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4 Things About Windows That You’ll Miss on a Mac

Brad Jones 27-09-2014

Are you a Windows user thinking about switching over to a Mac A Quick Guide to Using a Mac for Windows Users Every Windows user should know the basics of working on a Mac. Here's a quick guide to help Mac newcomers find their way around. Read More ? The huge popularity of iPads and iPhones has tempted many long-time Windows devotees into confirming their place in the Apple ecosystem with a home computer that will play nicely with their iOS phone or tablet. However, anyone thinking of making the switch has a few considerations to make Switching From Windows To Mac? Ensure You Can Still Access Your Data! Whether you're trying to avoid Windows 8 or just considering something new, you might be thinking about switching to a Mac. One thing bothers you, though: can you keep your data? Read More beforehand — there are things about Windows that you’ll miss once they’re gone.


Being Part of the World’s Biggest OS Userbase


Despite the rise in popularity of Mac systems over the past decade or so, the Mac OS still can’t compete with the ubiquitous nature of Windows 8 In 10 Desktop Computers Runs Windows And So Should You Getting a new computer? One devil urges you to buy a Mac or Chromebook, while the other insists you try Linux. And here's me explaining why you should stick with a Windows device. Read More . While this might seem like more of an advantage for Microsoft than you, there is something to be said for being part of such a huge crowd.

For one, you can be quite confident that if you’re having a problem, someone somewhere has had it before and found a fix that you can use too. With less Mac users out there, the likelihood of that happening dwindles. This isn’t an exact science, but it’s something that you’ll undoubtedly find to happen in practice — the fact of the matter is, more users means a greater shared knowledge of the OS between them.

Possible Alternatives: The closed nature of the Apple ecosystem allows them to offer their own first-party methods of troubleshooting your device. Whether you sign up for AppleCare or take your problem to one of the experts at an in-store Genius Bar, there’s a culpability to Apple products that Windows machines don’t have.

Using the Programs That You’re Familiar With



While you’re more likely to be able to find a Mac alternative The Best Mac Apps to Install on Your MacBook or iMac Looking for the best apps for your MacBook or iMac? Here's our comprehensive list of the best apps for macOS. Read More to many of the most popular Windows programs The Best PC Software for Your Windows Computer Want the best PC software for your Windows computer? Our massive list collects the best and safest programs for all needs. Read More today than you would have been in the past, most are still not a perfect replacement. For instance, while broadly used email client Outlook is available for the Mac, the most recent version you’ll have access to is from the Office 11 suite Microsoft Office for Mac: Is It Any Different? There have traditionally been both good and bad differences between the Windows and Mac versions, so we were wondering if this was still true today. Read More and is showing its age somewhat. Even with the patches that have been supplied since its release to improve the capabilities of its sync functionality, it’s not a full replacement for the version you’ll be used to from Windows. The same can be said for other programs that many use regularly, for instance the popular image editing tool Paint.NET.

There are also programs that appeal to a more niche audience, but prove to be vital for the users that they cater to. Quicken is widely regarded as the premier choice in terms of money management software 10 Great Apps To Manage And Save Money In 2014 Since your smartphone is always with you, it’s a great resource for monitoring your budget, calculating interest or finding coupons. Read More , but if you’re looking to switch from the PC version to the one released for the Mac, you might well be disappointed.

Quicken Mac 2007 has been much maligned by users looking for an equivalent to the Windows version for its lack of features, and early response to the recently-released Quicken for Mac 2015 seems to be undecided on whether it’s a true step forward. What’s clear is that Windows users making the switch to Mac can’t be completely sure that the OS X versions of their favorite programs will offer the experience that they’ve grown accustomed to.

Possible Alternatives: If you can work around their limitations, then you might well find that the Mac versions of the programs you use on a daily basis work for you. If not, you might want to check out Mailbox instead of Outlook, GIMP in lieu of Paint.NET and Mint to replace Quicken — but all of the above have compromises attached.


Using Your PC as a Robust Gaming Platform


While the outlook for gamers wanting to use their Mac This Is What You Need for Real Gaming on Your Mac Apple computers, like all of the company’s products, are supposed to be more intuitive and user-friendly than the alternative. Generally that is true, but there are some areas where Macs clearly fall behind the competition.... Read More to play the latest releases is better than it was a few years ago, it’s still not on a par with the PC scene. Valve’s Steam service has certainly played a major role in growing the Mac as a platform for gaming and encouraging developers to port their games across from Windows, but for the most part you’ll be looking at the very biggest releases and small independent games, and missing out on most things in the middle.

One of the greatest strengths of PC gaming is the sheer breadth of titles available to you, and that’s something that you won’t have access to with only a proportion of new releases being made available for Macs. Not to mention, if you’re planning on going back and revisiting titles from the past, you’ll likely be disappointed; while now there is something of a movement to release games on the Mac, this wasn’t so commonplace even just five years ago.

Possible Alternatives: Looking to the independent scene 10 Indie Games So Good, You’ll Forget They’re Indie At All There may be times, however, where you want something different from the indie norm. A game that follows indie values, yet is made with the quality that top-shelf AAA games are known for. Titles like... Read More can be a good source of Mac-compatible games, produced by some of the most exciting studios working today. There’s also the option of looking into Wine as a means of running Windows games on a Mac; the process of doing so can sometimes be quite complex, but it’s very useful once you’ve got your head round it.


Being Given the Freedom to Upgrade Your Hardware


This is one for the desktop crowd rather than most laptop users, but one of the most overlooked features of a Windows PC is the freedom that you have to customize your rig with the components of your choosing How To Build Your Own PC It's very gratifying to build your own PC; as well as intimidating. But the process itself is actually quite simple. We'll walk you through everything you need to know. Read More . Say you want to swap out your hard drive for something a little bit bigger, or upgrade your graphics card to something top of the line — being given this sort of control over the innards of your machine allows you to keep it current without simply buying a new one.

Of course, the Apple system of simply having a few models to choose from can save a lot of headaches when comparing specs and parts, but it’s at the cost of having a real grasp of what’s going into your computer and what it’s doing for you. As well as being a cost-effective method of buying a high-spec machine, building your own computer can be rather rewarding, if you approach it with the right sort of planning and caution. If you’re looking to even open up your Apple computer to do your own repairs, you’ll have to buy a special screwdriver to remove their proprietary pentalobe screws.

Being able to open up your computer and get your hands dirty is not for everyone — and, in fact, some will much prefer the simplicity of buying an Apple machine — but for the more technical sort, it’s a prime reason to stick with a Windows PC.


Possible Alternatives: If you want to have this sort of freedom while sticking with a Mac OS, your best bet is to go the whole hog and perform an install of the OS itself onto a build of your own. However, this is easier said than done and not really a job for anyone who’s not completely adroit with this sort of endeavour.

Have another Windows feature that you miss as a Mac user? Or did you switch the other way and find yourself missing a Mac feature on your PC? Let us know in the comments section below.

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  1. Doc
    November 11, 2018 at 7:13 am

    It is real simple... IF YOU CAN AFFORD A MAC... YOU CAN AFFORD TO PUT WINDOWS ON THE MAC...and have the best of both worlds. The game player is mac is more reliable and less prone to adware and catching a virus. Yeah!!!!!!! the windows is a target because it is more popular, but if mac was the target they would fix try to fix the problem .

  2. Armand
    October 21, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    First off all this post is outdated. Mac's are growing very fast. I grew up with a windows pc and it was just recently that I upgraded to a mac and I became part of the apple echo system and it is much better that a windows machine. I was proven by IBM that with every mac you save from $200-$500 on the long run than a windows machine, go read mac rumors. In the gaming department, well, I have a PlayStation 4 for that just because I don't have the time to upgrade a windows machine and I'm not going to pay someone to do it, rather just buy the best mac and you'll be settled with the best for a very long time and if you want you can with ease install windows on a partition for those who want to play games on windows on a apple machine. So its the best to have both like games for windows and all the other good stuff on mac and you do get awesome games on mac and again some people just don't have the time to upgrade a pc every now and then, its better to just get everything out of the box ready to be used. U can upgrade a mac pro, mac mini, some macbooks and even a imac. I have a late 2012 Mac mini core i7 quad core with 4gb of ram and a 1TB hdd and it can be upgraded to 16gb ram and ssd that is fused with the hdd and it would make a big difference.

  3. LinuxGuy
    August 8, 2016 at 11:14 am

    Linux is the way to go!

    Chose your own hardware (even apple hardware).
    Free open source software for everything. And most windows software runs great under wine with little to no performance drop. You can check if the software you need runs under wine here:

    There are hundreds of distributions aiming for different things.

    If you chose a mainstream distribution (e.g. Ubuntu) it is just as stable as windows and mac.
    Personally i use arch because i like options and lot limitations.

