October 28th, 2008

The never-ending story …

As a Mac user, I often get asked what is so special about Macs and “Isn’t it just because you want to be different and are deluded by their great design?”.

In this article I want to show you a few interesting facts that you might not have known.

“But Windows is better and faster for Gaming …”

The Fastest (Vista) Notebook of 2007 tested by PC World

The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year (through 10/25/07) is a Mac. Try that again: The fastest Windows Vista notebook we’ve tested this year – or for that matter, ever – is a Mac. Not a Dell, not a Toshiba, not even an Alienware. The $2419 (plus the price of a copy of Windows Vista, of course) MacBook Pro’s PC WorldBench 6 Beta 2 score of 88 beats Gateway’s E-265M by a single point, but the MacBook’s score is far more impressive simply because Apple couldn’t care less whether you run Windows. Full Review  (PC World)

“Windows-People” who tried it …

IBM Launches Pilot Program for Migrating to Macs

After the four month test period, the 14 research scientists, 8 software engineers, a director, and a VP staff assistant participating in the pilot program were asked to provide feedback. Of the 22 of 24 who responded, 18 said that the Mac offered a “better or best experience” compared to their existing computer, one rated it “equal or good,” and three said the Mac offered a “worse experience.” Seven reported having no or marginal prior knowledge of using Macs, while 15 reported having moderate or expert knowledge of the platform. [...]19 of 22 (86%) Users Ask to Keep the Mac (RoughtlyDrafted Magazine)

Windows expert to Redmond: Buh-bye

This is the third installment of a series in which longtime Windows expert Scot Finnie gives the Mac a three-month trial as his primary machine for work and home use. If you give the Mac three months, as I did, you won’t go back either. The hardest part is paying for it — everything after that gets easier and easier. Perhaps fittingly, it took me the full three-month trial period to pay off my expensive MacBook Pro. But the darn thing is worth every penny. (Computerworld.com)

Microsoft’s Windows 95 Architect Is a Happy Mac Convert

Software engineer Satoshi Nakajima, the lead architect of Microsoft’s Windows 95, picked up a Mac for the first time two years ago. He was so impressed, he says he’ll never touch a PC again. Satoshi loves Apple products so much, he started a company in April, Big Canvas, to develop for Apple’s iPhone platform full-time.

 

Don’t get me wrong, I don’t intend to convince people that Macs are the only way to go and Windows is absolutely rubbish (although a lot of the Windows users I know may feel that way). That’s not the point! I just want to give them some information to think about before they judge a company or an product they never gave a fair chance to experience.



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