It's the forever question that's not going to go away any time soon. Unfortunately, I'm not going to be able to answer the question fully in this small post... but I can provide some additional insight.
So to get started, I recently posted a similar question on Linkedin.com so that professionals all over the world could answer and provide their insight. My question was, "6 months ago, I converted from PC to Mac and now I am a big fan of Apple. I hear of others who have gone through the same thing. I'm wondering... does it go the other way also? Are there people who were Apple/Mac fans that became Windows fans instead?"
The responses were interesting and insightful. Here's the 5 things I took from it:
- If you are a Mac fan, you won't be a PC fan any time soon or unless something freezes over. If someone chooses PC over Mac, it's typically out of familiarity, misconceptions, specific application or corporate mandate. One person mentions how Mac did not have right-click capabilities. That has since changed (actually long ago). Someone else mentioned that a Mac costs more. I would argue that point as well. Sure the price tag is higher at a store (or online) compared to a "cheap" netbook, but there's more to 'cost' than just the initial purchase price tag. As an example, I could buy a gas eating SUV for less than a Hybrid costs, but over the long haul it could cost as much or more because of gas costs, maintenance, etc to drive the SUV. Mac's run better, more efficiently and with less problems. In most organizations, less downtime and issues means more productivity and/or more work possibly generating revenue (ideally). This could get lengthy so I'll cut it off there for now... :)
- Mac fans are passionate and I now understand why. It seemed like a big deal to switch over (for me at least). And as soon as I did, I could not believe how much better it was. I liked it so much I talked my wife into it and she is now a Mac fan also. What causes some to be so emotional about it? For some, they just don't like what a PC or Microsoft might stand for as a Giant corporation. For me, I didn't worry about all of that and actually liked my PC. It was fun getting the cool new IBM, Dell, or HP as well as the cool new accessories for it every couple years. By the time I made the move, I was mad at myself for not trying it sooner because of how much better it was. And by better, I simply mean easier, more intuitive, and less problematic. After I tried Mac, I realized that all the PC "cool new stuff" came with new problems, more complexity, and additional frustration. Apple's cool new stuff just comes with a larger price tag, but a corresponding higher quality and elevated sense of delight. And it's not the delight that goes away quickly either - it's stayed with me for a long time now with all my Apple stuff (e.g. iPhone, iMac, Macbook Pro).
- If you own a Mac, there's a good chance you run Parallels or VM Fusion because there's some things you just can't do unless you are using Internet Explorer or Windows based operating system. It's sad, but true. I can't do my job without running some windows apps. I'm enabled to do that with no problem using Parallels installed on my Mac. I would prefer not to have this extra software using up memory and resources, but for now it's a requirement that allows me to enjoy the Mac and still do some Windows stuff.
- If you started with a Mac, you would probably not like a PC. If you started with a PC, it can be challenging to convert to a Mac because you have to learn a new way of doing things. Unless (caveat) you enjoy technology or are just a really motivated individual.
Tirumalai Kamala said it best on Linkedin.com by stating:
"If the learning process consisted of a total of 100 steps, then with the MAC, I felt like I had to walk one step with the machine walking the remaining 99 steps towards me. It was just that intuitive while with the PC, it seemed like the other way around: the machine walked one step, and I needed to walk the remaining 99 steps towards the machine. "
- What about Enterprise/Business use? Well that gets a little bit tricky and I'll only touch on it briefly since it's important but it should be a whole different article. With some of the more modern advances in technology like cloud computing, windows mainframe/terminal server environments and/or even Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) - a Mac works very well since most of the infrastructure runs off servers in a Data Center environment and you just need to remotely access it. For the more traditional client/server type network, the experience we've had is that it's never worse than a PC network and sometimes better. But it's questionable. A definite missing element would be emergency support (same day/next day onsite) for Macs. You can take it to the Mac store if you want, where as Dell shows up onsite. I'll have to touch on this in a future article so look for that soon.
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