Could Windows 7 Create More "Switchers" For Apple?

Posted by: Peter Burrows on October 12, 2009

Strange question, you ask. But there are those (many of them in Cupertino) who believe that once the PC owners that are still using Windows XP (which is around 70% of the total) really start thinking about upgrading to Windows 7, they will choose to make the jump to the Mac instead. That’s because the process of upgrading from XP to Win7 involves headaches, including backing up your stuff on an external drive and reformatting the internal one. After all, millions of people have been introduced to Apple via the iPod or iPhone since the last big Windows upgrade occurred, and millions more have friends that have already made the jump.

So what do you think? If you’re thinking about upgrading or buying a new PC, let me know the following:

— Your name, and where you live (optional).

— What OS you currently use.

— What OS you plan to use in the future.

— Why you will or won’t move to the Mac.

Reader Comments

Phil, Tucson

October 12, 2009 8:07 PM

Use Vista currently.

Will upgrade to Windows 7 sometime.

I will never move to a Mac.

RP

October 12, 2009 8:31 PM

I'm a programmer and can't say I know of someone running a mac. As a long time user of Iphone, I'm not as happy as the picture you paint. I'm tired of Iphone updates to get funcionality that should have been there from day one. My iPhone 3gs has costed me $3200 for 190+ MB in internalional charges due to bad firmware. Soon going into collection. The firmware quit updating the data usage counter and is currently at 124MB which was the noted data usage when arriving at my destination. IPhone Firmware 3.0.1, phone has never been reset. 190MB equates to less then 10 minutes of constant data usage and was not used for that amount of time. Firmware?????

For me, in my eyes, this marriage between Apple and AT&T has hurt Apples image.

RP, CT
XP Pro
Awaiting Windows7; 10 more days

James A.

October 12, 2009 8:33 PM

Baltimore, Maryland , USA

I have three machines: (1) XP Home (2) Vista Home Premium (3) Window 7 RC

I will have all three machines running Windows 7 Professional on October 22nd.

I use Mac at my University and I can't stand the set up and how a lot of the users who are not already familiar with Mac have a extremely difficult time using the interface. Windows is straight and to the point for me with minimal headaches besides normal ones that can be expected. Windows 7 is by far my favorite OS to date with Red Hat coming in close second.

martha

October 12, 2009 8:47 PM

martha, Santa Rosa Beach, Florida

Currently using Windows XP

I have used a mac before and would love to go back to it and am undecided. I use the Adobe Creative Suite which works on both but am leaning towards mac.

One reason for not going back to a mac is because it seems to be a PC world when it comes to sharing word processing and spreadsheet documents. I found it very frustrating. Now I have a friend with Windows Vista and even with my XP can't open them. What problems will 7 bring? I am hoping my Dell with XP will last a while longer until I see which OS will be best for me.

Strategery

October 12, 2009 8:52 PM

I think Windows 7 might encourage people to buy a new computer, vs. upgrading as the $120 for an upgrade could be spent towards the new computer, covering about 20-30% of the price. I don't think people will buy Macs, especially in this price sensitive environment. I doubt that people connect the iPod and iPhone with Mac computers, and you would have to live in a closet to not know what an Apple/Mac computer is.

Gary Theis

October 12, 2009 9:22 PM

I am currently using Vista Home on a Dell laptop. I will definitely switch to a Mac when I get a new laptop within the next year.

Beltway Greg

October 12, 2009 9:29 PM

Oh no, you've stumbled upon Steve's secret strategy was is to simply let Microsoft be Microsoft.

MacGuffin

October 12, 2009 9:55 PM

I previously used XP. Was an early adopter the day it came out ~2002.

I recently chose to switch to Mac OS X (and of course, a new MacBook Pro) instead of upgrading to Windows 7. Why? Apple really did a good job of explaining why OS X is superior in their ads and the retail experience (Apple Store.

While the switch itself was absolutely flawless, I do miss some of the features of Windows. It has taken longer to adapt to working with OS X since most of what I did with XP was second nature. Now, a few weeks later, I do really like it and not sure I would ever switch back. The whole hardware/software thing being designed by one company (Apple) is a big selling feature and the support (online or at the Apple Store) is second to none.

Issmat Alakhali

October 12, 2009 10:09 PM

I was recently pondering the same question. I live in Halifax, Nova Scotia (Canada), and i have never owned an apple. My current laptop (2.5 years old) runs vista home edition and I'm content with performance.

I've been a PC guy since my first computer, a 386 machine purchased 16 years ago by my dad when I was 15 (I'm 31 now). So, I've suckled on the Microsoft teat from the beginning with no major complaints. Yet the lure of Apple remained a distant siren, with it's 'cool' appeal and promises of a radically better experience.

I've always wondered about MacBooks and iMacs but was discouraged by the high price for a comparable laptop screen size (15.4 inch on my current toshiba). I have also been hesitant to embark on a new learning curve.

Then I bought an iPhone.

I can tell you with all confidence that after experiencing the intuition of the iPhone, I have no doubt that switching to a MacBook will offer a similarly rewarding experience. The iPhone to me was a successful gateway experience, where I got to try the 'high' of using an Apple product and knowing what the fuss is all about.

I plan to replace my current laptop within a year, and the new one is a lot more likely to be a mac now that I experienced the iPhone.

wang

October 12, 2009 10:10 PM

What OS you currently use---I use XP in office and use vista at home.
What OS you plan to use in the future--I'll use 7 in home and continue use xp in office,
Why you will or won’t move to the Mac-- why i do not use mac because the installation package is so large, so large package is just for these language, I guess Jobs's brain is only half.

David Jenson

October 12, 2009 10:26 PM

Live in Evanston, IL
Use XP home (old version) with SP2

Plan to switch to OS X 10.6

No longer chained to a corporate system that stuck too long with Windows for conformity, required a huge IT staff to keep it running, couldn't fix it myself. Massive layoffs and early retirements helped me choose my own future. Grandkids use Macs and love them. Too many future promises from Microsoft for OS that was all sizzle, very little steak. - Apple doesn't promise future systems, just delivers more than promised.--over and over.

