he can buy VMWare Fusion or Parallels Desktop to run Windows concurrently with Mac OS X.

    @ Chris Pirillo: Great list. As far as Exchange alternatives, how about Zimbra? It runs natively in OS X and Linux.

  99. I started using PCs in 1983, Macs in 1987. I’ve worked for IBM, Compaq, and Fujitsu. I use WinXP and MacOS X everyday at work, and at home I use CoRD on MacOS X to control a Dell PowerEDGE in the basement running Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Edition. Although I’m comfortable using either Windows or MacOS X, I spend most of my time in OS X. Why? Windows’ default onscreen font rendering is more concerned with readability than with the accurate representation of glyphs. If my work involved designing only for an electronic screen this might be acceptable, but because I also design for print media, typographic accuracy is essential. I deal with several publishing houses that will NOT accept InDesign or Quark files from PCs. Guess why? Because they will almost certainly have font-related output problems.

  100. I can’t give 50 reasons why Macs are better than Windows. Still… MACS RULE!!!. Somehow I got used to this MacBook Pro and This is heaven compared to any PC. When I tried Vista for the first time.. I had to downgrade immediately to XP. LOL. But I tell you… Macs are way better for 50 or 60 or maybe 70 reasons. I LOVE MY MAC BOOK PRO!!!!

  101. No doubt the Mac in its G5 guise is an attracive machine, and the OS is even more attractive.

    The sticking point for me, as I mentioned before, is limited graphics card support.

    Incidentally, what’s up with all the scattered ?? in the post? They do not seem to make any syntatic sense!

  102. It’s refreshing to see someone who has tested the waters of being a “switcher” remain relatively neutral when examining the process. You went through your list with rational, thought-out explanations. Bravo!!

    It still riles me to see the zealots on both sides of the discussion launch into ranting tirades over why someone is “wrong” about their OS choice – and it’s approaching being only that, an OS choice, as the platform fades from being the principal factor. A computer is a tool, nothing more. If Windows works for you, fine – use it. But ignorance is no excuse to reject other options. I’m glad that you’re not an ignoramus.

  103. As a Mac server and LAN admin, I’d like to welcome you to the light side. You may as well pack up your love for MS, as you will become pretty jaded by them in a few months. (except for the mouse, I use one on my Ubuntu box for Quake Wars, a 10 year old Intellimouse explorer)
    As far as my knowledge of windows… Started with 3.1 on a 386 lasted and ended on a P4 XP pro SP2
    Good luck, and shed no tears for the MS.

  104. I started using a Mac about a year or so ago. One of the main reasons I wanted to switch was because of security. Not knowing much about Apple, I thought I was going to have to sacrifice usability when switching over to the Mac. I couldn’t have BEEN more wrong. There is no more of a friendly user interface than what i’ve experienced when using Mac OS-X. In my opinion, things got even better when I switched from Tiger to 10.5 Leopard. Now I’m on 10.5.2. I wonder what they’re going to call 10.6…..Lion? Well, whatever they call it, it’s still going to be the best OS out there.

  105. I switched in 99 after Windows from 3.1.

    Windows is no fun and a pain in the butt. Apple makes things fun and enjoyable as you say.

    Great article. And as every Mac user knows – it’s all true.

    Microsoft needs to get its act together or watch the world switch.

    And forget Linux, its a mess, though I sympathise with everyone who tried to make it work. If Apple’s OSX hadn’t come along they may even have succeeded.

  106. Great article. As a Mac at home/WinDell at work guy for over 20 years, I can attest to the truth of every statement you made.

    Unfortunately, you’ve dashed your “platform agnosticism” on the jagged surf-washed rocks below. You are now an “Apple Fanboy.” You said good things about Apple and OS X. You will never again be accepted by screeching cursing defenders of the Windows flag. Your name will be whispered among them. And everyone thought a Suk Doctor could never be subverted.

    “Yueh! Yueh! A thousand deaths are not enough for Yueh!” – From Muad D’ib’s The Friendly Desert.

  107. There aren’t 50 reasons to switch from Mac to Windows. There are 100’s of reasons not to.

    On your Mac, make sure you backup with Super Duper. It’s the best. Remember you can not boot from Time Machine.

  108. Very well said Chris. I have went out and purchased a Mac Book Pro and iMac 20″ which Im very pleased with. I have since made them my primary desktops. I still find myself using Windows for my Server Admin Duties but this is only until I find replacement software for the MAC.

  109. Excellent. An informed, unbiased comparison. Don’t think I can do a counter list, but here’s some things I prefer about Windows:

    1) In Windows hitting “return” opens a selected file. On the Mac, “return” opens a selected file in dialogue boxes. On the desktop, “return” renames the file. Command-O seems too fussy for such a common task.

    2) I find the Dock a disaster. The Windows taskbar is at least logical.

    3) Maximize and minimize buttons perform as expected on Windows. On the Mac the maximize button is unpredictable and annoying.

    4) I find getting around directories and long lists of files quicker in Windows.

  110. Totally agree. I made the switch last summer after 16 years on Windows (was using Atari and Radio Shack TRS-DOS before that!).

    Loved MS DOS, then Win 3.1 then 95. Hated Me. XP SP2 was workable, but not fun. Same with Windows 2000. It’s all corporate now. Never made the switch to Vista. My registry on my XP machine crashed twice. I was getting so many virus updates and XP updates. Added a video card and my fan went nuts. Said enough is enough. Got an iMac on Craigslist and never had to look back. Now have a MB to go with it.

    I would switch back to Windows if OSX fell apart. Planning on playing with Linux in my VMWare copy. But, for my base OS — I bought one system, and it all works together. Annoying little bugs come and go, with Apple releases. They are not perfect. But, it all works together, and I have one neck to wring if something’s wrong.

    I can do everything I need to on OSX without tons and tons and tons of third party stuff. I just like being to do all this without scouring sourceforge and everything else to get the needed functionality.

    Thanks for the 50. I’ll bookmark your blog for regular reading.

  111. I am a proud mac user, but honestly many of these reasons are awful and just plain wrong. Good article for current mac users wanting to make themselves happy though.

  112. There is also a cross-platform free and open-source alternative to Parallels or VMWare Fusion, VirtualBox, by a German company that was recently bought by Sun Microsystems. It works on OS X, Linux, FreeBSD, Solaris, and even Windows. According to reviewers, it is at least as fast as Fusion.

  113. An observation about Windows: I’ve always been a Mac guy, but have to occasionally use my friend’s Windows machine. It takes forever to get any work done! First, it takes a long time to boot up, then you have sit through the all the Anti-this and Anti-that software to load. And EVERYTHING has to talk to you! If something loads, it has a pop-up balloon telling you so… if something doesn’t load, same thing. These pop-up balloons drive me crazy!!!

    They’re everywhere! Then, they want to ask you about every little thing. Do you want this, do you want that?! There are “unused icons”, do you want to keep seeing them (WTF!?). (I say yes, but next time I start up, it starts all over!?)

    Then the software updates start… it seems there’s always something needing updates, along with questions I have to answer. THen, it makes me feel like a thief, because there’s always some kind of anti-pirate software it wants to load. THEN, it says I can keep working, but when the software is loaded, IT WANTS TO REBOOT!!!!

    I mean, c’mon…. I’m trying to get some work done, and every 10 seconds I have to acknowledge something that I’m being bugged about. It’s like “Nanny-software”!

    My Mac boots and then I go to work, that’s it! Jezzzz!

  114. Chris, Thank you for this wonderful article, i am going to print several copies of this and keep them in my laptop bag so when i am explaining why i decided to get a mac and why i think that a lot of people should, i can just say here read this, it’s why this really smart guy who used to be a windows enthusiast switched to mac.

  115. I am shocked and amazed that you were able to make a list of 50 reasons to switch to mac without mentioning Quicklook or the ease of screensharing through iChat. These are two of my very favorite Leopard features. Quicklook, especially. I use it at least 50 times a day. Some days far exceed that.

  116. Hey mister linux most of us do not use command line and the linux gui is not as seamless and it certainly is not nice to look at. Mac is so easy to learn my mother who is computer illiterate has learned how to use one with only a few calls to me for tech support. The windows machine she had before had her on the phone with me for hours at a time at least twice a month (i shudder to think how long linux would have taken). I personally use OSX for everything iwork blows office and open office away in usability ilife not even a choice on a PC/linux box my mac even syncs my palm centro better saving all my contacts in my address book and syncing my itunes library without a hiccup PC/linux box nope not a chance. Not that I am saying windows does not have its place. But its place is on my boot camp partition so I can run my video games!!!!!!
    And linux has been a great server os but nothing more in my eyes
    nuff said

  117. Mike the computers no longer supported by the latest apple os are a minimum of 4.75 years of age most windows boxes that old are filling landfills or the bottom end on their last leg corporations offices and indian call centers

  118. “Excellent power management in OS X. When I close the lid to my MacBook Pro, it falls asleep. When I open the lid to my MacBook Pro, it wakes up. Imagine that! Seems to be the case 99% of the time, and it happens quickly.

”

    So what? my vista does that? big deal?

    I would say one thing,,if microsft goes down.,.,,everyone is in trouble,,, so that will never happen….aqpple will never catch up…face the facts

  119. Nice list, I learnt a couple of things from it concerning OSX (I’m mainly on openSuSE, Ubuntu and XP).
    However, I found that a couple of items on the list (not many, but enough to be noticed) are not reasons to switch, but rather reasons ‘why not’ to switch. Saying that program A (firefox, VLC, other) also working on Mac is a reason to switch … well … it isn’t. But it means that that particular block, if it ever was one, won’t hold you back from making the switch.
    Also, you can’t really compare the different communities. Mr Anybody won’t go to the internet for any problem they have, they’ll call tech support or their friends. And from that point, you could fall on a geek-god, or a really idiotic jackass (this from experience, I’ve worked for MS tech support, and had close friends at Mac support, and I’ve seen both extremes in both areas).
    Mad Ant

  120. I’ve been using Windows for at least 15 years now, I’ve been Anti Mac for the last 15 as well… I’ve worked in a corporate company for 10 years using Windows. Would I swap my Windows machine for a Mac in the corporate company? Nope! Not just yet! 😉

    But i recently made the move to a Mac at home, and luv it, after upgrading to Vista and after 3 installs in 1 month, I couldn’t handle it. I run Vmware Fusion with WinXp which is fantastic just for the old progams i’m used to if i need them.

    I now just find that the user interfaces on the Mac for programs are so nice to use, very simple and clean looking. My favorite software has to be 1password, Transmit 3, CS3 just runs lovely, Textmate (best editor in the world) Cssedit (Mac only), office 2008 runs nice as well! there is alot more software, i could go on, and even better, I’ve had it 3 months now and not had one momment of freezing, stalling rebooting or anything, I just can not complain – boots up in 8 seconds and everything is ready. All my firends have converted after using it for a bit.

    I love Microsoft have a xbox etc, who knows a few more years and maybe Vista will be worth swapping back too? I don’t think I will, Mac Leopard is where it is at!

  121. 3 – bull sh1t we all know windows comes out with timely updates too just for reaching a 50 dont make urself look stupid

    4 – subjective and to an extent true

    5 – doesnt windows have that too? again dude ur making urself look stupid

    7 – agreed

    11 – subjective, depends on what other appliances u own; if u own an apple tv then macs suit more, if u own a xbox it would be fun to own a win based machine

    12 – win mo is back in the reckoning after htc touch; xperia and also the win mo 7

    13 – 1s lack and inability to use the computer sensibly does not equate to the OS being faulty, also its a fact that windows is used more and thats the sole reason y more spywares and infections are there for windows also not to forget that the os x is as vulnerable as windows its been infiltrated and fcuked a lot of times since leopard

    15 – who cares, i u do then ur dumb to go for the ultimate version (man i cant stop laughing at u)

    16 boot camp – so 1 of the reasons why 1 should shift to os x is to run windows – u made my day man, the next time i have a pissed of day im reading ur posts ur funny man

    21 – u dont need to defrag a ntfs either – as i said ur just making a list for the sake of it

    22. adium – ur serious, have u used windows or tried to search ofr a all-in-1 client for windows, aparently not, ur list is more FUD than reality

    24 – i dont find em complex, damn even my mom doesnt find em complex well i guess a mom is more smarter than a mac boy afterall

    26 – vlc? so whats ur point, vlc is available for windows too not to forget u have codec packs that let u play all formats on wmp itself, ur seriously dumber than i thought

    27 – safari on windows is a pathetic joke, and will remain so, and ie7 on win vista is better than safari on os x

    28 – ah hell uv never used windows have u?

    29 – so?

    32 – so in other words ur saying that all the minuses u have mentioned arent MS faults but those of the stupid fucktards who keep suin MS for every little thing they have bundled with their OS, opera wont sue apple but will sue MS

    33. balls, stfu – dont spread fud any1 and every1 knows that they can get a better deal if they assemble their own pcs, not to mention u cant upgrade ur mac by un-screwing the cabinet and place a brand new 8800gts in it and play crysis in full glory, o wait a min ur comparing a gaming rig to a mac, games and macs? ur seriously funny man

    43 – agreed

    45 – guest on windows is as good if not better

    48 – lets c devices for macs and devices available for windows; ur answer lies in that , and u seem to be dumber by every post, hp had to update their drivers not vista

    50 – we need apple software? thats the lamest way to end ur list

    o btw heres 1 for u, i can easily cut and move files between drives in windows can u do that in os x, no u cant

  122. 50 reasons? I dont need 50 reasons like you do i only need a few basic reasons. First off let me start off by saying that i have a wide experience of operating systems. I use Windows, Linux and MacOSX with my current and mostly used system being OSX. Now i have no doubt after having recently(a year) switched to the an OSX system that it works great and i love it. But sometimes frustration sets in and makes me wonder, WHY the hell i made the switch to start with. We refer to open-source software and commercial(closed-source?) software. Well MACs in a sense are closed-source software. Sure everything works fine, but you are stuck on buying fixed systems, which are over-priced sometimes and for what? So you can run a piece of software? That is their OS, the OSX. Sure there are advantages in having a system build specifically for an OS as the drivers and everything is handled by the company, who in turn get the benefit of not having to deal with compatibility issues like other OSes do, i.e. with drivers and so on. What does that mean for you? You are screwed. Sure you love the Mac OS, but, you are stuck to the options apple gives for their hardware and if you want something upgradeable, you need to shell out huge amount of money to buy the MacPro. The is no middle ground. What you say? The iMac or MacMini? You must be joking. Also another thing…apple shouldnt charge for their operating system. Why? Well they charge for their systems more than enough. Meaning…..When you actually ask why i should buy a MAC they give you the same crap…’you can run OSX’. Well great, so why charge me everytime for the upgrade? I mean you only buy their systems to run OSX to start with. Not like windows or linux which runs on all systems…(i know why the charge dont reply telling me why btw ;p). You BUY a MAC for OSX period. You shouldnt need to buy OSX as well. I dont know if anyone gets what im saying, or if im describing it correctly but anw.
    Benefit of using windows?
    1) Build computers to specs you want for less than half the price?
    Not a benefit? Oh come on. Even the graphics cards you add on the MacPro are specific builds for the MacPro. You cant just buy the same card and add yourself, for half the price. No you have to order it from Apple, when the SAME card is available but apple doesnt allow you to use it.
    2) Everything runs!
    Ok one recent problem im faced with are codecs. Nothing runs properly on the MAC cause we cant get the codecs for it, or even if we can they are buggy or slow(dont tell me about perian its great i know). The mac is supposed to be THE editing machine for professionals and granted i understand why, but any normal users doesnt care about that, we want something that works easy. Moreover, the number of software available or otherwise the choices you have for any task you might want to do on the computer is MUCH MUCH bigger on windows than on a MAC(dont tell me about the unix stuff, if you forget the terminal as a terminal and just want something specific then run ubuntu on vmware in windows, i mean you have the money to get a much faster machine anyway so you dont really mind well i dont – also terminal=advanced use most users dont need it). You have great software for both the MAC and Windows, but sometimes its easier to carry out stuff on windows than on a MAC(the over simplified approach doesnt always work.
    3) Stll pay for OSX so why not pay for windows?
    4) You can do everything a mac can do and in some cases more.
    This is an extension of what i said above just summarised i believe :).
    5) Programming? Easier on windows. nuff said :).
    6) Codecs
    7) Games? Well i know they added faster cards and so on, but if you are gamer then you know what im saying. If you really want graphics you want the upgradability so you can get a newer faster card etc… or sli? i.e. mac pro takes 4 graphics cards but no sli? wtf? 🙂
    8) THE fact FINDERis crap? its buggy?
    9) You can ‘cut’/move files. How hard can it be to implement that? For crying out loud, COME ON!!!!
    10) Frankly doesnt matter. There is also going to be people who like and dont like windows. I dont care.

