6 Things Windows Users should Know Before Switching to Mac

Jackson Chung 21-09-2009

6 Things Windows Users should Know Before Switching to Mac 447061508 cd5ec6ca93Ah, what an experience. I remember when I first switched over to a Mac. Actually, I remember when I was first exposed to a Mac. My mate, who had a PowerBook at that time, demonstrated how Exposé and Fast User Switching worked in Panther. To be brutally honest, I didn’t find it that fascinating. It just looked cool and what’s wrong with using the taskbar, I thought.


I hesitated for a bit but Apple’s move to shift over to Intel processors was the final nudge I needed. Soon after that, I jumped ship and bought a Mac Mini. Weirdly, the first thing I did on my brand new Mac was load Boot Camp and install Windows. Typical hypowindowsemia syndrome. Nothing to worry about. Over time, it dissipated and 4 years has past since I last used a Windows machine. I don’t miss a day of it.

There are some things that a potential Switcher should know about the Macs and the operating system. This article should bust some myths and hopefully shed some light on a rather perplexing and mysterious matter.

Myth #1. Macs are incompatible with everything

Quite the contrary, actually. Mac OS X provides better built-in support for all kinds of hardware i.e. printers, scanners, digital cameras, video cameras, mobile phones and other devices. Unlike Windows, drivers for most of the current digital devices are incorporated into the operating system. This circumvents the need to re-install drivers after an upgrade.

The thing to remember while purchasing new peripherals is to keep an eye out for the “Mac compatible” logo.

Myth #2. There are no software for Mac

One of the few assumptions about Mac is the lack of applications. In reality, there are software available for Mac that do just about everything. Most major developers will write Mac and Linux versions of their applications. Popular browsers, instant messengers, productivity suites and image editors will have an accompanying Mac version.


There are some Windows applications that do not have a Mac counterpart. For those, there’s always Boot Camp.

Myth #3. You can’t play games on a Mac

Logically, one wouldn’t expect a $500 Dell laptop with an Intel graphics card to provide supreme gaming experience. Likewise, don’t expect great gaming experience from a Mac with an integrated graphics card. Hardcore games should go for a Mac or MacBook Pro with a dedicated graphics card. They may be more expensive compared to a Mac Mini or MacBook but if it’s smooth graphics you’re after, you should be willing to part with a bit of cash to get it.

Major game developers have slowly bridged the gap between Windows and Macs. Electronic Arts and id Software has vowed to launch games for Windows and Macs on the same day. They also said that they have programmers working on Mac versions of older games. So, pretty soon the playing field will even out. It’s only a matter of time.

For the rest of us, there are these simple and fun free games 16 Free, Fun, Simple & Addictive Games to Take the Edge Off Read More .


Myth #4. Macs and Windows won’t work together

“I have several Windows computers at home. If I buy a Mac, I won’t be able to network with them.”

Two words: urban legend. Using Bonjour technology, browsing through shared Windows computers is a breeze — they automatically appear in your Finder sidebar.

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Sharing files on your Mac with Windows users is simple too. Enable File Sharing from System Preferences –> Sharing, select the folders you wish to share, click on Options, then check the box next to “Share files and folders using SMB (Windows)”. For more information about how to set up file sharing, check out this post: How To Easily Share Files Between Mac & Windows Computers How to Easily Share Files Between Mac and Windows If you use both Windows and macOS, here's an easy way to transfer files from Mac to Windows and vice versa. Read More


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Since we’re on this topic, why don’t I illustrate what else a Mac can share:

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Myth #5. Macs are difficult to use

Every operating system is different and there is always a learning curve when adopting a new OS. If you ask me, I’ll tell you that Macs are easy to use. A Windows user might beg to differ. The issue is very subjective.


However, let me present you with a scenario: give someone with a fresh Windows PC. Before they can use it, they would probably have to download a new browser, install an anti-virus Are Antivirus Programs Necessary for Mac? Read More /spyware program and drivers before plugging in their peripherals. Now take away the Windows PC and give them a Mac — in contrast, they can start using it straight away. How’s that for ease of use?

Myth #6. Macs are expensive

Many comparisons have been calculated in the past. Heck, Microsoft even launched an ad campaign based on this myth. The simple truth is, admittedly, the Mac’s starting price is quite a bit more than a regular PC laptop but you do get more value for your money.

Macs are also known to last until eternity. In the long run, you’ll find yourself less likely to upgrade to a new machine. Moreover, Apple’s team of software engineers are great at what they do. Newer operating systems somehow provide older Macs with a performance boost. Windows, on the other hand, requires a PC with higher requirements to run the latest operating system. That’s a fact.

These are just the myths that I could think of. I’m sure that there are plenty more unanswered and unbusted myths out there. If you can think of others, please share them in the comments, I’ll try my best to answer them.

I hope that this article has helped you to understand Macs a little better and perhaps provided you with a more information to make an educated decision if you intend to make the switch. If have switched to a Mac after reading this, call me and we’ll have a celebratory party.

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  1. Riaan
    June 9, 2016 at 10:16 am

    I am busy getting a mac. Love this article. Never really was a fan of windows. Prefered linux. Believe I will enjoy working with mac

  2. mac luvr
    October 20, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    1# u can play games on macbooks
    2#thers over 1000 software for macs
    3#they are pettr than pc
    4# u can hve windows and a mac on a macbook
    5# macs r only expensive cuz they r better and look better and jut better in every thing
    6# FUCK PC

    • SquareWheel
      October 24, 2009 at 2:06 pm

      I can see you're an expert.

