Longtime PC user dumps Windows, switches to Apple’s Mac

“This may sound odd, but I’ve always felt that part of my job as editor of a technology publication was to use the same operating system most people do. Yes, I’ve used a Mac and Ubuntu on the side, and I constantly use iOS, but on my nondescript gray desk at work, a Windows 7 laptop sits snugly in its docking station,” Eric Knorr reports for InfoWorld.

“Now I need to replace my aging ThinkPad. Until a little while ago, I was determined — even excited — to stick with Windows 7 and follow Microsoft on its journey to Windows 8, which in theory seemed like a bold way to bridge the desktop and mobile worlds,” Knorr reports. “Well, guess what? I’ve changed my mind. After 22 years of using Windows for work, I’m opting for a Mac instead.”

“All it took was a long look at Windows 8 Consumer Preview. In hindsight, I suppose that Microsoft’s quest to combine a desktop and mobile OS into one was damn near impossible to begin with,” Knorr reports. “ut couldn’t the company do better than what landed with a thud on Feb. 29? I was shocked, not only at the clunkiness of Metro on the desktop, but also at the disappearance of the Start menu — a double-barreled fail. My gut reaction is one thing. But the clincher for me has been the response from Windows gurus I respect [such as] Martin Heller, longtime InfoWorld contributor and Windows expert, who sent us an email last week with a subject line that read: ‘I was so impressed with the Windows 8 preview … that I ordered a 21-inch iMac.'”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Welcome, Eric, to the land of bliss full-time. Congrats on coming to a happy realization!
As we wrote last spring:

Microsoft, in trying to cram everything into Windows 8 in an attempt to be all things to all devices, will end up with an OS that’s a jack of all trades and a master of none (which, after all, ought to be Microsoft’s company motto).

By the time this hybrid spawn of Windows Phone ’07 + Windows 7ista actually ships, one can only dream where Apple’s iOS and Mac OS X will be! For Microsoft, it’ll be more like a nightmare. Perhaps Microsoft will someday put some scare into Google’s Android/Chrome OS, but only time – and a lot of it when measured in tech time – will tell. We simply do not see the world clamoring for the UI of an iPod also-ran now ported to an iPhone wannabe that nobody’s buying to be blown up onto a PC display.

From what we’ve seen so far, Windows 8 strikes us as an unsavory combination of Windows Weight plus Windows Wait.

Not to mention that probably no one on earth knows how much or what kinds of residual legacy spaghetti code roils underneath it all (shudder). Is Microsoft giving up on backwards compatibility? If so, people might as well get the Mac they always wanted. If not, then Microsoft’s unwilling to do what it takes to really attempt to keep up with the likes of Apple or even Apple’s followers. No matter what, if Microsoft’s going to ask Windows sufferers to “learn a whole new computer” (and that’s exactly how they’ll look at it, regardless of how Microsoft pitches it), millions will simply say, “Time to get a Mac to match my iPod, iPhone, and iPad!”

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48 Comments

  1. I switched all my home computers to Macs starting in 2010. Now I’m waiting for Apple to update either the Mac Pro (preferable) or the iMac so that I can update my Windows PC workstation here at work.

    1. Wanted Mac but got a Compac Portable in 1985 or so – then came a couple 286 desktops that were suppose to network ….

      After spending nearly $1,500 for the networking genius and his hardware and software and $6,000 for two identical machines but to network and three months of failure, I went out and got two Mac Classics and networked them together in 5 minutes, I was AMAZED … and sold ….

      Now we had a network but what the heck didn’t use until Filemaker and our database came in 1995 ….. Just about the time Windows 95 was coming …..

      My Partner got a Windows 98 machine a few years later and was sold on Windows and pressure me for several years to switch our little company but because I did the work on Filemaker and refused to use a PC we stuck with the Macs ….

      Now we have six 27″ iMacs and a Mac mini serving off Filemaker Pro Server along with 4 iPads and 6 iPhones and my Partner …. He has two iMacs at home ….

      End of Story

      1. You should have tried Helix back then. Multiuser, relational object oriented graphical programming. In 1987 I think (the multi user version) Waaaaaay before Filemaker and waaaaaaay more powerful. Apple went on to support the fugly, bug ridden 4D instead, though.

        1. Ah, yes, 4D, AKA Silver Surfer. Actually I liked OverVUE from ProVUE Development, which is now known as Panorama. Before that I was deep into Barney Stone’s DB Master for the Apple ][. That app was super, and it fit into Apple’s 64k of RAM at the time. Today it’s Bento for my light database needs.

      1. So 1977 was 36 years ago? And 1977 was 35 years ago (true).

        Be that as it may, I go back to mid-1978 (almost 35 years ago) with an original Apple ][. Had to wait for months for the floppy drive as Woz was still writing the DOS for it at Xmas 1978, I believe. Of course my memory plays tricks on me now and then. 🙂

    2. 38 years here. I bought the first Mac sold in my state back in 1984. Since that time I have used only 5 desktop Macs for my primary work station (original Mac, LC, Proforma, Quicksilver Pro, and Intel Pro).

      Think about that, only 5 versions of a computer in 38 years. Thatis testimony to the longevity of Macs.

  2. The problem many of windows sufferers face is going from a complex, “you-need-a-manual-to-figure-it-out paradigm” to a much simpler “you’re-trying-to-figure-out-how-to-do-something-you-don’t-have-to-do-on-a-Mac” paradigm. Very few of the complex things you learned to do regularly on a PC, and feel the need to do on a Mac, are just unnecessary. My 77-year-old father switched to a Mac a little over a year ago. He has an occasional issue with a couple of processes, but most of the time they were something that was not needful to do on a Mac. He learned that pretty quickly, and has been very happy, even though he occasionally calls me with one of those questions. It’s not necessarily Apple’s fault, but I do understand where some things that we like to do should be in a manual, but we can only find online.

    But honestly, in 2012, who would look for an answer in a manual if you even had one? In today’s world, the answer is found more easily, more quickly and more thoroughly in those Internet threads than any manual could’ve possibly dreamed.

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