    Now that im done getting things off my chest, i have to say that i recommend to everyone to buy a mac and tell them about how great it is and how much i like it.But the above points are what really make me wonder if i made the right decision. Forget upgradability, its this closed-source in the sense idea or monopoly as some might call it that really makes me worry. I need something faster now and i have to shell out close or even over 2000 pounds for a mac pro. I mean come on. And the graphics card stuff make it suck even more. Its a great machine but its very expensive and limited as to choice! not upgradability (before everyone gets going).
    Anyway as i said its a great system. Keypoints that would make me think again? Well easier to find software to do what you want in windows. Can modify the system you have and upgrade(easier than a mac). And you are NOT stuck buying systems from a specific company. It really makes me wonder why no-one has tackled this as a monopoly. I mean after the internet explorer and windows media player crap why isnt this a monopoly?!!

    So….thats it. Its a great system but someone has to point out some annoyances it has.
    p.s 🙂 if linux had photoshop and lightroom i’d switch to that hehe

    thanks for listening

  123. You can’t live without Exchange’s server side rules? WTF? These are utter crap! Exchange can’t even permanently delete mails based upon rules without Outlook running. Very funny every time I log on using Web Access and find a couple of hundred automated messages clogging my Inbox. GMail’s IMAP to the rescue!!!

  124. when something goes wrong in a mac and you are not in US, you have no way to fix, but should buy another brand new computer. Even cities as london has crappy technical support to mac computers.

  125. @spydr101: Your post indicates that you’re happy with Windows, but…it doesn’t sound very happy. I’m glad you like Windows. 🙂

  126. Hi Chris,

    Came across your post via MDN, and congrats on getting a Mac Pro!

    One thing I REALLY like is being able to put OS X on a 16GB pen drive and have it as an emergency boot drive. Just pop the pen drive in a USB slot, hold Option at boot and choose the drive.

    Simple. Like everything OS X.

    Oh and one more item – Terminal is so often overlooked, but IMO it is one of the most useful apps ever, ever, ever, ever! Forget the DOS command line, Terminal is where it’s at!

  127. iMav – where did you learn to communicate? Your posts are barely coherent? To think people with your communication skills will one day be in charge, is frightening!

    And please, stay away from Macs, we don’t need to dumb down the gene pool this badly.

  128. I’d like to point out that HFS+ isn’t completely immune to fragmentation, either — it just doesn’t suffer from it until the drive is so full (i.e. in the high 90s in percentage) that there’s no other choice but to use up the little free bits here and there to write data. I’m the kind of guy who suffers from a chronic downloading problem, and my PowerBook G4 (which runs Leopard like nobody’s business and has had few-to-no problems with it) has slowed down a bit from the squeeze. I’m currently trying to get a working install of OS X on an external drive of mine so I can run Drive Genius. Other than that, superb article, and one I’ll be sending on to my mother who currently uses Windows XP almost exclusively on the Mac mini I bought her. (sigh)

  129. poor article…

    how much did apple pay you to write this nonsense blog? both OS has pros and cons and you have poor research… i thought you’re a good blogger?!?

  130. actually, someting better than a mac, is gnu/linux. It’s completly free of charge, it’s stable, it has everything you need for a home user, including gaming, which is available through cedega(which btw, cedega is also made for mac so you’ve got gaming), you’ve got plenty of eyecandy in linux, and also, it’s very very secure. Btw, ubuntu, may be easy to use, but it also has more security flaws than other gnu/linux distributions. If anyone cares to try linux, my personal suggestion would be SuSe linux, or Mandriva. Easiest to configure is mandriva, but i find suse more appealing. It’s up to you of course. After all, each one choses the os that suits him better. That is why there are more flavours of operating platforms out there, so the user can choose something that suits him best.

  131. I read somewhere about a woman who was down on her luck and couldn’t afford a computer. Everyday she went to the Apple store to use one of their demo Macs to type the book she was writing. I think she was saving the file to some Internet service. Well, the folks at the apple store were very accomodating and would give her a few minutes to finish up after the store closings. It took her months to finish her book, and I am not sure if it was finally published.

    Anyway, my point is not having enough money is no excuse to overlook the Mac in favor of a Windows PC.

  132. it is a pretty good list, and good reasons, and i really appreciate all the links to great Mac recourses, but one question.

    “Surface looks totally awesome, too.”

    what did you have to smoke to make the useless big-ass table look good, and can i get it in Utah?

    the most fun on the page is reading comments by people who have clearly never used a Mac in their lives. thanks for those, i needed the laughs today……

  133. @ Dave regarding ripping and playback of music. I don’t know if you’re reading this but you should check out software called “Max” and “Cog”.

  134. Hi from Brasilia…well, you are not alone! I’ve brought my first Mac, an iMac 20″, 2,4 GHz last february 8!!! Just like any other who left windows behind, I’m scared, but very, very happy. I just can stay for hours, just looking at my Leopard. God! It’s beautiful! It’s fast! It’s expensive! But it’s worthy!!!

  135. I would like to say that I have not had Windows Vista crash…..EVER and I have been running it for several months.

    But more importantly, it is about time that everyone drop the propriatary software and stop supporting powerful software companies that are not looking out for normal users. There are many Linux distros that are far better than either Windows (evil) or Mac (even more evil). Ubuntu linux is super stable with regular updates and a huge number of open source software that does everything one could want. Windows and Mac want nothing more than to own your computer and everything on it. Linux is well enough developed regular users now and the oringinal OS can be kept if necessary. Ever since I installed Ubuntu I have rarely used Windows and only to transfer files to my IPOD which I hope I will not have to do much longer. If I could I would have Linux on my IPOD, but Apple is terrified that they will make less money and encrypted the firmware. This is the kind of thing that needs to be ended.

  136. @ iMav

    “o btw heres 1 for u, i can easily cut and move files between drives in windows can u do that in os x, no u cant”

    Yes you can silly boy. By default, you COPY files from one drive to another, for a number of reasons, the most obvious is if something happens whilst moving a file (power failure etc.) then your file is more likely to be corrupted.

    But if you really, really, really want to MOVE a file to another drive, simply hold down the Command key and instead of copying, it will move (or cut & paste, whatever your terminology tells you). OS X even shows you this by removing the green ‘+’ icon when you hold down the Command key.

    So Mr. Smarty Pants, try doing some research before making yourself look like an idiot.

    Also, your comments such as “there are loads of codecs etc.” makes no sense. The premise of this article is about simplicity. As soon as you start talking about downloading and installing codecs, your argument falls flat on its face.

    Simplicity is the keyword here, please remember that. Also, some basic English grammar and punctuation would have given your comment more credibility, instead you used things like ‘u’ instead of ‘you’. Quite sad.

  137. Those who advocate Linux over a Mac obviously aren’t musicians or professionals.

    When you need professional creativity tools it’s either Windows or OS X.

    There is no tools comparable to Logic Studio on Linux. The soft synth plugins that come with Logic have no free equivalent (have a look at Structure, it’s a complex beast).

    If you need commercial apps you need Windows or a Mac. You can talk about GNU tools as much as you like, but good commercial software is more advanced (I didn’t say better).

  138. I told a Mac-fanatic a couple of years ago that if Apple ever released OS X on the Intel platform, I wouldn’t completely switch over but I would install it. Well, that has happened but knowing how STUPID Apple is, they decided that you can install it only on Mac hardware!

  139. I think you should change the title to “50 Reasons I Switch from Microsoft Windows to Apple’s Mac OS X”.

  140. @ spydr101: Dude, you are one angry SOB. Maybe if you used a Mac, you’d realize how much better your life can be. Your real life, not your closed up in your room with your PC life. You would have time to go on a date, maybe get lucky and release all of this frustration you spent so much time dumping on this page. If you had a Mac, you wouldn’t have to spend all of your time figuring out how to get your Win/Linux PC to do everything you want. And, as someone who’s used Windows for 11 years, and then tried several variations of Linux, there is nothing about them that makes you feel as good as OS X does. Using it just makes you happy. I can’t explain it, it just does. Also, anyone who thinks Linux is a user friendly environment, doesn’t know what they’re talking about. Now, go outside and get away from your computer for a while. You’re too damn angry! Cheers, Todd (Mac Switcher)

  141. @ Renato, So if you’re in London and your Gateway, Dell, or HomeMade PC breaks you have someone to call for excellent customer support? Interesting.

  142. Thanks for this, Chris. I’ve used Windows software since 1982, and I purchased my first Apple computer, a MacBook Pro, in November. Without going into too much detail, it just works! I’m using an Airport Express to get an easy-to-use, powerful wireless network. Just yesterday, I added an Apple TV, and now all of the media on my computer is available on my TV. I really didn’t understand before when Mac users said “It just works”, but it’s true.

  143. 51. Native support for creating PDFs – every app with a print button can save as PDF. And check out the “Save as PDF in Web Receipts” function in Safari. Yes, it’s a tiny little feature in the grand scheme of things but I find it’s the accumulation of these features that add up to a huge difference.

  144. Hey Chris, here are my top 7(I’m too lazy to do 50 and I don’t have enough time) reasons to switch from Mac to a PC as you stated you want posted on this blog entry

    1. expandability: some people may want to upgrade things other than the hard drive and RAM like the graphics card(the mac pro is an exception)
    2 Price. macs may be great machines, but if you don’t need all of the features (i.e. built in camera) you could get a PC without the built in camera and save yourself a couple of bucks, also, there could be spec equivalent PC’s that’s cheaper as well.
    3. UI. The user interface of Mac OS X is a very pleasing to the eye, but those who have more professional tastes may prefer Windows, not saying that Macs can’t be used for pro things.
    4. programs. The Mac has less programs than the PC, there.
    5. updates. sometimes big updates, rather than incremental updates such as on Mac OS may be a preferred thing.
    6. flying monkeys! No,not flying monkeys, but if your employer uses PC’s then switching may make your job a lot easier.
    7. dashboard. instead of having to click on something or press a button on your keyboard to see your widgets through dashboard, on a PC the gadgets(widgets, gadgets, what’s the difference?) are right there on your desktop

  145. Thanks for the 50 reasons to switch!

    I have been using windows too long, and as you said i would like to deal with a different frustration other than “this program has encountered an error and must close”, and the Blue Screen of Death. I have a Gateway Laptop and I have had a good share of hardware problems like my CD-DVD RW drive went bad, and the system won’t accept a new drive, and Recently I have seen the BSOD on a normal basis & the computer locks up and will stop recognizing drivers. I strongly agree with you when you talked about the blame game, We have called gateway with problems and they blame Microsoft and tell you to call them, you call Microsoft and they tell you to call Gateway, you bring it in and they find no problems. I have installed Ubuntu Linux, and I love using it. No more instability, and common crashing. I also love The Compiz-Fuzion feature for easy window navigation (I love the workspaces when using my laptop, when i don’t have my multiple monitors available). With my home network i am frustrated how difficult windows makes it to set up a network. I had no problems with desktop machines, but when setting up a portable machine I had countless problems. When i am in Ubuntu it just recognizes computers it connected to on the network and setting up a network is easy. Also i can print to a separate computer without joining a network. I am in the market for an Apple Mac, and I have been looking for a long time, and done plenty of research. I am not new to mac for i have used them when in school and my friends Mac. I would also like to use Windows in Mac using VMware or Bootcamp depending on how much I would use windows after using mac as a primary OS. I strongly agree with your 50 reason’s on why to switch to a Mac, and i hope to be using an apple in the near future.

    Thanks for all the great blog posts, and tips.
    love the show

  146. Wow your an idiot!!!! That was the worst list I have ever seen and I like macs…………..Wow what a waste of time!

  147. Hi, cant anyone call some OS for OpenWindows?? that would be cool, I stick with FreeBSD, and millions of (most server) programs in port tree, piece of cake once you learned it, just like add/remove app on win. Most drawback with windows is just the Invent-New-Features-Money-Making that changes arcitecture each 3 years and so, makes you think if program you write will work in future, on unix you dont have to worry all the good stuff are kept as it is..

  148. I ordered a refurb 20″ Aluminum iMac for myself on Tuesday. It’ll be my first Mac. And you’re partly to blame.

    For over a year I’d been telling everyone that my next computer would **definitely** be a Mac. I was tempted by many, many deals for inexpensive Windows hardware, but I knew that I’d be very sad if I had to run XP or–heaven forfend–Vista. I waited. I waited for Leopard’s release. Then I waited through January in case Jobs announced a freshened Macbook (he didn’t; he announced the Air, but it’s not for me). So I waited now for a good deal.

    The tipping point came last weekend. First, my work-issued ThinkPad died for the **second time** in a year. Then Apple released OS X 10.5.2, which, I read, fixed most of the major issues in 10.5.0. Then I stumbled across your article, “50 Reasons to Switch from Microsoft Windows to Apple’s Mac OS X.” I read some tutorials on Apple.com and went over to play with the Macs owned by my Mom and brother.

    On Monday, Apple dropped the price of their refurb iMacs. That was it, I thought. I nearly talked myself out of buying, though, thinking that what I really needed was a Macbook. Good thing I stopped to chat about it with my buddy at work, a ThinkPad hardware technician. He talked me back into the goodness of the iMac.

    So I pulled the trigger. Finally I can say it! I’m getting a Mac! And I couldn’t be happier.

  149. 1. Safari sucks. You have to download firefox right off the bat. IE7 is a very capable browser.
    2. You have to download another program to play Windows Media files.
    3. Right click on a mac sucks. Not nearly as powerful on Windows.
    4. If a program is minimized to the dock, the alt+tab combination shows the program, but selecting it does not maximize the program.
    5. Speaking of maximizing, resizing windows in OSX is a pain. There is only one spot in the window this can be done. You may like it, I don’t.
    6. Home and End keys don’t work the way they should. Windows is better.
    7. Providing elevated credentials on a mac is more work than on Vista. On a mac, both user and password are required, not on Vista.
    8. Windows users have no need for Itunes, Safari or Quicktime. They are are garbage. There is only a need if an iPod is owned, otherwise there is no *need* to have these programs.
    9. Mac fonts don’t look nearly as good as Windows do.
    10. Why do I need an iTunes account just for album art? Lame.
    11. No replaceable batteries in laptops, or iPods.
    12. Why do I get another prompt to launch a program on the first run after I have downloaded a program, installed it, and provided elevated credentials? Is it wanting to be Windows more?
    13. Why is the consensus to avoid a .0 release of an OS with the Mac? Apple controls the hardware and software. No excuses for those problems.
    14. No Outlook.
    15. Different programs have different installation mechanisms. One program wants you drag it into the applications folder. Another wants you to run through a wizard.
    16. The mac community is not immune to phishing attempts.
    17. The + button doesn’t always do the same thing. Sometimes it will maximze the program to full screen, sometimes it doesn’t.
    18. Different keyboard shortcuts.
    19. The mail app downloads remote pictures by default. Get, thanks for letting the spammers know I exist.
    20. My mini is now slower with Leopard. Thanks Apple.
    21. Copying files with drag and drop is a pain.

    I could think of more, but need to move on now.

  150. Wow. Chris, I think you’ve become Alpha Fanboy. I might just have to take you up on the challenge. If only I weren’t working on this stupid consumer oriented thing called Windows Media Center right now I might could get it done this weekend. 🙂

  151. You’re just following the rest of the tech journalist industry. It’s completely stupid.
    1. Windows Vista is less buggy than Mac OSX (Live Search it)
    2. If you buy Microsoft products they integrate perfectly (yes, Apple products do integrate well too, but not as well as Microsoft’s – nor do they have as much stuff)
    ie. Windows Mobile and an Exchange server.
    Windows – Xbox 360 – Zune (I’ve never had anything work so perfectly, and soon games too!)
    Vista Media Centre and Xbox 360
    etc, etc.

    3. Spend less money, get better hardware (don’t try and argue, you know it’s true)
    4. You are using the world standard.
    5. Millions of possibilities in hardware, get exactly what you want (and it’ll more or less work – yeah, ok, so they can’t get the millions of combinations working exactly perfectly)
    6. Gaming and cross-platform (Xbox 360 vs Windows) gaming.
    7. Integration with Live services.
    8. I have a Dell 30″ monitor that I got for AUD$1599 and it beats the Apple 30″ in every aspect, and it’s about AUD$1000 cheaper. (Ok, integrate that with 3.)

    So, there!

  152. Well, I won’t take the time to list 50 reasons why I would rather use vista, but I will give 5.

    1) Cost, for less than $1000, I built a system that is at least twice as fast as a $2000 mac machine. Macs are way overpriced, w/ a little knowhow and research you can save a ton of money.

    2) Compatibility. Games, apps, browsers and the like that I have grown accustomed to using are windows based. This is more a personal pref thing as I am sure others have it reversed. But for me, this is another big reason I would never even consider a mac.

    3) Customization. You can tweak windows to basically any extent that you are willing to research about. I have not had quite as much experience with mac os, but from what I have seen, there is simply not enough of a community around to tweak it.

    4) Support. Face it, most of the commercial and business computing world is based on windows. And as such, there are too many things that you can only do with windows and not a mac. Thats not to say I would not like to see a change in this, but thats how it is right now.