  3. warriormax
    October 13, 2009 at 10:32 am

    This Guy Aoi_sora9x is a looser! windows 7 can beat the crap out of osx any time. he is just using his mac mini and criticizing! and if u wanna compare my windows 7 has 10000000000000000000000000000000000000000000000 apps compared to mac 1000 appps so be quiet and do ur non biased reviews

    • SquareWheel
      October 19, 2009 at 1:25 am

      You really aren't helping your cause when you comment like that.

  4. AndyK
    September 30, 2009 at 12:50 am

    Talk about blowing something completely out of proportion. I think Jackson you should seriously consider writing a post script after every article that has the word "Mac or OSX" in it, stating that you DONT want to start a flame war, and you don't want to convert any Windows user to a Mac in anyway and you are not trying to be a Mac evangelist.

    I think if AOL_SORA9X (the guy who commented first) wouldnt have been such a Mac hater, the entire thread would have had a legitimate discussion about switching from Windows to a Mac and what do I need to look out for. Instead, he opened a can of worms saying that "DONT start a flame war" when, that was pretty much the last thing that you were thinking.

    Good going AOL_SORA9X, you are the biggest narrowmind ever to walk on this planet.

    As far as the article goes, it was very very informative. I just feel sorry for you Jackson, that people who are frustrated with their computers or lives, want to just start dissing and starting unnecessary arguments and analyze every sentence to find a hidden meaning where there are none!

    If you wrote an article about Firefox addons, and why are they amazing ... some Google fanboy genius will figure out that you are starting a Firefox propoganda and you hate all NON-FIREFOX user and want to brand them at the stake. It's just ridiculous how someone can completely ruin a perfectly legitimate article.

    Jackon has in no way, anywhere in his article said "DROP THE CRAPPY WINDOWS AND PICK UP A MAC". He wanted to help someone who was thinking of switching from Windows to a Mac. When I first switched from Windows to a Mac ... the first thing I googled before buying my machine, was "Windows to Mac switch compatibiltiy". I ended up reading 15 blogs, 250 flame wars and 300 arguments between why is Windows/Mac better than the other. Every frikkin genuine article is shrouded by stupid flame wars in the comments page! GET A LIFE IDIOTS!

    And I wish there was this article present one year back, to help me make that decision.

    If someone thinks my post here has a mac following or bias, then screw you! and go and bury yourself in a tub of lard, coz that's where your brain belongs.

    Thanks for the extremely useful article Jackson. Appreciate it.

    - Andy!

    • Aeriose
      September 30, 2009 at 2:10 am

      If you want to complain about flame wars I would suggest avoiding phrases such as

      "If someone thinks my post here has a mac following or bias, then screw you! and go and bury yourself in a tub of lard, coz that’s where your brain belongs."
      "you are the biggest narrowmind ever to walk on this planet."

      Those sorts of things tend to make one calling for calm discussion look like a hypocrite.

      And no, that article had plenty of excedingly innacurate statements in it. If it was about switching from Windows to Mac then it should have been about what Macs can do, not slipping in things like Rast, I and others have pointed out are simply false.

      • Jai
        September 30, 2009 at 10:59 am


        While I see your point (fuel doesn't work when you're trying to put out a fire), there is a small difference between what he was saying and what you were reading.

        He was complaining about flame wars that seem nearly inevitable when people feel that their choices have been questioned or debated - especially when the people involved are cut off from one another and can't read body language and other signs that the speaker is emoting.

        He wasn't ranting about the people's opinions on OS choice, he was ranting about their reaction. Think of it as kind of a race argument - it would be very racist to argue against a specific color of skin, but it is perfectly reasonable to be upset at someone who DOES spew hate messages over the color of one's skin.

        This is probably seems to be an extreme approach to the outlook, but people seem to be just as defensive of their O/S as they are of their race/religion/etc!

        Anyway, my point is that, while it may SEEM hypocritical to call people stupid or jerks while telling them not to do exactly the same thing, he was NOT doing the same thing - he was arguing the o/s equivalent of saying that it's stupid to hate someone for their race (again, that's the way people react - I do NOT see it as the same issue or the same level of importance! O/S is a simple matter of choice, and it is fairly pointless to scream at the top of your lungs that yours is better that someone else's!).

        The other point I wanted to address in your note was that of the "flaws" in the article.

        The OP was simply trying to help people make a decision - if every magazine that published articles with factual errors were shut down for it, most magazines wouldn't last past a few issues. Plus, in at least one case, the OP recognized an error and attempted to correct it. Nobody's perfect, we can all just try. I certainly prefer to read articles that are absolutely precise, but on reading the RESPONSES to the articles, there have been a lot of inaccuracies as well.

        I repeat, relax people - learn what you can when someone TRIES to provide helpful information. Don't attack someone for trying to help just because you don't feel you need help!


  5. Roy
    September 29, 2009 at 5:47 pm

    Didn't anyone notice the following in the second paragraph: "4 years has past since I last used a Windows machine"?

