I spent years hating all things Apple, after all I was a technology professional and did “real work” MacBooks are for creative types and such. Then things started to change, Apple made Windows on the Mac a possibility, and the iPhone was the must have device for business professionals. The urge to learn how to write iPhone applications combined with the ability to retain my current working environment pushed me over to the dark side and I transitioned to a MacBook.
Most people will tell you the transition from Windows to Mac is simple. Being a Windows power user, I’ll tell you it was painful. While the Mac OS is good, it’s simply not Windows and new things take time to learn, and even longer to understand. Additionally it was a hit to my ego when I had to google how to complete what I thought were simple tasks on a PC. (Ex: Command – Shift – 3) Still in time I learned the ins-and-outs of OSX and learned to love my new experience.
OSX was stable, things just worked, and the Macbook hardware was out of this world. I used Parallels and brought Windows into my OSX world and everything was wonderful. It was so good, I’ve said, and will continue to say my best Windows experience has been on my Mac. So if I’m so happy why go back?
It could be boredom, or perhaps the newness has worn off but I continually find things I want to do better. Office on the Mac just isn’t as good as it is on the PC, yes I know there are alternatives, but Office is what I know and like. Chrome on my Macbook stinks, it’s almost like Google has a personal vendetta against my moving to Mac. This doesn’t seem to be an issue with others but wow, my Mac won’t run Chrome. Then there is the big one, I want a tablet.
I was a Windows tablet user before tablets were cool. I’ve owned about every iPad released and none are as good as my Windows tablet. I’m also sick of carrying multiple devices. If I have to be honest about why I want to change it boils down to choice, I want the ability to be smart enough to know what form factor fits me best. That’s not something Apple will ever offer. Apple makes great tools and those tools are normally very stable, but you lose the individuality that makes technology interesting. I think that’s what I miss the most, and why I’m likely to change.
I’ll keep my iPhone, but I’ll dump the Macbook and iPad for a Surface Pro 3 and be happy with knowing I have choices. I’ll carry fewer devices and chargers. Office and Chrome will work as will the third party plug-ins I’ve come to enjoy. I’m sure I’ll have the normal gambit of PC/Windows issues, but I am a technology professional after all.
Do you think I’m crazy? Love or hate MacBooks or the Surface? Let me know.