    5) Although mac is pretty, vista is just plain georgeous. Everything from the interface to the controls on vista is just great to look at, if you have the hardware. And with all the money I saved on not buying a mac, I was able to buy a system that could easily run vista with all the eye-candy.

    Essintially, most of it comes down to personal preference, with the exception of the first thing on my list, cost. As the underdog, mac should offer cheaper prices than their rival, not more expensive. What it comes down to, is the average comp user doesn’t have any idea what they are paying for, so the simpler the better. Thing is, putting a computer together is not complicated at all, and anyone who spends the time to learn how to do so would never be inclined to shell out the ridiculous amount of cash mac requires to run a machine that could be bought for less than half the cost if self-built.

    Laptops are a different story, but still macs tend to favor trendy simplicity over true performance and value. If mac really wants to compete, they will need to offer more for people who know what they are doing, because that number is growing.

    As a side note, I have an ipod classic, and besides my computer it is my absolute favorite piece of tech that I own. I would be very lost without either one. I am not a fanboy, just a consumer. Long live macintosh and microsoft and lets hope they both treat us right and don’t screw us over.

  153. Hi Chris-

    I think you have a lot of great content here, but I have to disagree (sort of) with 41. Data detectors are great; but I guess my problem with the point is that Google Gmail’s and Heap CRM’s data detectors are better. And, as they are both web based, are available to any platform (thus should be excluded from a discussion about Mac v Windows). But they make Apple Mail’s data detectors pointless. I mean, why would I look at my companies shared mail folder through Apple Mail (which can identify phone numbers, e-mails and addresses) when I could look at it in Heap and see all that plus give me links to UPS for packages, detect “tags” like @highlight or @done, (etc., etc., etc.,)

    Or for personal use, the same argument works with GMail. Gmail can even get things like “I want to have lunch on tuesday” and put a little item in the site to add that “event” to the calendar.

    My point is, while I use macs and I do believe they are better, the handling of e-mail is one area that is completely on the web now.

  154. When I can install Mac OS X on a white box PC I’ll think about it. For now they are pretty and overpriced closed systems (regardless of the software bundle included.) Seems the old saying of “parts is parts” applies only if you are not running OS X.

    Probably the most versatile of the OS’s out there is Linux (pick a flavor) given its small footprint. While it has made tremendous strides it still needs to mature a bit to be ready for the mainstream masses. As for MS, Windows is still king and will continue to be for a long time to come. While you have found MAC Office 08 a dis-appointment, Office 2007 rocks.

  155. I have been an OS X use since 10.1 was released. OS X has its quirks for sure, but I have found it to be a more stable system than Windows overall. I can leave OS X up and running with no reboot for weeks at a time usually – with Windows I have to reboot every couple of days or so because it starts acting sluggish or flakey.

    All that said though, a couple of afterthoughts:
    1) The Mac version of Quicken STINKS OUT LOUD. It is not up to speed with the Windows version and is buggy. Perhaps Intuit’s revamping of Quicken will help this situation out but I am not counting on it. It is the Win version of Quicken all the way for me!
    2) Vista appears to be a good improvement over previous versions of Windows for me. I have had less crashes and stability problems with it so far. YMMV.

  156. Great post, Chris.
    I think the most interesting part of this discussion is the amount of praises for OS X that are posted by people who switched from Windows…is Windows that bad? (I wouldn’t know since I’ve been using Macs almost exclusively since 1989.)

  157. Can I declare this article utter bullshit? How come VLC is a reason to switch to mac when same app works on any platform you want? And haven’t seen a BSOD on my WinXP in a very long time, just few pointers of how much full of crap you are.

  158. Honestly, I didn’t think I needed, or wanted a Mac until I started to hang out @ LockerGnome (no it wasn’t your bad influence WirelessPacket). What won me over honestly was the fact that one can run Windows via VMWare. This allows me to do “work” functions while allowing me to explore a new OS. The experience is likened to that of when I first used a graphic user interface over a decade ago! Yes, it’s that different to me. I am anxious to find out if I will eventually phase out using Windows completely, especially since that is all I’ve used for the last 15 or so years. Has anyone had a recent experience of switching OS’s after using Windows for so long? What is the learning curve?

  159. hey chris! i’m a mac and pc user (everyday), and i read all 50 reasons (bored at work) and i actually accepted your challenge and posted 50 reasons to switch from osx to windows on my blog:

    http://calchan.com/?p=93

    yeah i know this looks like spam, but come on check it out, i didn’t wanna post the 50 reasons + my tear jerking monologue in your comments. and it sounds angry and offensive, yes- but it’s just for effect and readership sake- i actually don’t care about macs vs pc. i just find the bickering funny, so don’t take it the wrong way! thanks!

  160. “Great Web browsers that work in Windows also work on the Mac (Firefox, Opera, SeaMonkey, Flock). The only exception here is Internet Explorer”

    http://www.tatanka.com.br/ies4linux/news/51

    “Mike Kronenberg started last month a port of IEs4Linux to Mac OS X. He made all modifications to the script needed to make it run on Mac. But he also macfied our install process to make it more like what Mac users expect. All script modifications were already incorporated to IEs4Linux (see version 2.99.0). But we decided to also join forces to make the Mac GUI, Mac Application Bundles, easy Darwine installation and other things. That’s what we are calling the future IEs4Mac. IEs4Linux and IEs4Mac are 99% equal; they do the same thing, the same way, with the same code. That’s why we decided to maintain everything together instead of creating a “new project”. The difference between then are very small (but very important do end users). As I wrote before, Mac users already can run IEs4Linux 2.99.0 – it works on Mac Intels with Tiger or Leopard. But, soon, Mac users will have that “dedicated version” with a beautiful GUI and so on. (* people trying to run 2.99.0 on Mac: you need wine first; I recommend that you use one of Mike’s pre-compiled versions, just drag them to /Applications and run IEs4Linux)”

  161. I actually agree with many of your 50 reasons. We have an iMac, and iBook and a desktop PC in my house. The PC is mine, and the computer I use the most.

    I absolutely disagree with your #33, Macs are way more expensive than similarly configured PCs. For under $1500 you can get a quad-core PC with 2GB ram and a 8800GT video card, which is great for gaming. On the Apple store site, a quad-core Mac Pro with 2GB and a 8800GT video card was $2,500. For the $1,000 difference I can buy 20-40 games for my PC.

    Availability of software is my other big reason for using a PC day-in-day-out. Most specialized software is only available for the PC. And, beyond that, since I like to play video games, the selection of games available on the Mac is utterly poor. You have a select few great games to play on the Mac, but that’s it, a “few”.

  162. my comment’s only 1 out of the dozens you have, BUT i just purchased a macbook black yesterday and i’m waiting for it to be delivered!! reading your article really makes me excited to know i’ve made the right move to finally give up on windows. i know there’re people who do stick with windows for various reasons, but after seeing my friends’ problems with vista, i finally decided windows just isn’t worth it anymore – despite its size (or maybe in spite of?) they’re simply struggling to keep up. =)

    hats to you dude, for coming up with all those really solid reasons. and i liked that you made it clear you’re not a complete mac convert; shows that you really do think through your stuff very thoroughly. WELL DONE. =)

  163. Chris the Post was absolutely fantastic for normal( beginer or intermediate) user Mac is best , almost all the common applications which are used by users are available for MAC but i want to draw your attention on the applications or tools for application development lags on MAC , your post is excellent but as compared to user before 5 years and now , previously pleople have developed and understood little bit programing but that is of no use on MAC , every one want easy software and drivers availability on internet but only windows software and drivers are easily available for MAC so much of time is wasted , why wil people waste there present time if no one knows the future of OS

  164. All of the reasons for switching to a Mac are great, but I guess the reasons why I don’t are way more important for me… Like for a lot of people, the Macs are too expensive. And I study IT, where I need to develop software for Windows, I need to use software, available only for Windows. One of the subjects we have at the University is Operating Systems, but we only learn MS DOS and UNIX systems…

  165. One thing I like about Macs is the Authentication. On my PC, someone in my family can login under their login and delete/change all kinds of things, and they can search for everything on the hard drive.

    I like that Macs keep users totally seperate. And you HAVE to have admin privileges to change system setting.

    I heart macs

  166. Everybody seems to agree with Chris’ list, when 90% of the world uses Windows. Something doesn’t sound right here…

  167. My number one reason for not getting a Mac is that on a PC I don’t have to jump through a bunch of hoops to play games.

  168. I think you are getting Apple Remote Desktop confused with Windows Remote Desktop Connection. Leopard Screen Sharing is more comparable to Windows Remote Desktop Connection and Apple Remote Desktop is more comparable to Microsoft SMS, and I am sure Microsoft is not giving SMS away for free either.
    Also, your comment about QuickTIme Pro not being included, I couldn’t agree more. A long time ago, I think QuickTIme 4, all the tools were included, then out of the blue Apple suddenly decided to have a pro version since version 5.

  169. For the record, point 21 isn’t completely true. My mac, after a considerable amount of use, can start to get a bit lethargic. Running a defrag (used diskwarrior) made such a difference I was taken aback, partly because I was under the assumption that os x didn’t require a defrag.

  170. It’s the only system you can now run any OS on. Nuff said. With Parallels on an Intel MacBook – you can run XP and Linux. Vista was the straw that broke the camel’s back for me. What were they thinking?

  171. After nearly 20 years of using Microsoft I switched to the Mac in December 2007. I had been a Microsoft fan but the hardware and Windows OS always seemed to slow down and that meant I had to spend extra time in maintaining the PC, just so that it would work. I had enough and bought an iMac. Initially Leopard had problems but the 10.5.2 software update fixed most of those. Now it works just great, I have no time wasted having to maintain the OS and I can just get on with my work! So the Mac is cool and I really like it.

  172. You just can see Chris blog is only basic stuff. He is a power user but come on Chris dont compare a pc vs mac i cant belive you are that kind of people.

    You switched WOW lets everybody change…??

    I have a mac too because i like to learn everything i can, and i just dont feal free on MAC really, mac for me is good for managing my pictures for everything else my Vista (never got a BSOD using vista since RTM)

  173. I think you make some interesting points, around 5 or so actually. The rest are well somewhat contrived to say the least. Macs priced the same? give me a break, speaking of break, Macs BREAK I gave up on them because the hardware (heardware) is crap. And try swapping your hard drive on a mac notebook some time, good luck on that one. It takes 5 minutes on my Dell or my Thinkpad. I switched to Vista and it’s excellent. I liked Tiger hated Leopard and my Dell smokes a similarly priced macbook every day and twice on Sunday.

  174. Chris,

    I agree with you totally.
    I have in the past three weeks just bought a Dual Quad-Core Xeon Macpro. I did buy the extra 4 gig of ram third party but I researched it first to make sure it matched the specs of the Apple chips. Then later a coworker of mine asked me about the mac hardware being more expensive than the Windows PC based hardware. And I Showed him a Dell with the same server grade hardware with out an operating system that was just about the same price. Yes that last line said No OS. So if you want top notch hardware a Mac is the way to go. That is why it feels more expensive. If you want Cheap Crap then go out and get a $300 gateway.

    Just my 2cents.

    Thanks,
    Douglas

  175. Hate to break it to ya Chris, but saying you’re a “dyed-in-the-wool Windows Mobile advocate” (as in No. 12) is not being quote-unquote Platform Neutral. Neither is your entire post, for that matter… but I’m willing to look the other way as I’m an Apple advocate myself.

    Just thought I’d point out your apparent lack of understanding of the whole concept of what ‘neutral’ meant! 😉

    I tease, I tease.
    [brk]

  176. Well, some effort went in to writing that, but somehow you just didn’t hit it spot on, sry.

    It’s been a long time since I last used any kind of mac, so I am not goind to try to take all the points apart (as someone above tried to), but one thing is bothering me.
    You say that OSX is better than anything else for powerusers, and then you compare the functions of OSX, Windows and Linux out-of-the-box ?? Well, I might be wrong here, but last time I checked, a person that could be put in the poweruser group didn’t mind installing some extra software when installing a new OS. I donn’t know if OSX is a better OS than the others, but I would rather have a more stable OS, one that did all the other core jobs of an OperatingSystem (hardware control and therefore compatability) and so on, than one that has more and better apps built in to it out-of-the-box. I don’t know if you can choose which of the apps to install in OSX, but if not, then its not a positive, its a negative. Any poweruser would rather install the apps he or she needs, that have all the apps, and therefore have alot of apps thats just taking up space.

    However, I am myself making the switch to OSX, but not for any of the specific reasons you made.
    I need a better GUI. The single desktop environment of windows is driving me mad! And since I already work with Linux, that would be the choice. As you said yourself, the only thing better than OSX is compiz, but for the love of all thats needed to work on a PC, the adobe CS3 package will not :S And I have to use it, since my job requires it.
    So, I am left with OSX and the pricy Mac hardware, and yes, it IS expensive.
    Maybe not in the states (god knows everything is almost free there) but in EU and most certanly in DK, it IS! I can build a machine for Linux/Windows that would make shame of any iMac, for about a third of the price. Maybe its because the price on regular hardware is low here, but it still remains a fact, that for some reason I am paying for 3 machines and getting one. Just to run the OS I want.

    I know it might now be fair to compare hardware prices when this is really a debate about software, but the fact remains that I have to buy the expensive hardware to run OSX. So one could say, that the greatest strength of OSX is the stability of it, which comes largely from the fact that the OSX developers knows what hardware their software will be running on, is also its greatest weakness, since the hardware costs so much.

  177. I just went browsing around some more prices for mac and they are as ridiculous as ever. As a sort of reply to Douglas what do you use that pro for? I hope its a server, because there is just no way anyone right now need dual quad-core xeons for home use. Its just insane. And to have to pay $800 for a monitor??!! And $500 for 4gb of ram???!! No thank you.

    Even if you did want to build the ultimate system, you could build an equivalent of a pro (server mb w/ 2 quad-core xeons, 4-16gb ram, 8800gt, 4hdds) for about $2000. Granted you won’t find it at dell, but spend a couple hours doing some research and find someone who halfway knows their way around a computer, and I’m sure you’ll figure it out. Not to mention you could put much better video cards than that in there, and still have a system cheaper than the pro. I wonder how many people pay for 4 2600xts and a 23 in monitor (one 8800gt is better, the 2600xt is not a good card, plus 4 of any card is just plain wasteful atm).

    I hate to break it to you guys who think your ahead of the game and cutting edge by buying the mac, but they are ripping you off bigtime. Knowledge is power.

    Anyway, the day mac stops trying to market themselves as being superior and yet offering inferior products for a much greater price, I’m stickin with my pc, and you can come up with all the reasons you want to. Maybe if I could build my own rig and put leapord on it, I would. Until then, enjoy your overpriced machines, if you only knew………

  178. spydr summed it up the best
    this list is utter BS, the majority of these reasons have corresponding stories that can be found from legitimate computer experts (rather that stupid shmo bloggers) there’s at least 10 reasons listed here that are the exact negation of the truth, where windows excels over mac os x

    i’m not really a fan of windows or mac os, but this, like almost all pro-mac lists & arguments is just a “it’s ok to bury your face in your hands” argument; considering any actual experience or fact it’s just crap

  179. It is very true that if you want a fully functional environment that can run OSX, Windows and Linux with virtualisation, you need a Mac. That’s because Microsoft allows Windows to run in a virtual machine and Apple doesn’t allow OSX to do the same. This is Apple’s fault, not Microsoft’s – why are they so frightened of letting OSX run under VMware? Are they not confident that people would continue to buy Macs without this “incentive”?

  180. Good list. I’m a die-hard linux user, but camtwist tempts me. I’m having to write my own replacement (ucanvcam) which isn’t exactly a plug-and-play solution :-). On the plus side, you can integrate lots of free software, and when the work is done, a lot of people benefit. On the minus side, it is a lot of work…

  181. I still find it scary that some devoted PC users quite simply don’t get the point. I have used both OS’s for a few years – running the same software on both. The mac I currently use is an old Dual Core 1.33 / the WinHP is a Quad core Workstation (can’t remember the exact specs) that is at least 2 years Newer than the mac. The mac continues to operate the same as the day it came out of the box (faster than the newer WinHP) & The WinHP has been rebuilt twice, has had extra RAM Added & still is unable to match the pace of the mac.
    You will get a better life expectancy out of an out of the box Mac(custom config or not) than you will out of A similarly or even higher specced ‘PC’ without having to upgrade.
    If you like tinkering, buy a ‘PC’ , If you can’t really be arsed stuffing around & want your machine to just work, buy a really good warranty for the pc, or buy a mac.
    (disclosure: written on a G4 Mac -the pc is still booting)

  182. Few facts..

    1. Mac OS X is Unix/Linux like OS

    2. Linux/[Most of the Unix flavors] are Open Source

    3. Viruses/Spyware/Malware are designed by few bad minds from Open Source community because Windows is closed source and it’s making money. [Then what’s Apple doing?]