    That explains the entire (highly inaccurate) post! A Mac-favoring author who hasn't used a Windows machine in 4 years is still going to spout the same talking points that were being used against XP 4 years ago (and were mostly outdated even then)! Also, if I believed that using the phrase "4 years has past" made sense in the English language and would lead others to believe I could speak with any authority on any subject, I'd probably be a Mac fanboy, too!

  6. VC
    September 28, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    am a long time Windows developer, I feel more comfortable to use a mac OS than a Windows OS. Hardware on mac is far more superior than the PC based equivalents, pricing should be compared based on the features mac offers, not based on the "starting price" factor which obviously compares apples to oranges in view of the h/ware and feature differences each offers. All in all - I vote - Mac is currently the best for an end user as far as I have seen.

    To all windows users - No offense, the above is my personal opinion and not meant to offend windows users or the respective h/ware manufacturers.

  7. adrian
    September 27, 2009 at 7:49 am

    wow and to think that this guy has 100k followers when he is seriously misguided. do not get me wrong mr. medical student i am sure you are very smart, but seriously no web browser in windows? have you ever used windows; you claim you switched and never looked back, so I have to assume you have used it at some point. in other news have you not heard of the anti-trust suits?

    another one that got to me...macs have more drivers? again if the product is apple approved. if it is a device such as a cell phone if isync cannot see are not getting around it.

    gaming: every true gamer knows that if you want robust anything you go with windows not a mac. better video cards due to the fact that there are more choices.

    i guess in a sense windows is about choices and not a communist outlook on technology where what is good for steve is good for everyone else.

    i used to use windows, left them with xp and moved to mac after the mac (after only two years) started giving me problems due to their wonderful "you get what you paid for" expired; I switched back to windows. even vista. their products do not last like you claim...mac mini dead after 3 yrs of use, ibook after the same. seriously, this is getting my money's worth?

    I am remembering your name to make sure that once you hit the medical field I never employ you as a doctor since your views are so narrow minded and archaic.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 27, 2009 at 8:05 am

      Thank you for your comments, Adrian. Please don't hire me as a doctor due to my narrow mind and archaic views on computer operating systems. I beg of you.

  8. Paul M
    September 27, 2009 at 7:17 am

    There are facts and there are "facts". The idea that Macs are more expensive than PCs has an element of truth - but what is being compared? Articles have compared MacBook laptops with comparatively featured/powered PC laptops, and the price differences have been minimal. Unfortunately for budget priced end of things, Apple doesn't have a true entry level line. So sub $1000, where most people shop, PCs rule the market.

    I work in computer operational support (Debian systems, Windows Os'). At work we are Windows centric, XP SP3 for desktops. Windows 7 looks like it will be a corporate winner, but I haven't seen it in action myself. At home, I'm seriously considering an iMac when the updated ones show up.

    Any OS on a network will be a target for the baddies. Common browser exploits are often OS-independant. *nix-based systems have security advantages over the WIndows OS', but no OS is completely secure. Having said that, I would still feel safer on a properly setup Mac than a properly setup Windows box given the bullseye Windows will continue to wear. As Apple gains more market share and profile increases, more efforts will be made to identify and exploit vulnerabilities.

  9. Pax
    September 23, 2009 at 4:14 am

    There isn't alot of positive things to say about either Windows or Mac. Might as well toss in Linux too!

    What's funny is that people with such low self-esteem should get so riled up about crappy software as if... it somehow diminishes them further.

    Software should be constantly criticized. The politics and business decisions behind "upgrades" should be scrutinized. There really are alot of stupid people that miss the whole point of software. Demand more and stop defending crap.

  10. Meryl Evans
    September 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    My daughter has a Mac and I see its benefits. I wouldn't mind one -- but it'd be a luxury purchase. One thing that confounds me is the lack of a second mouse button. There's so much you can do with context menus. What do Mac users do instead? This is the only thing I haven't figured out.

    • Jonathan
      September 22, 2009 at 2:54 pm

      Meryl, you can buy a two-button mouse for the Mac. Alternatively, you can hold down the Ctrl key and click; it will act like a right-click.

      • Meryl Evans
        September 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm

        Should've made myself clear that I was referring to laptops -- which is where the Ctrl (isn't it the Apple key?) would come in. Thanks, Jonathan.

        • Jonathan
          September 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm

          I have a Macbook and it has a Ctrl key in the lower-left of the keyboard. I'm guessing that most Macs have it?

          Another option is to enable "Tap trackpad using two fingers for secondary click" (in System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Trackpad). This is what I do. :)

        • sandra
          October 1, 2009 at 9:42 pm

          Meryl, on my laptop, the control key is the lower left, between the "fn" (function) key and the "alt/option" key.

          (What used to be the Apple key is the one labeled "command" that also has that cloverleaf icon on it. Command pretty much takes the place of a Windows Control-- Command-C to copy, Command-V to paste, etc.)

  11. Jonathan
    September 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm

    Good points. It's true, these are common myths and although some of them may have been true at one point, they're really not anymore.

    The only point I may somewhat disagree with is the "Mac are a better value" claim. Of course, this all depends on how you define value. As for me, my family and I have multiple $750 Dell laptops that has been running great for many years. The only hardware failure it had was a bad keyboard, which was replaced for $25.

    So if you pick a reliable model and know how to keep Windows running smoothly, PCs may offer a better value in the long term. With that said, the Macs are like the Toyotas of computers... they usually keep running and running. Great and reliable hardware and software.