Mark from Coeur d'Alene, ID

October 12, 2009 10:39 PM

Peter,
My family has two XP machines (laptop and desktop) which I will be upgrading over the next year. But we have already begun switching to Macs, and have numerous iPods and iPhones. So the two XP machines will get replaced with Macs.
Having begun switching with an iMac a couple years ago, I have been happy with OS X and not seen any reason to trust Microsoft to take me into a better and lower hassle future like Apple seems determined to do on every front that matters to my home and my small business. I don't see us ever going back to Windows.

Rohit

October 12, 2009 10:42 PM

Rohit - Silicon Valley
Currently use Win XP Home
When I get a new laptop, will seriously consider getting a Mac (Snow Leapord)
Why? Because Macs just work.

Stephan

October 12, 2009 10:46 PM

Grand Rapids
— What OS you currently use. XP, Puppy Linux, EEEBuntu

— What OS you plan to use in the future. Windows 7, Puppy Linux, EEEBuntu

— Why you will or won’t move to the Mac. I will not move to Mac. I would move to only Linux first, but I need Windows for my professional apps.

Brandon

October 12, 2009 11:28 PM

Washington State

Used XP for the longest time, tried to switch to vista and lost everything. Now I have a Macbook Pro running Snow Leopard and it works amazing. I will never switch back to windows. Steve Jobs is so rad!

Sara

October 12, 2009 11:32 PM

— Your name, and where you live.
Sara, Thailand & Singapore

— What OS you currently use.
Famous Windows XP

— What OS you plan to use in the future.
Snow Leapard

— Why you will or won’t move to the Mac.
First thing is the problem relating to the windows OS itself, the computer normally gets slower after a while. I don't wanna reformat it every year. But, Mac doesn't have such problem and it's way faster !
I was actually hesitating to switch to something really new to me as well but like you have mentioned in your article, I have tried the iphone and it's really cool.. even easier than windows.. so why not? I'm going to order one Macbook Pro.. and perhaps a Macbook Touch later next year ! :)

Gustavo Gomez

October 12, 2009 11:37 PM

Gustavo, NYC
I use Windows XP, Windows Vista, Mac OS 10.5.7 and testing Windows 7

I plan to migrate the Win XP and Vista to Win 7. I will keep my PCs as PC.

Mac is good for some things, but I find many applications just run faster on Win than Mac. MS Office (I know it's a MS product), Adobe Suite, Firefox, SPSS.

Pepe

October 12, 2009 11:38 PM

I use XP and also use Ubuntu as a server (SAMBA, etc). I feel no need to upgrade and spend my time suffering new problems - the upgrade procedure from XP seems outrageous to me. Since I'm paranoid I've disabled MSFT upgrades 4 months ago... and Yes I'm an experience software engineer. I've never considered switching to Apple. Can't explain why.

xairbusdriver

October 12, 2009 11:50 PM

I doubt many will buy a Mac simply because of their fear of another Windows OS and its inevitable problems (only one of which you mentioned). But these are the most lame excuses I've ever read for staying with Microsoft!

WOW! Look at the size of that installation package! What? How often do you think you'll have to re-install? I'm not even sure I know where my install disks are!

"Windows is straight and to the point for me with minimal headaches besides normal ones that can be expected." Excuse me, how long did it take to train you to 'expect' headaches when using your computer? If I had to experience 'headaches' with any product, I'd be looking for a different one. DOH!

All I'm saying is use what you want, but don't ignore improvements just because of your prejudices. ;-)

John Thomas

October 13, 2009 12:01 AM

Toronto, Canada
Defnitely Windows 7
Dollar for dollar spend on a computer always gives you an excellent hardware configuration for the PC.
Just calculate the money you would have to pay for a mac with the following configuration
4 GB Ram
320 GB Hard Drive
HDMI
eSATA
etc.
Less than $800 you can get an excellent PC laptop. What about Mac add another $ 1000 and still it wont have eSATA and HDMI.

Windows 7 is quite good have been using it for the last 3 months n problems

Phil

October 13, 2009 12:09 AM

Phil, Auckland NZ

Windows 7100 x 3, XP Pro at work.

Windows 7 all round.

Won't due to cost and learning curve.

Backing up data etc is very easy using the Windows Transfer Tool. Certainly much easier than backing up everything and then moving it onto a completely foreign file system.

KeyChore

October 13, 2009 12:43 AM

I am a developer and work on Java and .NET . I use Microsoft Windows at Company and Home. There are a ton of tools and products available for developers like me. There is no compelling reason to switch to Mac other that the coolness factor. But for me, being productive and ease of use is more important that being cool!

I feel Microsoft rocks when it comes to usability and ease.

J. Donner

October 13, 2009 1:03 AM

I don't see why I should buy a Mac, when I can buy a machine as powerful for 2/5 of the price, especially if you buy A-brand parts that are on sale.

If a Mac breaks (yes, some do fail), I have to bring it in and wait days if not weeks for a repair. If something on my PC breaks I can fix it within a few hours.

I also have a lot more hardware options when building a PC. Mac,s are limited, try for example upgrading the motherboard...

As for OS/X; if I really wanted it, which I don't since I don't like it, then I could be running it happily on my machine since it's 100% Mac compatible.

To sum it up;

- Home built PC is a lot cheaper
- Home built PC has more hardware options
- Home built PC's hardware can be repaird within hours
- Home built PC, if proper hardware used, can easily run OS/X without issues

Dave M

October 13, 2009 1:09 AM

Dave M, Mountain View, CA

Windows XP

OSX *and* Windows 7.