    4. These Open source bad minds won’t mess Apple OS because again it’s a retort to Unix/Linux

    5. Unix/Linux/Mac OS X has most common utilities and tools where in Windows doesn’t

    6. When there are more user’s, chances are there for more bugs or problems

    8. It’s not like making two babies[Mac OS and Unix/Linux] sit in diapers with a rubber nipple in their mouth and a big guy playing hand full of game.

    9. All three started together [Mac OS, Unix/Linux and Windows] and there should be some reason for Windows being topping others

    10. Because Windows has got compatibility and more softwares available where in the others don’t

    11. I love Ubuntu and like wise Windows for it’s multiple application operability

    12. Mac OS has it’s own proprietary softwares

    13. Try this. Just install Windows XP or Vista and don’t install any 3rd party application. Use only Microsoft provided apps like MS Office and see if that Windows OS crashes or not. [I bet it won’t, because I’m running my Windows Vista from past 18 months unless u have some cheap hardware]

    14. Because makers know how their code executes and they know how to write programs to run on that code but 3rd parties doesn’t

    15. Hence lot of applications come up every day and a cheap minded user installs it and ends up with a crashed system

    16. But for Mac Os that’s not the case.

    Note: Don’t type something or speak in order to prove the existence of hands, computer and mouth

    Take a close look..

  183. You guys are a total joke! Almost every statement he said was false. I can list 100 reasons why windows is better than a mac, but you aren’t going to see a slew of zombies come racing in praising me. That’s cause Mac users don’t know how to STFU. They feel like they’ve joined some hip community owning a mac. OMG you guys are losers. You are still a loser sitting on your computer without friends. Oh wait, you have the mac community now… Wow, you guys are a joke. Mac’s are for morons who need to be hand fed everything and have everything dumbed down. There’s nothing the mac has on the PC except for a higher price tag. I can here you b’s whining Final Cut blah blah blah, stfu Avid, Premier, Vegas Video. Let’s just be honest, Apple sucks at making software, that’s why they went down the tube and almost died. Who saved them? Microsoft. Why were they dying, cause Mac OS 9 and below was the worst operating systems in the world. Terrible scheduling algorithms, terrible memory management. What happened? They couldn’t hack it so they bought a unix OS and put a GUI on top of it. I say hats off to the unix community for putting millions of hours into an OS and letting Apple take all of the credit for it. You got F’d.

  184. Im in a similar boat… been with Microsoft my whole life and just turned Apple…. why the hell didnt i start with Mac in the first place!!
    No viruses, no trouble…

  185. NotPartOfTheCult

    How Ironic can you be? You are the exact type of person you claim Apple users are. The very first thing out of your mouth was a lie. “You guys are a total joke! Almost every statement he said was false.” No actually everything he said was TRUE. But you have some odd, defensive inferiority complex about Apple users and your best defense is to simply ignore the facts and call every mac user a liar and moron. THe simple fact of the matter is Mac OS X does almost everything BETTER than window, linux, Unix but does it with an amazing style and simplicity. Just because it’s easier to use, doesn’t mean it’s not as powerful. In fact, it’s more powerful. For the few things Windows does as well as OS X, well see when they started, hmm, what do you know, Apple did it first, then MS copied Apple.

    As far as MS bailing out Apple, yes they did, at APPLE’S request. It was because Apple licensed out their Software and people started buying Mac-Clones, not because Apple had inferior software (which it didn’t). Go ahead and actually USE a mac for a month or so, and you’ll be just as surprised as every other switcher.

    I use both Mac and Windows (a necessary evil sometimes) and OS X is always better.

    PIRILLO
    PIRILLO
    PIRILLO

    Did you know you can hold CTRL and zoom in using the scroll wheel / scroll ball? It’s even faster that Command Option +/-!!!

  186. I just have to stop in and say thank you to the PC loving neanderthals who made reading this extremely long string of replies so amusing.

    I most enjoyed this comment: “ah hell uv never used windows have u?”

    Also kudos to Martin Pilkington with your coherent reply to the first neanderthal. Well said. Too bad no one heard it. 🙂

  187. please give alternatives on the following list if you can(even few),do not tell me about boot-camp
    (i do not want to be shifting os every time when i want something)

    When I install My versions of Windows I usually/or must installl the following programs They are a must

    -An Antivirus(karspersky/avg)(in mac os i think there is no need But it’ll be good if showed mea another security software)

    -Nero image drive or Alcohol 120%)(Cd emulation Sofware-I need to have at least one virtual cd-ROM)

    -VLC(A media player that plays AVI,DAT,FLV,MPG,MP3,MP4 and many more)

    -Wordweb(an easy dictionary that load s by just right-clicking the Word aND PRESSING crtl ,Give me an alternative)

    -A Mac os Feel(flyakite,WinOsx and other Progs-that can be easily solved by earning a Mac)

    -Powerdvd(Is there a version for the mac/how is iDVD compared to this software)

    -Jet audio(is there A mac version or better solution)
    -Windows Media Player(This is a tough one,How can I play WMV’s In a mac)
    -Ms OFfice(2003 or 2007, Compare it to the iWORk or is ther a version for the mac)
    -Notepad++(I am Web Developer Wannabe,I got to have this software(good for hand coding),or give an alternative in a mac)
    -Adobe DreamWeaver(is the amc os version the same as the Windows one or better,in terms of speed and stuff)
    -Adobe Photoshop(—-“like above”–)
    -gimpshop(—like above–);
    -Wamp 0r Xampp( they worked nicely for on windows,how are they in mac ie how are they treated mac os that has it’s own apache and php)
    -.chm files(the help file format in windows some of my books are in that format is there a solution)
    – Microsoft Programming
    -i am not yet into it(but does the mac handle this,the C#,Vb.NET ASP.net)

    -Winrar(can extract a number of files ie .zip .rar and many more is there a software that does this in a mac?)

    -C ,java and C++(i am a college boy,how does mac help me in this?)

    -Nero or any better image burner

    -Are there USB ports in a mac(do they accept Pc Mouses,keyboard,Pad on the mac os “leopard”)

    -and about the hardware(the Hard disk are they IDE or SATA,CaN i Plug my 80 Giga Seagate in a mac?)
    are macs Hardware easy to maintain like the PC
    ie change/add RAMs,change hard disks,add motherboards or do i have to buy a new every time when it breaks

    Lastly The BOOTCAMP

    Win-Software ran on bootcamp are faster or similar to a comparable Pc(you can even demonstrate it interms of games)?

    So please help me out answers this or give a reason to stay with the Xp,flame this or aanything

  188. Here’s the reason I havn’t switched… Price… I can get a Dell notebook for cheaper than a comparable Macbook/Pro, and the fact that I have been so used to the windows OS… But that’s just me…

    PS. I love the iPhone OS!!!

  189. Hmm, I’ll try to convert to mac.. Let’s see what applications I use and I’ll try those first.

    Quicken 2008…. Damn! Can’t use these files unless I use VM..

    Photoshop Elements 6… Damn! IPhoto is a lot less functional and doesn’t have hierarchial tagging like windows version. Big minus. Have to use 3rd party for hierarchial tagging and/or unintegrated bridge tool?

    I want to go to apple, but the barriers seem everywhere!

  190. I am with spydr101 on this one.
    How come all of my ‘mac friends’ are combing through their change whenever they actually need to do something…oh right any application worth the time costs $.
    My answer still stands “Don’t worry I know you are broke and don’t want to spend $ on that application but I have this freebie and can do it for you.”
    But hey they sure look cool at starf**cks coffee shop.
    I am pretty sure Chris got his through ‘sponsorship’..besides, if mac is so great why would one need vmware…oh yeah back to fact that ‘cute’ not always going to cut it.
    Enjoy your icons.

  191. You’re an idiot. Microsoft mouse is not made by microsoft; second of all the biggest reason to not switching to mac os x is no software!

  192. -An Antivirus(karspersky/avg)(in mac os i think there is no need But it’ll be good if showed mea another security software)
    **there is alternatives, use Google.. i dont feel like searching for you… if anything you can just use Norton, but there are more…

    -Nero image drive or Alcohol 120%)(Cd emulation Sofware-I need to have at least one virtual cd-ROM)
    **not sure all of what that does, but making disk images and mounting them (even .iso) as drives is all built into OSX, just double click an ISO and its mounted and treated like a disc in the drive. Disk utility will let you make images, even ones from scratch you can drop your own stuff into.

    -VLC(A media player that plays AVI,DAT,FLV,MPG,MP3,MP4 and many more)
    **a single media player that runs most everything on OSX? probably just stick with VLC, its for OSX too.

    -Wordweb(an easy dictionary that load s by just right-clicking the Word aND PRESSING crtl ,Give me an alternative)
    **built into OSX with the dictionary app.

    -A Mac os Feel(flyakite,WinOsx and other Progs-that can be easily solved by earning a Mac)
    ** huh?

    -Powerdvd(Is there a version for the mac/how is iDVD compared to this software)
    **unless PowerDVD has changed sinc ei used it years ago, it was just DVD player software. iDVD is for making DVDs, adding menus and chapters and graphics and all that, and is pretty good, best to use in conjuntion with iMovie if your making your own stuff. the app on mac called DVD Player is just a normal player.

    -Jet audio(is there A mac version or better solution)
    **uhhh.. no idea. I rip music into iTunes, i dont use anything but m4a’s or aiffs, I dont think it suports much more than that…. I’m sure theres some other app out there. Sometimes I edit music files importing them into GarageBand (comes on a Mac)… if it does some video stuff, i dont really know what to use. I rencode most of my videos just in ipod formats from EyeTV i used to record TV, or videos i already have i re-encode using Roxio Toast.

    -Windows Media Player(This is a tough one,How can I play WMV’s In a mac)
    **Sadly MS is making it tough to do DRMed Windows Media. You can use Windows media on a Mac unless its DRMed, then your crap out of luck. The normal way to do it is to play it through Quicktime with the free Flip4Mac WMP plug in…. MS now offcially says to use that on macs since they discontinued WMP for Mac a couple years back.

    -Ms OFfice(2003 or 2007, Compare it to the iWORk or is ther a version for the mac)
    **NeoOffice is a Mac-ified version of OpenOffice, or you can use OpenOffice.. or if you wanna go for not free, you can use MS Office 2008, which is actualyl pretty nice for a MS product.

    -Notepad++(I am Web Developer Wannabe,I got to have this software(good for hand coding),or give an alternative in a mac)
    **there are tons of text editors that support stuff for code editing… you can find tons for OSX just searching google

    -Adobe DreamWeaver(is the amc os version the same as the Windows one or better,in terms of speed and stuff)
    **never used it on Windows, I think its just fine on the Mac

    -Adobe Photoshop(—-”like above”–)
    **I have always liked the Mac versions better, but havent used Windows versions that much

    -gimpshop(—like above–);
    **AquaGIMP last i used it sucked, all emssed up, but a nice try. The best way to run GIMP is get the X11 version and make sure X11 support is installed on OSX…

    -Wamp 0r Xampp( they worked nicely for on windows,how are they in mac ie how are they treated mac os that has it’s own apache and php)
    **not even sure what those are exactly, but there are supposedly equivilents on all major platforms…

    -.chm files(the help file format in windows some of my books are in that format is there a solution)
    **youd have to download a .chm reader. i havent looked for on for OSX, but ive used some freebie ones for Linux before and they worked fine.

    – Microsoft Programming
    -i am not yet into it(but does the mac handle this,the C#,Vb.NET ASP.net)
    **I’m not much of a programmer…

    -Winrar(can extract a number of files ie .zip .rar and many more is there a software that does this in a mac?)
    **not hard… different ways to do it, though most people use the free version of StuffIt expander… you also have command line stuff like linux

    -C ,java and C++(i am a college boy,how does mac help me in this?)
    **you can do C, C++ and Java fine… i actually took a java class a year ago or so and the instructor hated that I wanted to use a mac and wanted to try to force me to use his stupid IDE he liked that was Windows only, but I did it all in Xcode (had to figure out some things myself, but the base code is the same) and still did everything right that i got an A in the class. Xcode is free, you just have to sign up for being an Apple developer (free) and download the Xcode package… it is a full IDE with compilers and stuff for many things…

    -Nero or any better image burner
    **I usually just use the built in stuff in OSX. Apple Disk Utility can easily make and burn images. But lotsa people perfer Roxio Toast. i have Toast, but i just use it for re-encoding videos for my ipod sometimes…

    -Are there USB ports in a mac(do they accept Pc Mouses,keyboard,Pad on the mac os “leopard”)
    **yes, and they work fine

    -and about the hardware(the Hard disk are they IDE or SATA,CaN i Plug my 80 Giga Seagate in a mac?)
    are macs Hardware easy to maintain like the PC
    ie change/add RAMs,change hard disks,add motherboards or do i have to buy a new every time when it breaks
    **being apple its about as open in types of parts as the major name PC makers like HP and Dell. meaning while you probably cant swap a motherboard, on at least a tower you can swap some stuff. all of the non-tower macs are harder to upgrade, you wont do more than RAm and hard drives really. Some models at times have CPUs in sockets, but sometimes they aren’t in sockets and ahrd soldered for saving space and cooling reasons cuz Apple makes everything as tiny as possible. If you want upgradable nice running system, and have lotsa money, you get a Mac Pro. Otherwise I’m not sure. i used to do the upgrade thing a lot back when i built my own computers for everything, but thats not as fun anymore, I’d rather buy something good and use it 3 or 4 years then get a new one.

    Lastly The BOOTCAMP

    Win-Software ran on bootcamp are faster or similar to a comparable Pc(you can even demonstrate it interms of games)?
    **bootcamp is just a boot loader/handler/installer once you have Windows installed using it, and boot the computer into Windows, its just a normal Windows computer…. so you can run all your games and everything. Your “Mac” is just a “PC” when booted directly into Windows.

  193. nicely said. personally i feel windows is rubbish…mac is just so much easier to use and looks gorgeous…windows just pales in comparison.

    plus vista is such a system hog.

  194. 50 Reasons To Stay With An XP Box:
    1. Vista has too many problems. Rest of this list regards
    PC > Mac.
    2. Save thousands on not buying new hardware and
    software.
    3. Thousands more software titles available.
    4. XP the most compatible, with the largest install base by
    far.
    5. Proactive security software like eEye’s Blink protects
    proactively as opposed to
    security by obscurity.
    6. Businesses, medical field, chose XP over Mac.
    7. Games.
    8. Connectivity.
    9. Upgradeability.
    10. Serviceability.
    11. Microsoft Office.
    12. Buy, run and update one OS only.
    13. Customizability/skinnability.
    14. Speed.
    15. Ease of use. I find customized XP easier to use than
    OSX.
    16. Macs all look the same.
    17. Don’t like attitude of Mac owners.
    18. Granularity/fine control over bits (files).
    19. More hacking tools for PC.
    20. More peer to peer options for PC.
    21. More sound card options.
    22. More graphics card options.
    23. Build it yourself for fun and profit.
    24. Macs too expensive.
    25. George W. Bush (lousy President) uses a Mac. Danica
    Patrick (sexy race car driver) uses a PC.
    26. Got to keep IT personnel employed.
    27. iPhone > Mac
    28. More programming options for PC.
    29. Relate more to “I’m a PC” ads than Mac ads.
    30. Don’t want to make fashion statement with computer.
    31. More custom software for PC.
    32. Support Bill Gates charitable efforts.
    33. Macs obsolesce faster.
    34. Lack of taskbar.
    35. No up button in Finder.
    36. Mac mousing more difficult.
    37. More hardware options for PC.
    38. Sync portable files with briefcase on PC.
    39. More open source software for PC.
    40. Multitasking easier on PC.
    41. LAN parties.
    42. Overclocking.
    44. Many of the Mac’s features can be emulated natively on
    PC (expose, stacks, dock,
    menubar, sidebar, icons, genie, spaces, widgets, font
    smoothing, spotlight, more)
    45. Quicktime bloat.
    46. Mac’s glossy display better for checking my look than
    doing work.
    47. One Note.
    48. Don’t want to spend $300 on a service warranty.
    49. My 32 inch Westy is bigger and brighter than your 30 inch
    Cinema or iMac display.
    50. Zork.

  195. It would appear that Mac ppl feel the need to spread the word. Simular to homosexual ppl. You don’t see to many hetrosexuals bleeting how good it is. nor windows followers.
    Apple followers are out blowing their trumpet all over the web.
    As are homosexuals. So is it a inferiority thing or what.???

  196. this is hilarious, windows doesnt need 50 reasons why its better, only a few prove that. like the first one where apple admits it needs window to do the real work by having boot camp….lol, try usin a mac at any job in america…..software choices…….cost of system…and no macs arent built any better, ive seen 15 year old no name pc s still going strong. vista is fine, i have an 80 year old customer using it since day one with no issues. heck, my wife is a mac tech, and guess what she uses at home….vista…lol. to be totally honest, osx has its great points, as does windows, but there is a reason windows has 90% of the market share…..and im testing windows 7 right now, its awesome.