  12. Hiqutipie
    September 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    I have nothing against Windows...Its done very well by me and I have always had Live OneCare as well which has been superb but its ironic that Jackson put this article together at this time as I have been contemplating the move to Mac...I've started searching and gathering the best apps for the move and doing research about Mac...

    I'm probably doing it to play with Mac for a while...Especially since Chrome is coming along for the MAC...I have all the best software & tools that PC has to offer and have gone as far as PC can go...So now its time to go play with MAC for a while...But I will still keep my PC up to date...

    Thanks Jackson for the Info...

    Here's your new avatar that you should update to...LOL...Its about time...

  13. youguysarestupid
    September 22, 2009 at 11:32 am

    the people angry at this article oughta lighten up. There bad things about Macs and Windows, you can decide which you like better. This is not a conversion article, this is an article to inform. Not to glorify, just to inform. Notice the writer didn't glorify any of the myths about the mac! Just trying to clarify the ones that do exist against the mac. Why would the writer do a comparison if people are only going to be even angrier anyways? Maybe say the writer is biased and the comparison is wrong! LIGHTEN UP. It's just a defense for the mac. Would you be mad if there was an article defending the stereotypical faults of windows? Flame wars only start because stupid people over react.

    'sides, you need a neutral person to write a comparison article =)

  14. Joel
    September 22, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Myth #7: Macs are immune to viruses!

    This is far from the truth. There is a botnet out there consisted 100% of Macs. You see apple making security updates all the time!

    I am disappointed to see you not mentioning this important myth in your article here.

    • Ciaran
      September 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm

      I have a mac and I've never had a virus. I love macs. Although I must say windows 7 is very very good!

    • sandra
      October 1, 2009 at 9:32 pm

      Yes, there are viruses for the Mac. I think I counted maybe 7-8 trojans and worms for Mac OSX at last check -- which you pretty much have to go out of your way to get (i.e. downloading pirated software or visiting 'dark alley' sites) and have to install on purpose by supplying your administrative password. I have antivirus on my computer--didn't used to--but that's only to catch the Windows viruses (so my Mac is not a conduit). Every virus ever detected on my machine has been a Windows virus... or a macrovirus from 1997, ha ha. =)

      If you have any articles or information referring to this 100% Mac botnet, please post them. I work for a security tech company and I have never heard of any such thing. Also, Apple Security updates tend to patch security vulnerabilities (not Necessarily EXPLOITED vulnerabilities), not to prevent viruses, worms and trojans.

      I have had a Mac for over 10 years and have never had a virus. Most of that time was without antivirus or a firewall. Yes, the peace of mind is in fact worth the price to me.

      FWIW, I did not see this article as flame bait at all. I did, however, see those first few comments as flame provocation, and very defensive.

  15. dingy
    September 22, 2009 at 9:43 am

    Actually Macs have made their largest inroads two years ago when they were pitting the Tiger/Leopard vs the then 7 year old Windows XP. That was the time when Mac's share sky rocketed. Since OS was Apple's biggest advantage, it was easier for people to switch to a sleeker, more efficient OS that just works over Windows XP.

    But now, that advantage is lost with Windows 7. We are now talking about a 2009 vs 2009 OS rather than a 2007 vs 2000 OS. Even if people claim that Snowie is better than 7, the difference is not as compelling as before.

    That is why I decided to continue with Windows 7 instead of switching to Mac. OS is a wash IMO and at that point, what advantage does mac have other than the Apple "cool" factor to justify the cost? The fact that Windows 7 is = Snow Leopard in many reviews is already a win for Microsoft. Can't believe the Gates empire won again.

    THIS is what Windows 7 users should know if they are thinking of switching to Mac.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 22, 2009 at 10:03 am

      This is very true. It'll be interesting to see which direction we will head when Windows 7 is released.

    • Blink
      September 23, 2009 at 9:36 pm

      Two years ago, Leopard was not competing against XP. It was Vista, the most modern OS from Microsoft to date.

  16. Dover
    September 22, 2009 at 9:38 am

    I'm sorry, but I like having mice with two buttons. gG macs

    • Jai
      September 22, 2009 at 10:45 am

      Obviously, nobody believes the myths any more.

      (I didn't mean that as snide - I meant it to illustrate that the premise of the article is valid).

      Macs come with mice that have multiple buttons. OSX directly supports at least the standard three plus a two-directional scroll wheel (in fact, that's what the powermouse, or whatever that thing is called has, plus two extra programmable buttons - they're just not visually separate on the surface).

  17. Evan Kline
    September 22, 2009 at 8:10 am

    This is a very timely article for me, as I'll be looking at Macs in the next few months. I was surprised to learn just how affordable the Mac Mini is.

  18. Kat
    September 22, 2009 at 7:46 am

    "I didn’t bust the myth that Macs are expensive. They are. But you get what you pay for."

    Ugh. Ok, we get it. You think Windows is a piece of junk/not worth the money/a worse value than Mac.

    Is this what the site has become? If I ever want to switch back to a Mac I know there are a ton of sites that will let me compare the pros and cons of both. That's not what I come here for.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 22, 2009 at 8:19 am

      Listen, I'm not telling you NOT to buy a PC. Actually, I'm not even saying, "Buy Macs!" I'm just saying, Macs are expensive but in return, you get quite a lot of stuff, like an illuminated keyboard, multitouch pad, a 7-hour battery, brighter displays etc.

