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In the final installment of this series, I’m going to discuss which kinds of Mac users should switch to Windows, and who should keep their Mac, and why.
First and foremost, I must acknowledge that I was mistaken about why I wanted to leave the Mac.
It was my dissatisfaction with the number of times my 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina display forced me to visit the Apple Store for warranty repairs, graphical glitches, and slow performance that led me to purchase the Microsoft Surface Book.
A dedicated graphics card, double the RAM, and a faster CPU are all features of the Surface Book that I’ve been using. It’s fun to play games with and handles my picture editing routine flawlessly—at least, until it doesn’t.
In the middle of the day, it refused to switch on. According to a Microsoft technician, the victim was a victim of “The Sleep of Death.” Despite the fact that I had downloaded the most recent Windows updates, my computer’s outdated firmware had made it useless. I mailed it off and continued to use my Mac for the next week as I awaited the arrival of a replacement.
What I’m trying to convey here is that computers are difficult to understand. It is possible that drivers will not update successfully. Conflicts may arise as a result of software. Individual components may fail, and the failure of a single component can bring a complete system to its knees. This is a fact, regardless of the operating system you are using. Windows 10 is a fantastic operating system, and there are plenty of excellent Windows PCs available on the market. They are, however, just as prone to failure as a Mac may be in the long run.
With this in mind, here are my ideas on which Mac users should transition away from using an Apple-branded computer, and which Mac users should continue with what they know best: their own computers.
Continue to use your Apple device. Windows 10 machines are just as prone to pooping in their beds as their predecessors, if not more so. Furthermore, since Windows PCs are so widely used, they are a more attractive target for hackers who create malware and other malicious software with the intent of putting your machine out of action.
Select Windows as your operating system. Even the cheapest Apple laptop can set you back over a thousand dollars in most cases. There are hundreds of dollars in savings to be achieved by purchasing a Windows 10 PC with equivalent or more powerful hardware. Even though I like the simplicity of MacOS and all of the free software that Apple includes with every machine it sells, I understand that owning a Mac isn’t a good investment for many people. If you intend on using your computer to watch Netflix, do a little word processing, send an email, or play a few light games, Windows will provide you with more bang for your buck than other operating systems.
Continue to use Apple products. Even though there is an entire universe of Windows 10 software available, there are a few applications that you’ve relied on for years, such as Omnifocus, Fantastical, and Logic Pro, that cannot be replaced. There are analogues, but they’ll never feel quite the same as the real thing.
Don’t dither; choose Windows immediately, like you did yesterday. The sheer number of games available and the magnitude of the communities that support them are unmatched by anything you’ll find on a Mac at the present time.
Continue to use Apple products. Changing from one operating system to another is not without its challenges, to put it mildly. Here are some of the most common. After a week of attempting to educate my fingers how to utilise Windows-specific shortcut keys, I ended up remapping the keyboard on my Surface Book to be more similar to the one on my MacBook, allowing me to finally get some work done on the go.
Achieving complete control over the Start menu, which is cluttered with shortcuts to pointless programmes, freemium games, and pop-ups to sign up for Microsoft 365, is essential. Do not even get me started on Windows 10’s privacy settings, automated downloads, and incremental OS upgrades that are forced onto users. It is feasible to take control of all of these things using an app such as O&O Software’s ShutUp10, which is available for free download. However, if I hadn’t found onto that tool by chance, I would very certainly still be trying to adjust the settings on my laptop.
You’ll be divided between using a Mac or Windows computer.
The fact is that my 2015 MacBook Pro with Retina display is a lemon—been it’s in and out of the shop many times, had fresh installations performed on it, and had Time Machine backups recovered from it more times than I can remember. It’s something I’d really want to get rid of. Although I have tried, there is certain software that I use with MacOS that I have been unable to replace on Windows 10. Trust me, I have tried. At least for the time being, working on a Windows 10 PC significantly decreases my productivity. In some cases, I’ve been able to get around the problem by using the iPad version of some of the missing applications while carrying about my Surface Book, but that’s less than ideal in the long run.