“With Longhorn still at least 18 months — if not longer — away from a final release, I decided now was as good a time as ever to try out the Mac OS X operating system,” Ed Oswald writes for BetaNews. “I have not had a lot of experience with Macs, other than in elementary and middle school with old Apple IIc and IIe’s (like most people) and on an old G3 running Mac OS 9 at my job while I was in college. Even though Apple may have sharp looking desktops and a highly regarded operating system, I never had a reason to leave the world of Windows.”
“Enter Mac OS X Tiger. The fourth revision of the operating system in as many years brings features that are still a long ways off for Windows users. It just works, really,” Oswald writes. “Right off the bat the operating system impresses… Moving all my files over onto the Mac was not difficult at all. With just the operating system alone and no installed third-party applications, I could view my Word documents, PDF files and pictures without a problem. Apple’s built-in Mail client is more than capable. It even sports features found in Microsoft’s pricey Outlook 2003, including advanced spam filtering and mail rules… Safari is as fast as IE, with less risk of spyware problems.”
“All new Macs ship with iLife, which is available separately for $79 USD. The package includes a number of useful applications for the Windows switcher, including iTunes (available free on the Web), iPhoto, iMovie, iDVD, and GarageBand… iTunes, which Windows users can try before they switch, works just like the Windows version; however, it is noticeably faster on the Mac,” Oswald writes.
“Finally, and probably the most attractive benefit to switching, is the fact that Macs are currently immune to spyware and malware that plagues Windows. And the chances of your Mac catching a virus are practically nil. If you are getting tired of having to make sure your computer isn’t infected with spyware every day, maybe it’s time to consider a Mac. I walked into this review fully expecting to just try out the platform and return to my Windows desktop. But due to the Mac’s ease of use, no-hassle operating system, and the productivity boost it has provided, I find myself using Windows less and less,” Oswald writes.
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