      Decipher what you will about my statements. Like I said, I only intend to help those who are THINKING of switching. I'm not persuading the entire Windows community to convert.

    • Jai
      September 22, 2009 at 10:43 am

      Again, I don't know why people are being so offensive - I did NOT see the article as an attack in any way. You can disagree with the author's opinion, but don't claim he said things that he didn't! He never SAID that "Windows is a piece of Junk" - he SAID "You get what you pay for". My read is that you can get good hardware for windows, but when you do, you'll pay higher prices than the standard hardware used for comparison. I've owned several very cheap Windows machines, and they are invariably not the same quality level of the higher cost Windows hardware I've owned. The problem is that Apple hardware (almost) doesn't COME in a "cheap" version - but then again, neither does Alienware hardware - why do people not have this flame ward about Alienware being too expensive and therefore a stupid buy (it's not - again, you get what you pay for).

      Relax people - try to learn from what people share with you - accept the parts that make sense and disregard the parts that don't (up to and including the entire premise) - but don't attack someone for trying to share their ideas with you!

  19. Hiqutipie
    September 22, 2009 at 12:10 pm

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  20. rob
    September 22, 2009 at 5:17 am

    p.s Do you really think leopard is a new os like apple is making it out to be its just a service update?
    So your really paying for an update for your orginal version of leopard, Which it should also be free.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 22, 2009 at 6:36 am

      There is a slight debate going on about this, Rob. Snow Leopard isn't a totally new operating system but it isn't really an upgrade. Consider it a huge overhaul plus refinements and new features.

      And because it isn't exactly a new OS and it isn't an old OS, it's somewhere in the middle. That's why they're charing $29 for it instead of the usual price. For more information about Snow Leopard, please read: //

  21. rob
    September 22, 2009 at 5:13 am

    Macs are expensive for the same price of a mac book pro you can build a pc twice as powerful or with half the price the same power. Also I have noticed with macbooks you can upgrade them so a year into using it, it becomes out of date so they dont last forever im afraid.
    This will start a flame war because it seems, no matter what you do mac fanboys always give into the myths about no needing anti vrisus etc.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 22, 2009 at 6:34 am

      Why can't you upgrade your Mac a year after using them? Of course you can!

      • karven
        September 22, 2009 at 9:50 am

        Yes, but you also said: "In the long run, you’ll find yourself less likely to upgrade to a new machine."

        So which is it?

  22. Nintendo
    September 22, 2009 at 4:55 am

    I can change the Intel/AMD processor chip in PC/Windows motherboard and buy a different upgrade chip. In Mac, you can only buy things and parts made by Apple. Its hardware lock-in. You cant assemble a Mac from off the shelf components. If something hardware goes wrong, then I think you need to call Apple support but you can call your local computer repair for a PC.

  23. Rarst
    September 22, 2009 at 2:31 am

    Heh, as above - past post had discredited everything on this topic posted here for a long time (as for me).

    Ok, serious take:

    1. Everything is compatible, as long as it has compatible label. Rest is not compatible. Overall there is less compatible hardware than for Windows.

    2. There is less software than for Windows.

    3. Some day there will be as many games. Not in all years, not at moment.

    4. Valid.

    5. So you are claiming Mac user doesn't need anti virus? Which is like biggest Mac myth ever. But you are not busting myths that are beneficial to your side, it would make comparison fair.

    6. Macs are more expensive. That is in no way myth and I'd like to hear that "more value" explained.

    I don't remember any real data that modern Macs are objectively more reliable. Given they use same parts from same factories as PCs I consider this claim extremely questionable.

    • Mac User
      December 1, 2009 at 8:10 pm

      I have used antivirus software on my Mac for several months now. I download many free applications, and have had neither viruses caught or any problems with viruses. I recently disabled the virus software, and I have no problems whatsoever.

  24. Chady
    September 21, 2009 at 10:43 pm

    I think a lot of you are taking this article the wrong. This is not meant to be a flame war/bait article this is simply trying to be a resource for people who are looking to switch to mac pcs. Information in itself is not for or against anything it is simply there it is the reader's job to interpret the article for what it is.

    Some of the comments and their responses remind me a bit of Joe Wilson. For the record I use a mac and a pc equally and I find they both have their weaknesses.

    and Jackson Chung one thing about your article that I thought was a bit misleading was the fact that about support for legacy macs through new software releases. Apple has a problem a lot of time of leaving their older technology to hang and dry which admittedly is some of the reasons Windows has the problems it does with having to support multiple versions of pcs. However right now I am typing this on my power book that I am unable to upgrade to Snow Leopard due to the fact that its not compatible anymore

    • Jackson Chung
      September 22, 2009 at 6:29 am

      Thank you for your comment, Chady. I sincerely didn't want this to start a flame war but seems like there are very defensive people out there. Anyways, about Snow Leopard, I guess they're just moving forward with their technology. I know that there were a lot of Mac users left out in the dark with the release of Snow Leopard. But I think some have to suffer in order for the rest to advance.

    • Khürt Williams
      September 22, 2009 at 7:33 am

      Then non-technical consumer does not buy an OS. They buy a computing solution. And they buy what their technical friends recommend and what their budget can bear. My brother-in-law bought an iMac for his kids and an HP Vista laptop for himself.

