Last week, we told you how to use OS X’s Migration Assistant to transfer your data from one drive/computer to another. Well, what do you do if you have a Windows PC? Read on to find out. Article Continues…
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It’s always kind of been a given that Windows more or less dominates the marketplace. Traditionally that’s been driven by lower-priced hardware and a desire of users to match what they used at work. During the Mac’s first year of sales, the IBM PC outsold Macs by a ratio of about six PCs for each Mac. After clones were introduced, that ratio increased dramatically.
The folks over at the market research site, Asymco, have compiled sales numbers since 1984 and have found that after peaking at a ratio of 56:1 in 2004, Mac sales have taken a larger and larger share of new computer purchases. Right now PCs only outsell at about 20:1, which is less than half the rate it was 8 years ago and the lowest it’s been since Windows 95 was released.
If you take all Apple’s offerings – Macs, the iPhone and the iPad – together, that ratio plummets even further: closer to 2:1!
Of course, debates abound whether adding iOS to OS X is fair; though there is some overlap in function (web browsing, email, etc.), the two operating systems serve two distinct functions: “desktop” and “mobile.” In that vein, iOS should be compared to Android and/or Windows Phone – where it’s just about an even heat between iOS and Android.
However you want to look at it though, it’s clear that Mac ownership is on its way up. With a 25% worldwide user base and the “halo effect” of the iPad and iPhone, it only looks to get better
We all know how great it is to work on a Mac, but we also know that far too many businesses are mired in Windows-only software, meaning if you want to work at home, you need to be on Windows, too. Or, you have that occasionally used home PC and there are files and apps you would like to run on your new Mac instead.
Sure, you could dual-boot your Mac using Boot Camp, but that’s awfully inconvenient if you just need to run a quick check of a file or two, or log into a particular server at work.
Using Parallels, you can run a version of Windows (or any of several other OS variants) in a “virtual machine” right on your Mac, without having to reboot. You can run that Windows-only corporate software alongside Safari, iCal, Mail and all your other favorite Mac software.
The only downside to this is that you’re still running a version of Windows in this virtual machine, and it’s still subject to all the malware, instabilities and maintenance issues that plague Windows. While this kind of infection would be limited to the virtual machine and unlikely to affect your Mac, it’s still something you want to avoid. Plus, with all the software and files you may already have on your Windows machine, transferring everything over can be a daunting task.
This is where OWC comes into the picture. Article Continues…
I have made no secret over the last few years that while there are times I am forced to use Microsoft Office products on my Mac, it’s definitely not my first choice. For everyday writing, I tend to lean more towards Pages, or even Text Edit if I don’t need to worry about fancy layouts or graphics. I just want to get things done, and for years, Microsoft Word simply presented too many inconsistencies and became a resource hog I could do without.
All that being said, I cannot help but be somewhat impressed with some of the new features coming to Office 2011 for Mac. The below video highlights what I am talking about. Article Continues…