Buying a MacBook Pro to do iPhone development. But it's not just that. A Mac has been on my mind more and more over the past few years. Will install Windows 7. The ability to run both OSes on the same box is huge, and seals the deal. Leaving an old Dell laptop (Pentium III) running Windows XP behind; no upgrade issues.

raj

October 13, 2009 1:55 AM

Name:Raj

OS you currently use:Win7 RC
OS you plan to use in the future: Windows 7

Why you will or won’t move to the Mac:

Windows 7 simply works and the best OS options for me. Windows based PC provide flexible hardware options, low cost but still functional(ie Greater value for money).
Greater stability, better security, user friendly.
Mac OSX Snow Leopard still doesn't provide any better than windows 7 [or may be equal functionality]

Cons: Malware infections-[that i will manage even without anti-virus but with a little care]

Brad

October 13, 2009 2:06 AM

- Brad, Scottsdale, AZ
- Currently use Vista and XP
- Will always use Windows

I see absolutely no point in switching to mac. We use Macs at our professional studio and they DO CRASH. At the end of the day, I'm convinced that most people switch to Mac because the computers are very sexy and have the Apple logo. Apple has done an amazing job branding their product as something trendy and hip. A well built PC running Windows is very fast, very reliable, very easy to use, and compatible with everything. And if something breaks, very easy and cheap to fix. It will be interesting to see what Google does with their upcoming OS. They may be the only ones capable of getting me to switch from Windows but they have a lot of work ahead of them.

Pete

October 13, 2009 2:51 AM

Pete in southern calif.

I use a Mac and have been for quite a long time. But when Windows 7 comes out, I might switch. Since I am not ready tobuy a new computer I will install it on my Mac. If I decide I like it, I will reinstall it on a lagest partition possible and transfer my files over.

I have been waiting too long for the Mac market share to move upto where I don't feel constrained by file incompatibilities.

Robert

October 13, 2009 2:53 AM

Robert, Torrance, Ca

I used Server 2008 and now Windows 7 RC x64.

I want to find a third way. No more windows legacy laden behemoth or Mac pricey limited function software.

I hate Mac for disabling features via driver "updates;" for example, my Ipod wouldn't mp3s anymore after a driver update. Iphone disabling features, etc. Vista is slower than XP and now Windows 7 is just as much a resource hog as it ages, it boots quicker but that's it. Programs hang all the time. Defaults views are annoying (a single mp3 changes the detail views), folders are options difficult to maintain, and "homegroup" freaking never works. Don't get me started on a home network. Its seemingly impossible to share documents from my laptop to desktop, I end up using a thumb drive to avoid the hour wait of trial and error trying to get the network to work.

Things were faster on XP. Why bother "upgrading" when downgrading improves performance? Every iteration of the Windows OS just goggles up more resources. I don't want a new computer every other year with the new OS.

I won't move to a mac because of what I said above and the fact the software options are few. I can find almost any kind of program for a PC, but not a Mac.

Max

October 13, 2009 2:53 AM

I am using Windows for past 15 years without any problem. Currently I use Win XP and looking forward to upgrade my system to Win 7.

No I won't use Mac because its over hyped. 3 years ago I used it after reading some reviews or Internet but soon I realized, they were posted by some Mac Lovers and windows haters.

Mac is average, nowhere near Windows in performance.

James

October 13, 2009 3:04 AM

- Currently living in Bejing, China

— Linux. Ubuntu 9.04 jaunty

— Linux Ubuntu 9.10 karmic

— Macs are way over rated. Why pay more for less?

Been using Linux for 8 months now. Everything has been great so far.

I would never consider moving over to a Mac. I don't think paying 50% more for a machine that is not nearly as good as being a good deal.

Linux provides everything I could ever need and I can customize it to look like Mac OS/X or Windows 7 if I really wanted.

Jon T

October 13, 2009 3:18 AM

Those that switch often ask why it was it took them so long to discover using Apple Macs!

The reason in my opinion, is the 'dogma' of Windows, people feel compelled to stay on Windows. Other comments here will surely demonstrate that.

My only advice to people, is to try using a Mac, and know that it is easy as pie to switch, and life will be much more enjoyable once you have.

Windows is best for complex spreadsheets and techno-geeks.

Mac is best for real people doing real things.

Danie Loots

October 13, 2009 3:28 AM

From South Africa.

I've already moved to MAC (in July 2009).

Mostly because my options of running Win XP was running out and there was no way I would go for Windows Vista.

Sofar, its been one amazing ride. Stability and security I did not know existed. And I haven't even used most of the MAC software like iPhoto, etc.

After upgrade to Show Leopard, I'll have build in support for MS Exchange at no additional cost.

James

October 13, 2009 3:50 AM

Ah, tis funny reading these threads and hearing what people have to say about both of these operating systems. I am 100% windows, I own a PC with vista on it and also (god forbid) a macbookpro with 10.5. We are all entitled to our opinions here, but seriously there have been times where I have nearly smashed my macbook, I get THAT frustrated. And to think it cost $2,500 (AU) when I could get a vista laptop for 900 - 1000 with about 3 times the resources (and performance), and what if your mac breaks, just wait until you have to go without a computer for a couple months while you send your whole mac away.
There are just so many things I can do on windows that I go to do on the Mac and then realise i can't. And really windows can do all the things windows can.
I could go on but i wont. But i (again personally) feel dumb when I use a mac... its just a shiny OS designed to entertain the simple minded.

Joshua P.

October 13, 2009 3:50 AM

location: Orlando, FL

occupation: Student, Mechanical Engineering [Undergrad].

I've used Windows 95, 98, 2000, 2002, and all flavours of XP and Vista. I'm using Windows 7 (RTM/final) on my computers now (32 bit on laptop and 64 on desktop). The performance and ease (joy) of use of this operating system is unrivaled. I've experienced no glitches so far on the build that many of you will see on October 22 of this year.

Compatibility. Sorry, I don't like the whole proprietary applications scene that Apple has been running for many years now. I like using 3rd party software for many activities. While there is a lot of 3rd party software available for Mac OS, there's not nearly as much as there is for Win. Not to mention that in a year or two when the next version of OSX (revision 7) comes out, many of those programs will cease to work. This is a phenomenon that seems to happen with many applications every major Mac OSX release.

