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What are the advantages of using Mac OS X over Windows 7?

1742 Views 9 Replies Latest reply: Jun 30, 2012 8:57 PM by pty1196 RSS
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Jun 28, 2012 9:15 PM

Thank you.

  • red_menace Level 6 Level 6 (14,275 points)

    Do you have a more specific question?  This looks like troll bait to me.

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (12,505 points)

    You use Mac OS X because you like it.


    When having a mid-life-crisis, it is cheaper than a sports car, or getting a divorce.


    There is far less malware targeted at Mac OS X (not zero, but tons less).


    You are bored, and what to shake up your life by learning a new computing pardim.


    You want to develop iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch apps.


    You have an iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and want to take advantage of how Apple integrates all its platforms so they play nice together.


    You always wanted an Apple TV and wish to mirror your computer's screen on your HDTV via the Apple TV.


    Bottom line.  If you want a Mac, then get one.  Play with it.  Spend enough time to actually get to know it and get over the "Windows did it differently" whining.


    If after spending enough time with Mac OS X and you still do not like it, then use Boot Camp to install Windows and use the system with Windows until it is time to get your next Dell/HP/Asus/Sony/Lenovo/etc...

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,900 points)

    pty1196 wrote:


    What are the advantages of using Mac OS X over Windows 7?

    If you have to ask, then none. You should be using Windows 7. Windows 7 is one of the things that gives the Mac much of its value.


    To continue with the sports car analogy, if everyone drove Ferraris, then they wouldn't be special. It is the Montana, Focus, and PT Cruisers of the world that make the Ferrari special.

  • red_menace Level 6 Level 6 (14,275 points)

    Fair enough.  I've only rarely used a Microsoft OS on somone elses machine, and occasionally ask myself the reverse.  If you are interested in more than a developer's view though, you would probably get more responses (to a carefully worded question) in one of the more general forums.


    It just depends on what you are wanting to do, like why someone would drive a pickup vs a car.  Whatever performs the job to your satisfaction is the one to get, so you would need to take one out for a test drive.


    Personally, I like playing with the Unix underpinnings, but when not doing that I prefer an OS that just works without constant fiddling - I did enough of that in the early 80's.

  • etresoft Level 7 Level 7 (23,900 points)

    pty1196 wrote:


    This is not a bait question. I only use windows 7. I don't know anything about Mac OS.


    I just would like to know what makes a windows 7's user willing to switch to Mac OS.

    Why would you even consider it? You can always go into an Apple Store and play around.


    All Mac users are familiar with Windows. We know both operating systema and chose the Mac when spending our own money. It is extremely rare for any business to use a Mac. It is even more rare for someone to use a Mac at work and Windows at home.


    There isn't much one can do in terms of persuasion. You either "get it" or you don't. If you don't, you won't be happy with a Mac, so why bother?

  • BobHarris Level 6 Level 6 (12,505 points)

    I just would like to know what makes a windows 7's user willing to switch to Mac OS.

    Everything we say that Mac OS X does better will sound like fanboy hollow self serving praise of Mac OS X, because based on the written description you will be thinking to yourself that Windows can do that.  And a description that is very detailed will bore you (and everyone else) to sleep.

    You really need to spend time playing with Mac OS X.  If there is an Apple Store near you, go in, and spend several hours playing with one (or several) Macs over several days/weekends.  As long as the store is not too crowded the store staff will let you play as long as you like.  They will help you play or go away if you ask nicely.  I've spent hours in a Apple Stores, sometimes just playing, surfing, comparing, and sometimes talking to the staff when one wonders over and asks if they can help me.


    As to why some people switch.  Sometimes it is frustration with Windows.  Sometimes it is the bloatware installed on the systems by the manufactures that the users do not know how to get rid of.  Sometimes it is the basic App Suite, such as iMovie, iPhoto, GarageBand, etc... (iMovie really does make it very easy to generate family home movies).  Sometimes it is running away from the constant Malware and paying over and over again for an anti-virus package (although I'm told the stuff shipped with Windows these days is pretty good).  Sometimes it is because a family member forced it on them (Mac using kids that are frustrated trying to support Mom and Dad; Mom being 300 miles away can be a bummer with the system is out of service).  Sometimes they get a iPod/iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and see how nicely it works, and start to wonder if maybe other Apple produces are this well made (iPod/iPhone/iPad/iPod Touchs are a gateway drug).


    There are as many reasons for why people switch as there are people that have switched.


    If you wish to find out if you have a reason, you really need to play with the Mac for an extended period of time and see if it suits you.  If it doesn't and you still feel like you need a change of pace, try a Linux distribution (Ubuntu for example).

  • rccharles Level 5 Level 5 (5,150 points)

    I've used Windows 7 a little.  Still a lot of hassles.  Putting in & taking out  a flash drive is still a hassle. Were loading a new driver.  Who cares.


    Is the message that this file is too large for the recycling bin still there.  Get real.  The file can fit in the recycling bin.


    Mac OS X

    -- gets out of your way.

    -- less messages of the kind: do you know what your are doing? 

    -- drag & drop files works

    -- multiple windows on screen work.

    -- don't have to administer computer.

    -- don't have to reinstall to fix problems

    -- no registry.  The avoids so many problems.  Got a problem with some app, delete the perference files & app will reinstall itself.

    -- these forums are worth the price of a mac

    -- it's the look & feel.

    -- "just works" philosophy.  Thinks are done with user in mind.  ( Don't always just work, but it isn't a daily experience. )




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