    Linux for everyone:

    • ivan
      August 30, 2016 at 11:43 am

      Are you kidding? Gaming performance under mac os and any linux distribution are disastrously. Even when run native mac os/linux games. For gaming Windows is the best OS. Anyone who claim other is total noob. BTW instead to buy weak mac pro, with this money can build monster pc and install mac os (hackintosh). And this pc will crush any mac pro.

      And only idiots use reg cleaners, optimization, defrag software etc under Windows. I use windows 7 from 4 years. HAVE ZERO PROBLEMS. IF don't know, SSD's not need to be defragmented :D

      • Harley Quinn
        October 9, 2016 at 12:07 am

        Your english ability gives me a lotta confidence that ya know what your talkin about, honey ;)

      • Cody James
        October 31, 2016 at 9:29 am

        Weak Mac Pro? My mac Pro has 12 core dual Xeon's , 128gb ram, dual 7970 gpu etc.. I don't mind people having there own likes and preferences just have the correct facts first. Also the tower mac pro's are highly upgradable . the new trash can macs are very powerful, but sadly not very upgradable.

  4. Chris Deaves
    August 6, 2016 at 8:41 pm

    Oh my days - is that the best anti Mac arguments available? Almost an advert for switching. I use Windows at work (dire) and Mac when I have the option! ?

  5. Jack
    August 3, 2016 at 1:06 am

    I've always used Windows PCs, with one notable exception when Vista came out. That was a disaster, and it was then when I bought a MacBook. The device was absolutely fantastic, and it lasted almost six years (with one hard drive change) before I finally decided to move on. I absolutely do not regret buying it, and it's generally best to have experience with a variety of different devices.
    After that, though, I went back to Windows 7. Since then, I've become far too invested in the Windows ecosystem to ever switch back (and I hate the direction that apple is going with their product) In general, Macs are very well made machines for their price, but they aren't really better than a PC of around or just bellow the same price point.
    The biggest problem, in my opinion, is that Apple knows that they've lost the personal computing war and that they'd never capture the majority of the market share, so they've essentially dropped OSX (Mac OS, whatever) and focused all their resources on their mobile cash cow. It is very disappointing to see the platform go where it did, and with the wide range of innovation found in computers running the Windows, it becomes really hard to find a compelling reason to switch back to a mac. All the same though, it was a good platform while it lasted, and someone else might find a better experience with it in the future

    • Anton
      April 6, 2017 at 10:04 am

      +1. Got a macbook pro 2016 as a present -- used it for 3 days and went back to my windows laptop.

  6. #BANTS
    May 4, 2016 at 6:09 am


  7. Leo
    April 1, 2015 at 9:37 pm

    I'm About to get a Mac, i have always used windows, because i couldn't afford a Mac, i do have an iPhone and it blowed my mind from the first day i got my first iPhone 2g, and still at this date, i can't find another phone so stable and good looking, so my question is, are macs so impressive compared to any pc as the iPhone is compared to any other phone?

    • Anonymous
      June 17, 2015 at 8:30 am

      Oh Leo believe me : YES.
      Mac is much more stable, powerful, fast, intelligent than windows. You won't ever regret your choice

      • Anonymous
        July 2, 2015 at 2:50 pm

        Macs are slower, less robust and more limited than Windows and you will regret buying a Mac if you're like me and you want options instead of limitations.

        Apple *just* added the ability to resize an application window by any edge or corner like 4 years ago. They just added Cut and Paste ability to Finder in 2011. Windows has had these since forever because they're obvious. You can't even change your mouse cursor from black to white in OS X because Apple doesn't give you options, they give you limitations. Mac users can never have software like TortoiseGit because Finder is so limited compared to Windows Explorer.

        Apple software is so intelligent that their file browser doesn't even have an address bar where you can just type in a path like ever other file browser on the planet. Haha, you made me laugh. Thanks!

      • Anonymous
        October 6, 2015 at 2:40 am

        How can you come to that conclusion? With the constant release of new hardware mac can never keep up because you can't even modify them. As for the OS... stability has NEVER been an issue for me tracing back to the origins of windows. And intelligence? What more intelligence do you need on a computer...

      • Vuk
        June 15, 2016 at 1:30 pm

        windows is better for most users

        • Chris Deaves
          August 6, 2016 at 8:42 pm

          Ehm - no!

    • RIC
      February 15, 2016 at 3:04 am

      MACS are the BEST, believe me, I've own windows for more than 10 years. i regret buying so many unstable PCs now that i have a MC

      • Tarmist25
        June 28, 2016 at 5:52 am

        Well that's a fault in its own isn't it. Buying unstable PCs is definitely not a good way to spend your money. Instead, buy stable PCs!

      • Anton
        April 6, 2017 at 10:03 am

        Windows is 100 times better than OSX. Just got a 2016 MBP as a present, tried using it for a few days and went back to windows. OSX completely sucks usability wise compared to Windows. Windows is just so much easier to use, and it feels faster on my 4 year old laptop than OSX on the 2016 MPB! I had to install 10 utilities to make OSX do what it's supposed to do by default, and it still wasn't there yet. Dock sucks compared to taskbar. Finder sucks. No software. Keyboard with no home end keys, no esc key, no del (wtf!) -- you can't be seriously using such computer for work. Apple magic mouse sucks compared to my $10 logitech mouse. Only 2 things I liked about it -- screen and battery life (which aren't so important for me)

        • Tina Sieber
          April 7, 2017 at 7:54 pm

          Thanks for your comment, Anton.

          I guess what you're noticing are the things you were used to on Windows. Meanwhile, what's flying under your radar are the things you don't know yet a Mac can do.

          I'm writing this as a dedicated Windows user by the way. I'd never buy an Apple device because of the "walled garden" and the cost. But I've seen what people who switch from macOS to Windows miss and I'm sure it's what you are experiencing right now, just the other way around.

          In case you want to get the most out of your gifted Mac, have a look at these articles:
          A Quick Guide To Using A Mac For Windows Users
          Got a New Mac? Do This First!
          7 Features You Will Love When Switching to Mac

  8. jozo
    December 29, 2014 at 3:14 pm

    Building my own hardware is the #1 reason for sticking with windows (and I don't game). I need a desktop for the work I do, it's much cheaper and easier going with a windows solution for high performance and long term cost savings. There isn't really a place for apple in my life, and that's fine. I like OSX though. Windows has always seemed a bit more responsive to me also to do many tasks, and I've used and supported both systems since the 80s.

  9. c
    December 17, 2014 at 4:51 am

    I see someone below make a comment saying that claiming windows "has all the games" is fanboyism...but it's just the truth. I'm no fanboy, I freely admit that Mac is the sexiest OS but I have to stick with Windows because it "has all the games" or at least, I've heard of many games for Windows exclusively or that were released on Mac only after long delays. So yea, Windows truly does have all the games in comparison.

    For my needs (school stuff and gaming) Windows is #1. For art students, Mac would be #1. I don't get why people are so loyal to crappy companies (both Apple and Microsoft are pretty evil and certainly don't give a crap about me or you, so why fight their battles?). Just get what you like better.

    • Anonymous
      June 24, 2015 at 7:05 pm

      +1 .. and you win all the internetz today! :)

    • Jack
      August 3, 2016 at 1:09 am

      I really wouldn't call a company evil just for doing what companies do, which is to earn money. Other than that, you're pretty spot on; fanatical attachment to one platform over the other is stupid and really misses the point of having competition in a certain market.

  10. stib
    October 27, 2014 at 4:10 am

    I've just switched from Mac to PC at work (still have a mac laptop) after fifteen or so years using Macs for work (video editing and animation). Why? Well we looked at the price of a new Mac Pro spec-ed up to our needs, and we looked at what we could get with a custom built PC for the same money: a machine with roughly twice as much processor power, with more RAM, more storage and better GPUs. The only downside was moving to a different OS.

    So what do I miss from the Mac on my PC? Well after the learning curve has started to flatten out, not much. I don't miss much of the UI because frankly both have their annoyances. Windows is definitely uglier, and there's a less unified experience between programs, but it's hella customisable (Hello Rainmeter!).

    Apple for its part seems to be sacrificing usability for style with each iteration of its OS. For example, labels - a useful tool in Finder where you could give coloured highlights to files, that's been dumbed down since, when, Lion was it? Sure they've called it tags, but who uses that? I just want a purple highlight to tell me this is the file you're looking for. And grey-only icons in the sidebar in Finder windows. Really? And just lately Yosemite has got rid of the make-window-fit-screen button (maximise, was it called?), forcing you to either go full screen or manually drag the corners. No, that is just wrong. Add a full screen button by all means, that would be an improvement, but give the user a choice. Alas choice is something vanishingly rare on a mac these days.

