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Changing from Windows Laptop to Apple's Powerbook

by ilamprinos / March 19, 2006 5:47 PM PST

I am a Windows PC user for about 12 years now and I recenty decided to
play around the idea of migrating to Apple's Powerbook with Intel Dual
Core. I have heard a lot about the compatibility of the two systems
and am not sure whether I will have problems after buying Apple's
Powerbook with their own OS.

At the moment, I use my laptop as follows:

Hardware: My usual peripheral connections are: Nikon digital camera,
wireless mouse from Microsoft, Siemens M34 USB device for connecting
and using my cordless landline handset Siemens S440 with Skype,
Sandisk USB flash drive, iAudio U2 mp3 player, Motorola Rarz V3 mobile
phone, internet connection using dial-up and in wifi hotspots.

Software: My usual software I use are: Office 2003, Acrobat Reader,
Skype , MSN Messenger, Firefox, Opera, Windows Media Player, webmail,
CA eTrust Internet Security Suite, and various software that I
download from the Internet.

Based on the above, could you please let me know whether I should
expect any problems if I migrate to an Apple computer? All my friends
use Windows PCs and my computer at work is also installed with
Windows. My main concern is compatibility of software and hardware
rather than getting used to a mac OS. Could you please let me know
what you think my most common areas of problems might be specific to the above or in general?

Thank you

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by joesmithers06 / March 19, 2006 10:00 PM PST

I don't see any significant problems. Virtually everything you list software wise either has a native Mac version, or there's a program that functions the same way. I also think you'll find that Office 2004 for the Mac is considerably better than Office for Windows. The Office:Mac UI developers are really first rate.

About the only possible problem I see, is I'm not so sure how well your Siemens handset and MP3 player will work. Odds are just fine, but it's something you might want to look into.

Other than that, instead of Windows Media Player, you might want to look at VideoLAN Client (VLC). It's free, and much better than the absolute POS that is Windows Media Player for the Mac. You won't need that security software, since you really don't need spyware/virus scanners for OS X, and it already comes with a first rate firewall. There is a version of MSN Messenger for the Mac, but I'd suggest AdiumX instead. It's a free multi-protocol IM client, including MSN, and I think you'll probably like the tabbed conversation windows it uses. Also, you'll have to buy Office 2004. The system will probably come with an old copy of AppleWorks, which is pretty god awful IMO, and trial copies of iWork and Office 2004. iWork is better than AppleWorks, but I don't like it, and it's only a word processor and presentation program currently. Rumor has it Apple's working on a spreadsheet program for it too, but who knows. There's also OpenOffice, but sadly the Mac version is lacking quite a bit. There's the NeoOffice/J port of OpenOffice, which is better, but always a few versions behind the regular OpenOffice. I've tried using the regular OpenOffice on a Mac Mini, and the performance was pretty bad. Office 2004 is one of those rare Microsoft programs that's really worth it, so long as you don't need Access, because it doesn't exist for the Mac.

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