  197. Cool stuff…infact i did the same, after having 10+ of experience of windows app dev. i switch to mac and its great, objective-c is blushing and has great future…i start dev on iphone and its great experience…hat down for mac and steve

  198. Hah, don’t need to find a reason to welcome them into mac os x. Its fact Mac is great thing, and ’till they’re (noobs) using WINDOWS, we can enjoy the best damn thing – MAC

  199. Silly, silly children. Mac is not a god. Most of you I presume never did anything much with the true mac os, pre osx & intel. (I started on apple computers BEFORE they were called macs.) Fact is no one with any computer smarts uses just mac today. You need all the os’s in your arsenal.

    Apple is a money-grubbing big business, just like gates & gang. They’re not a bunch of tender hippies trying to make the world better. Sheesh!

    Advice to all reading this: get a cheap used windows machine & network it to your mac machine. You will be much happier!

  200. Just got my first Mac. I guess I was in need of moral support when I googled and found your list.

    Um, I didn’t count, but weren’t like 1/4 of your reasons somehow related to running Windows on your Mac? Sort of counter-intuitive, don’t you think?

    Not to mention how you envision this world where everyone will see the need to triple-boot operating systems…the same people who, in your mind, only play games on their PC now.

    I could go on, and on.

    I like my new Mac, but you’re no advocate. Sounds more like someone who’s been trying so hard to talk himself into something that he’s lost the ability to reason on this subject.

  201. Where’s the best place to shop online for a used Mac? The OS X sounds good. Haven’t decided on laptop or desktop yet. Most of all looking for the best deal possible! Thanks for any and all advice… ; ) Evie

  202. What most people don’t know is how extremely powerful a Mac is for science. I use my MacBook Pro daily to work on research from home. I simulate astronomical stuff, such as planets interacting with a gaseous disk about a star. I’m currently working on my undergraduate degree in Astronomy.

    Science just isn’t done in Windows when it comes to simulation. I’m not saying science is done on just Macs; I’m saying that my MacBook is an irreplaceable tool. Simulations are written and performed on a unix or linux system. Guess what? Mac basically has Unix under the hood. It’s so damn stable because it’s an OS that is a few decades old!

    Sorry, just had to represent what is probably less than a 1% of all Mac users, the science community. It’s kind of hard to come across anybody that uses Windows for science, when so many free, more stable, or easier to program for OS’s exist.

  203. Well all i can say
    1. 2xNvidia 290 GPUs running SLI
    2. any CPU you want
    3. ever heard of Hacintosh
    4. Hey when are you gonna add some ram
    5. guess what my laptop (DELL) sleeps when you close the led but you can make it shut down or just turn off the display
    6. Macs crash a lot PCs crashes only when a retard mac user uses it
    7. Macs seems Homosexual to me
    8. well you wont get viruses unless you are a mac user downloading anything he finds online and surfs crappy web pages
    9. any of you guys aren’t employed
    10. oh get it over with and get a PC

  204. I hate mac os x waht ewer it is and our new,windows se7en (7) will be more better then that thingy , , ,one more , I HATE APPLE, I will eat it up,YAMMY HA HA HAA! Tenks

  205. i hate mac os x waht ewer it is and our new,windows se7en (7) will be more better then that mac .one more , I hate apple , they are copying our windows!!

    FROM.microsoft Corporation

  206. Hi Chris, I agree with most of what you said except for the bit about vnc being built in. Unlike remote desktop, the built in vnc doesn’t work, I got errors connecting from tight vnc and vnc viewer. A search on google shows I am not alone. This leaves the user needing to find their own vnc server for the mac which is hardly easier than setting up remote desktop.

    Also, remote desktop really is a whole generation ahead of vnc. VNC is just a viewer which sends low quality jpgs across the internet. Remote desktop has video acceleration and easily 10 times faster with significantly better quality. The way it creates it’s own desktop and resizes to the remote client’s screen is very useful. It also drops expensive themes and drops back to win2k look if required. On the other hand VNC doesn’t even have the brains to disable the background bitmap.

    Don’t get me wrong, I really like my mac but this is one area where microsoft is a loooonnggg way ahead. If MS would just drop the silly restrictions such as not being available on home editions and allow a server to be installed on all machines it would be just about perfect.

  207. U convinced me . I am reading this review that /i found randomly because I am about to go out in few hours to buy laptop (90% its gonna be the 13 inch macbook pro. I am a bit hesitated still because I am studying Computer Engineering and I am not sure if I am gonna face any problems with java programming , C programming and other types of Computer Engineering stuff !

  208. Wow, awesome list. I never knew about the Command + comma key used to bring up the System preferences. I’m going to Diigo this link so I can point my lame-o PC friends to it.

  209. @Maram — no need to worry about programming. Apple offers free download(and it is also in the Extras portion of the OS X dvd) of XCode, the full software developer package. Same concept as Visual Studio on windows. Just click on new project, choose what you want to do from a long list and there you go. I haven’t figured out how to compile an objective C application (just saves as .c to be incorporated into a larger application) but for classes that require objective C standalones i use KISS-C. Both are free.

    For other engineering things, MATLAB is available on mac, as is Mathematica, and while Pro/E and AutoCAD aren’t, there are alternatives: Google Sketchup, TurboCAD, ConceptDraw (~Visio), etc. Personally, I just boot into Windows 7 when I want to run AutoCAD (bootcamp). I like it better that way, going into the Windows side is like going into the office and it just feels like less distractions… For office documents, the MS Office suite is available (minus visio), but personally i’ve grown fonder of iWork (apple’s ‘Office’). It’s snappier, and I was won over when I found I could click and drag individual cells in Numbers (excel equivalent) rather than doing the cut/paste I had to do in Excel. Also, while MS Office installs a few thousand files all over your system, iWork is comprised of 3 files: Pages.app (word, publisher), Numbers.app (excel), and Keynote.app (powerpoint). Mac comes with Mail.app, iCal.app, Address Book.app, etc that take the place of crappy entourage. Plus it all has that simple-yet-powerful mac style.

    You’ll come to find that OS X is simple and pretty for the casual user, and incredibly powerful for the knowledgeable one. You can do so much more on a mac as you become an experienced user, from setting up complex networks and using terminal, to customization, all with the simplistic no-hassle environment that Windows has forced us to crave.

    From one engineer to another, i promise you that you will not be disappointed.

  210. i am loosing faith in apple i have always been a fan and have always recommended and used apple products , since snow leopard came along it has turned my life upside down and now i cant rely on my mac for anything any more and to add insult to injury i cant have any support for your product that doesnt work properly unless you charge me £35 to fix your apple products in fact i should be charging you , whats this world coming to , we should go back to the days where house holds dont have pcs in the home and leave them to the offices where they can only mess up the businesses that involve our finances our billing ,heating ,electricity, water ,banking and all things that dont enter the four walls of our home ha god help us the computer age is here and it is supposed to make our life better ,all i hear when there is a problem is that there is a computer problem on the other end of the phone , god help the future for us and our children the devil is upon us and he is in the shape of binary code thanks for the 3 year relationship but im dumping you and Microsoft and going back to board games ,cards, books and singing around the piano

  211. Majority of you including OP wouldn’t even consider buying Mac unless you can run Windows on it.., not to mentioning MS-Office for Mac alone had convert over 70% of all mac users from windows. Don’t lie to yourself – you trolls

  212. I know it’s old, I can see this post pissing off so many Microsoft fanboys. I’m going to read some of the comments now, I’ll sure be in for a laugh. XD

  213. “14. Because makers know how their code executes and they know how to write programs to run on that code but 3rd parties doesn’t”

    Haha…. hahahaha… ha! Hahahahahaha… You don’t work for a big software company, do you?

  214. Mac’s may be pretty immune to virus’s but from what i can read on here, anyone with the slightest bit of social engineering skill can have you all scrabling for overpriced rubbish. That in my opinion is gunna lose you more account details than any virus if thats all it takes to earn your trust. Im not even sure why the APple adverts are legal, theyr a bunch of crap

  215. I believe that windows is better than windows, thoug hI’ve never owned a linux, I l’d like to have one one day. I’m a little embarrassed that I never thought aboiut a a linux until I saw that commerical for the pc vs mac fanboy with that little choirboy quierbate as the mac. This is hte same old $hit that these fakking people always do…start a fight over which OS someone uses.

  216. I have been a mac user for a bit over 15 years. I have also used Win XP from time to time. OS X is a better OS because it doesn’t crash or freeze as often. Now when it comes to 3rd party apps I think both are the same. In some cases I have seen Windows app take on a lot more than apps built for OS X. Now when Apple makes the app for its own system then its a definitely more stable. It really hard to compare both OS but it comes down to what ever you feel comfortable with. I would also like to note that I do like the start menu (task bar) better than the dock. I will continue to use OS X forever because that is all I know now. Thanks.

  217. You should probably name this article “50 reasons why Mac is as good as Windows for twice the price.”

    Your honesty is commendable but your article doesn’t prove it’s much better…

  218. I quote Bill Blais:
    “Benefits of using a Mac for design work:

    1) Design (fits in well in a ‘design’ studio) and visually stimulates and inspires.

    2) Integration. The entire system is complete and built to work in unison = no worries.

    3) Security. How much would a virus cost your company?

    4) Smarts. I’ll say it again…
    working with a poorly integrated computer system,
    causes you to waste your time trying to get the thing to do what you want.

    If every piece of software has redesigned the menus and interface,
    it causes you to spend a lot of time learning every new detail.

    In contrast — if the interface and menus have been
    designed into the OS, and each application uses the same code,
    then the code is more efficient, the interface is more consistent,
    and the user is happier and more productive.

    It’s easier to teach a smart computer how to imitate it’s
    less capable cousin, than it is to get a disorganized computer
    to act like it’s smarter protege.

    If you consider interacting with your computer as a form of communication…
    then, why wouldn’t you want to talk to the smarter computer every day?

    Even at a higher initial cost, when you consider what’s included,
    cost of ownership and long term usability…

    Which would you want as your desktop design assistant?”

  219. And for those who still think a Mac is pricey…
    here’s why PCs are definitely far more expensive!!

    Apple’s Tech Support and also their Customer Service are second to none! Top notch indeed.

    After picking up my MB Pro from a ‘Genius’ repair, while abroad on holidays, (screen went black) I noticed that, no only the repair was done for FREE within 24 hours, including ordering parts from another country, (warranty was up 2 years ago) but they also upgraded my OS to latest and gratest Snow Leopard.
    I only noticed the OS upgrade after landed back home, after holiday abroad and call my local Apple Customer Support about it and 48 hours later they sent me the Snow Leopard disk FREE of charge!
    Although the disk is only retailed here at mere AUD$40, it was a nice touch from them and an all round good service. (I was very impressed with international repair coverage, since my Mac was acquired in UK, repaired in Portugal while on hols with a part shipped from Netherlands and the Customer Support in Australia posted me the free disk).
    Maybe their worldwide coverage is standard/normal, but if the same happens to my sister’s PC, Microsoft will most likely give her a poke in the eye!

    My 10yo 15″ Titanium is still running well and so is my wife’s 6yo iBook!!

    The same I cannot say about my family’s long count of PCs, who simply died in half the time I’ve had my Macs.

  220. “…it seems like the clunky Windows OS tends to stymie your creativity and productivity.”

    and again:
    “…the quality of the tool most definitely has an impact on the quality of the creative product”
    (imagine carving stone with cheap tools. or even a shoe maker…)

    Yes, as a graphic designer, I feel that clunky PCs/Windows OS distract me from my creativity! – It’s a fact.

    Simply put, you get what you paid for!

  221. “With Microsoft vs PC’s you have the circular finger pointing problem of a operating system company that does not make hardware. So when the computer doesn’t work right the software and hardware people point at each other instead of solving your problem.”

    With Apple, it’s simply put;
    MAC = NO PAIN, ALL GAIN!

  222. …once you convert to Mac, you never go back!
    (I never heard anyone saying it the other way round)

  223. I am going to make a list of why every single reason you posted is wrong.
    1.No. Windows 7 is highly designed for home use.
    2.Are you retarded or something?!?!?! When you close the lid of a windows laptop, it does the same thing!!!!
    3. I have only got 1 BSOD in the whole 10 years i’ve used windows. And that was when I was stress testing an extreme overcloclk (you probably don’t know what that means if you swtiched to mac)
    4.WORNG. plain worng. Less software, useless and it is NOT beautiful. An you’re talking about afordability when your buying a mac?!?!?
    5.It spilts up your processor cores and the fake os runs much slower. Supreme to just have windows here. Why would you buy a mac to just run windows anyway
    6.Wrong. Check your belifs.
    7.More teams working on a project makes it better, idiot. I don’t’t really see what your point is here
    8.Folders…….
    9. Windows 7 taskbar is way better than the shit dock
    10. The windows 7 search bar built into the start menu kicks the living shit out of spotlight.
    11.If you buy a mac, you arte a smug a**hole who likes the smell of your own farts.
    12. Irrevivant
    13. Only idiots get viruses. Also there is something call “anti-virus” I’m not sure you’ve heard of
    14. Get new friends.
    15. Windows 7 is much supeior to vista. Shut up about it already

    —–
    You did 50 of these… al finish this later… I’m getting tired….

    WI noticed in your about section you claim that you are
    “Harware Fanatic”, “Geek”, and “technology enthusiast”. But, Every sane person who knows about hardware knows that macs have
    underpowered, outdated parts.Really? The current Imac desktop has 256MB of GDDR3, not 5, while pc’s can have upto 8GB(8000MB)(2GBx4), while most have 1GB(1000MB).

    So,. this leads me to a conclusion that you are lying about yourself. So, define the following terms WITHOUT gogling them or asking anybody or anyone about them.

    SSE4 CPU Core 2 Duo

    SSD Core i7 Phenom ii

    Motherboard SATA PATA

    GPU ATI Intel

    AMD Nvidia Stream Processor

    Quad Core ROPs Mbps

    MHz Ghz Khz

    RAM BIOS CMOS

    If yu would truely a hardware fanatic, you would k every single one of these terms on the fly. You wouldn’t even need to think about it. You should also know windows is superior.

    Sorry if I seem a bit rude of offensive in parts…just trying to start a debate….

    On a closing note everyone seems to really care about disk defragmenting ting. Fix: SSD. NO Defragmentation whatsoever. Also, @ “Stupid Sucks!” No one misses parts while buying a pc. No one except for the mentally disabled.

    Sincerly,

    A Macintosh Hater

  224. I stumbled across this doing a search, on June 13th 2010.

    Its funny how 2 years later so much is different. As a long time Mac user who thought Microsoft would go under when they released Vista, I find my self in Windows 7 on my Mac’s way more these days.

    Windows 7 erases so many of items on your list. Some reality if you will today in 2010.

    * Windows 7 home group blows away anything OS X has.

    * Fit and finish Snow Leopard has so many quirks to it. Auqa scroll bars in some apps but not others?

    * The dock was dated with Leopard. Windows 7 Taskbar is hands down better.

    * Browsers on OS X pale in comparison. Safari is Sad, even at version 5.0. Firefox and Chrome are better on Windows, always have been. Chrome has kerberose support on Windows but not on Mac.

    * PC are cheaper. Last weekend on sale I bought a Sony Laptop for my daughter, 14inch, Intel i3, NVIDIA 310, 4gigs of RAM, 500gig hard drive, wireless N, GigeE, eSATA, $799 on sale. Macbook Pro with “MOST” of those specs, $1199. I don’t know what math you were taught but please that is $400 difference. I could get a full on 4 year replacement from BestBuy (where I bought the Sony) for less $400.

    * I will give you the fact that malware is just not on Mac’s, at all. That said while I have seen way to many XP machines of my rather large extended family, broken down ready to be shot with malware, I have yet to see a Vista or 7 box with malware. Not saying they cant get it, just saying I have not seen it. 99% of home users with XP run as full admins. Vista brought UAC and limited admins, 7 improves this and I bet that has a lot to do with it.

    * I am sorry, one thing that has always sucked on the Mac is office apps. Office 2010 (latest beta or RC) is 100X better than Office 2008, and 1000x better than all other options on the Mac. The same goes with other software, like Quicken. Quicken 2010, 1000x better than any financial software on the Mac. CS4 32 bit on Mac’s, 64bit on PC….nuff said.

    * Updates, what are you smoking? Apple has tons of updates, especially if you run their apps as well, like iWork. I am sure 10.6.4 will be 200meg+ easily. From what I have read, SMB sharing and video drivers. Safari 5 required a reboot for the love of God. There is no difference these days. Macs get a constant stream of updates, some quite large, 10.6.3 was over 350meg. Rebuild a Mac with 10.6 and tell me how many updates there are.

    * More and more, Apps on OS X leave lots of crud behind. AppZaper is a joke, you probably know that by now, 2 years later. A plist here a plist there, some settings files here some settings files there. Sometimes in many locations.

    As a Mac user I am way more concerned with trends. What did we hear about the Mac at WWDC…….crickets chirp…..answer….ZILCH.

    We did hear from Jobs himself at D8, that we are in the Post PC era, and PC’s (all of them including Mac PC’s) are like Trucks, some will have need them, most wont.