    I did miss "natural scrolling" for a few days, but now I've got it working on my Windows machine with a third-party add-on, unfortunately my Wacom second guesses me and has "natural scrolling" turned on in its driver without the option to turn it off, so I have to choose between "natural scrolling" on my mouse or on my Wacom, or use a hotkey to switch between the two. Wacom's driver suck pretty much just as hard on both OSes though.

    If I go back to mac I will definitely miss the Windows+Left/right/up/down key combo to stick windows to the edges of screen - that puppy is awesome.

    I missed using the alt key to type special characters like ü, À ™ and © without having to remember the insane key combos for alt+numeric keys. However, once again, that's fixed with an autohotkey script that not only replaces the functionality but enhances it by making it completely customisable. Autohotkey FTW!

    I do miss the command line: cygwin just doesn't quite do it for me, and I was getting pretty good with zsh. That said, I can definitely see the possibilities once I've got the hang of Powershell. And there's always Python.

    Both OSes suck at being owned by evil tax-dodging freedom-hating corporations, I'd use Linux in a heartbeat if it ran all the programs I use, like After Effects and Premiere or if there were good linux equivalents - Adobe being another tax-dodging freedom-hating evil corporation (yes, I know wine yadayadayada, I've tried, believe me, but I mean run as in run reliably day in, day out). But I'd have to give Windows the second prize after Linux in the freedom department. Apple, for all its marketing is not the rebellion any more, it went over to the dark side years ago - there are Genius Bars all over the Death Star I hear.

    The other big change that I've noticed is the reaction of all my colleagues, who are rusted-on mac users. They're rather miffed at the idea that someone doing stuff that usually gets done on a Mac has suddenly become a PC. I can see that they're taking it personally as a bit of a threat to their self-image as the inner circle of creativity that get to use the weird looking machines with shiny fruit on the side, as opposed to all the office drones doing spreadsheets on their HP Pavilions. But for me, I refuse to let the tools I work with define me as a human, so I couldn't care less.

    • Dan
      October 27, 2014 at 7:12 pm

      @stib Fantastic rant. Wish we all heard more opinions like yours; fortunately, I think as this newer generation of Android-using tech-savvy consumers enters the workforce, we'll see a lot more of questioning of the "creativity" establishment that you're describing.

    • Anthony Wyld
      January 16, 2017 at 6:49 am

      I'm about to move my design and video studio to PC (after a million years on MAC). I can get a gaming laptop and 2 highly configured desktops for the price of ONE top of line macbook PRO, and they are all faster than the current MAC line-up. It's like what they did with Final Cut Pro, they just gave up on their traditional users, for their new traditional users in iOS. Paying over the odds for the logo no longer works. Yes BMW looks good but Hyundai does the job too.

  11. bolgwrad
    October 23, 2014 at 10:43 am

    @Jack: Wow, a wildly inaccurate article on the internet! Found any more you want to tell us about?

    @OP: I went through the Hackintosh phase, then bit the bullet and bought a MacBook; ended up using it to watch DVDs in bed while the real work, tweaking fun and personalization happened on the PC. Your mileage may vary. More so on PC/Linux than Mac, though.

  12. Jack
    October 12, 2014 at 3:30 pm

    This is a wildly inaccurate article. There is and always has been a robust community of users and it grows daily. Each point made by the author is filtered through his own preference to Windows and it shows. What's more, is that media stunts to generate incremental traffic (like this one) purposely writing posts that skew against the general readership (like a pro Windows article on a Mac specific section) are just sad examples of how these sites are less about news or the interests of the reader and more about selling hard numbers to advertisers and increasing profits.

    What's a few white lies to generate web traffic and revenues mean to our integrity and intelligence? Right? Whatever!

    • Jack
      August 3, 2016 at 1:19 am

      So, let me get this straight; this article disagrees with your already-set-in-stone view of life, and therefore it must be wildly inaccurate and nothing but a profit-driver? Keep in mind that just because the article doesn't perfectly match with your interests doesn't mean that it does not care about the "interests of the reader."
      Moreover, I don't see any "White Lies" in this article, but I see plenty of solid points that you should put into consideration. The article was not titled "Why Windows is better than a Mac" nor did it say "Do not get a Mac because of these features." It simply offered some insight on the difficulties of transferring to a Mac, based on prior experience as a Windows user.
      If you have a problem with that, either due to fanaticism or based on a misunderstanding, I suggest you hop over to another article that agrees with your point of view and leave the poor author of this one alone.

  13. Matthew
    October 9, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Microsoft definitely has the upper hand on games.

    As far as upgrading your computer, even buying a Windows computer from the store has limitations on upgrades.

    Apple products are extremely sturdy and I'd recommend their laptops and phones, but for most people a Microsoft desktop is probably as good as you need.
    Apple products hardly lag at all whereas on Windows you run into random lagging no matter how great your gear is.

    There are ups and downs to both companies.

    One thing I wish they shared was cheap replacement OS discs.

    Number 2 didn't make sense to me, learning new things is always good. It's good to be technology savy.

  14. Dariusz Wieckiewicz
    October 4, 2014 at 8:41 am

    Stupid, stupid and once again stupid reasons in this text. I switch recently from Windows after 14 years to OSX and I don't miss any of them. OSX is also os with big family behind. I can use all programs that I am familiar with, if not, I found much better alternative. Games? I have got XBOX. Customisation? you are not buying mac to do customisation. You are installing OS and it is ready to use, you don't need to bother with drivers!

  15. catweazle666
    October 1, 2014 at 1:19 pm

    I've been using - and developing on - Micro$oft machines since well before Windows (and on CP/M before that), rooting in the attic I recently found my old Windows (no version number) SDK, complete with its five and a quarter floppies, so I have at least as much experience as anyone else in the industry..

    I love Windows, it has made me a very good living for well over 25 years, and still own on average half a dozen Windows boxes - and even one running DOS - in order to support my customer base, develop software using different languages and compilers, and experiment with the latest AV and anti-spyware software.

    However, I'm typing this on my home computer - an iMac - and also have an iPad for taking on holiday, reading ebooks, watching video etc.

    After using the Mac, Windows seems clunky, and ergonomically complete rubbish, changing the interface every release doesn't help, it's like the car company arbitrarily decided to swap the pedals round every so often.

    As to infinitely open configuration, when was the last time you felt the need to reconfigure the user interface of your dishwasher?

    Get this, home computers are now simply white goods inn the same category as toasters and washing machines, and >95% of the population uses them as such, and for the average user, Apple is a great deal more appropriate than anything Microsoft ever turned out, never requiring defragmenting, registry cleaning, removal of build-ups of junk files etc..

    Despite being pretty much semi-retired, i still make most of my beer money servicing M$ stuff that has grated to a halt mostly due to Internet-transmitted rubbish, spyware, search bars being a major culprit, and once I've persuaded them to buy an Apple machine, i literally never see them again.

    Horses for courses, basically.

    In any case, the point is rapidly becoming moot, over a decade ago, during a discussion of the future of domestic computing I remarked that soon the majority of the population would get their computing the same way they got their electricity etc. - out of a socket in the wall.

    And now, along has come the Chromebook...

  16. Rocco R
    September 30, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    There are pros and cons to ANY operating system. What it all comes down to is what do you want to do with it. If you want a business/gaming (aren't they one in the same?) machine a Windows box will serve you well. If you want a machine that has an easier to use interface, and does better with graphics and audio, use a Mac. If you like to experiment and write your own stuff, bet on Linux as being better. (I use Puppy Linux especially for older machines)
    If you just want email, web browsing, word processing, spreadsheets, ANY operating system will do. Most of the leading packages exist for all three leading operating systems. Yes, you may have to use Wine, or find some way to port things over to Linux, but in many cases it can be done.
    I use them all, and see the benefits in each and everyone. It is simple minded to think that one is "missing out" on something that exists in one operating system verses another.

  17. FreeLaptopsFromWindows
    September 30, 2014 at 5:32 am

    Never try to compare a Mac or Linux and Unix with Windows as it is the same as one would compare the Himalaya Mountains with a virus. (Virus spread globally like, as you wrote in the article someone somewhere was infected before)

  18. Jimk
    September 29, 2014 at 11:11 pm

    Without reading all the comments, just searching for instances of "bootcamp" (and "boot camp"), i found it rather disappointing in the lack of knowledge about bootcamp.
    I am a PCuser, born and bred, and recently converted Mac User. With the Bootcamp feature offered by Apple, I have the choice upon startup, to boot to the latest Mac OS, or Windows 8.1 (or whatever flavour linux/BSD/etc is my choice). And with VMware Fusion's Unity feature, I can also run my bootcamp Windows 8.1 partition as a virtual machine, in almost perfect 'unity' with Mac OS. I dont even have to switch OS, thanks to Unity. I expect Parallels "Coherence" would be fairly similar. I dont think there is anything I miss out on, bar the last point..
    I have successfully "converted" 4 or 5 friends and associates into purchasing Mac's, although convert is an incorrect term, as they did so knowing full well that Windows would still be there. The 'Apple or PC' line is barely there anymore, very blurred at most.

