Do you own both a Mac and a Windows PC? You’re not alone: according to a 2009 survey 85% of Mac owners also own a PC. This means millions of people need to, somehow, make these two systems work together.
If you’re one of those millions you should check out “Computing Harmony: Seamlessly Blend Windows and OS X”, the latest free MakeUseOf manual. This manual outlines everything you need to know to get your Mac and your PC to live in harmony, so you can do the things you wanted to do.
At the beginning of the decade, compatibility between PCs and Macs was a real mess. Part of the reason for this, besides the use of different operating systems, was the use of different processors. PCs have long used x86 processors from Intel and AMD, but Apple continued to hold on to the aging PowerPC architecture. That changed in 2005, however, and compatibility between the two operating systems has improved ever since. It has become much easier to run either operating system on hardware of your choice.
It’s also easier to get these two systems to play nicely with each other, provided you know how. Read this manual and you will.
This free guide will show you how to:
- Format an external drive with FAT32 for compatibility
- Explore BootCamp and virtualization
- Use the cloud to seamlessly sync files
- Figure out which cloud service is right for you
- Use Android with your Mac and the iPhone with Windows
- Sharing files between Mac and PC over your home network
- Setting up printer sharing from one platform to the other
Guide Published: December 2011
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