      I switched to a Mac because it was the right solution for me - a UNIX/Linux console junkie who also wanted an easy to use GUI and apps that actually work. I went from having four Windows XP PCs, one BSD UNIX server, and one Linux server in my house to having four Macs. I have had no reason to use Windows or Linux/UNIX in my home for over a year. Your requirements may be different than mine and your chosen solution may be different.

      My employer uses Windows XP, Exchange, and Active Directory. I spend most of my day using Windows based systems. Most of our web apps are (unfortunately) written to be compatible with IE6 (Ughh!). From I have been told by the OS support teams all of those apps will have to be rewritten which is why we skipped out on upgrading to Vista and why our Windows XP desktops still run IE6 and Office 2003.

      I also support a few departmental web applications running on Red Hat Linux (Apache, MySQL, Oracle, Perl, PHP). Our largest and highest performance databases and applications run on UNIX and Linux.

      In the corporate world products that leverage Microsoft OS are the winners. Kudos to Microsoft. When my employer upgrades to Windows 7 late next year, I'll learn the new OS and develop new skills. I am sure Windows 7 is nothing like Windows XP and there will be a steep learning curve for a lot of people.

      Most of this "religious" fighting over OS is from people who have used one particular OS for a long time and have only fleeting experience with another. Use whatever computing solution works for you but be open to learning another.

      • Jackson Chung
        September 22, 2009 at 10:02 am

        Well said. I totally agree

  25. Woodengineer
    September 21, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    Your first point really goes against itself the whole "macs are compatible with everything but look out for the logo" If they were indeed compatible with everything why would you need to look for the logo?

    Macs definitely are expensive..this is fact and proven time and time again walk into a store and look at the prices next to the prices of the pcs.

    Btw a 600 dollar PC can be an absurdly good gaming machine...(why you would buy a name brand pc is beyond me build it yourself!) built one for around that for my brother 2 months ago he can play crysis on ~max settings..when I see a mac at that price range capable of doing such a thing let me know. Even a 600 dollar Toshiba laptop comes with a relatively good graphics card capable of pretty heavy gaming...never use dell as a benchmark for pcs.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 22, 2009 at 6:26 am

      I think you need to take another browse through the first point. I said that Macs are indeed compatible with most current devices but you need to keep an eye out just in case a peripheral isn't designed to work with Mac.

      I didn't bust the myth that Macs are expensive. They are. But you get what you pay for.

      Why won't you use Dell as a benchmark? That's like saying, "Don't use Vista as a benchmark." They made it, so we are entitled to use it as a benchmark against other brands etc.

  26. David Hennessy
    September 21, 2009 at 10:17 pm

    It's interesting how vehemently defensive some of the comments are, posted by current PC users. I myself used to post such comments, when I had a PC (running Windows). I was reluctant to switch, because I believed all 6 of these myths. When glitches, crashes, and the endless fight against malware grew to the point that they began to impede on project deadlines...

    ...nowadays, I use a Mac. I'm on my third. I couldn't possibly ever go back.

    Your mileage may vary.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 22, 2009 at 6:23 am

      I don't get it myself. The article wasn't to target current Windows users who aren't planning to switch but users who are thinking about it. Most of the comments give me the impression that they are trying to make people stick to Windows. Why would they want to do that?

      • Jai
        September 22, 2009 at 10:35 am

        Just to add in my 2 cents - your post appeared to be intended as informative, not attacking. Of course your opinion / preference came through - try to find a media outlet where that's NOT the case, if you do, you'll find that it's not very popular.

        Anyway, a lot of people are reacting defensively to what appears to me to NOT be intended as an attack in the first place.

        I don't want to live in a world where people only have one choice (which makes it NOT a choice), and I also don't want to live in a world where people don't have their own preferences (and are willing to share them).

        For those of you who are feeling attacked or threatened in some way, please understand - right or wrong, when somebody likes / enjoys something, they want to share it - they want other people to share in their discovery. This should NOT be taken as a negative thing, even if you believe the thing they're sharing is inferior to what you already know!

  27. Ed
    September 21, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    I'd buy a Mac tomorrow if wasn't for just one thing; they are made by Apple. Apple used to be the "cool" company. Now, they suck. The biggest mistake I made was to buy an iPod. It only works with iTunes. When you install iTunes, they want to install Safari as well during the updates. Apple will push updates that lock out any other company from being able to talk to the iPod.

    Same for Quicktime. If you only want QT, too bad. You have to install iTunes just to have Quicktime codecs.

    And then there is the iPhone app store problems that I won't even get into.

    In short, Apple can keep their crap.

    • Rich
      September 21, 2009 at 8:41 pm

      Ed, If you don't want to use itunes for your ipod, try mediamonkey. It's what I use. I had the worst problems with itunes, it would use way too much ram, it wouldn't play nice if I wanted to run other programs (which were not resource heavy) and all kinds of stuff. Mediamonkey also suppports other mp3 players, which itunes did not the last time I used it.

  28. BDBrun
    September 21, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    Geez, when was this lame article written, back in 1999? Those myths have died long ago. The funny thing is that most of Apples commercials take little truths and bend them into big Myths. Why not an article about Apple's bogus claims about the "PC"?