    *PS- I just searched "VM" and "parallel", although adding one to the count, 2 commentators (8out of an estimated 50?) is still a poor number of people with this knowledge.

  19. Mark D
    September 29, 2014 at 10:33 pm

    All of those ranting about Macs or OS X are just jealous. What could you hate about a beautiful GUI wrapping unix? ;) It is a developers dream machine, chuckle.

    • Jack
      August 3, 2016 at 1:26 am

      I have nothing against OSX (Sorry, macOS) personally, since it is a beautiful operating system and macs are beautiful in their own right. I would not, however, say that this article is a rant, nor would I say that people who do rant are jealous, nor would I say that a mac is particularly developer friendly. But, to each their own.

  20. Alan
    September 29, 2014 at 10:00 pm

    My #1 is "second mouse button." (I know you can technically plug most any USB mouse into most Macs, but they don't really use the right mouse button, so you have to install extra drivers. I tried it. It sucked.) I sold my Mac, bought a Windows box, and never looked back.

  21. ATHiker95
    September 29, 2014 at 6:30 pm

    I would just say that I used various Windows machines for some 25 years. About 3 years ago - switched to Mac - would never go back. I know it sounds silly, but the damn thing does just work. Haven't had a lick of trouble - haven't had to worry about malware and viruses,etc (which did plague me and were a pain in the .... to get rid of on a Windows machine). Am I a tech guru? No, hardly, just know when I don't have hassles.

    Running 27" i7 iMac, Ipad 3, iPhone 5s. Have used android phones in the past - like them too.

  22. RPJ
    September 29, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    Why anyone should get so worked up about Mac v PC that they end up being abusive is beyond me. Just to get it out of the way, most of the comments above are about Windows software versus the software and hardware bundle of OSX on a Mac. The Apple range of hardware is very satisfying for those who value design and like to work in tidy spaces with attractive, reasonably well thought out kit. PCs vary enormously and some are also nice to look at but the whole Apple package (pads pod and phones) is designed to work together and while it may be a pain, the common approach (sort of) works. But in the end we are all giving our money to people who trade in built-in redundancy. They give us just enough to satisfy us for now and then release a better product which will, in its turn, prove to be inadequate. It is just a matter of which sort of frustration you are prepared to put up with.

    I am not a 'power user' but do more than just browsing and email. I used Windows since v3.0 or maybe 3.1 (I did have a copy of Win2 but there were no applications so I switched between the supplied apps which was something of a novelty, and enjoyed the difference from the DOS version of word and using the command line to see what was on floppies, but Win 2 achieved very little for me). The thing that has consistently bugged me most about PCs was how quickly they slowed down. I have tried to be disciplined, not install resource-hungry programs, monitor the system, and have used a number of 'cleaners' which work up to a point but eventually the PC won and the systems always ground to a halt, this normally took between 18months and two years. When Win 8 appeared I decided to jump ship to Mac. It was a steep learning curve and it is true to say that Mac have some very funny ideas about what constitutes 'simple' and 'user friendly'. And they do tend to behave as if all users think the same way as Mac designers. But on the upside my 18 month old Macbook Pro has not slowed down (well, not permanently), the OS update from Mountain Lion to Mavericks and (soon) to Yosemite are free. Back-ups are easy and lost material can usually be restored fairly easily. And best of all there are Mac shops full of enthusiastic people who know their subject (or know where to find a colleague who does) and are really happy to help. I have a pile of old PC desktops and laptops which are of no use to me and have no resale value . Meanwhile the second hand Mac market seems to be thriving. So while I paid a lot more for my Mac than I ever did for a PC, the experience has been less frustrating, problems were solvable and I have spent more productive time with the Mac that I ever did with the PC, also, when I need to get a new one I will get something for the old one. Macs have their shortcomings but all in, and talking as someone who does not want to know how the things work in any great detail, it's the better of a bad lot - for me that is. You will have to make up your own mind.

  23. Nachito C
    September 29, 2014 at 4:22 pm

    What I hate about my poor experience with Apple OSs is that they tend to hide instead of "put in gray" options that are not available at a certain point on a particular task, especially when this task is about plugging a new piece of hardware. Now I know a lot about Windows because sometimes, whenever I open a menu and see a grayed out option, I like to investigate about it and see why it is not available.
    I like to think that developers for Mac and Apple and their software guidelines try to make the OS so user friendly that ends up looking/behaving more for fools than for neophytes. The same thing happened with windows 8.

    • Ex2bot
      October 14, 2014 at 5:27 pm

      Command-SPACE, then type 'ter' and press RETURN. Welcome to BASH. Use SUDO or SU and you can mess around to your heart's content. Run your BASH scripts, schedule tasks with launchd, monitor with top and net top.

      Of course, If you don't want a CLI, you can always learn the GUI. for example, Apple menu > About this Mac > More Info > System Report. System Preferences contains just about everything you'd need to configure the machine the way you want..

      Want system and application logs? Command-SPACE, then type 'con' and press RETURN to bring up the console.

      Would you like to script the GUI? Use AppleScript and / Automator, two powerful scripting tools built in.

      Take some time to learn the OS. It's all there and more. Just because the UIs are designed to be as simple and intuitive as possible doesn't mean There's a huge amount of complexity readily available. Do you pride yourself on being an expert on computers? (Rhetorical question) Learn more than one OS. Really learn em.

    • Ex2bot
      October 14, 2014 at 5:31 pm

      Shoot. Typo correction: " . . . doesn't mean there *isn't* a huge amount of complexity readily available."

  24. John Williams
    September 29, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    I'm only 58 years old and started in the 70's with MS from DOS to W7. When Macs got going reasonably well in the 90's, every single thing about them seemed to be deliberately on purpose. The menus glued to the top, controls on the left, only one button on the mouse, etc, and the machines were very expensive.

    Over the years I have had to build Mac workstations to run hardware based audio systems only available on a Mac. I've also struggled to make one or two Macs, owned by trendy managers, talk to the main Windows infrastructure. I've always been bemused by the way Apple go all round the houses to do things that Windows did simply.

    The fact is, for many millions of us, Macs were late to the game. We've not even retired from work yet, but we have 10 to 15 years more experience with MS than with Apple. Let's face it, Apple are probably never going to sell me any of their products, and I'm not alone.

    Perhaps it's a young thing, trendy, easy credit. It's certainly a first world thing. Those of us who struggled through the late 70's and 80's were very grateful to IBM, ISO standards, ATX, Intel, etc. Huge savings brought about by thousands of manufacturers making cheap IBM compatible parts made it possible for people to own a "personal computer" by buying the parts week by week. By the time you'd built it it was a very personal computer believe me!

    Apple has always come in one lump and required credit. The whole churn of sensless buying new and trashing working equipment is very capitalist and materialistic. The Windows software and ISO standard hardware is much more green and eco friendly than Apple will ever be.

    Apple fans always seem to me to be like the guys who have to have the brand new car - even though it depreciates down to 50 percent of its value before you have even paid off the credit. Apple just comes across as a perpetual rolling drain on your wallet and the earth's resources. It is the ultimate example of how a small percentage of the world uses a huge percentage of it's rsources.

    I urge you to think long and hard about changing OS. If you must, then try Linux on your old PC. Moving to Apple is never the universal solution that Apple try to make out.

    • ex2bot
      October 3, 2014 at 7:43 pm

      The Macs of the 90s are a world away from the Macs of the 21st century. They're very compatible with modern computing. You had some good points, a few are still true (Macs are expensive, though they do hold their value when you sell), though most are no longer accurate.

      You know what UNIX is, right? OS X is built on top of OpenStep and FreeBSD. UNIX-likes (mostly Linux) power about 60% of the net. Welcome to the 21st century. We have cookies!

    • ex2bot
      October 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

      Also, I love your soundtracks. The first record I ever got was the Indiana Jones soundtrack.

  25. stevedude
    September 29, 2014 at 12:57 pm

    Hmmm, there are literally dozens of alternatives to all of the programs mentioned so missing programs is really not a compelling reason to not use a MAC. For the record I use Windows 7, Windows 8, Ubuntu, and OSX on several home machines. The article also hints at lacking support. Have you ever compared Apples support to Windows? In all of my experiences, Apples is better, no disrespect to Windows, I'm speaking from my own experience. I also have a local Apple store to go to where the technician actually know what they are talking about. Unless you have valid experiences, articles like this are misleading to the general public.

  26. dragonmouth
    September 28, 2014 at 9:18 pm

    Why use a bastardized, locked-down, proprietary, pay-for version of BSD that is OS/X when you can use the real thing which is open source, free and runs on any hardware?

