Why move to Mac? Here's why and under what conditions
Microsoft didn't roll out Vista too early, it was a five-year development cycle. Microsoft has an extensive partner program, so if the hardware and software vendors aren't ready, it's because Microsoft didn't manage their program right.
For people who have to buy new hardware, the cost of moving to a Mac and the cost of "upgrading" to Vista are pretty much the same. It might even cost less to switch. The advantages to the Mac are:
1. Apple doesn't limit you to a number of seats on software (where that is relevant, it makes Apple cheaper).
2. There is only one version of OS X. You get everything. (Upgrading OS X costs only $30 more than Vista Beta, and you get everything.)
3. All languages and drivers are installed by default. Sometimes you have to download a driver, and occasionally there isn't one, but all in all, installing hardware is easier. You don't have to purchase an $80 language pack if you need a language not shipped with Windows in your region.
4. OS X doesn't constantly nag you or brag about what it is doing. Saves time, time is money.
5. USB devices are more quickly recognized and usable. Saves time, time is money.
6. Many network printers don't even need to be installed. I took my MacBook Pro somewhere and, without thinking, printed a document. Then I remembered (oh no!) that I had not installed the printer. Didn't matter, the document printed out.
7. When your computer doesn't work, you don't need to figure out whether it is a hardware or a software problem.
8. Apple's KB articles are concise, to the point, and comprehensible. Microsoft can't say "hello" in 50,000 words or less.
9. There has only been one virus for OS X since 2000, and it was pretty harmless. Cost of anti-virus software: $0.
10. The developer tools (the counterpart to Visual Studio) are free and are included with every machine. That means there is a lot of very high-quality shareware and freeware, so when you collect equivalents for your Windows software. In my case, the cost was trivial. (This also means you can become a software company with zero initial investment.)
11. Unlike Windows, you spend more time using OS X than fixing it. You don't sit down to accomplish a 15-minute task and find yourself spending three hours fixing something. If your time has value, this saves you money.
12. OS X doesn't send me to my system administrator or "the person who runs my network" like Windows does. Those guys live in my bathroom mirror and they don't know anything more than I do.
13. Windows needs to reboot more often than Imelda Marcos, OS X does not. There's no danger of being arrested for impersonating a shoe salesman without a license. <grin>
14. I can get help from Apple, on the web, on the phone--or in person without flying to India. On the other hand, I can use Microsoft's KB to get 200 answers that are not relevant to the question I asked.
I loved Microsoft and hated Apple until I bought a Mac and Microsoft perpetrated Vista. Now my whole world is upside down.
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