    Get this story, you'll love it....
    This weekend we took our daughter to a few computer shops (Fry's, MicroCenter, and BestBuy) to pick out a laptop before moving into her dorm room. We let her make her own decisions with a bit of input from yours truly. She wanted something cheap in the $600 range. My wife wanted something more robust in the $1000 range. I simply stated that if she were to go into the $1000 range, she's better off with a Mac because it can run both Windows and Mac. She decided on the $699 laptop because it gave her what she wanted: light, all the bells and whistles, and cheap. She didn't care about having an Apple logo on the cover. Good for her!!
    We have 3 Macs and 3 PCs at home. My main machine is a Dual Quad core Mac Pro, but oddly enough I use the Windows VM most of the time. The only time I use OSX is to load up my iphone or to do online banking. Everything else is on Windows 7, even photo and video!

    Quit trying to convert people to Mac. Enough of the religious-like fanaticism already.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 22, 2009 at 6:18 am

      It may not be news for you but the source for most of these myths were from Windows users, not from me.

      I'm not trying to convert people to Mac, as I mentioned in my post. I wanted to lay out the facts so that they can make their own decisions.

  29. Bryan
    September 21, 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Alright, most of the points are accurate, except for the one about games. The whole "bridging the gap" thing has been said since the early 90's. If you play video games on your PC, keep the PC. Maybe someday you'll be able to play something created in the past two years on a mac, but for now, you're stuck in 2005 for games on the Mac.

    I think the writer of the article is a bit biased. Bringing up this old flame-war is silly. Want a reason not to buy a Mac? It's over priced and for what I can get for $800 in a PC, It'll cost me $2000-3000 on a Mac.

    If the type of computer you have defines who you are(i.e. being cool), buy a Mac. Mac's are "cool" and might work for people who have a lot of money to waste on aesthetics. Sure Mac's look nice, but I'd rather get my money's worth.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 22, 2009 at 6:22 am

      Sure, if you want reasons not to buy a Mac, I have some for you too. But what use would an article like that do? People won't have "Plan NOT to buy a Mac today" on their to-do list.

  30. shazam!
    September 21, 2009 at 3:52 pm

    I for one appreciated the article. I am thinking of making the jump and have had concerns very similar to the ones listed above. Thank you to the author for taking the time to address the rumors/myths. I neither care about starting a flame war nor am THAT passionate about which OS is perceived as better. I like the Mac OS from what little I've been exposed to, and think I could switch fairly easily.
    Thanks again!

  31. Nick
    September 21, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    You know, it makes me laugh that people get mad over an operating system. You choose what you like, I like Windows, Always have. I do Network Engineering, PC works best for that kind of things. Like Windows and linux.

    I can't switch to mac because I have a lot of software that I use day to day that is Windows only. And on the back side their are software that is mac online.

    Windows and Mac have both disadvantages and advantages and there always will be. There may never be a perfect operating system, but you get what is perfect for you.

    I don't hate macs and I don't hate windows but I prefer windows over mac anytime.

    There should be no flame because in the end Windows and Mac is just a operating system and another more as I see it.

    I also certainly agree that everything in the post are most very true indeed. Once you been a windows user for many years don't switch to mac.. if your a mac user for many years don't switch to windows, simple as that!

    • Nick
      September 21, 2009 at 3:04 pm

      Wow... I should proof read before I submit. So Sorry.

  32. bob
    September 21, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    Macs ARE expensive, this is fact and no myth.

    And yes, makeuseof doesn't need these sad fanboy posts.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 21, 2009 at 2:52 pm

      I'm sorry you feel that way but I think someone who is considering switching will appreciate a post such as this.

      • tomas bruder
        September 21, 2009 at 6:01 pm

        heh:) someone who is considering to switch doesnt believe in myths and find the facts on serious forums, sites / not on flamewaring discussions / like this... {greeting from slovakia}

      • Aibek
        September 22, 2009 at 1:32 am

        I second Jackson, such posts are necessary for people planning to make a switch.

        @ tomas

        Now, how does the article/suggestions/views on MUO differ from what you find on "serious forums". IMHO, the information you get here is coming from qualifies individuals, forums on the other hand are open to everyone.

        • tomas bruder
          September 22, 2009 at 2:24 am

          yes, youre right,, but ask the question who is considering to switch? advanced users...etc,, people like you, me...and do you think that for people like us really exist any myths about OSs?

        • Jackson Chung
          September 22, 2009 at 6:20 am

          Most people who are considering to switch may or may not know about these myths. You cannot assume that everyone knows everything.

  33. Jie Yong Kuo
    September 21, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Totally agree that this article is flaimbait.

    3 points:
    One, You take some statements that a Windows user might, take them to the extreme, always, can't, everything, which by definition makes them false and then disproves them

    Two, your disprovement is halfassed, weak and not to the point: so I might find an alternative to a program that I already use (which totally ignores the point that I just might like the software I already use and not like your alternative) and if it aint there, just buy a Windows license to use your old program. And if my daughter wants to play that cool game, I'm sure she will be very happy that eventually there will be a vesion that she can play with, yeaah, that will work.

    Three, get your facts straight. No need to reinstall drivers after an update: And are you implying that I had to update my drivers after going from Vista, to SP1 to SP2? Seriously? And Windows always require faster hardware, you should really check out Windows 7.

    Here is a suggestion, maybe you should write an article about myths about Windows by Mac users.