Hardware? As has been pointed out, a non-Apple computer will often cost a small fraction of the price of an Apple, and for greater performance. Any unreliability any of you might have experience in the past is likely due to poor OEM hardware chosen by second-rate companies such as HP. Don't blame an OS for the fault of cheap hardware. While Apple uses average-good hardware, you can configure your own Windows based PC for less with very high quality components.

Stability and reliability? Windows 7 is solid as a rock. Better than Vista and as good as or better than XP (never really had problems with XP). -I'm admitting Vista wasn't my favourite- People are under the impression that Apple computers never crash. This is a load of crap. Just because they don't give bluescreens (something the MS operating system does to prevent hardware damage!) does no mean that the computers don't seize up or crash. I've experienced it on Leopard a number of times (on Apple hardware).

Sorry for going on and on, but people need to realize that Mac OSX really is not superior to Windows 7. Mac OSX is a very nice operating system, it really is, but it's not the holy grail of OS. It's an operating system for people who like looking cool and doing the simplest of tasks on their computer and have the money to spend doing so.

James

October 13, 2009 3:51 AM

Ah, tis funny reading these threads and hearing what people have to say about both of these operating systems. I am 100% windows, I own a PC with vista on it and also (god forbid) a macbookpro with 10.5. We are all entitled to our opinions here, but seriously there have been times where I have nearly smashed my macbook, I get THAT frustrated. And to think it cost $2,500 (AU) when I could get a vista laptop for 900 - 1000 with about 3 times the resources (and performance), and what if your mac breaks, just wait until you have to go without a computer for a couple months while you send your whole mac away.
There are just so many things I can do on windows that I go to do on the Mac and then realise i can't. And really windows can do all the things windows can.
I could go on but i wont. But i (again personally) feel dumb when I use a mac... its just a shiny OS designed to entertain the simple minded.

Finn

October 13, 2009 4:32 AM

Currently own 3 Macs and 4 PCs.

Would switch to Macs completely but for a few clients who need specific PC support.

Would go all Mac for 3 reasons:

(1) Cost Effectiveness:
Have always bought high spec machines in both Mac or PC flavour (about GBP 2000 a time), so there is no saving for me in buying a cheap PC in the first place. But beyond that, the Macs have just given so much more up time, speed and reliability - there is no sense in going PC unless you have outside influences that force you to do so. The working efficiency of the Mac is so far ahead of Windows the two are not even in the same league.

(2) Reliability.
This relates to (1) above, of course. In two years of Mac ownership, I have had about 2.5 hours of lost time: and most of that was taken up in installing Snow Leopard. The machines are all just so reliable from the moment you switch them on. In the same period, I've probably had a few hours a week where the PC has fallen over and needed work to get it going again.

(3) Superiority.
I don't care about brands or labels or cheap marketing. I care about sheer quality. And the Mac is sheer quality. A Mac is the IT equivalent of an Aston Martin: beautiful, fast, efficient, elegant and a thrill to use. A PC is like driving a 1950s Lada: horrible, turgid, slow, unreliable, ugly, inefficient and demeaning.

If I could, I would ditch not only the PCs but all MS based products.

Daniel

October 13, 2009 5:30 AM

— Danel Jackson, SHEFFIELD UK

— MAC OSX 10.5 Leopard

— MAC OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard

— I have run the Windows 7 Beta and the RC shortly before moving to MAC i think there is no comparison. MAC works consistantly.— Danel Jackson, SHEFFIELD UK

— MAC OSX 10.5 Leopard

— MAC OSX 10.6 Snow Leopard

— I have run the Windows 7 Beta and the RC shortly before moving to MAC i think there is no comparison. MAC works consistantly.

Apple MacBook Air. 1.6GHz Core 2 Duo. 2GB RAM, 80GB HDD. 5 Hours Battery life.

Lars Mielke

October 13, 2009 6:01 AM

I already made the jump with my Laptop ... which is now a MacBook.

My desktop is still a PC ... but there will be no "follow up PC". As soon as my desktop PC dies, its gone be replaced by a Mac.

Lars
Munich, Germany

MaFt

October 13, 2009 6:06 AM

Currently running WinXP and beta of Win7. Also have a MacBook Pro. Both OS's have their pro's and cons and I will continue to use both.

I will also likely keep Win XP on my old laptop as Win7 will just kill it off - it's a few years old now...!!

I was given the Mac by my employer but I doubt I would pay the extra for an Apple desktop - parts are just far too expensive!

gm

October 13, 2009 6:20 AM

Currently running Win7 (I am a programmer and have an MSDN subscrition). Very satisfied with Win7, it truly is the best Windows ever.

Windos might have a crappy past, but it has never erased my files when I logged in as Guest. This just shows that Macs do have potential problems, they are human after all.

I really hate how Apple treats its customers, how it controls their hardware, how it overprices everything. No thanks, I'd rather do what I want, not what my vendor allows me to do.

Sorry, but on the evilness scale, Apple has ranked far above MS for a very long time now.

Kervin

October 13, 2009 6:26 AM

apple always what to show that it is better that it is really is. for someone from the outside it seem really good, but when using it, u get all sorts of problems. Just for the iPhone for example, I can not reuse anything from outside apple (cables, usb, dev) or the Mac does not have cd-rom WFT?. They want to lock in the customers inside apple!

In that way I prefer using some windows thing that I am sure will be compatible with all my devices and softwares.

Jack

October 13, 2009 7:07 AM

T. Praepanich
Bangkok, Thailand

Windows XP Service Pack 2, OSX Snow Leopard

Plan to keep on with Mac but I will sit on the fence for Win7 for another year.

Like BlackBerry perhaps? People don't switch because the old habits sticks, it was hard to master and now you are afraid of letting it go.

I can't say for you but for those of you, Baby Boomer or Gen-Xer or whatever, who still wear ties going to work in cubicles and hang on to the post with dear lives, keeping the old habit and some control of your destiny, you will not switch for it is accepting the defeat and jump into the unknown.

But for those who already out, with your severance in a cardboard box and have to start over, all bets are off.

