“With all the recent hubbub surrounding Windows 8 — as well as Apple’s slow-but-steadily-increasing adoption rates amongst consumers and businesses — I thought now might be an apropos time to share the very first purchase I made when I bought a MacBook Air last year: Paragon NTFS for Mac [US$19.95],” Stephen Chapman writes for ZDNet.

“Why is this a necessity? Well, when I first received my MacBook Air, I just assumed there would be some sort of in-built support for reading and writing files to and from a USB device that was formatted for Windows usage,” Chapman writes. “This was a fallacious assumption in one of my less-notable moments that initially left me frustrated, but I quickly came to my senses and remembered that Windows doesn’t afford OS X users a way to read or write to HFS partitions. An eye for an eye, right?”

Chapman writes, “With NTFS for Mac, you simply install the driver, and that’s it… Go forth and be fruitful with your file transfers between your newly-adopted OS X catalyst(s) and your Windows machine(s).”

Read more in the full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]