  27. redsnappa
    September 28, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Shellshock, Heartbleed. IOS is now the prised target of the malware creators

    • dragonmouth
      September 28, 2014 at 9:11 pm

      Both exploits have been fixed already. And Linux users did even not have to wait for Patch Tuesday.

    • Bob C
      September 29, 2014 at 7:50 am

      More FUD. Back up your statements with specifics. BTW, I read that Apple has a fix out for BASH! Since "nix" is open source, you usually find these things quicker. With Windows, you get a batch of security fixes every Tuesday and have to dig to find if any were real "gotchas" and don't know how long they have been around! As for Shellshock see two articles discussing it -- and .

    September 28, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    1st - OK, I'm a user and I don't care.
    2nd - It is a Lie, there are version of Office for Mac, if you desperate you can run windows in the newest Mac machines in partitions or in parallel.
    3rd - There is steam games for mac too.
    4th - That is also a lie, there are upgrade kit available just search in amazon and ebay, and severals tutorials avaiable.
    I've just move from pc (15 years user) to mac, I don't want to go back anymore.

    • KM_
      September 28, 2014 at 9:45 pm

      1) It is a moot point, irrelevant.
      2) You do not have the same functionality in Office for Windows as you do for Office for Mac. Not to mention there are other software titles that you have more functionality in the Windows version than the OSX or Linux versions, same other way around too for some software titles. If you start to bring virtualization software into the talk (virtualpc, parallels, vmware, etc) then you are ignoring the point of having OS dependent software.
      3) The number of natively supported games are but a fraction of the Windows counterpart, and even for the natively supported games, there are still bugs with the clients due to how OSX functions.
      4) Depending on what Mac you have, you have a very limited hardware upgrade route. The only things you can upgrade in all Macs with little trouble is the hard drive and RAM. The rest of the hardware is very hard to impossible to replace. Hardware such as CPU, GPU, the motherboard itself to a newer model, etc. Thats the beauty of PCs, if I wanted, I could go from an AMD supported system to an Intel with just changing 2 parts, the CPU (obviously) and the motherboard. You cannot do this with Macs.

    • Bob C
      September 29, 2014 at 7:12 am

      Actually, WINE runs on Macs too. WINE supports MS Office, Adobe Photoshop, Windows Media Player and a host of other Windows programs. Plus you have PlayOnMac as a WINE "add-on" and now there is STEAM!

    • KM_
      September 29, 2014 at 3:17 pm


      Last I checked, WINE doesnt replace the Windows Environment, and therefore does not fully support native Windows software. Not all games on Steam support non-Windows natively.

  29. Smith
    September 28, 2014 at 6:53 pm

    Using Mac for years now, ain't missing shit!

  30. Drew
    September 28, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    As far as laptops go - a touchscreen and a 10-key were really important to me (most of my passwords are very number-heavy). I also didn't mind saving the $1k over the almost-as-powerful version of the MacBook Pro.

    By the way - the Macs living longer myth needs to end. Stop trying to justify the extra money with that BS. If you take care of a laptop, it'll take care of you. I have a 6 year old Compaq and a 5 year old eMachines that run great. They even run most of my high-end steam games now, thanks to Steam home-streaming. So, basically, for $2100 over the last 6 years, I have one laptop that's slightly more powerful than the $2500 MacBook Pro (with my touchscreen and 10-key), and 2 more for the kids (that can still run my games if I want) - all of which run great.

    • Jack
      August 3, 2016 at 1:31 am

      Obviously it does boil down to how well you care for it, but I've had a macbook before, and I can assure you that for normal everyday use, that machine ran for longer than most of the PCs on the market. Granted, its also more expensive than most PCs on the market, so you really do get what you pay for.

      • Anton
        April 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

        Several times more expensive. Several PCs (any pcs) will outlast any macbook.

  31. George
    September 28, 2014 at 9:23 am

    "Being Given the Freedom to Upgrade Your Hardware"
    that's why I build my own Mac, people call it hackintosh sometimes ;)

  32. Salmon
    September 28, 2014 at 7:23 am

    This is a terrible article, and I am a die-hard Windows user.

  33. Stivik
    September 28, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Rich probably has not been connected to the internet... :)

    The biggest issue I'm having with OS-X is Finder. Explorer works way more faster and is better equiped for handling files. Never managed to check metadata, for instance for a photograph in Finder, checking file properties in Explorer is very complete.

    • Ex2bot
      October 5, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      Did you cmd-I ("Get Info", roughly analagous to Properties in Explorer) and look in "more data" (click the disclosure triangle if necessary). There's some metadata there. I just checked some of my photos.

      On my raw files from my Panasonic micro 4/3, for example, command-I shows:

      device model and name
      color space and profile
      focal length
      alpha channel
      red eye
      exposure program and time

      I'm not sure your proficiency with Finder versus Explorer. At this point, I'm way better with Finder than Explorer, for example, because I haven't really used Explorer for about fifteen years. There's all sorts of interesting things you can do with Finder that don't have an exact analog in Explorer, such as the proxy icon in the window bar (top of window). Hold command and click the proxy icon to see path. Drag that proxy icon to create shortcut and option-drag that proxy icon to create a copy of the file. On the newest versions of OS X (10.9 and 10.10, I believe), you can even rename files by clicking the proxy icon.

      There is an add-on commercial program called Path Finder that greatly enhances Finder's abilities. Many people also swear by Default Folder X (which I have never used). Quicksilver is another niche favorite that is an app launcher and so much more. I stick to vanilla Finder and Spotlight myself. Works okay for me. I also use Automator occasionally if I need to do macros.

  34. Joey
    September 28, 2014 at 6:32 am


    Read This

  35. brownTown
    September 28, 2014 at 6:23 am

    Linux FTW!

    Granted, you might run into a the complaints about a smaller user base, and not getting developer love. Also the specialty apps not being compatible is also valid. But support isn't that terrible since healthy user communities are actually quite helpful. And using your own hardware? Please, Ubuntu out if the box has better driver detection than Windows. How many divers did I have to install on my last Ubuntu set up? Zero.

    Linux is similar enough to OS X to give you that *nix experience, but it's free, you can use any hardware (including Apple hardware), and most replacement apps are free too. And you don't get locked into Apple's ecosystem!

    True, it's not seen as the most user friendly. But he only real downside for less than tech savvy people is that they won't get their Windows apps.

    • Bob C
      September 29, 2014 at 7:10 am

      I am somewhat of a Linux "fanboi", but still use Windows (because that is what comes installed on any store-bought PC - hmmm, does Microsoft have a monopoly?). I used Linux off and on (Slackware, going back to the 90s) until Ubuntu 6.04. I will dispute it supports more devices than Windows because most device makers make a lot more money providing Window drivers than "nix" drivers. I have an old Acer, which uses a Broadcom card - unsupported in Linux for a long time - even the the support now available will not funcion. Fortunately, it has a PCI slot and can plug in an adapter card. I have three - 1 - Netgear which works without change, one Linksys which requires the "Windows" driver and the 3rd another Linksys which will not work. I also have an HP printer which can scan negatives and slides. I have had it scan them intermittently under Windows XP - but not Windows 7 and have never been able to scan them with any Linux distro - both printing and regular scanning work with both Windows and Linux.

      BTW, one complaint I had with Linux (Ubuntu) was having to upgrade from LTS to LTS as updates would fail because of "outdated" support. I know its 5 years now instead of 2, but still. I switched to Linux Mint when Unity came out (like Metro - not designed for desktop/laptop). I now use Linux Mint Debian Edition, because it supports rolling releases (no need to worry about periodic release installs) and non-PAE H/W (Intel "M" chips - the Acer laptop has a Celeron M chip).

      Two other points, Linux Mint (and some other distros - e.g., ZorinOS) includes WINE when installed. It has improved significantly. I have a number of Window programs that run under WINE. It supports Adobe Photoshop, MS Office, Windows Media Player, etc. Currently, it only supports 32 bit, but 64 bit is on the way. I also use the "DOS Emulator" and "DOSBox" (which, BTW, also works on Windows). WINE also works on OSX (POSIX compliant). Or if you want to spend money, there is "Crossover" and supports many Windows games. There is also PlayOnLinux (and PlayOnMac) which provide configuration support per game under WINE. Also, STEAM is available and supports many more games. See for some discussion on this.

      One last point, when I have a problem I actually find more and usually better on-line help for Linux than I do for Windows - surprisingly considering Windows dominance. One reason may be the "openness" of Linux. My kids gave us an iPad a year ago and so far the on-line help for it has been adequate. I do like the Facetime app a lot better than Skype. Also, interesting, my wife, who is not computer literate by any means (still can't train her to click on the "X" to close the Safari tabs when she is sent to a web page) has no problem using it (other than closing tabs) - e-mail, messaging, Facetime and, of course, a few games). When I set up an user-id on my Windows 7 machine, she found it confusing and won't go near it (I shut my systems down when done). BTW, another site, although dated, also has interesting discussion on PC vs Mac users - see .