Some Dude

October 13, 2009 7:19 AM

how can Windows 7 be someone favorite OS when it hasn't even been released yet???

you people are weird.

ajc

October 13, 2009 8:13 AM

I think this idea is a little optimistic.

There are a boatload of people who have delayed upgrading to vista OR switching to a mac, and all the talk of windows 7 may get them thinking about how old XP is...

But backing up your files and switching to a mac is at least as bothersome as switching to Windows 7.

So the people who switch were inevitably going to, regardless of Windows 7.

And I think windows 7, by looking and acting even a little better than Vista will convince just as many people that things are still ok in the world of windows, but they were never going to switch anyway.

As for the whole Mac vs Pc debate... If you're happy using whatever it is you're using then great(!) and we're lucky to have 3 viable alternatives (linux / chrome OS as the 3rd) as opposed to the near complete Microsoft monopoly of the 90s. We live in interesting times.

Ralph in Boston

October 13, 2009 8:33 AM

— What OS you currently use.
2 desktops run Linux from debian.org
1 laptop runs win XP Pro

— What OS you plan to use in the future.
Linux from debian.org or ubuntu on another laptop.

— Why you will or won’t move to the Mac.
Linux is free of charge. Linux is free as in open source, so ALL the code is vetted by a worldwide community. There are no privacy nor security nor malware worries compared to windoze and mac.

I only use win xp pro on the laptop because I'm a proprietary stock trader who needs it to run the trading platform.

I've used Debian Linux happily and reliably since 2003. It's pretty amazing, as is the community support.

Ahmad Zidni Mat

October 13, 2009 9:05 AM

— Your name, and where you live (optional).
Zidni, Malaysia.

— What OS you currently use.
Mac OS X, Windows XP, Ubuntu.

— What OS you plan to use in the future.
Mac OS X mostly.

— Why you will or won’t move to the Mac.
I've been using Windows since the x86 days and switched to Mac in 2001. I don't think I can go back to Windows world. I use it daily at work and for word processing or something... but I would rely on my MacBook Pro's Mac OS X for major things.

Rob

October 13, 2009 9:16 AM

I've have half my computers on apple and half on xp. Apple is the way to go. Windows is a waste of precious time. For small business there is no other way to go. How long has windows been around? Why have they not offered a better product yet? you get what you pay for.

Jarek Krych

October 13, 2009 9:16 AM

IL, USA/currently in London UK.
JAVA programmer/analyst.

Use XP, Vista Home Premium, Linux Fedora.

Not decided yet. I will certainly drop Vista. I am seriously considering Mac.

One thing that holds me back from switching to Mac is Apple's somewhat lagging adaptability to new releases of Java SDK.

Michael

October 13, 2009 9:21 AM

I myself am an IT person and previous owner of both Mac and PC's. I discovered that even though I could appreciate Apples products, in the end...it came down to functionality and compatibility. I found myself using my PC's way more than my Mac's simply because I could not do all the things on the Mac that I could do on the PC. Software is truly a premium on Mac's and you just can't go out and download and try stuff on Mac's for free like PC's. The market just isn't there. Also, there's the whole issue of printers and scanners. If you bring a Mac home and didn't plan for that, then your out buying new ones because the old ones don't support Mac's. I have to say that as for Windows 7, I've been using since Beta and I absolutely love it! It's solid, really solid...I can't break it. I think the whole "XP Mode" feature needs some polishing but, that is a separate feature and in now way will affect the average user. I think they may have a winner. Mac, I weep for you :)

Cara

October 13, 2009 9:34 AM

— Cara Stewart, Kentucky.

— Snow Leopard

— Snow Leopard until Mac gives me a new one.

— I made the switch after PC after PC starting with the PS2 a couple of years ago and would never consider buying another PC or windows based anything, even if the price difference was $100 v $1,000, and I work for a non profit so normally I am VERY budget conscious. The thing about my macbook is this: it is SO much better/easier/more organized/faster/fun that I would rather do without other things or not have an at home computer/laptop than have a PC. Seriously. Hot corners, Expose anyone? It will change the way you use your computer and you will love it.

Andrew T.

October 13, 2009 9:47 AM

Nashville, TN

I currently run Vista on my desktop and am building a new cmoputer for going off to college. I also run Vista on my laptop as well as ubuntu. My mom's 6 y/o desktop runs xp, and so does her 5 y/o laptop.

I plan on using windows 7 for my operating system on my new machine.

I use OS X at school for photoshop and audo editing.

I don't have a problem with Mac's OS X, and I actually prefer how it runs CS3 compared to a windows machine. But I prefer the hardware options that I have running windows.

If I could build a computer from scratch, as I am currently doing, and have it run OS X, I would be more than happy to try it out. But as of right now, apple has made that impossible. Without the vast array of compatable hardware options and price flexibility, I don't see myself switching to a Mac OS. Until I can legally run a Mac OS on whatever hardware I want, I'm sticking with windows and linux.

-On a side note, it was not all that long ago that the process of switching OS's was just as it will be with xp and 7. I don't see the older crowd seeing this as a hinderance as they've done it before (10+ years ago albeit).

Justin

October 13, 2009 9:47 AM

Justin- Chicago,IL
I use Vista, and 7 RC.

I will continue to use Vista, and 7.

Mac- i know there is alternate software you can use to replace windows programs, but why? when Windows works.

Joh

October 13, 2009 10:02 AM

It's so funny. People keep comparing Windows with Mac.
However, the funny thing lies on the version. They compare XP with the latest Mac OS....
How funny.. Ofcourse they see great difference.. XP is too old. U should compare in the same league. The latest Mac OS with the latest Windows, 7.

Mike

October 13, 2009 10:07 AM

--Your name, and where you live
Mike - Tulsa, OK

--What OS you currencly use.
Mac OS X, Windows Vista

--What OS you plan to use in the future
Mac OS X, Windows 7

My MacBook Pro is simply a play toy to use for internet, family tree work etc. (I won this computer with a business card drawing).

The other PC's are the work computers. You are not going to find high end CAD programs (CATIA, SW) for the Mac user. When I take a trip the Mac usually comes along for the ride because I have Vista and my CAD software loaded using Bootcamp.

