Switching from Windows to Mac OS X costs less than you think

“If you’re considering switching to a Mac, you’re probably wondering if you’ll need to buy a lot of new software,” Al Fasoldt writes for The Syracuse Post-Standard. “Maybe not. Apple’s OS X (pronounced “oh ess ten”) computers might not need extra software to do the tasks you want.”

“You don’t need any extra software if all you want to do is open Word documents. All OS X computers come with a competent word processor called Text Edit, and it knows how to deal with Microsoft Word documents. It will open them so you can read them, and it will save documents in Microsoft Word format, too,” Fasoldt writes. “What about e-mail? Apple’s OS X comes with a program called, appropriately, Mail. It’s excellent. It has a built-in spam filter and a built-in spelling checker. Apple’s Mail software can even group your mail by message topics, or threads. It lets you find replies you wrote to any message with a single click.”

Full article with more examples here.

More information about smoothly adding a Mac OS X machine to your computing arsenal here.


  1. I’m with Seahawk, I can’t imagine anything simpler or easier than dragging files onto the icon of the cd and then dragging it to the burn icon on the dock. For a music CD, you just select “burn playlist to disc” in iTunes, and similarly with DVDs of movies, etc. If Dragonburn is any easier to use than that, it must have some sophisticated AI and robotics that predicts what you want to do, orders the cd’s, loads them in the tray, and organizes them on your shelves while you read McSweeney’s.

  2. Seahawk…

    the difficulty in OSX CD burning is that it is all done via the Finder Interface (excluding cases where you are burning through an application like iTunes or iDVD). You insert a CD, tell it to show up on the desktop and then drag folders over. This is not the situation that many people like to burn in. I for one like the Toast interface and the options it has like reducing write speed.

  3. The author did not say anything about cross-platform upgrade. I doubt MS will cross-platform upgrade Office, but I think company like Adobe will let the owners of Windows version of their application to upgrade to Mac version (at least they did for Mac to Windows). So, if anyone is considering upgrading their software, may be they should ask the vendor if they can upgrade to a Mac version.

  4. eh ? There’s no ‘difficulty’ in using the Finder. Toast may be your preference, but for most people it would be a waste of time to launch it just to burn a few files to a CD.

    I’d only use Toast if I was burning something a VCD or something like that.

    More worrying is that this claims that TextEdit will open and write Word docs. While that’s true to a certain extent, the sort of docs it’s going to cope with are only the simplest. It won’t cope with the kind of documents I use for work on a daily basis. The claim is misleading. If you told this to someone and suddenly they had to shell out another �350 for Office, they’d be pretty annoyed with you. Best to be truthful. There are enough positive things about switching such that this kind of misinformation is simply not necessary.

  5. MacOS X sux … I tried to run all my favorite viruses – SomeFool, Bagle, Nimda/CodeRed, Dumaru, LovGate, and hundreds more, and _none_ of them worked. I asked the salesman, and he said those viruses just weren’t available for MacOS. He said that none of my spyware would run either. This blows – there are thousands of different viruses available for Windows, and you can download them all for free in minutes, just by hooking your PC up to a DSL modem. I’m staying with Windows, since it’s clear that software writers aren’t supporting the Mac any more.

  6. I, too, fail to see the difficulty in burning disks. My Finder preferences are set to display CDs & DVDs on the desktop. Mac treats them like any other folder; drag and drop. To burn, again it’s drag and drop (onto the burn icon in the Dock).

    I have never heard of anyone needing to set the speed of the burn rate, Mac does an excellent job of detecting the fastest and safest speed for burning based upon the drive and disk specs. You never see any articles about burn problems on Macs. I think the need for a burn application is a bad habit (or myth) that ex-PC users think is necessary on all computers.

    Perhaps, the ex-PC users are unaware that the Mac changes the Trash icon to a Burn icon. But, even so, selecting the Disk icon and then selecting “Burn” from the Finder menu is faster than loading any application.

    I cannot imagine how loading/running a separate application and tinkering with its settings can be any faster than dragging the disk icon to the Dock.

    Perhaps I am missing something here. Can someone, please, tell me why I would want such aps like Dragon Burn?

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