  34. Ashutosh Mishra
    September 21, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Even if Macs are still way behind PCs in popularity, I don't think myths about Mac exist anymore. Today, we've got some seriously good OS choices in OS X Leopard (Snow or not), Windows 7, and even the free Ubuntu.
    Yet, people go for PCs because
    #1 Windows is still the most familiar thing to most people. I've even seen some of my friends getting disgusted with the new taskbar in Windows 7, because it no longer looks or works "like XP". It's hard to get people to change.
    #2 PCs are far more widely available than Macs. Here in India, we've probably got about 50 Mac stores (ZERO in my state).
    #3 PCs are cheaper. Yeah, all the longevity-of-Macs talk somewhat valid, but it's not like PCs blow up in a day or two. Most people use a computer for 3-4 years, before upgrading, and PCs usually run smooth for such periods.

    By the way, your point that OS X has better out-of-the-box support for drivers than Windows, doesn't apply to Windows 7. It comes with great hardware support as well, like OS X and Linux.

    • Aoi_sora9x
      September 21, 2009 at 2:15 pm

      Mac is a-so-so in my opinion. What keeps me from using it is 1st: because of the goddamn expensive hardware (and don't give me that "better in value cuz of better built-in software", I know where to get my free open-source alternatives!) and 2nd: the Apple philosophy of "everything Apple is good, the rest is crap". I especially hate their all high and mighty attitude.

      But hey, i like the hardware design. Must give Apple the due credit.

      • skrutzen
        September 21, 2009 at 2:45 pm

        So Aoi_sora9x: who started the flame war? While I am a Mac user, I think if you notice, most of his posts are not Mac centric. I subscribe to his RSS and most of the time it's web based stuff we could all use regardless of platform. So lighten up.

        • Aoi_sora9x
          September 21, 2009 at 9:10 pm

          I'm not talking about him starting a flame war, I'm simply saying that his article MIGHT ignite another flame war, as it is about comparing the 2 OSes. Reminder: there are extremists on both sides, and they are the one who will start the flame war.

          I'm also not talking about him being biased. heck, have i ever used the words "BIASED TOWARD APPLE" to describe the author? NO! I'm just saying that he is using a Mac avatar, which WILL be noted when the flame war starts (or not)

  35. Myself
    September 21, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    I agree that this could cause a flame war. I think to counter you should write a post about Mac Myths that are true or Windows Myths that are not true that most Mac users believe.

  36. st1v
    September 21, 2009 at 1:46 pm
  37. Aoi_sora9x
    September 21, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    Look, MUO, i love you guys for the computer tips, not for the flamebait articles about Mac VS windows (this is one such article under a very innocent camouflage)

    Remember the flame war that occurred the last time someone wrote 10 reasons Mac is better than windows?

    Don't let it happen again.

    Thank you.

    • Jackson Chung
      September 21, 2009 at 1:27 pm

      Uh uh, I think you're taking this the wrong way. This isn't to start flame wars. I tried to word it appropriately so that it won't provide the reader with the impression that Macs are better than Windows.

      I simple tried to lay out the myths that most potential adopters would have and explained the best I could.

      • Aoi_sora9x
        September 21, 2009 at 1:36 pm

        Dude, your avatar is an bitten Apple. It says A LOT about your view point.

        I might take your post as something objective, but hey, not everyone will do that. And before you even notice, another flame war will start.

        No matter what you intended, the point of your post remains clear: You are trying to convert windows users to mac. And that, my friend, is enough of a reason for a flame war. Worse, you might even drive a certain percentage of readership away from your site (like me and those who witnessed the last flame war)

        Just one last time, MUO, can you guys stop COMPARING between these freaking 2 OS? I'm SICK of it.

        And trust me, I have seen enough flame wares about this matter to get sick of it.

        • Jackson Chung
          September 21, 2009 at 1:42 pm

          Hmm, my avatar as always been that since the beginning. That aside, the only reason why Windows and Mac are compared so often is because those are the 2 most widely used consumer operating systems.

          Again, my point was not to convert anyone but rather to bust the myths and prejudice most Windows users would have. It's rather to benefit those who are "intending" to switch by providing them with a bit more information about an OS they have never used before.

          But your comments are not taken lightly and I will take them into consideration.

          Thank you.

        • Aoi_sora9x
          September 21, 2009 at 2:17 pm

          thanks for your replies.

          p/s: just a suggestion, can we have an edit button please? I got some typos here and there due to poor lighting condition :/

        • SquareWheel
          September 22, 2009 at 6:01 am

          If you're writing about these "myths", please provide the Windows counter-parts so as not to appear nearly as biased as you do in this article. Some ideas: The BSoD is not a "bug" as I hear mac users love to shout, I still can't believe that one. Or that Windows is the only OS with viruses.

          Also, you say that OS X comes with many more drivers than Windows (or implied that at least), I'd have to disagree. Any device that I've plugged into my computer, be it a digital camera or a graphics card, has handled it perfectly. Windows 7 especially has many drivers included.

      • aeriose
        September 23, 2009 at 3:11 pm

        If this is not a flame war biased article then why do you obviously stretch the truth or straight out lie about things in the article.

        Here's a very simple example:
        "Windows, on the other hand, requires a PC with higher requirements to run the latest operating system. That’s a fact"

        not only is that a fact, it's straight out false. If you want to discount myths you don't do so by making myths. These are tools, it's not going to hurt to admit that your chosen flavor isn't perfect.

        You aren't disproving myths, you're trying to argue that macs are better.