    Add that comment + the Mac coverage at WWDC and you get……iOS is Apple.

    Macs are being pushed way back. If you want a cheap, really good computer, there are many more Windows 7 computer for you to choose from. Apple Windows 7 is worth answering, and the answer for many is NOT iOS.

  225. I am planning to make the switch tomorrow! I’m pretty excited about getting the Macbook Pro! This post has been an extremely helpful aid toward making my decision- i shall be checking back to it more and will keep all of you updated as to how i feel having used Windows for 12 years now!
    I would also like to bring up what has attracted me to the Mac: it’s cleaner UI!

  226. I posted a comment here almost a year ago and stumbled back while doing some housekeeping on my bookmarks library. Interesting that the comments still rage forth. It’s funny to read the Windows defenders’ (at least, the arguments of which I can understand . . . to steal some of ‘The Mac Hater’s’ eloquence, some arguments are “Worng, plain worng.”)

    Anyways, I have found that the more I use OS X, the less I can stand being on a Windows machine. The one thing I hate the most is Windows simply doesn’t leave me alone! Every few seconds there’s some new popup notifying that my computer may be at risk, new updates want me to restart, something has quit unexpectedly, etc etc. It’s like being a carpenter with a hammer that cries to you every time you use it.

    Another thing that bugs me about Windows is the strange set of hoops the applications have to jump through to run. Some software only runs on .NET framework 1.1, while other software refuses to run unless you have .NET 2.0 and SP2. Then the drivers become issues.

    As for hardware, sure you can get components with similar values for cheaper if it’s a PC, but it isn’t going to run as well in most situations because you have a mixture of parts from various manufacturers chosen by cost to be assembled at a namesake-company. Yes, Mac’s are similar in that the hard drive might be made by Seagate, the graphics chipsets by NVidia, etc, but the key difference is Apple knows exactly what is going in their computers. Knowing exactly what is going in their computers, they can develop their software to operate efficiently with that hardware. Having an operating system that knows exactly what its dealing with in terms of hardware is what makes a Mac — a Mac.

    Finally, I read so much of Mac users who make the jump from Windows to Mac (and they are typically the most passionate supporters), but I never read of people jumping from Mac to Windows (let alone being a passionate supporter of Windows). Ironically, many people I’ve spoken with who are on the Windows side of the debate have very little experience on a Mac. I’d take it from the Mac users who jumped from the M$ ship. If anything you can rest assured they’ve seen both sides of the border to make an assessment to the usability of the operating system they’re defending. I admit, though, that that is a biased assertion seeing as it’s already been established that the only users with experience in both OS’s are Mac supporters 🙂

    I’ll check back in another year to see how this situation has progressed.

    1. Exactly.  My boyfriend and I were debating between Mac and PC today (hence why I am on this website) and he hasn’t had a lot of experience with Mac.  He tries and tries to convince me that PC’s are better, yet, whenever I use PC, I get really frustrated because I have forgotten how to use them.

      Also, Apple’s Customer Service is amazing.  I had issues with the mouse pad and CD player.  Turned it in on Wednesday and it was finished by Friday.

      Also, another reason why I love my Mac, the battery life lasts a very long time.  Where I live, we had a really bad thunderstorm and the power went out.  I had my laptop on from 1 PM until 5:30 PM without it dying.  Of course the only thing I was doing was listening to music.  But my boyfriends PC only lasts a couple of hours without the cord.  He cannot go anywhere without his cord.

      Also, I am in school, and bringing a heavy laptop to class along with the text books is painful and redundant.  Macs are small and thin.  I take my laptop almost everywhere. 

      Mac is convenient and easy to use.  I feel that those who are “Anti-Mac” have never experienced with Mac and don’t know anything about them.

    2. Exactly.  My boyfriend and I were debating between Mac and PC today (hence why I am on this website) and he hasn’t had a lot of experience with Mac.  He tries and tries to convince me that PC’s are better, yet, whenever I use PC, I get really frustrated because I have forgotten how to use them.

      Also, Apple’s Customer Service is amazing.  I had issues with the mouse pad and CD player.  Turned it in on Wednesday and it was finished by Friday.

      Also, another reason why I love my Mac, the battery life lasts a very long time.  Where I live, we had a really bad thunderstorm and the power went out.  I had my laptop on from 1 PM until 5:30 PM without it dying.  Of course the only thing I was doing was listening to music.  But my boyfriends PC only lasts a couple of hours without the cord.  He cannot go anywhere without his cord.

      Also, I am in school, and bringing a heavy laptop to class along with the text books is painful and redundant.  Macs are small and thin.  I take my laptop almost everywhere. 

      Mac is convenient and easy to use.  I feel that those who are “Anti-Mac” have never experienced with Mac and don’t know anything about them.

    3. I personally switched from Mac to Windows just after when Mac OS X came out simply because Mac just wasn’t doing it for me. I started my computing geekdom with an Apple Macintosh back in ’93. During elementary school, I was using the Apple IIe, and the Apple Macintosh as well. Some of my friends had windows 95 and 98 machines along the way, but the only thing I did on them was play DOOM. In 1999 I moved to a new state and called a new place my home. My new schools all had Windows machines of varying age and had either Win98 or Win95 on them. I had to learn windows really really quickly. Mac OS X was the new thing in 2001, and I really wanted to get it, badly. One of my friends eventually got a Macbook Pro and I was able to tinker with Mac OS X, but by this point I had learned a lot about windows, and the differences between both of the OSs. Macs were NOT gaming friendly (at that point) and when Windows XP dropped, I had become a hardcore PC gamer because what you could do with a game on Windows versus it’s counterpart on a console (if it had a counterpart at all mind you) was amazing. I then made my choice. I switched from Mac to Windows… and I haven’t looked back since. My sister at one point (during Vista’s timeframe) got a Macbook Pro as well so I tinkered with it for awhile but decided I really didn’t care for it, and I was already dual-booting my machine with Windows XP and Linux Fedora 12-14 (as they updated, so did I to the new release). Since all of that, I’ve obtained a new PC with Windows 7 Professional as it’s OS and I can’t even fathom using Mac OS X now. As far as I’m concerned, Windows 7 beats out Mac OS X any day of the week, PROVIDED YOU KNOW HOW TO TAKE CARE OF WINDOWS. Regular maintenance is required. Make sure you defrag at least once a week with a third-party program (schedule it for when you’re sleeping, and you won’t have to even think about it after that). Make sure you have at least Microsoft Security Essentials installed (also schedule an anti-virus scan when you’re asleep, and you won’t have to think about this step either), and a third-party Firewall such as Zone Alarm. With these steps in place, Windows XP and Windows 7 can run as efficiently as Mac OS X with ease. This laptop I’m currently on has specs that put any mac with an equal price to shame.

      My current computer spec sheet from where I bought it from:

      http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0373584

      2.2 Quad-Core Intel Core i7
      8GB 1333 MHz DDR3 SDRAM – 2x4GB (maximum supported is 16GB)
      2x500GB Serial ATA Drives at 7,200 RPM
      SuperSpeed Multi DVD±RW DL/CD±RW
      15.6 inch LED 1080p HD widesceen display

      Plus many more features for $1,300.

      As close as possible with a Macbook Pro:

      2.2GHz Quad-core Intel Core i78GB 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM — 2x4GB (maximum supported is 8GB)750GB Serial ATA Drive at 7200 rpmSuperDrive 8x (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display

      $2,598.00 before tax… This doesn’t include the many of other features that my laptop has, including the extra upgradability to 16 GB of ram (which I did immediately at purchase). Needless to say, this laptop still has more features than the equivalent Mac computer has, and for literally half the price.

      Mind you, all of this is said in the interest of gaming, because that’s what I am. A gamer, so I don’t hate Mac computers, I just hate their pompous userbase that believe that they’re so superior to Windows users.

      Last thing, here’s a little something for you Mac users to know, because it is kinda important for you (no offense, truly warning you):

      http://news.cnet.com/8301-13579_3-57421513-37/kaspersky-mac-security-is-10-years-behind-microsoft/?ttag=fbw

  227. As a developer for Unix and Windows machines I have to say that Mac OS is not perfect. For average users Mac is simpler to use with less work required by the user. When it comes down to it, both operating systems can do what you want them to. For your average user a correctly configured $200 PC gets the job done. For those of us who want more out of our computer than just word processing, we have to choose the OS that will allow us to do what we want. If what you want is simple video editing, Mac may be the choice for you. If you want to use specific applications for windows, that may be a better choice.

    Over all, no OS is the best, so don’t switch if you are already getting what you want!

  228. These points are so unbelievably trivial. Id rather buy a pc for a third of the price. and if it breaks i could buy another with change to spare. of course its not hard to avoid screwing up a pc ever since… i dunno vista???

  229. It has been clear for the last 5 years that Apple has been treating its customers just like Microsoft did when they were all powerful. Try taking an Iphone overseas and using it on another network. Crash and burn. Just wasted $1K. Never will I recommend Apple I-Phones. Android or even Microsoft are better.

    1. wow ur stupid too, me and my family travels ALLLOT i take my iphone 4 everywhere and works AWESOME JUST LIKE GOD CREATED IT TO BE.

      OH and another thing iphone is so good that even GOD has one 

  230. Been a Windows user for about 10 years, but in 2010, despite Microsoft has a new toy called Windows 7, i switched to a Mac.

    I like new challenge, and Mac is a different world that i want to explore.

    And from my 8 months experience, i find that somethings are better in Windows especially Windows 7 (It’s in my friends laptop). Like the thing they called “snap?”, and “Quick Preview?” to instantly show a document that i search.

    But nevertheless, i still like my Mac. Why? Cause it’s a lot more FUN to use, something that i don’t get from Windows. And personally, i don’t think i can go back to Windows again.

  231. I found this article to be very interesting to me as I’m thinking of making the switch myself. I have to say, I didn’t realise how compatible a mac is these days. Thanks for a great read, it will definately form part of my research! Cheers.

  232. Windows users need Mac software more than Mac users need Windows software? Really? Can someone enlighten me to this “cold, hard fact” or are you just flat out telling lies to hit the 50-point quota?

    1.  What Chris meant is that, if you use Mac, you wouldn’t really bother using softwares from Windows. For exemple, Using Microsoft Office on a Mac would be nearly obsolete now that you look at iLife and everything it does.

      Now, lets put it the other way around. Lets say you are a windows user and need to use Mac software. I can easily tell a Mac software that the huge majority of Windows user use: iTunes. Sure, there are windows equivalents of it, but… nothing as good. And I see tons of stuff on windows that is ripoff from Mac. RocketDock is a good exemple. People always wanna use it because its so convenient and good looking. Guess what? Its a (poorly made) copy of the Mac’s Dock, and doesn’t work as well either.

      Well, there you go 🙂 I hope I did answer your question.

  233. you are an idiot apple don’t make the hardware it’s all the same stuff nvidia ati intel open one up an have a look
    macintosh just glue it together and put it in a shiny case with an apple on the top

    unix is a linux based language and is limited the reason there are no viruses is because the commands needed to create such a program are non-existent

    all your other point’s are just how osx can now do what windows has done for years

    windows 7 comes with dx11

    anything I plug in is ready in less than a minute drivers installed automatically

    after the first few updates all my vista problems were sorted I can’t even remember what colour the BSOD is

    I don’t ever need any Apple software the only selling point for me is logic pro

    1. Think you’ll find that UNIX isn’t a Linux based language mate, Linux is  UNIX based operating system.

      I don’t think anybody forgets what colour the BSOD is, just when they last saw it!

    2. You know what just don’t write anything anymore cause you sound like a lunatic. And one of your quotes is extremely incorrect. All the THINGS Mac is currently doing now is just to show how crap and stupid windows really were all these years. And soon Mac OS X LION is gona come out. And once again WINDOWS IS GOING TO BE SOOOOOOOOO FARRRRRRRR BEHIND AGAIN that they wont even be in the computer industry! 

      REALLLLY NICE ARTICLE NASH

  234. 1 more reason I would like to add, that’s Quick Look. No similar application for windows. It previews quickly any of the file you got. Such as it will show you contents of MS Office file while office isn’t installed at all.

  235. Apple Fool go back to school >.>

    Apple knows his products are shit, that’s why the logo is a half-finished apple; gave up 1/3 of the way =p that’s what mac is…think about it… =.=

  236. Thanks for a great article, and thanks to all the commentors for pointing out their angles and experiences on both mac an pc.

    I have been building pcs and networks, both Linux an windows for the last 15 years, and like to think I have enough experience to have a comment here as well.

    I have only worked on a few macs over the years for clients and friends, and dispite the debates on both sides, I have always thought mac to be very good only for users with basic needs, and of course designers and arty people, but far too over priced. However, I must add that every time I setup a device or networ connection for a mac friend, I was always impressed by how simple yet effective it was to do so.

    Vista, dispite what some claim, was a disaster for me, and many of my clients and friends. It had me serriously looking at mac for my own home computer. But again the price was an issue for me. Even if it’s better, is it so much better as to be worth the extra price tag?

    Late 2009 windows 7 came out, and I loved it, everything just worked so well, and not as resource hungry as vista.

    Feb 2010 I was in the market for a powerful laptop that could run Photoshop cs3 fast, while I travelled for 3 months non stop, on a photographic trip. After looking hard at the MacBook pro, I decided a Sony Vaio would suite me better, at nearly half the price!

    The vaio does run very well, but is also very bulky, 16.4inch screen, etc. Dispite the 6 cell battery, it wants to shut down, battery low, after just 1.5 to 2 hours! Although windows 7 power management is much improved, at times it still does not wake up well from sleep. Also, the battery for some reason takes very long to charge fully (2.5 to 3 hours!).

    More recently I have really started to feel that I really need a battery that lasts much longer. It’s embarasing to have to have to ask clients for a power point in the middle of a meeting. At conferences power is often not available to everyone, so I have to go very early to book a seat nearby a power point.

    2 December 2010 I finally bought my first mac. This time my priority was not on a powerful laptop, but more important to me this time was battery life, portability and still a decent size screen (I can’t stand screens with low pixel count, and limited desktop space!). So I got a MacBook Air 13inch.

    A claimed 7 hour (yea right I said, but even 4 or 5 would be great improvement) and very small thin portable, yet still very strong aluminium unibody, and 1440x900px screen (same as the 19inch screen I use on my desktop), and nearly half the price of the 17inch MacBook Pro!

    I did not expect it to run Photoshop cs5 well, or Lifhteoom, or any decent games. This laptop was purely to be a portible work machine with good battery life.

    Boy was I surprised at what this low spec machine could do!

    It runs extremely fast for it’s spec, mostly thanks to the flash memory hdd built into the mainboard. Games, COD4, and Photoshop cs5 run very fast. This little portable laptop has very quickly taken over as my main workstation at home and on the road

    mac osx leopard is unix based, and very quick. Instantly opening apps, wonderful! I have only had to reboot once in the last 2 weeks (updates). Sleep and wake up is instant! (pc users, just have a look at one, it’s realy super fast), and wireless is connected within 3 seconds of opening the laptop!

    Logitech bluetooth mouse worked first time, flawlessly after every sleep/wake up. Battery actually lasted 6.5h to 25% on my first test, and 8 hours on my second test! This is with wireless internet and Bluetooth running all the time!

    Multidestops are wonderful to organize the apps I like to keep running all the time, and app switching is instant, even with cod4 running in the background.

    I’m not a total mac convert (yet), but certainly see how for my specific needs this really I’d a better machine.

    Both mac and windows will be around for many years to come, but mac will get a stronger user base in the years to come.

    Mac is certainly not just for people worried about style / to be cool! I need the best tools for my job, and in this case mac wins by a long shot. For a different use, pc may win for you.

    Define your needs first, then look at both pc and mac, and decide for yourself which is better. After all it’s only YOU that is going to be stuck using it for the next 2 / 3 years.

    To both mac and pc fans: don’t forget there is awonderful world out there that you my never get to see if you sit behind any computer all the time. Get a camera… 😉

    1. You do realize that PC means “Personal Computer” right? The term PC has nothing to do specifically with Windows. So you said, “I think it’s hilarious that I’m a long-time personal computer user, but I’m reading this on a Mac.”

      That makes absolutely no sense . . . Go kill yourself.

      1. John, your life sucks. How about you get smart and read a book. Btw other person that is hilarious.

      2. John, your life sucks. How about you get smart and read a book. Btw other person that is hilarious.

      3. Don’t tell people to kill themselves, we’re just talking about computers, it’s not a big deal, it’s just an electronic device… calm down.

  237. After reading the post and commnets and my personal experience, I come to conclusion that PC with Windows 7 is way better than a MAC could ever be. Any1 who is goin for switch,don’t. Windows 7 is exceptionally great. I even cant believe myself that it is this great. Every reason you mentioned, is totally fooli. You had made a fool of you saying things which u dont know. Let it be programming, graphics, medical software, scientific software and any field MAC is not 10% near to windows7. Apart from it, MAC is built on Unix so if you want to try, try Linux rather than going for MAC. MAC may look appealing at time if you haven’t used it but once you start using it, after some time, you’ll find that 7 is way better.
    Mark My Words….I have used everything and after crashing Linux,MAC, I am back on Windows7!!
    T

    1. You should consider the fact that this list was made several years ago. Therefore some reasons on this list may be outdated, and new reasons will have replaced those.