      My apologies for such a lengthy post.

  36. Michael
    September 28, 2014 at 5:51 am

    Those are four pretty weak reasons to come back to Windows. The one good reason to stay away is Windows 8.

    I was a Window person for 20 years, but Windows 8 ended the relationship.

    • Jack
      August 3, 2016 at 1:33 am

      Windows 8 was by any reasonable metric a disaster for point-and-click PCs, and I only ended up staying and not moving to Linux altogether because of Windows 8.1 and a bit of customization (granted, I was probably too invested in Windows at that point to move anyway, but Windows 8.1 helped)

  37. Anestis K
    September 28, 2014 at 5:29 am

    Trackpad on a Mac Laptop can be configured for right click. Plug in a third-party moude and you can right-click. Even Apple's mouse can be configured for right-click.
    This falsehood keeps being propagated.

    Mac OS X costs $20 (or so). How much does Windows cost?

    You can get MS Office for WIndows. Yes, VBA scripts can be non-functional, but who needs them when they are vulnerable to malware/viruses?
    Plus you also have Apple's suite of office software. as well as access to Open/Libre Office. Both can save in MS Office formats.

    You can upgrade RAM and HDD in most Macs.

    Macs have a longer lifespan than Windows PC machines, therefore no need to constantly upgrade.

    As for games, there's plenty of them available for Mac thanks to some AAA vendors and many Indie developers realising where their markets sit.
    Also, there's plenty of games for Mac available on Steam and

    So, can we please stop this Mac bashing as it achieves nothing.

    I use a Windows PC for work (at work), some games and general work.
    I use Mac for general work, portability (laptop), and some games.
    I use Linux for my webhosting server.
    I have an XBox 360 and a PS 4 for gaming and watching DivX videos/Blue-Ray discs.

    This is a non-story. Next article write something useful

    • nrk
      September 29, 2014 at 3:54 am

      OS X costs $0.00

    • Ted K
      September 29, 2014 at 4:27 am

      Re: Right-mouse click. True points, but I don't have to configure anything to get a right-click on Windows.

      So OS X is cheaper than Windows. But the OS is already on my (way cheaper) Windows PC. So what's your point?

      Macs have a longer lifespan? I guess there must be a study on that somewhere. My anecdotal experience says there's not much difference. And besides--and I say this tongue in cheek--everytime there is a new model out, Apple's consumer base rushes out to buy it, thus rendering the previous generation "so yesterday." :)

      I think the article addressed your other points about Office and gaming.

      I think you missed the point of the article. It wasn't to "bash" Macs, it was to inform Windows users contemplating a switch to OS X.

    • Anestis K
      September 29, 2014 at 5:50 am

      And you missed the point I made I made that you can plug in a third-party mouse and have right click automatically work.

      I didn't miss the point of the article.

      The article misses a point by artificially trying to crate a divide between Mac and Windows users, which is a non-issue.

  38. fritz
    September 28, 2014 at 3:10 am

    Right click? Use two fingers to press instead of one.....

    And can you come over with your pentalobe screwdriver and show me where to use it on my Macbook pro? I have opened it up to add ram and used a standard philips screwdriver.....

  39. Hildy J
    September 28, 2014 at 2:26 am

    There's tons of information online about how to run Windows on a Mac. If OS X is so great, why would you need to? Or we could try the economic argument so dear to iPhone devotees: Windows sells more so Macs must suck.

    What it boils down to is that Windows computers can do anything Macs can do and more. The article didn't mention peripherals but you could add that as a fifth reason - if it was designed to connect to a computer, there's a Windows driver for it.

    • Ex2bot
      September 28, 2014 at 4:11 am

      Windows is really good, there's no doubt. But it isn't the only powerful platform. OS X is state of the ar and it has a powerful and very large software base.

      People tend to run Windows on their Macs because they can or because they want more games. Windows is a good game machine and all, but when I want to get work done, I depend on my Mac. :)

      Incidentally, which bizarre peripherals are you using that don't work with Macs? Everything works with Macs, too, with the exception of some very specific industrial applications.

      • Jack
        August 3, 2016 at 1:40 am

        I'm a bit late for this, but...
        On the contrary, a lot fewer things work with a mac, but the selling point is that the things that do work "just work" and they are usually of higher quality. I'll let the reader of this post be the judge of that, but while I really admire macs for their high quality ecosystem, windows wins hands-down in terms of compatibility.

    • nrk
      September 29, 2014 at 3:53 am

      The i7 processor in a Windows machine can do more than an i7 in a Mac?

  40. Joel
    September 28, 2014 at 2:21 am

    I love apple because it is predictably reliable. I don't have to search out third party help for every different price of hardware, I don't have update checks popping up all the damn time, the native programs do all I need them to do, I never worry about system crashes, the ability to print to PDF is already there....
    I use windows for work and each of those things has given me trouble at one point or another. I'm no power user, I realize, and I'm much more concerned with stability over versatility.

    • Anton
      April 6, 2017 at 10:36 am

      I have a completely opposite experience with apple/mac. My printer wouldn't work with my new MBP (that I got as a gift, wouldn't have purchased it myself especially after spending some time with it).I spent 30 minutes googling, installing and re-installing drivers and hacking around the settings to make it finally work (was ready to give up tbh). With a PC this printer "just works".

  41. Keefe K
    September 28, 2014 at 1:47 am

    The one thing I find confusing about these discussions is whether we're talking about the Mac operating system, or the Mac computer. If it's the operating system, you have quite a few valid points. But then if you're talking about Mac computers in general, I'd like to point out that you can dual-boot your Mac using Bootcamp, and run Windows on the machine as well. Therefore the only points in this article it doesn't overcome is the very last one. However, some PCs are like that as well, though generally they are more customizable then Macs. After all, I can build myself a PC, but I can't build myself a Mac, unfortunately. Not that I would want to...personally, I'm a Windows guy. But I will admit that Macs have their merits, and that some people find them easier to use, while I find them harder because I grew up on Windows. My best advice is to just use whichever is easiest for the individual, as we all have our own preferences and ways of doing things.

    • Ted K
      September 29, 2014 at 4:19 am

      Exactly! I get tired of the arguing from both sides (mostly instigated from the Apple Fanboy religionists) that "my way is better." Nope. Your way is better for...YOU! I don't put down Apple users. (Except for Fanboy religionists, because they are so condescending and so fun to put in their place because their position is based on ego, not on facts.) I always tell users that it depends on 1) how much money do you have to spend, and 2) what are you going to use it for? I think a #3 would be, how does your brain work? OSX appeals to certain people because of the way they think and work. Ditto for Windows, Neither is superior. Both have weaknesses. Both have advantages. What is superior is the system that fulfills #1 - 3 above.

      Having been a network admin on systems that use both, I will say that Apple really has a great marketing machine and religious following. The hype that it is "easier" and "more trouble-free" is laughable to those of us that have to work on them and fix their problems, too.

      Just a note for those of you who are trying to once again argue your case for which system is "better." This article is about Windows users switching to OS X. It was just outlining some differences that a Windows user would experience in the change. But once again, we have Fanboys trying to make a different point.

      Have you noticed that I don't like Fanboys? :) (Not talking about most Apple users here.) I don't like their arrogance, their holier-than-thou attitudes, and their propensity to deride every chance they get. Sheesh. Get a life. It's just a tool.

    • Ex2bot
      October 2, 2014 at 11:55 am

      Ted, there are plent of Win fanboys too. Lots more, I'll bet. Seriously, we still get comments about right-click and that the Mac is a simple computer for "DUMBS" (see comments from our friends above.

      Also, when someone says one platform is the best, they are expressing an opinion. Their proclaimed "best" platform (probably) is the best—for them (as you said). When people start making comments about how their platform "just works" or it "has all the games," then we devolve into fanboyism.

  42. hiran
    September 28, 2014 at 1:40 am

    I switched to mac six years ago. I've used all major releases from windows 3.1 to xp. I afraid I miss none of those that are listed. I use mac mostly for scientific computing though. The bottom line is that it depends on what you use computers for.

    • Ex2bot
      September 28, 2014 at 4:04 am

      I switched to Mac full-time in 2001. After using Windows since 85, I found I vastly preferred the Mac's UI.

      It's no sacrifice either. Apple includes lots of free software, and there's more freeware, shareware and commercial than I'll ever be able to use. People are often surprised at how much Mac s/w (including free stuff) is out there, but remember that the ?Mac has been around since 1984.

      • Sugi
        August 3, 2016 at 1:43 am

        1984 sure be it, but also remember that Apple has deliberately put an end to backwards compatibility for no good reason than to force their consumers to "move on, it's my way or the highway." Nothing beats Windows in compatibility

  43. Arin B
    September 28, 2014 at 1:25 am

    Interesting thoughts, but the truth is, once you jump from Windows to Mac, you will never want to go back. Mac is so much better in all respects.

