Chris Pirillo: 50 Reasons to switch from Microsoft Windows to Apple’s Mac OS X

“Please don’t take this post as an all-out lovefest for Apple (and it’s definitely not a hatefest for Microsoft, either). The two can co-exist peacefully if you let them, and if your routine supports it. I wasn’t ready to switch before now for a lot of reasons. This has been a long time coming.,” Chris Pirillo blogs.

Pirillo writes, “And before anybody jumps in and claims that you can achieve the same level of ‘happiness’ after installing 50+ third-party add-ons, plugins, extensions, and utilities to Windows… you simply don’t get it, and you probably never will. 

I can’t be alone, and I’m predicting that by the end of next year, even more people will choose (and use) Mac OS X over Windows Vista. I can’t open up the phone lines anymore without being inundated with calls that suggest such a tipping point.”

Pirillo writes, “As a power user, Mac OS X has far more to offer me in terms of tweak-ability and modularity. I learned that by trying it, not by guessing that it wasn’t possible.”

Pirillo writes, “And now, I’d like to challenge any Windows enthusiast to publish 50 Reasons to switch from Mac OS X to Microsoft Windows. ;)”

Full article, “50 Reasons to switch from Microsoft Windows to Apple’s Mac OS X,” here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Too Hot!” for the heads up.]


  1. GOOD POINT: “I learned that by trying it, not by guessing that it wasn’t possible.”

    As it has been said before: most mac user have used both OSX AND Windows, so they have a more grounded assesment of the advantages and disadvantages of each platform…not by “GUESSING”

  2. Yes, very GOOD POINT: “I learned that by trying it, not by guessing that it wasn’t possible.”

    I’ve found that many Windows users expect OSX to be just as bad as Windows. And they have learned, with great difficulty, a few little Window’s tricks and think that they will have the same learning curve on a MAC.

  3. This is a good article.
    The list is pretty level-headed and not the usual shrill “I hate Microsoft” stuff that turns people off…. even thought that stuff may be true! (wink wink nudge nudge)

    My brother just switched and he emails me with questions. I KNOW he expects things to be extremely complex.

    Things like adding an iChat Buddy… click the PLUS (+) button. How could it be so simple?

    I tell him to relax and think LESS about it. Poke around and you’ll find a way to make it work.

    That’s how I learned.

  4. He didn’t list spaces- to me, virtual desktops is a must.
    On my Tiger machines- I use YouControl:Desktops

    Not a bad article tho…
    Number 13 > He’s already running the best anti- /virus/spy/malware program- OSX

  5. I thought Chris Pirillo’s article was incredibly fair and balanced (not in a Fox News kinda way, but in reality). He bent over backwards not to slam Windows. And yet, in the end, he came to the same conclusion that many are reaching these days: MacOSX is simply a better personal computing environment.

    I think the tipping point is near. The question is, what market share does it lead to? I am thinking we are going to see 10% by the end of calendar 2008 in the US. Beyond that, I think 12-15% is realistic. Basically, that is double where it was in 2007, which is double where it was in 2005.

    Ahh, could it be that Moore’s Law applies to Macs, too?

  6. What’s up with this one?:

    #47: Call me crazy, but I love the fact that in OS X, the keyboard shortcut for opening Preferences is always the same (Command + Comma). Convenient. Dependable. Quick.

    Hey Pirillo, power users don’t need consistent key commands. This is the difference between typical namby-pamby sissy MAC users and real world Windows power users. I like that I have to learn a different keyboard shortcut for different software. That way each program has its own personality. Life must be miserable in the bland, everything just works and works similarly world of the MAC. Dorks.

    Your potential. Our passion.™

  7. One of my switchers recently said that the only barrier to a windows’ user going over to a mac was different terms used by macs. It took him a week to be up and running.

    He has no viruses and no malware. When he was using windows he had over two hundred nasties that turned his system mush.

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