Kris P

October 13, 2009 10:16 AM

With the current price structure that Apple has, I would never consider switching to Mac OS.  Apple computers are typically anywhere from 2-4 times as expensive as their Windows competitors.

Personally, I'm not going to be swayed to purchase something that's 2-4 times more expensive just because it "looks pretty" and "just works."

Windows has more functionality and it has a lot more support and software developed for it. Plus, you can actually upgrade your own hardware for much cheaper prices. *gasp!* What a concept! You don't have to take it to a specialist to do anything to it.

If Apple made computers that actually were closer in price to what they were worth, I would buy one without hesitation.

Too bad for Apple.

Don

October 13, 2009 10:22 AM

There is a feeling that if you're running XP, upgrading to Win7 is going to be so difficult and time consuming that people will move to the Mac. For example, James A. has a machine running XP and thinks he's have it running Win7 on the same day it's released. According to most sources, it can take ten or more hours to make that upgrade.

While this may cause some people to move to a Mac, the odds are that those who actually make the "upgrade" will be more dedicated to Windows than ever.

The amount of time spent installing and struggling through the upgrade is psychologically considered an "investment" in Windows, as is the high price paid for the version of Win7. In order to switch, people have to be willing to give up that high investment. Most people will not want to abandon or lose that investment. As a result, they will make all sorts of excuses (psychological term: "rationalizations") for sticking with Win7. The more problems they have, the more time they have to invest to overcome them, and the stronger their addiction to Win7.

albert

October 13, 2009 10:30 AM

I use XP at work for the last year. Before that, I had 20 years working with a Mac.

I can say without any hesitation that Windows cannot compare to the ease of use and quality of a Mac. I had 20 years of flawless operation on Macs, and in one year of using Windows, there is nothing but constant crashes, freezes, viruses, and unexplainable problems. The same Microsoft and other software that is on both platforms is lightyears ahead on a Mac. An old version of Word on Mac is smoother and more usable than the newest version on Windows.

I can say that I love working on a Mac and have nothing but frustration and distaste for Windows. I would not accept a Windows machine if it was given to me for free.

Tom

October 13, 2009 10:32 AM

I am not a tech guy. I just want a computer that works and does not cost me 10 mintues every time I boot up. I have a lenovo pc with vista. It is the most pathetic device I have ever used. Windows is the only product I have ever used that gets worse, not better, with every iteration. If it weren't for the cost of the machine and buying new software. I would buy a Mac tomorrow. Inertia and switching costs are what have kept me from making the change.

Mike

October 13, 2009 10:55 AM

Seems to me that Windows 7 will simply bring a more Mac-like experience to PC people. Aside from the OS, Macs are built better, last longer, and come loaded with software that works intelligently and seamlessly with other programs.I have an emac from 2004 still running flawlessly. Can't say that with many PCs. Sure they are cheaper, but you get what you pay for.

Scott

October 13, 2009 11:00 AM

NC,xp,7 Pro,
I'm not wealthy enough or cool enough for the MAC. Apple has done well to market its product as a niche product. Its borderline elitist. And Apple is perfectly fine with that as long as they are still selling. If they dare drop the price without dropping the features it would be trouble for Windows.
Iphone does more to bring users over to MAC than Microsoft's OS update. It gives user's a taste of the MAC experience.

GD

October 13, 2009 11:21 AM

Your name, and where you live Atlanta, GA

— What OS you currently use.
Mac OS X, Windows XP

— What OS you plan to use in the future.
Mac OS X,

— Why you will or won’t move to the Mac.
Will never buy a windows machine again.
My Mac works. Windows machines just get slow and infected after a year and a half.

jd67

October 13, 2009 11:21 AM

Jon north of the 49th
— currently use XP

— Will have 2 machines, one W7 and when I can afford it a new Mac.

I had a Mac for 7 years, ran flawlessly until it finally gave up the ghost. It was the best OS and user experience I have ever had. And unlike my XP machine, it crashed a total of 2 times in 7 years. Way more stable for my apps and just a better user experience all around. All the same, I am curious to see if Windows 7 is really any better, or just prettier and a huge resource hog.

MarcOzna

October 13, 2009 11:23 AM

I have Windows for work and Mac for play. Mac guys make slick stuff, but in my opinion is more of a great toy than for work.

Just like iphone is an awesome toy while blackberry is a read production phone.

CrapBookAir

October 13, 2009 11:25 AM

i moved to a mac when they released the macbook air. i call it the crapbook air. it overheats. apple refuse to acknowledge a design flaw and introduced a software "fix" that renders the laptop unusable.

apple is so closed they make microsoft look open source. don't be fooled by apple, they are just an eye candy toy. if you need computing in the real world, stick with microsoft windows.

Duncan

October 13, 2009 11:31 AM

I currently use XPSP2 at work and MacOS Leopard both at work and at home. I'll definitely stick with Mac, but hope to upgrade my Parallels virtual environment from XP to W7 before very long.

Michael (ex-PC)

October 13, 2009 11:42 AM

--Your name, and where you live
Mike - Ottawa, ON

--What OS you currencly use.
Mac OS X, Windows XP

--What OS you plan to use in the future
Mac OS X, Windows 7

I have been a long-time PC user, primarily because we use PCs at work. But even though I am lucky enough to usually get the latest Lenovo laptops, they are infuriatingly slow, and get worse over time. It takes me 5-10 minutes to boot up every morning. That's a wasted 25-50 minutes a week!

So I took the plunge earlier this year, and got a Macbook Pro, and have never been happier. Its fast, reliable, and never crashes. I can't believe how much time I save because I don't have to clean the registry, worry about viruses, etc...

I would never go back to using a non-Apple computer. As for using Windows OS, of course, I will continue to use XP and Windows 7 -- but only on my Macbook running emulation software like VMWare or Parallels.

Yes, I was a loyal PC user for years, but once you go Mac, you never go back.

