Solved Differences Between PC and Mac

May 30, 2014 at 13:27:57
Specs: Windows 7
We are looking at possibly switching from PC to Mac,the main reason is I've been hearing they get less viruses etc and as I mentioned on here before we've been having a helluva time with a hacker on our PC. So my concerns with any differences are: Are they compatible on a wireless network with other PCs and can we transfer our files easily from PC to the Mac?...

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May 30, 2014 at 13:53:09
Macs will happily work on the same network as PCs. You can transfer files, though you may not have the right application to use those files on the Mac - depends what they are. They are no less prone to hackers and viruses than a PC is.

Far better to spend the money on instituting a decent firewall and malware protection for your PCs.

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May 30, 2014 at 14:32:17
Be warned. I've had nothing but trouble with Apple's native SMB handling. I've also heard of Macs refusing to authenticate against AD without any explanation from the box.

Moral of the story is if you're going Mac, be prepared go whole hog.

I'd be interested in the 'etc' part you mentioned. It sounds like someone wants to use his Mac, and your boss had to come up with an excuse. The other explanation is someone thinks this will decrease IT issues, and that's really only the case if you experience rampant malware outbreaks. It is true Macs are rarely targeted. They just don't have the market share.

Your retraining costs will be dependent on how familiar your users are with OS/x. I'd suspect most aren't. Verify the change in licensing before doing anything. I'd suspect the cost in general to rise, but I've got no real reason to believe so.

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May 30, 2014 at 14:32:34
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I have Mac and Windows systems. Both work fine over the LAN (including wifi). File formats are abstracted (removed from consideration) over a LAN; so Mac format files will be accessible on a Windows system and visa versa.

M$ Office apps are compatible overall. But in Outlook 2011 there is no option to receive confirmation that an email has been delivered and/or read. Similarly for Windows M$ Office\Outlook after Outlook 2010 - although there may have been a patch as it were for Outlook 2013 to restore it - but wise to check... (There were howls of protest from all over about that missing option.)

Macs cost more of course... You may find some of your printers will not have a Mac based driver; but I've found workarounds for my elderly (1995) Epson Laser - I run it as a generic PCL printer, and manually assign an IP address for it.

Macs are less demanding on HD space...; generally faster too... Although for my uses I don't really notice it... If I was doing serious "number crunching" as in video processing etc.. a Mac would definitely be premium choice - over a Windows system. At least one major broadcaster sends news crews out on the road with Macbooks (17ins) loaded with Mac OS and Final Cut Pro; and also set up to dual boot to whichever flavour of Windows they use back at base for general office work...

More current models (laptops and Mac Mini) do not have DVD units.. So you have to provide those externally; and wise to verify any given units are OK for Mac.. Currently most DVD units are; but some earlier units weren't.

There are one or two utilities for Windows that aren't available for Mac OS; but generally I find I manage without them OK. And I also have my Macs dual-boot (Bootcamp) with Windows 7 on My Mac Mini; and XP (Parallels VM) on my Macbook.

AnyDVD isn't available for Mac OS - which is a pain.. So occasionally I boot into Windows - either via a Parallels VM or directly to use it. You can access a Bootcamp installed Windows OS from a Parallels VM too...; so no need to always boot directly into Windows (most of the time).

Useful to have Windows around at times; as occasionally the odd hardware external add-on needs a Windows OS to set up. I'm thinking of a D-Link print server (parallel port) in this regard. D-Link make their setup/config utility for Windows OS only... So I would need to boot into Windows if needing to set one up/configure it anew.

There would be a wee learning curve of course for common tasks; as Mac and M$ use different keys etc, an also use different name, and approaches for some items/actions... The "Missing Manual" Series (David Pogue) would be a good investment if going over to a Mac OS...

Also invoke/use the Time Machine approach to continuous backups; as it works fine.

But otherwise I hardly use Windows much at all...

Security is still pretty good on Macs; but I have had one or two minor pests - which Bitdefender anti-virus (freebie) found and blocked/quarantined/deleted. I also run freebie Avast to same end; and there is no conflict between them. I run them a test in effect; as it's useful to know how they perform etc...; especially as sometimes I encourage others to use them on Windows systems... And a precaution too - especially as they're free...

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May 30, 2014 at 14:41:30
Malicious software is OS specific. At the present time most such software has been targeted toward PCs because they have the biggest market share. With the lower market share the Mac wasn't considered a worthwhile target. But that is changing. How far it will go is a matter of speculation. Considering that most Macs have virtually no protection malicious software targeting it could cause much damage.

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