PC vs. Mac is a war that will never end. Just when you think that a WWDC event went quietly without Apple taking any shots at Microsoft or Apple stopped creating Get a Mac ads, Microsoft adds more fuel to the fire with a unbiased comparison of PC vs. Mac. The webpage, part of the Windows 7 website, falls under the compare area, where you can compare different Windows 7 editions, or Windows versions or even get help in deciding between a PC and a Mac.
In simple words, the keywords Microsoft has played around with in the comparison are choice, simplicity, ease of use, compatibility and did I mention choice? Perspectives may differ between users of different operating systems obviously, but Microsoft does have some good points in there. I use both a Mac and a PC, and while I’m a geek, I understand that all that Microsoft has mentioned, does apply on the average Joe user.
Microsoft has compiled all the reasons they have under 6 headings. I’ve compiled them all in one page to make it easier to read. I’ve put my personal opinion under each of them.
You can’t get a Mac that ships with a Blu-ray player, TV tuner, Memory Stick reader, or built-in 3G wireless. You can with PCs running Windows 7.
Most of the world’s most popular computer games aren’t available for Macs. And Macs can’t connect to an Xbox 360. PCs are ready to play.
Direct TV connection.
Most Macs can’t hook up to your TV unless you buy a converter dongle. Many PCs running Windows 7 are designed to connect directly to TVs, so you can watch movies and see photos on the big screen.
I have fun with YouTube, iTunes, Steam on Mac and I don’t know what Microsoft is thinking, but there are third party TV Tuners for Macs. What connection is Microsoft talking about with Xbox 360 under Game on! I can’t tell because the last time I checked, I couldn’t share/cross play games between a PC or an Xbox 360. Oh and Microsoft here’s one new word to learn about Macs: Boot Csamp.
Things just don’t work the same way on Macs if you’re used to a PC. For example, the mouse works differently. And many of the shortcuts you’re familiar with don’t work the same way on a Mac.
Use Windows 7 to simplify your life.
Windows 7 was designed to make it simpler to do the tasks you do every day, with features that the Mac doesn’t have. For example, the new Snap feature makes it easy to view two documents side by side.
Touch and go.
Unlike Macs, many PCs running Windows 7 support Touch, so you can browse online newspapers, flick through photo albums, and shuffle files and folders—using nothing but your fingers. PCs with a fingerprint reader even let you log in with just a swipe of your finger.
And Mac users think PCs can take time to learn. Windows 7 Touch isn’t something I would boast about. Sorry Ballmer.
Sharing documents and spreadsheets.
If you use Apple’s productivity suite, sharing files with PC users can be tricky. Your documents might not look right and your spreadsheets might not calculate correctly.
You’ll have to buy a separate hardware dongle to plug your Mac into a standard VGA projector. Most PCs with Windows 7 hook up easily.
Protecting your drives.
On a Mac, out of the box, you can only encrypt your home folder. With Windows 7 Ultimate, you can encrypt your entire hard drive and even USB drives. So your stuff can be safer wherever you go.
To boot, Chowdhry said 70 percent of college freshman are entering school with Macs, up about 10 percent to 15 percent from a year ago.
Securely share your movies, music, and photos.
With a Mac, it’s harder to set up secure sharing for your photos, music & movies, documents, and even printers with other computers on your home network. With HomeGroup, it’s easy to connect all the computers in your house running Windows 7.
It’s easy with a PC.
On a Mac, you have to manually set up photo sharing, manually set up music and movie sharing, manually set up file sharing, and manually set up printer sharing. It’s easy to automatically and securely network with all the computers in your house when they’re running Windows
Dropbox is available for Macs, PCs and Linux. iTunes has Bonjour for home networking which works well too.
Hassle-free files at work.
Apple’s productivity suite file formats won’t open in Microsoft Office on PCs. This can be a real hassle for Mac users sharing work documents with PC users.
Programs you already know.
If there’s a Mac version of a program you need, you’ll have to buy it again and relearn how to use it on a Mac.
True that. PCs have a BSOD when shown on a network in OS X. But again, you can run Windows on a Mac too.
Loaded with features.
You can’t get a Mac with a Blu-ray player, TV tuner, Memory Stick reader, or built-in 3G wireless. PCs running Windows 7 often come with features that aren’t available on even the highest end Macs, including Blu-ray, eSATA, multi-format card readers, Touch, and mobile broadband.
Available in your favorite color.
Macs only come in white or silver. PCs are available in a full spectrum of colors across a range of price points.
More digital media.
With PCs running Windows 7, you can play the videos and music stored on your home PC while you’re on the go, for free. Apple charges $99/year for its online service.
Correction. Steve Jobs doesn’t let you choose.
Microsoft has a lot of good arguments against Macs, but they have to keep in mind that no matter what Apple or whoever says anything, most Mac users actually run Windows in Boot Camp which solves all the nonissues Microsoft mentioned. I would have never gotten a Mac if it couldn’t run Windows. Macs actually make for fast and beautiful Windows PCs.
What’s your pick?