Dan, Tucson

October 13, 2009 12:04 PM

I work in a development shop and several people here use macs for their day-to-day development (eclipse/java/MS SQL). I would not upgrade to Windows 7 given the too-difficult process, I would instead purchase a new machine.

Am considering buying a mac for my next machine instead. At this point there's not really a compelling reason to use Windows at work so thinking of switching to see what the other side's like.

JG

October 13, 2009 12:09 PM

I am already using snow leopard.
We had XP at work and for me it was much more difficult to operate. Apple is much simpler and easier to use and to teach people to operate. The speed is much faster. Also no hassle
in switching files to new computer. There is now comparison
between the 2. They said Vista was going to be great and then a lot of people had problems. I have been using Mac's for over 20 years.

AdamC

October 13, 2009 12:27 PM

The Mac mini is a great machine and ideal for switchers.

For me I have been using a Mac since I owned a computer way back to OS 9 and the LC days.

But if you are happy with windows stick to it and no point bad mouthing the Mac and OS when you know next nothing about them.

One thing which windows pc can't come close is Apple owned the whole widget and provide a standard of service which put many pc makers to shame.

Yea, you have heard of horror stories but consumer surveys always put Apple Service way better than the rest of the pack. Think about it.

Brad

October 13, 2009 12:36 PM

Rochester - NY

I've always used a PC. While at RIT we (CS majors) received xp, vista, and now win7 for free. We can download both x64 and x86 versions.
I've also never really minding upgrading to the new version. It was a good way to do the spring cleaning to have it run faster and remove 1/2 the junk I don't use anymore.

The answer to your original question is no. I do not think that people will switch to a mac instead of upgrading to win7. Right now lots of people are not willing to spend the extra money to get the mac name brand.

I think people might have been more willing a year ago to do the switch when Vista was out and the problems it caused. Since win7 is much more compatable it should create a much cleaner and user friendly upgrade.

With all that aside, I did buy a mac a few months ago to start programming for the iPhone. I do love it. I have parallels with win7 running in the back ground incase I need a microsoft app. :)

If I didn't want to do the iphone development I would gotten a Lenvo instead.

John R, Palm Bch, FL

October 13, 2009 12:36 PM

I use XP Pro currently, and it is terrible. Microsoft sells a product that does not work. I plan to go to Linux Ubuntu. Smart program and no more shelling out $ for something that locks up and needs outside programs to be secure as well as being full of bugs that need fixing. (SP1, 2, 3 ????) 7 is sure to have an SP soon. With Open Office, there is no need to be tied to Windows any more.

An Indonesian

October 13, 2009 12:37 PM

I have a plan to go to Snow Leopard, I didn't like more troubles..

Joe

October 13, 2009 12:42 PM

At home macbookpro snow lepoard
At work Windows XP

It interesting to see everyone's arguements one way or the other. Some true, some based on myth. Neither my home mac or my work windows machine have ever crashed. Not sure what that says for either. Hope for pc users that windows 7 is better than vista. I use both in my business. Can't say much about windows 7 haven't seen it. Not sure what my company will do. For me I will stick with OSX for home.

Ronjon

October 13, 2009 12:42 PM

Ronjon, NJ

-At work I have to use an XP. At Home I prefer Ubuntu for general use but also have to use XP when I work from home.

-Future OS: Ubuntu and XP.

-I will not move to a mac because a) its too expensive and b) I dont want to be locked down by hardware as I prefer to build my own machine from scratch.

Peter

October 13, 2009 12:48 PM

— Your name, and where you live (optional).
Peter. Colorado.
— What OS you currently use.
Mac OS X 10.4.4 (Tiger)
— What OS you plan to use in the future.
Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
— Why you will or won’t move to the Mac.
Have always used Windows at work (thru Vista), but when it came to shelling out my own hard-earned money for home computers, it has always been Macs: ease of use; stability; less malware (never used antivirus software and have never had a virus in 20 years); less downtime; higher re-sale value (so you get back some of the extra money you laid out for a Mac). At one job we had a whole team of IT people trying to keep the PCs up and running, but none for the Macs -- they just worked. My Macs have always been virtually trouble-free and super easy to maintain. Never lost any data (unlike the PCs at work). Most of my my Macs have been bought used and yet I never had to send a Mac away for repairs. My PC friends are always whining about their machines and asking me to help fix them. THANK GOD I own Macs.

Rob S

October 13, 2009 12:51 PM

Rob from Boulder, CO.

I currently use XP at work and at home on my desktop, and I have a Mac Book Pro running Snow Leopard and XP. I plan on upgrading my PC computers to Windows 7, and to continue using my Mac.

I've had my Mac for a year now, and I'm pretty comfortable using it. However, I still find Windows to be more intuitive for me. Also, I have not found my Mac to be as easy to use and problem free as Apple would have you believe. My Airport does not always sync with my iTunes, my Canon printer had no drivers available for weeks after I updated to 10.6, and my Mightymouse is not that mighty.

I think there are many users out there who have a foot in both worlds, and who will continue to use both platforms. I use my Mac mainly for a mobile recording studio, and it suites me well for that purpose. But there are just too many advantages to having a Windows machine to switch completely over to using Macs.

Andrew

October 13, 2009 12:56 PM

If you're some nerd who games at your parent's house, use Windows.

Otherwise, if you have a life, talent, or a career, use a Mac.

Period.

No need to put up with Microsoft's crashes and freezes and viruses and blue screens and so forth, unless you really love PC gaming. That community just somehow (mostly due to Apple's negligence) is situated there.

Peter

October 13, 2009 12:58 PM

Have always used Windows at work, but when it came to shelling out my own hard-earned money for home computers, it has always been Macs: ease of use; stability; less malware (never used antivirus software and have never had a virus in 20 years); less downtime; higher re-sale value (so you get back more of the money you laid out); never had to trash a Mac. Most of my Macs have been bought used and yet I never had to send a Mac away for repairs. My PC friends are always whining about their machines, asking me to help fix them or taking them in for repairs. THANK GOD I own Macs.

mike roark

October 13, 2009 12:59 PM

— mike roark, IN

— Vista, XP, PCBSD

— I plan on upgrading my laptop to 7 when it releases. (mainly because i have a free upgrade option that came with my laptop.)