    • Aibek E
      September 29, 2014 at 6:18 pm

      exactly my thoughts after switching to Macbook 1.5 years back.

    • Peter D
      September 30, 2014 at 5:21 pm

      Not really...I like to "do stuff". I am in control of my Win Platform, you are not in control of anything Apple.

    • Peter D
      September 30, 2014 at 5:30 pm

      To me, a Mac is like a bike with training wheels. It will never fall on it's side. Nobody dies on a Mac. You always have steady speed and it does not let you customize it so you don't ruin it. Anyone can drive a Mac...

      A PC to me is like a Ninja Crotch Rocket. There are unlimited choices for the options. It is hard to drive, but if you learn how to do it, you will easily touch 150MPH in just a few seconds. Many people die in them b/c it is hard to handle. You can make it, literally, any way you would like it. It only benefits people capable of driving at fast speeds with nothing to protect you from falling, and those are the people that use it's full potential. The rest die out by natural selection...or quit and buy overpriced Macs.

    • Ex2bot
      October 2, 2014 at 11:34 am

      Peter D, do you know what UNIX is? It (or it's open-source inspirations, like Linux) powers the Internet. OS X is UNIX. I don't know where you got the idea that it is a simple OS. It's not. You could take some time to learn more about computers. Windows is powerful, but it's not the only game in town.

    • Ex2bot
      October 2, 2014 at 11:36 am

      I meant to say UNIX and Linux powers about 60% of the Internet. Microsoft's IIS powers the rest.

    • Warren
      October 27, 2014 at 12:20 pm

      I tried to switch to OS X and switched back to Windows by Boot Camping my MacBook pro after about 18 months working with OS X.

      All those people saying if you try OS X you won't switch back are wrong. I know a lot of people using Windows (happily) on their Mac.

    • Anton
      April 6, 2017 at 10:43 am

      I tried switching, and was surprised how dumb OSX is, that you have to install 10 different helper utilities to make it work like it should by default. Apple magic mouse is not meant for any productive use, logitech $10 mouse is way better. No home end esc keys on the new MBP, so basically sucks for editing text. Seems like this computer is made to look at it, maybe browse internet. Sucks for everything else. Back to windows with relief.

  44. Marcos V
    September 28, 2014 at 1:17 am

    you forgot to mention Right Click

    • Ex2bot
      September 28, 2014 at 3:59 am

      Yes, right-click on a Mac is very different. To right click you have to sacrifice a chicken

      No, I'm messing with you. On a Mac, to right-click you . . . right-click. On a MacBook's trackpad you can right-click by clicking on the right side of the trackpad, or you can click with two fingers anywhere on the trackpad.

      I used to use Logitech mice on my Mac. The mice I used were the same ones Windows users used. I right-clicked on my Mac by depressing my finger on the right button. That's actually very similar to how one right-clicks on Windows. Now you know.

  45. Rich
    September 28, 2014 at 12:37 am

    Macs are also less user-friendly than Windows PCs. There are no scroll bars, you can't resize a window from the sides (only the lower-right corner), programs don't shut down when you close the window, you have to press SHIFT + DEL to delete a file (instead of just DEL, for some reason). You can delete text to the left of the cursor using the DEL key, but to delete text to the right, you have to press FN + DEL (instead of just DEL like in Windows or Linux). It's just more cumbersome and slower to work on a Mac than a PC, in my opinion. The user interface doesn't seem very well designed or thought out.

    • LUcian
      September 28, 2014 at 1:26 am

      You havent tryed it recently as i see...

    • Ex2bot
      September 28, 2014 at 3:52 am

      There are scroll bars in OS X, and windows can be resized from all four sides and any corner. There are lots of shortcuts built into the OS for those that take some time to familiarize themselves with them. Rich, you sound like a novice computer user, so I can understand why you are mistaken about some Mac fundamentals. You can find an almost infinite number of help files through OS X's help system or through a web search.

      Windows was copied off the Mac OS, and many of us feel it is a poor copy. Command-W to close a window, cmd-q to quit a program, cmd-h to hide a program, cmd-O to open (run) a program, F3 to invoke Mission Control, cmd-F3 to hide all windows to get to the Desktop.

      This article is badly flawed. Regarding the supposed lack of knowledgeable Mac users, before the web I'd say visit your local user group. Now I suggest checking out Ars Technica, MacWorld, iMore or CNet (but be wary of CNet's reviews as they don't have any semblance of editorial freedom). There are millions and millions of helpful Mac experts on the web like me.


    • Rich
      September 28, 2014 at 4:17 am

      Starting in Lion, scroll bars are hidden by default. You have to turn them on in System Preferences. And even then, they move in the opposite direction of what you'd expect. Moving the scroll bar down moves the page up. Very intuitive. I know Windows hasn't copied that "feature." Before Lion at least, you had to move your mouse to the corner of the window to resize it. Lion copied the Windows feature to resize from the sides. Hitting the close button on a window doesn't close the program, which is really stupid. Windows 1.0 was introduced in 1985, and a lot has changed since then. Neither the Mac OS nor Windows looks anything like they did back then. So, to say one is a copy of the other is really ignorant. As for me personally, I am an IT administrator. I mostly support Windows and Linux machines, but I have to support Mac users at times, as well, unfortunately. So, I'm not as familiar with Mac OS X as I am with Windows or Linux. I understand why you are so defensive . You wasted a lot of money on an inferior machine. If you admitted this to yourself, you would become very depressed. You will be in denial for a very long time, I imagine.

    • Saumyakanta S
      September 28, 2014 at 4:11 pm

      if windows was copied from mac , its too much better than that crack-mac , everything about it , software library , games , thousands of little bit tricks , the most amazing - Hardware support !! , diversity - you can modify windows funtionality, interface whatever way you want..even there is a way to change the boot screen of windows XP ,.... and the list goes on ...

    • Saumyakanta S
      September 28, 2014 at 4:14 pm

      and MAC is mostly for dumbs (not refering to everyone using mac)

    • Ted K
      September 29, 2014 at 4:07 am

      @Ex2Bot So, please tell us (and we know the answer), what was OSX copied from?

    • Ex2bot
      October 2, 2014 at 11:27 am

      There's an option in system prefs under Trackpad, I believe, to change the scrolling direction, Rich. Did you forget to mention that, or didn't you know? And yes, Apple finally copied Windows' ability to resize windows from all sides. You incorrectly mentioned that as a feature OS X doesn't have (a drawback). These are basic features. Study System Preferences.

      Ted, Apple engineers toured Xerox and, with permission, were inspired by the experimental Star, which used icons. Apple added overlapping windows and used icons to represent objects instead of tasks.

      Microsoft, a Mac developer, created Windows after studying the Mac. As I said, Windows is a copy of the Mac. In my opinion, it's (especially, it was-I think 7 fixed most problems) a poor copy. Aside from my opinion on its quality, this is all established history.

    • Ex2bot
      October 2, 2014 at 11:30 am

      Yes, Saumyakanta, UNIX is mostly for DUMBS. (?)

    • Ex2bot
      October 5, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      I actually answered Ted several days ago, but the comment never showed up.

      The Mac was inspired by the Xerox Star. Apple got permission to study the Star, and they copied the icon-driven UI idea. The Star was very sophisticated. Apple used many of their ideas and added some of their own.

      Now, Ted K, I'm guessing you gave me this quiz because you interpreted my message to mean that I believe Apple innovated everything and Microsoft only copied. That's not at all what I meant. I simply meant that I think Microsoft did a mediocre (maybe "poor" is too harsh) job copying the Mac. Maybe you think they didn't at all copy the Mac. But that's not an opinion of mine. That's a fact. Microsoft based MS Windows on the Mac. Oh well.

      I could go through lots of reasons why I think / thought Windows was a mediocre copy, but I don't think it's that important. Many of the things I disliked have been fixed since Windows 7. I think the two that caused me the biggest problems were ME and activation. Yes, I had legal copies of Windows. These are just my opinions. I could have worked around them, but I didn't have to. I found something that works better ****for****me***, Ted. ***For***me***. Think of the children!

    • Rich
      October 9, 2014 at 5:38 am

      Starting with Windows 95, the two operating systems really started to diverge from each other. Microsoft introduced the start menu with that version, which was not found on the Mac at all. In fact, the start menu was actually later copied by KDE (a GUI for Linux). I remember the Mac back in those days used the "control strip" which Microsoft didn't copy at all because it was so horrible. Then, Steve Jobs came back to Apple and added the "Dock" to OS X from NeXTSTEP. Microsoft already had the task bar at the bottom of the screen, so they didn't really need to copy that, although the way the various windows are grouped by default in Windows 7 does resemble the dock's grouping methodology somewhat. Windows 8 took live tiles from Windows Phone 7, which took it from the Microsoft Zune. Live Tiles were Microsoft's work. So, all of that is why I said that it's really inaccurate to say one is a copy of the other. Maybe back in the 80s Windows was a poor imitation, but it's changed so much that it is really a new GUI from the ground up. We just used DOS back then, anyway. It wasn't until Windows 3 came out that I actually started to rely on the GUI. Anyway, I guess maybe I need to practice with Macs more and you need to practice with Windows more.