    2. You should consider the fact that this list was made several years ago. Therefore some reasons on this list may be outdated, and new reasons will have replaced those.

    3. ya you suck…maybe more than windows does (ha that’s not possible) he summed it up for you perfect, Mac is better for everything but gaming and professional use.  For the record, if macs made gaming computers and video games supported mac it would be better than windows any day. Not to mention how much of a resource hog windows 7 is… do YOUR research buddy.

      1. mac hardware is too crap to play good games with nice quality, i was actually surprised to see intel 3000’s on macbook pro’s

  238. Why is it that there are many Windows Fanboys on this article trying to defend the OS. I mean its for people who are looking for advice and NOT A MINDF**K. 

    So please Windows Fanboys just let it be…. As a matter of fact i was also a windows user but recently changed to a mac. And i have no hesitation in saying that the machine is a work of art. It’s the closest you can get to perfection as of today

  239. we don’t have to pay for wireless (in Australia, I don’t know about anywhere else), you’re a sucker for marketing, try taking the battery out of your Iphone, or, putting a bigger memory card in it, oh wait, you can’t, you’re stuck, you lose. Try using apple software on a regular pc, you can, but it hogs the processor because an Ipod runs 6 processes JUST TO HAVE IT PLUGGED IN. I’m not a nerd, but I’ve never called customer support…BECAUSE I’VE NEVER NEEDED TO! You’re all jaded by advertising, get some education or research under your belt before you start blurting off about how good something is…..

    1. Why would you even want to take out your battery?  I have never had any reason to remove the battery from my phone.  As for the bigger memory card: the iPhone has plenty of room on its flash drive (16GB or 32GB to be exact).  Therefore, I’m not stuck and I don’t lose.  The software problems are there because Windows is terrible at running multiple processes, on Macintosh, it’s no big deal.  I have a MacBook Pro and I’m currently running 18 applications, 90 processes, and 501 threads and 70% of my processor is idle.  We do have one thing in common, however, and that is that neither of us has called customer support… because we’ve never needed to!  Maybe you should learn more about Macintosh and Apple before you start ‘blurting off’ about how bad something is…..

  240. Great post, especially as I have made the switch to Mac myself in the last few days. So far so good, but the speed I do things has taken a hit while I get used to certain things. The killer thing for me was Parallels, so I can run Windows 7 in a Windows. It works perfectly.

    I am blogging about my switching experience, please come and visit me!

  241. I’ve been using a mac for a little under 6 months I find it so much simpler it’s easier to shut down non responsive programs just by clicking command option escape instantly! Were is on a windows computer you wait for around 2 minutes after trying to quit.
    Also on a mac to get things like this; ♥☺ all you have to click is command option T.
    taking screenshots is also a simple task to get a certain area all you need to do is click command option 4.
    You can also find files simply by using the spotlight to search
    all you mac haters simply haven’t tried to use a mac
    it’s funny because i’m only 12 and I already have realised a mac is simply AWESOME

  242. I think you’re mistakenly confusing the merits of “innovation” with “utility”. Right clicking for cotext menus is only logical and a multibutton mouse, like the Mighty Mouse, is far more than a right clicker. Silly apple people.

    1.  Or you could just buy a two-button (or more than that. I heard even 17-button mouses exist… ) for your Mac (any USB mouse works on it) and stop whining about that 🙂

  243. I’ve had my fair share of both computers, but not with the new windows 7 or anything like that..
    On a macbook pro 15 inch and its a great computer, things I like most are the multi-touch trackpad, makes computing so much easier! But there are a lot of things wrong with this computer and just apple products. I’m finding at about the 2 year mark of having an apple product they simply just start to break down. Examples: my ipad, ipod touch and macbook pro.
    the iPad is a year old and the itouch about 8-9 months and already they are going downhill. 

    I do not heavily use them at all, just occasionally, in fact, I replaced my ipod touch with a smartphone and the ipad is just a bigger, fatter version of an itouch! <– figured that out AFTER i bought it -_-
    anyways they just go slow.
    They don't make them like they used to, its all assembled in china now and I know I may sound really idiotic right now saying "oh it was made in china, its bad" but let's be honest here, they get the job done for little pay, whether its done good or bad. And not to mention the ipad doesn't have its own little experience that Android tablets(android 3._ Honeycomb and the new ones)  do, its same as itouch and iphone..
    Not completely hating on apple though, but the only thing I like about the Mac is OS X and the trackpad.
    You DO NOT get what you pay for. 
    I've had to visit the Genius Bar over at the local apple store about 5 times
    These things have a lot of problems ahh
    1st visit- computer wouldnt turn on- a month after I got it. Only things I've been doing are safari and itunes 
    2nd visit- The fan was like at war with something and kept making the most obnoxious sound ever, just going WHURRR BURRR WHURRR WHURRR 
    3rd Visit- I don't know exactly but it was like this grinding sound…
    4th- The screen turned pink and purple- quite a sight to see but it turned pink and purple after restarting the computer, tried restarting again and would just stay as a fusion of pretty colors.
    5th- the computer just froze. froze up like something in a blast chiller.

    These all happened within the first year I had this computer, I treat my computer like a god.. – ok not really but I do treat it nicely. never dropped, and always used gently. 

    Apple has become one of those companies where you can get something just as good or better but they charge you more just because of the brand name they have. Honestly, after my experiences with Apple, people mostly buy them for their looks or just the sake of being trendy or cool or whatever ESPECIALLY THE iPHONE OH GOODNESS.  <— I did, but also none of the pc's seemed fairly decent at the time. Purchasing a samsung 9 series soon. And another PC, One that doesn't come with a lame 250gb and I can get for half the price! 

  244. I’ve had my fair share of both computers, but not with the new windows 7 or anything like that..
    On a macbook pro 15 inch and its a great computer, things I like most are the multi-touch trackpad, makes computing so much easier! But there are a lot of things wrong with this computer and just apple products. I’m finding at about the 2 year mark of having an apple product they simply just start to break down. Examples: my ipad, ipod touch and macbook pro.
    the iPad is a year old and the itouch about 8-9 months and already they are going downhill. 

    I do not heavily use them at all, just occasionally, in fact, I replaced my ipod touch with a smartphone and the ipad is just a bigger, fatter version of an itouch! <– figured that out AFTER i bought it -_-
    anyways they just go slow.
    They don't make them like they used to, its all assembled in china now and I know I may sound really idiotic right now saying "oh it was made in china, its bad" but let's be honest here, they get the job done for little pay, whether its done good or bad. And not to mention the ipad doesn't have its own little experience that Android tablets(android 3._ Honeycomb and the new ones)  do, its same as itouch and iphone..
    Not completely hating on apple though, but the only thing I like about the Mac is OS X and the trackpad.
    You DO NOT get what you pay for. 
    I've had to visit the Genius Bar over at the local apple store about 5 times
    These things have a lot of problems ahh
    1st visit- computer wouldnt turn on- a month after I got it. Only things I've been doing are safari and itunes 
    2nd visit- The fan was like at war with something and kept making the most obnoxious sound ever, just going WHURRR BURRR WHURRR WHURRR 
    3rd Visit- I don't know exactly but it was like this grinding sound…
    4th- The screen turned pink and purple- quite a sight to see but it turned pink and purple after restarting the computer, tried restarting again and would just stay as a fusion of pretty colors.
    5th- the computer just froze. froze up like something in a blast chiller.

    These all happened within the first year I had this computer, I treat my computer like a god.. – ok not really but I do treat it nicely. never dropped, and always used gently. 

    Apple has become one of those companies where you can get something just as good or better but they charge you more just because of the brand name they have. Honestly, after my experiences with Apple, people mostly buy them for their looks or just the sake of being trendy or cool or whatever ESPECIALLY THE iPHONE OH GOODNESS.  <— I did, but also none of the pc's seemed fairly decent at the time. Purchasing a samsung 9 series soon. And another PC, One that doesn't come with a lame 250gb and I can get for half the price! 

  245. The very first Crane Stand was crafted of powder-coated steel with the help of aeronautical engineer and designer Brandon Wilke. The mobile laptop stand was first released at Decibel Festival (An International Electronic Music Festival) in 2008 in Seattle and received an overwhelmingly positive response from the music community. Soon thereafter, hands were shook securing a deal with a large-scale distributor, and it wasn’t long until the Crane Stand was in full scale production.

     

  246. There is no difference between any operating system of this modern age, anyone who tells you otherwise is an idiot. If you are able to regularly buy Apple products then you have too much money mostly due to the country you live in.

  247. I can only speak for myself, and yes, I am one of those arty creative people with thick modern glasses and a black coat. I have worked on a Mac forever and all I can say is that I run my own company for 6 years, always working on Macbook Pro’s, and I have never been let down. I can work wherever I want, I open my machine, I am online, and everything is ready to go. My iPhone and iPad are easily synchronized and Time Machine on my wireless disk makes sure that I don’t loose anything. Whenever I sit down at a Windows machine I simply cannot imagine that the majority of the world has to sit down and look at this amazingly ugly interface which stupid icons and popups that cry for attention. It’s like being in a playground with impatient kids.
    It is just a real pleasure to work with a Mac, and if the price is an issue, think again. A Mac is a piece of juwelery that does any job for you. No I don’t work at apple I am simply a huge fan because of the reliability and beauty of the machines period.

  248. Windows 7 isn’t so bad at all. Mac’s UI might be pretty sexy but does that really matter? Windows 7 is for serious work while the mac’s are just the sexy looking type you use for picture and video editing. Big businesses all over the world use pc’s and few use mac. but w/e fits people the most then good for them! I love my Windows 7 laptop!

  249. Regardless of when this was posted, Windows 7 runs circles around a mac. Funny thing, people want to run windows software on their macs, but Windows users do not want to run mac software on their PC’s. Wonder why? I am an avid power user of both, (PC at home and mac at work.), I cannot see any advantage to a mac. Macs are very, very overpriced, and the only way to upgrade one is to replace it. Consider this, $1800.00+ for a new Imac, $1200.00 for a comparable PC and I can upgrade it as needed. As far as issues go, Macs have just as many problems, if not more than Windows does. If you want a high priced toy, get a mac. If you want a serious system, go with Windows!

    1. @8c6f60978693ce4b8158da58b03ad1ff:disqus thx for sharing. I’m also a power user (my hobby is NLE as well). In my life I’ve used different systems: UNIX (IRIX), Linux, MAC OSX, Windows and I am HAPPY to use UNIX based systems far more than Windows.I can rely on UNIX much more than on Windows. That’s why MY PRIMARY SYSTEM IS MAC OSX. I hate slow n messy Windows, I find no delight in fighting pop-up notices in lower-right corner, or waiting minutes till Windows finishes doing sth to allow me to open a file or a window. I’m not keen on buying such a system for over $100. Stating than MAC OSX has as many problems as Windows is a fallacy – it’s an empty statement, without giving a suitable, appropriate comparison of problems.
      Your last sentence is a pure fallacy…. but one thing is true: WINDOWS IS OVERPRICED (compare value for money).

  250. “When I close the lid to my MacBook Pro, it falls asleep. When I open the lid to my MacBook Pro, it wakes up.”Don’t Windows-powered laptops do exactly the same thing?”A single SKU of Leopard is both 32-bit and 64-bit compatible…Why should a consumer have to come to a decision on which code to run – or understand the differences between them in the first place?”I’m not sure whether I understand what you mean, but don’t WoW, NTVDM and other tools built into Windows allow modern-bit installations to run legacy-bit software? Or do you mean installing Windows itself?”Joining wireless networks in OS X is easier and more refined, easily accessible. The tools for networking don’t seem overly complex, either.”Clicking a button on the task bar, and choosing a network to connect to. That’s sufficiently simple.
    Some of the “features” of OS X are just annoying. The maximise/restore button is unpredictable. What’s the point of having a desktop if there are no icons on it? Why is the power on/off button hidden behind the computer?

  251. At the moment all three pcs in my house are windows. It mad, one of them Is xp, one of them is vista and one of them is 7 and they are all crap. The ui is horrible, every minute you get stopped to be told how something is not working properly. You get a notification when you plug a fucking memory stick in, as though you didn’t realise what you were doing. It’s so slow to do something and when a program crashes you have to try and close it a hundred times before it does anything then you get 10 notifications asking if you want to send error reports to microsoft, telling them how shit their os’s are and what could be done to fix it. I bet those messages never even get read if anyone does bother to send the error report.
    I really want to change to macs and the only thing stopping me is money, I’m 13 s it hardly comes in from all directions. I’m not sure whether to get a mac mini as soon asi have the money or save up for a 13″ air or wait for ages and get a top range pro. Any advice would be great thanks.

  252. Being a former “IT guy” and all around die-hard PC gamer and custom builder for many years, I never thought that at would agree with an article like this. Had I read this a few years back, I would have been all over the comments bashing Mac’s and OSX as many uninformed PC users do. I say uninformed due to the many videos, comments and articles I view online from Windows users stating outdated or false reasons that “Macs Suck.” But things have definitely changed for me since I decided switch to what I previously referred to as the “Dark Side.”

    My first Mac was a 2011 15in MacBook Pro with a 2.2GHz Quad-Core i7 that I bought impulsively at an Apple Store one day. I later learned that this model is the most ridiculed by the “PC community” as an under-powered, over-priced, and all around horrible laptop. I am not going to pretend that it didn’t bother me at first, because it did. Being the type of guy who always heavily researched everything I bought, I considered returning the Macbook and never speaking of the incident again. On the other hand, I found the whole Apple experience very exciting and completely foreign compared to buying a laptop from a PC manufacturer. Everything from the actual purchase from the Apple Store, to the beautiful packaging, to the rigid feel of the MacBook, made me feel like I had just bought a product of extremely high quality from a company who cared about details.

    For about the first week I struggled with OSX. My first mistake, which many former PC users make, is that I was trying to use it as if it was a Windows machine. For anyone who has just switched or is thinking about switching, do not make this mistake. The sooner you realize that you are going to have to “unlearn” some common Windows habits, the sooner you can move forward with OSX. However, it only took me about a month to get my workflow up to par with that of Windows. Which is incredible considering it took me years to master Windows.

    Once the initial one month learning curve was over with, I was completely in love. The power, stability, and beauty of this machine was nothing short of amazing to me. This LAPTOP felt faster than any PC desktop that I had built and was eons ahead of any Windows based laptop I had ever owned or used. (Personally, I think all PC laptops are crap. I always have, this is of course just my opinion; obviously I haven’t used any newer models). For once I felt like the Operating System of my computer was there to work FOR me and the applications I ran, rather than me having to work for it. People bitch-and-moan about the prices of Macs but this fact alone makes Macs worth double what you pay for them now. Trying to go back to using a Windows PC for anything but gaming is just not worth it to me anymore. I tinker around on my gaming desktop from time to time and can’t believe what I use to have to put up with. While OSX is not perfect, and has occasional hiccups, these instances are extremely rare and are nothing compared to the issues I’ve encountered in Windows.

    Now that I have a little over a year of experience with OSX I have to say that I am still in love. My MacBook Pro runs just as fast (actually faster since I installed a 256GB Vertex 3 SSD) as the day I bought it and is now accompanied by a 27in iMac. Once you fully understand OSX you will clearly see all of the failings of Windows. I’m sure that I will be called an Apple fanboy and this and that, but I really couldn’t care less. People who say that “Macs Sucks” or they are just “FaceBook machines” are almost always, at least 99% of the time, people who have never given OSX a chance. I guarantee they’ve either tried OSX for 10 minutes and used it as if it were Windows or they are just basing their opinions on what they’ve heard other bitter PC users say.

    In conclusion. I would like for anyone who is reading this to understand that I don’t have a devotion toward any corporation. I find that people who mindlessly defend or stand by huge corporations like Microsoft or Apple to be completely pathetic. I am simply using what I find works for me the best. The second Microsoft or any other company is able to create a better experience than what I get out of my Mac than I will switch in a second. Windows to me, is just not a quality product. When you use a Windows PC after OSX, you get the feeling that things were just half assed. Windows has always been a sub par experience and Windows users will tell you this. If you talk to a die-hard Windows user about Microsofts many failings you will be in complete agreement; however, if you bring up Apple or OSX they will defend Windows to the death. Pathetic.

    1. Wow, you really thought alot about that huh 😀 Good read nevertheless.

      Actually my Mac read it to me. teehee. I just highlight text and set the “text to speech” to read any text upon hitting a hotkey shortcut…. sweetness.

  253. I use a PC for personal use, and a Mac for work, therefore, I agree with most of the article. But: ”
    Call me crazy, but I love the fact that in OS X, the keyboard shortcut for opening Preferences is always the same (Command + Comma). Convenient. Dependable. Quick. “. Wtf Chris.

