From Windows to the Mac

By | February 10, 2017 - Switch from Windows to Mac

I am not anti-Apple…

I just never saw the point in paying more for the hardware I already had.  I thought of Apple MacBooks as really expensive laptops.  Since they pretty much are for what you get.  When I got the chance at work to switch to a MacBook I took the leap.

If you have been reading my blog for any length of time you should know that I am a huge fan of the Chromebook.  I think they offer the best balance and performance and capabilities that most users need out of a laptop.

So why did I get the MacBook?  Well, for one, I didn’t have to pay for it. The other side of that is that as much as I can use my Chromebook for work, I can’t use it to access our file shares.  For that, I need one of the IT-approved devices to do that with.

The more I have used the Chromebook the more I want to interact with something that looks nice, and stays out of my way.  This transition has not been without it’s “hardships” in learning a whole new pantheon of keyboard shortcuts and menus, but the learning curve is shallow.  I have been using Windows machines almost exclusively since Windows 3.1.  I am old school.

What’s been the hardest part?

Well, like I said, learning to navigate the menus and the keyboard shortcuts.  I am a keyboard warrior, if I can’t shortcut it, I almost don’t even use it.  Not that I don’t like the mouse, but the keyboard is a much faster for me to move around the application I might be using at the time.

The menu navigation is not too bad, I have used a lot of Linux distros and a lot of them model themselves after the Mac more than the Windows OS.  So it was a small stumble, kind of like walking back into your house after being gone for a couple of months, it’s familiar, but not quite comfortable

What has been easy?

The easy part is actually, Chrome.  I use the Chrome browser on all my devices, from my Chromebooks, obviously to my Android-based Google Pixel and my work laptop.  This allows me to keep the extension and functionality seamless across all my devices.  Whenever and wherever I sign into Chrome, boom, there are my favorites, my settings on how I like my internet experience, and my extensions.  (If you aren’t making use of the hundreds of extensions in Chrome, you are missing out)

So that has made that part of the transition easier.  No fooling about with setting up a new browser with saved passwords and site settings.  Also using the Google Drive ecosystem means that wherever I am, my files are there with me.

Are you going to switch back to Windows?

At this point, I am not so sure.  Computing has moved way beyond needing a specific OS.  My Chromebook proves that daily, I know ChromeOS is an OS.  But I don’t usually have a need for specific applications to be run, so I don’t need a full strength OS.  So at that point, I am free to run the hardware and OS that I want.  I really enjoy being OS agnostic.  As long as I can run my Chrome browser I am good to go.

Bottom Line

Would I buy a Mac on my own?  Maybe not a new one.  I might pick up a used MacBook Air sometime in the future since I like the form factor, but I get the same look and performance from my Acer Chromebook 14.  At work, I think I will stick with this Mac for now.  I don’t see the need to really go back to Windows for any reason.  The first day with the Mac was a challenge, but now, 3 days in, it’s like I have always used it.  Oh yeah, the Retina screen is awesome.

The argument of Mac vs. PC is almost as old as Chevy and Ford.  What side do you fall on?  Tell me in the comments.  And as always, please sign up for the email list to get notified of new posts!

  • Nick Foster

    I’ve been a Mac user for the past three years. I was a long-time, die-hard Windows fan before that, and I also was a keyboard warrior. My advise to you is to embrace the trackpad. I know it’s weird at first, but the Mac is really built to use the trackpad in big, system-wide ways. Learn the gestures. Learn how to show the desktop or see all your open windows. Apple’s control over both hardware and software allows the trackpad to actually be something great, unlike most Windows laptops. (I’m not trying to bash Windows; I still have a PC. But trackpads is definitely something the Mac does better 😉)

    • I agree, it was easier coming from a Chromebook to the Mac. I am all about the trackpad being the control point for the laptop. Thanks for the great comment.