    • Ex2bot
      October 14, 2014 at 5:07 pm

      Rich, I didn't start using Macs of my own until 2001. Before that, I used …

      DOS and Windows. I know all about Windows. The first Windows we had was 3.0, but I also used 1.0 and 2 (and Mac System 6.x IIRC) in college. The first DOS I used was 3.3, I believe. Good times. Especially Doom.

    • Anton
      April 6, 2017 at 10:45 am

      exactly my experience with macs/osx. Windows/PC all the way

  46. elkuku
    September 27, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    At least the gaming part us true :P

  47. Anonymous
    September 27, 2014 at 10:09 pm

    And you will miss all of the misery of using Windows

  48. dragonmouth
    September 27, 2014 at 10:07 pm

    "Being Part of the World’s Biggest OS Userbase"
    Yup. All those hackers, crackers, malware writers and script kiddies.

    "Using the Programs That You’re Familiar With"
    Yup. Especially A/V, anti-malware, AdAware, SuperAntiSpyware, etc.

    "Being Given the Freedom to Upgrade Your Hardware"
    Yup. Freedom to call mothership for permission every time you change your hardware.

    Any other good laughs you have for us?

    • Rich
      September 28, 2014 at 12:20 am

      I use Windows and I haven't gotten a virus in at least 7 years. I haven't had an anti-virus program in years, either.

      • Anton
        April 6, 2017 at 10:47 am

        never use any antivirus, never got any viruses on windows ever

    • LUcian
      September 28, 2014 at 1:24 am

      Rich.. How do you know u dont have a virus while u dont have an antivirus :)) my windows is just for some things i cant do in osx... My hackintosh its just great.

    • Rich
      September 28, 2014 at 2:03 am

      Viruses are just programs. They usually show up in the task manager and your computer starts usually starts acting up if you have one. (The computer slows down, ads appear out of nowhere, etc.) I remove them all the time from both Macs and PCs. I just delete them manually. Antivirus programs aren't necessary to detect or remove them. They usually get into computers by tricking the user into installing them.

    • KM_
      September 28, 2014 at 3:17 am

      Looks like someone is trying to justify buying a $2000 Facebook machine.

    • KM_
      September 28, 2014 at 3:28 am

      Honestly I do not understand why anyone would want to use an OS based on another OS that is meant to run on virtually any hardware, yet is limited to very few hardware configurations, claims security thru obscurity, very late in the game of actually running games, and the developers of the OS take longer than usual to respond to and/or fix issues that arise.

      Also I do not understand why someone would want to use a computer that is very un-user friendly in regards to self-repairs, and costs WAY more than the alternative brands, and attempts to push their own proprietary interfaces instead of actual standards.

      Commentary from Apple execs is always hilarious to read too, backtracking thru hoops. "No one wants a netbook computer/large iPhone/small iPad", then turns around a device that can be used as a netbook yet is still only able to single task, a large iPhone that imitates a phone that came out years ago, and a smaller iPad that is really not that much larger than the new iPhones.

      So much hypocrisy from one company, the arrogance is so thick.

    • epiquestions
      September 28, 2014 at 4:07 am

      A butthurt Apple fanboy surprise there. Fanboys have never been objective and always sensitive to criticism. Apple products are overpriced for what its worth, no amount of fanboyism can dispute that. This is not like a luxury car that have the actual power/usefulness that justifies its premium price.

      Maybe dragonmouth needs a dumbed down OS because Windows is just too complicated form him that is why he experienced malware and virus when he used it (or did he ever use windows or he is just talking out of his ass?)

      Don't want the things you hate on windows? Go the LINUX rout, free inexpensive and has more to offer than MACS.

    • Howard B
      September 28, 2014 at 4:35 am

      @Rich: How *do* you know you don't have a virus on your PC without an antivirus? I've been a computer tech for over 20 years (maintained networks, built my own machines and machines for work) and I've seen MIRC bots and fake user accounts installed on machines with no antivirus (and no one browsing the Web to infect the machine - a dedicated file/printer server).
      These days, viruses aren't for slowing down the machine (at least not perceptibly) or showing ads; they're for launching DDOS attacks, sending spam, and the like. They don't WANT you to notice the machine slowing down or being used to mine BitCoins while you're on it.
      Thank you so VERY much for being part of the botnet that's sending me Viagra ads in my inbox, or taking down the site I want to visit. I do hope you get a letter from your ISP telling you your Internet account is suspended for suspicious activity, and recommending you clean your PC of viruses before they will let you back on the Internet.

    • Howard B
      September 28, 2014 at 4:37 am

      Another thing you'll have to get used to when switching to Mac is the stubborn, 30-year-old insistence of gluing the menu to the top of the screen instead of attaching it to the current window. Also, the three colored balls instead of window control buttons that show what they will do, and being on the "wrong side," just like Ubuntu, the "Mac-wanna-be Linux distro."

    • Anon
      September 28, 2014 at 5:44 am

      Brother don't talk about the things you don't know, having a non Mac machine is much better, and you can always run a hackintosh.

    • Rich
      September 28, 2014 at 6:23 am

      Howard, if my computer was sending spam, the connections would show up in netstat. The same thing goes for DDOS attacks. You're not logged into my computer, so stop pretending like you know anything about it.

    • Anthony
      October 11, 2014 at 12:17 am

      I've been using Windows forever, and never once have I had to call M$ with a hardware change. I do hardware for a living too.

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2014 at 12:01 pm


      I see a common pattern in people criticizing so called Apple fanboys. You are like the fox and the grapes, it is easy to despise what you cannot get: a premium product! Stick to your penguins and don't bother those who enjoy the finest things in life.

  49. Anonymous
    September 27, 2014 at 9:33 pm

    I would never switchback to Windows. Love my Mac and had a Mac prior to the iPhone or the IPad. I love the interface and friendliness.

    • Anonymous
      September 28, 2014 at 1:35 am


    • Joe
      September 28, 2014 at 5:00 pm

      I think the interface and overall Apple design is a lot of what appeals to Mac users. Although I'll always prefer a Windows machine (the superior number of programs/games available, as Brad mentions, is the main reason), there's no denying that Macs are good looking.

    • Ano
      October 22, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      @ Anonymous

      Sounds like a chick.

    • Carlos
      January 1, 2015 at 1:43 pm

      You would love your mac more if you install Linux Mint 17.1

  50. likefunbutnot
    September 27, 2014 at 9:26 pm

    Good things about OSX: Spotlight, easy to understand BSD heritage.
    Bad things about OSX: The userbase, itunes inflicted by default, the propensity of developers to commercialize software that's probably free on other platforms, users still whining about support for their 10-year-old systems with IBM CPUs.

    All in all, I look at OSX as *nix with a nicer-than-usual GUI than Apple's platform. I actually remove or ignore most of Apple's provided software. Finder is probably the only tool I don't replace, and that's only been true since Mavericks was released.

    • Simmo
      September 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

      What a dickhead! Why bother having a Mac in that case...???

    • likefunbutnot
      September 28, 2014 at 9:32 pm


      I really don't see the appeal of Apple's hardware or ecosystem in any case. My job provides me with a Macbook and I have to support some Apple equipment, but OSX in and of itself doesn't bring anything to the table as a software environment that I don't also get from a reasonably nice Linux distribution. I'll use whatever operating system is available, but part of being willing and able to do that is being able to filter the cruft and adapt the environment to my needs.

      Apple's support is likewise unremarkable in my opinion and the only Apple hardware I'd say is genuinely impressive is its Cinema displays.

    • Brad H
      September 29, 2014 at 3:58 am

      @likefunbutnot Nice reply to an otherwise rude and short-sighted individual. Kudos.

  51. Davoin Shower-Handel
    September 27, 2014 at 9:04 pm

    Everyone I know who tried switch back to Windows. OSX is far behind when compared to Windows.

    • padapa
      October 24, 2014 at 7:25 pm

      Not true ... I left about 3 1/2 years ago and will NEVER go back. I still use Microsoft Office 2011 and lots of Mac based programs, code iOS, nodejs, and ruby.

      I don't miss anything and if Visio ever came out for OSX, MSFT would loose ~25-35% of its users and they know it (from a phone discussion I had with one of their people in the marketing department).

      I setup Windows 7, 8, 8.1 for the people at work, but I use a Mac by choice and I started with Windows 3.1.