  254. I don’t know how I put up with Windows all these years before discovering the Mac, but I know that I’m never going back 🙂

  255. Same price huh? Built a mac pro that comes close to competing with my 3770k build for about 50$ more than it, and I’m SLI-ing gtx 690s. Sup?

  256. I’m a step above a power user as a software engineer. I now code for the iPad and can say that the MAC software development tools are the worst I have ever used. Their software development tools have more 1 star ratings on the app store than all the other star ratings combined for the same product, it sickens me how much their tools crash and slow down the coding process.

    1. Exactly! I couldn’t agree more with Paul. There is no comparison between X-Code and Visual Studio. Coding for the iPad feels like going back to the dark ages. The development tools are at least a decade behind Microsoft and Objective C is not even close to the .NET version from a decade ago.

      It is easy to see that the Mac focus is on presentation and effects rather than feature and function. The app store is miles behind Android even which at least has an option to roll the app back to an earlier version.

  257. 50 reasons to use windows:
    1: Games.
    2: Games.
    3: Games.
    4: Games.
    5: Games.
    6: Games.
    7: Games.
    8: Games.
    9: Games.
    10: Games.
    11: Games.
    12: Games.
    13: Games.
    14: Games.
    15: Games.
    16: Games.
    17: Games.
    18: Games.
    19: Games.
    20: Games.
    21: Games.
    22: Games.
    23: Games.
    24: Games.
    25: Games.
    26: Games.
    27: Games.
    28: Games.
    29: Games.
    30: Games.
    31: Games.
    32: Games.
    33: Games.
    34: Games.
    35: Games.
    36: Games.
    37: Games.
    38: Games.
    39: Games.
    40: Games.
    41: Games.
    42: Games.
    43: Games.
    44: Games.
    45: Games.
    46: Games.
    47: Games.
    48: Games.
    49: Games.
    50: Games.
    I think that sums it all up, Windows won.

    1. hehe. But I can still run Windows on a Mac, be it either Boot Camp or Parallels VM. Portal 1&2 are supported, the others well… that I’ll have to get running with Boot Camp. But then again, most of my games these days are on the PS3. And it seems that Valve and id Software still are doing the multi-OS approach; they’re the guys who make the games I usually buy. 🙂

      1. So you have to use windows to play games. Using windows on boot camp or VM is still using Windows you dipshit.

      2. are you disabled? Do you have any fucking clue what that does to FPS. Your computer is an overpriced piece of proprietary shit and you have no clue what you’re talking about. Fucking VMware for gaming, wow.

        1. bootcamp is the real thing, its “dual booting” its not virtual. But i do agree virtualization does suck unless you have over 10 gbs of ram. and 4-6 cpus and multiple graphic cards. then again it still might suck.

    2. I play all the games I need on a mac without windows, at the momment Im playing the new Tomb Raider with a simple wineskin wrapper by paulthetall (Tomb Raider is a good game btw)

    3. That argument is only valid for those that only play video games. If you yourself are a gamer, then it definitely does make sense to stay away from Macs since it would only make your experience more difficult.

      Non-gamers and users that don’t rely on all windows-only programs (which is nearly unheard of) would benefit from the features listed above.

    4. Keep in mind that you can download windows onto a mac and then play all of the games you can play on windows on a mac.

  258. I switched to Mac this month, mostly because MS decided to shaft us all with the Metrocity called Windows8, and that put the final nail in the coffin. But also:
    – I’ve been using Linux and UNIX-styled OSen since 1998,
    – I found good software for my line of work that is Mac-only
    – I wanted to have a UNIXy OS but also desktop software availability
    – Driver support for my stuff without having to hack around with the kernel.

    And lo and behold, I return to the Mac ecosystem 14 years after leaving. Now I get Linux & Windows as VMs, and a pretty nice OS as a host system.

    1. Nobody gives a damn what you use. Nobody cares about your whining about Windows 8, which I’ll bet good money you’ve never used.

  259. 2. Same thing on newer PCs in Windows
    3. I just got a Macbook retina and as much crashes in OSX as in Windows
    4. I agree, although more choice on PC
    5. VMWare Workstation on Windows just just the exact same thing
    6. Not new, VMs have been around for a good while
    7. Good point
    8. Very good point
    13. Truly disminished, but I’ve been on a PC for as long as I can remember and never got any virus. As long as you got common sense it’s fine.
    16. Bootcamp’s fine
    29. Agree and I have the reflex on PC laptops to do that now :P. Same thing for pressing the touchpad area for a click
    30. Teamviewer is doing that for free
    31. iLife is good
    32. Yeah but some very old problems haven’t been fixed as of yet!
    33. Macs do cost more if you look at the hardware itself. You have GOT to admit that. But when you count that there are better bundle software and such that’s where it’s value shines; NOT specs/price. (except the retina macbook pro if you count the screen as hardware)

    40. Integrated dictionary is very nice and convenient
    43. I love expose, but I’d like that non-minimized windows appear in my dock too. (if they are burried takes a while to get to them)

    Overall good points although I don’t agree on all of them. Some things here are faulty and probably because of lack of knowledge. Switched from PC to MAC+Bootcamp two weeks ago and just <3'in it.

    1. Total and utter bs, I’ve owned every Windows os made, and have been gaming since I was a kid messing around with dos and Atari.

      Windows gets memory leakes even if you cram 8 gigs of ram in it, mouse ghosting, blue screen death trips, magically erased hard drives, total lag even with a decked out rig, I could go on and on, they are built to fail, it takes time and they slowly nuke themselves, I have been messing with macs recently that a few friends of mine have and even got an ipad, and I can tell you hands down Macs are better a insane fold, they don’t have nearly even one fith the problems windows have through any embodiment of the Wondows Os.

      The problems Mac’s do have are tripe and small, and utterly pale when compared to the computer suicide a person commits to when getting a Microsoft product, you get less choice in games, but if you’re not retarded you can mod almost any game to work on a Mac so that argument is invalid, period.

      The people who dislike Apple, are ether Liars, or have supremely limited experience with Mac computers, end.

      A Mac mini is $500 and works better than a custom built windows powered rig with 8gigs ram and a wicked pci-e card, no matter what hardware you put in it it’s still Windows os under the hood and will crash and burn in some way.

      I’m in the process of ditching my custom pc, selling my 360 and keeping my ps3, wii, Saturn, N64, Wii, and heck even my Atari! Because they WORK!
      4 360’s dead, over 27 Desktops in my lifetime slowly going to a crawl despite having the best hardware

      1. You’re a lying twat. You can spout lies all day long, but that doesn’t make them the truth.

        You’re nothing more than a sorry, good for nothing Apple sycophant. If you were capable of removing your tongue from Apple’s dirt star, I might take you seriously. As it is, you’re just a lying troll.

      2. bro m going to buy iMAC in couple of days .. i hve been using WINDOWS PC since childhood, so this is my first APPLE experience. can u please help me with how to play Microsoft Games on my iMAC

      3. Finally!!! Someone has some sense to get out of their “Windows” Trance! I guarantee this comment will get flagged because it isn’t saying windows are better but I mean come on! I am a gamer and guess what? I use mac! Shocking I know. But anyway, its so much easier for me to use Mavericks instead of that 5 year old operating system that you guys worship. Say what you want about your windows toys. But I’m probably the only one here with a 3000gb hard drive and 32gb of ram with a built in 4k display so yeah. Nuff said.

  260. “Kernel Panics at least look prettier than BSODs” Ahhhh …. so WELL SAID. I wish I could like this post 50 times … let’s make it 150 times. It’s quite primitive that online appraisal is still a binary act.
    So, my mac mini crashed on me today and my mac air 11″ – I call it Baby Mac affectionately – lost my Notes list last week, ever so … well, soundlessly and yet like a sleeping beauty. I got unhappy and disappointed and felt bit betrayed as well: “my love, why aren’t you perfect!”
    But it’s true love and real love. So, no, I’ll never love my Macs any less than feverish.

  261. Macs are more stable. PC crashes, often referred
    to as the “blue screen of death,” are quite common.

    1. Interestingly enough I haven’t had a BSOD in Win8 ever (been using it since it was released) and maybe had like 3 or 4 in all the years of using Win7. If you pay attention to what drivers you’re installing, your system rarely, if ever, crashes.

  262. I’d consider switching to OSK if it isn’t the tackiest OS of all time, that I can only have on one laptop, one laptop that isn’t a ThinkPad.

  263. The main problem with Windows is that it gets slow over time, terribly slow, whereas Macs rarely have this problem. This happened to my sis, my dad, and my friends’ laptops running Windows, and I’m sure pretty everybody who uses Windows as well. Right now, my dad is using a Mac mini with the magic trackpad, great for accessibility since he can zoom in and out while reading news online with ease, and he has never been as satisfied as before.

  264. Many good points here, and I love seeing experienced and intelligent people argue the pros and cons; I’ve had enough of the religious types that are either all inn or all out. But there is one overshadowing problem with Apple for me: they’re a dictatorship. Microsoft isn’t. For this reason, I leave Apple alone for the time being.

    Look at it this way: A windows PC supports hardware from just about every vendor there is – and anyone can write software for it (including viruses, of course). I’ve owned laptops from Dell, HP, IBM, Acer and Toshiba, and I can stick my XP-cd into any one of them and it will install and boot. I’ve built PCs from the ground up with no special care as to where the components come from, and it still works with XP. Blue screens are generally a thing of the past.

    Yes, over time XP will slow down if you clutter it up with every type of software, but there’s a simple cure to that: just reformat. It’s just like having your a big tri-annual house cleaning. My ten year old Toshiba is still working excellently after its second “brain surgery” just last year.

    Of course Apple products work fine – they just have to, with this very limited range of hardware – expensive hardware at that.

    So it’s a question of philosophy, really. I want freedom. Also, I want my kids to grow up knowing that they’re in charge, and can pick and choose as they like. For the time being using Windows as a base platform for such a lesson in freedom works fine – but we also have units running Linux and Android. I am personally looking forward to the new OS from Mozilla and for my seven-year-old I’m getting a Raspberry Pi, encased in Lego (or maybe I’ll just let him build the case himself).

    Microsoft has had big trouble in the European Union because of the tight bonds between its OS and Internet Explorer. I’m guessing that it is only a matter of time before Apple will be subjected to the same kind of scrutiny – for exactly the same reasons.

    And there is one more reason I stay away from Apple: theyr’e fashionable – especially among teenagers. I don’t want my electronic tools to be fashion statements, and as a role model I take pride in showing off my old HTC to Iphone5-kids – it cost a third and does exactly the same job.

    But maybe some of these arguments are beside the point. Maybe OS X in itself is a good operating system. It just comes from a company I don’t want to support.

  265. Surface runs Windows 8. If you are comparing OS X to Windows Vista, OS X would always win. Windows 7 is the best operating system.

    1. If you can maintain a clean Windows system you will never slow down or crash. Don’t kid yourself. Your Mac is pretty idiot proof, so stick with them if your an idiot about computers. Other than that you could just learn off the internet and then maybe you could be weemed off from your stupid Mac.

        1. Oops, posted to the wrong spot. Thanks for pointing that out. Nope, I’m completely illiterate, can’t read a single syllable. Thanks for pointing it out. Don’t know how I would sleep at night knowing I might have made a mistake.

    1. agree with you im running windows and hackintosh on my custom build pc enjoy both of 2 worlds 😀

  266. I’m sorry. I saw all these reasons. and i’m just like…. what??? Are you drunk buddy? and really hardcore fact that windows uses more mac software? What hole did you crawl out of?

  267. I laughed when I read the words affordable compared to windows. To people who think Windows is unstable that’s because of your doing. I’ve never heard of a Vanilla version of Windows having BSOD. People just can’t watch what drivers they install…

  268. I have been a proponent for the proprietary existence of Windows and an aggressive and likely obnoxious adversary of all things MAC since Win3.0. I am 31 years old and have been using Windows since I was allowed to plug in for the first time somewhere around 1990. At work I use Windows XP (still!)… my gaming rig at home is Win7…my Lenovo business laptop is Windows 8, and I don’t mind it one bit…in fact there is a subtle pleasure in having a learning curve again for the the first time since, oh I don’t know…2001. The desire for that curve is part of the reason I bought it new instead of saving a few dimes, finding one gently used with Windows 7 on it, quite honestly. Oh, I’m MCSE certified and probably always will be…so fanbois need not get upset with my lack of knowledge or emotion towards the platform when I drop this next lob out into shallow left:

    In all these past years I’ve been employed, among other things, as a
    graphic designer and I currently run my own home brew recording studio. I have spent years successfully ‘making’ my Windows machines work for my leisurely and sometimes employment-related activities in the “arts.” I am officially declaring my intention to start allowing an OS to do that work for me: Hello, OS X! I have never known anyone to be as raunchy or close-minded about this argument as I’ve always been…and perhaps it’s Steve Jobs dying and Bill Gates going on with his life that has allowed my allegiance to waver…but I, for one, am proudly going to attempt to make the switch to an iMac…and possibly even send the Lenovo over to the wife full-time for recipes, Youtube, Facebook, and the other things that Windows can handle on its own efficiently and double-up with a MacBook Pro. Phew. Feels good to lighten that load!

  269. OSX is awesome but remember apple sells it with there own hardware. Comparing OSX to Windows is a joke because you can’t simply buy OSX for PC’s you have to buy a mac to run it. I wish you people would quit comparing OS’s since PC’s can run linux unix windows solaris and pretty much everything. Yes I have made a hackintosh work its fun but since apple doesn’t make a PC version then stop comparing them!

  270. If you can maintain a clean Windows system you will never slow down or crash. Don’t kid yourself. Your Mac is pretty idiot proof, so stick with them if you don’t know much about computers. Other than that you could just learn off the internet and then maybe you could be weemed off from your Mac. Plus there are more games on PC, and PCs are reasonable in price. Apple rakes people over coals for everything.

  271. i’ve been using mac for a few years now and its great but for web development i found ubuntu to be better. So i have made the switch. The only thing i’ll miss from mac is the pretty apps that existed that made my life easier. But i made the switch because i wanted more power to modify configuration files which made my life a living hell in mac.

  272. This is all based on the assumption we don’t play videogames or any Microsoft only programs

  273. have you gone to a Best Buy recently? The youth get Windows 8 and they want touch screens and cool new hardware. Not only will Windows continue to dominate the corporate world, they are are now re-stabilized their home market share. This is not even mentioning that Android is killing the OS more. Want to do Photoshop on a tablet? Get a .. not what you thought .. a Windows tablet. This is Beta VHS all over again.. the best won’t survive – you cannot live on iPhone and iPad sales forever. The great Steve Jobs warned of this. Sorry, but a great ship is dying – until we see Mac hybrids and MacPads, the clock is ticking. Wake up Apple and wake up Mr. Parillo.

  274. For me there are 5 reasons why no mater how many times I try,Macs and OSX seem to offer me nothing in real terms over a Windows PC

    Firstly a gui that was ripped from the old Amiga workbench and has been improved very little beyond being given a bit of gloss, nice if you only want very basic use of an OS, in which case you are better off with a tablet, but a real chore if you want to do things in the gui without the inevitable where you have to use the terminal, Windows is seemingly 2 decades ahead on that front.

    2nd being the total lack of software by comparison, which is to be expected I guess given the small market share the OS has (lets face facts, if it wasn’t for the iPod and it’s spinoffs with the phone and pad keeping them in the black, Apple would be struggling with their small share of the PC market). Unless it’s a specific piece of software that has no windows or Linux equivalent, and that’s a rarity these days unlike back in the early 90’s, why would you intentionally limit your options especially when you are paying more for the hardware up front with next to no upgrade options

    3rd is bang for your buck, unless it’s Pro, and even then it’s dubious, you end up paying more for less, less on the hardware front and less on the software options front. Personally that again makes me feel like I am just limiting my options and paying a premium to do that to myself.

    4th, most of the alleged claims about stability, no virus’, not slowing down over time, etc. are a myth perpetuated mainly by those who were told that and believed it tho have nothing but some cheap pre-built bloat ware PC that was likely running with 256MB in XP and limping along so got a Mac as their next PC several years later. Fact is OSX is not more stable etc, if it is it’s only due to it’s limitations in terms of flexibility (very restrictive gui and limited hardware flexibility are the price you pay for what is today just an illusion of being more stable). Since windows 7, I spend more time fixing problems with OSX than I do with windows, especially when a virus hits as next to no one with a mac seems to have any protection unlike windows users (tho as I tell people, look on the bright side, OSX must be selling enough to make it worth while for someone to make a virus that affects OSX, maybe software developers will do the same).

    Finally, if you are into gaming, you are almost better off with every other option over a mac and OSX.

  275. Windows is a retro 90’s thingy, same as ur ugly boxed PC, with 2KW of psu and 3 graphics cards, that you luv to open and mess things around, that actually never works ok. That is soooo retro. … And how on earth u compare that FAIL of Windows Vista with anything OSX related, u re nub kids that mess things around and says jokes abou things

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