I Made The Switch From Windows to Mac, Part 1 The Conversion Process
Well, I did it. As promised in an earlier post (10/04/07, My Next Laptop Will Be An Apple, And Here’s Why) I turned in my windows laptop for a Mac Book Pro.
It’s not my intent to sway anyone from one platform to the other. But I thought it might be interesting to describe some details about my experiences. I’ll break this post into three parts:
- Part 1: the conversion process,
- Part 2: the things I like about the Mac, and
- Part 3: the things I dislike about the Mac and or the things I miss in Windows.
First a disclaimer. I live in a Windows world. I must be 100% compatible. I cannot ask or expect the 95% of the Windows powered people I work with to take unusual steps to accommodate my Mac. This requirement influenced how I moved to the Mac, mostly in terms of the applications I chose to use, the most prominent example being Microsoft Office for the Mac. It just wouldn’t work for me to use Apple’s equivalent products.
The Conversion from Windows to Mac:
- Email, Contacts, Tasks – painful. I’ve decided to use Entourage, the Mac equivalent of Outlook. I probably could have used Mac contacts, mail, and calendaring, but concluded that I’d be more Microsoft compatible if I stuck with the Office product suite. Unfortunately, there appears to be no good way, defined as free, easy, and seamless, to convert Outlook data to Entourage data (go figure). So I purchased a $10 utility called LittleMachine to do the conversion. It worked, eventually, after a few trial and error conversion attempts. The biggest draw back was that it did not preserve the file structure of my email directories. Not a big deal, but not optimal. Contacts and notes were converted no problem.
- Treo 650 Smart-phone Synching: The Mac was much better about finding it’s way to my phone via Bluetooth when compared to my attempts to do the same thing with a Windows machine. Nevertheless, I had to fuss around a bit to get the Treo and Mac synching, but who doesn’t have to fuss around a bit to get a Treo synching with anything, Mac, Windows, or otherwise?
- Moving documents and files – easy, plugged in external drive and copied. No problem.
So far, so good. Now I become a Mac user. The next posts will cover the pros and cons.
I welcome your comments.