— I have been exposed to Mac in one of my prior college courses (mac mini) and I hated it. I like to think of myself as a person who can grasp the idea of an operating system, but the mac was difficult. I gave it an honest try and to no avail. We tinkered with all the in's and out's as a class, we even had tests on what we covered and those were the worst scores I had in that class. I cannot stand the thought of ever switching to Mac, I'd rather have some third party linux os that is no longer supported than to run a Mac.

MC

October 13, 2009 1:28 PM

I regard this post as a subtle advertisement for Apple. Peter, you provide VERY little information and re-iterate only what Apple fans think. You are clearly ignoring a HUGE portion of the market which is in offices & universities. At no point in time will they have such "headaches" since they have paid experts to do these "difficult" upgrades. Frankly, they're a no-brainer, but Apple likes to advertise it as rocket-science.

Name: MC
Location: Toronto, Canada
Current OS: Windows XP
Future OS: RedHat Linux Enterprise Linux
Why I won't move to Mac: I don't fall for fad and fashion trends

SoshaTopia

October 13, 2009 1:50 PM

— Your name, and where you live (optional).
Sosh, Saudi Arabia

— What OS you currently use.
Mac OS X 10.5

— What OS you plan to use in the future.
Snow leopard

— Why you will or won’t move to the Mac.
Mac is a way of life which makes you think, act & behave in such amazing way.

win

October 13, 2009 2:23 PM

Haha ha ha,

Love all the comments and especially that most (over 85%) of the people came out to say that they will stick to windows (what a disappointment to apple fan boy, businessweek, ROFLH !!! ) well, anyway. here is my vote.

Win, Santa Clara, CA
Dual Boot: Vista and Ubuntut 9.04 64
Vista has never been a headache to me (cause I have learned how to disable UAC early, maybe?). well, i have Windows 7 64 RC installed too but I only have one machine and I am developing on Linux pretty much these days. yup, I won't refuse that the coolness factor and hype attract me to try out Mac at times. But it's way too expensive. Now all these comments clear up the fog. It's just that cool factor only. Being a linux user, I can't stand the apple evilness of lock in and controlling everything. like one comment said "Sorry, but on the evilness scale, Apple has ranked far above MS for a very long time now." it hits home to me. it just puts my feeling into words!

oh so, I mean, I will be developing on my Ubuntu 9.04 64 and won't be using OS X or Windows 7.

Ed

October 13, 2009 2:36 PM

I am using Mac OS 10.5, with Win XP SP2 installed under Parallels. I will not switch to Win7 because any new version of OS will slow computer down and its not proven yet. I will get 10.6 when they fix the bugs. Besides, I got my XP for free (it was from a Linux convert).

Joshua P.

October 13, 2009 2:43 PM

Could you all please stop comparing Windows XP with Mac OS 10.5/6? It's ridiculous. You all don't realize (apparently) that Windows XP is a 10 year-old operating system, way past its prime. Please stop acting like it embodies the essence of all that is Windows.

Also, stop blaming Windows on your own poor choices of hardware. =)

Tom BR

October 13, 2009 2:57 PM

Thomaz from Brazil, São Paulo.

Currently using Vista.

As a .NET developer and hardcore gamer myself, it's impossible for me to migrate to another OS.

I'll certainly buy a Win7 license when it ships in our market (22/10)

I wouldn't move to a Mac... because... hey, it's a Mac!

Christopher Goodman

October 13, 2009 2:58 PM

Currently, I use both Mac OS X and Windows XP, but am considering dropping the use of Windows and using primarily Mac OS X and Linux instead.

I find the hardware options between Mac and Windows comparible, but that cheaper configurations for Windows are deceptively lacking useful features. I remain unconvinced that Windows has improved with its security and susceptibility to viruses/trojan horses. Previous experience with US goverment sector have shown me that Windows has a much higher upkeep cost than Mac or Linux.

I find that the Mac has growing popularity with students and loyal users. The Windows argument seems to be a case of reductio absurdium. Besides XCode development environment is free, and combined with open source software systems, it makes a compelling case financially.

Christopher Goodman

October 13, 2009 2:59 PM

Currently, I use both Mac OS X and Windows XP, but am considering dropping the use of Windows and using primarily Mac OS X and Linux instead.

I find the hardware options between Mac and Windows comparible, but that cheaper configurations for Windows are deceptively lacking useful features. I remain unconvinced that Windows has improved with its security and susceptibility to viruses/trojan horses. Previous experience with US goverment sector have shown me that Windows has a much higher upkeep cost than Mac or Linux.

I find that the Mac has growing popularity with students and loyal users. The Windows argument seems to be a case of reductio absurdium. Besides XCode development environment is free, and combined with open source software systems, it makes a compelling case financially.

Ethan

October 13, 2009 3:02 PM

I currently use 7077.winmain_win7rc.090404-1255(or Windows 7, build 7077 NT 6.1) and I will be using the final RTM version of Windows 7 as soon as I get my FREE upgrade. Why I wont switch to mac? Because my old laptop was a Gateway ML6230 with an Intel Celeron M 520@1.6GHZ and 2gbs of ram and it ran Adobe CS2 faster than my schools 2.4GHZ Intel iMacs did with Vista vs OS X 10.5. I couldnt stand the lack of functionality and lack of basic features and it was just slow for what it was. It cost a ton more than my $400 Vista Build 6000 laptop and it ran slower and had more than twice the computing power, well with Windows :) Not with Windows. Ive never had problems with Windows, I've only ever had problems with the third party apps that run on top of Windows. And thats the point, Macs run great(or many people would have you believe so) because only Apple gets to decide what runs on them. Windows does not and thats why many people are the way they are now after Vista, which was actually a very good, stable OS. Now I have a Gateway NV52u14 with an AMD Athlon X2 and 4gbs of ram and i have it running so fast with 7077.winmain_win7rc.090404-1255 that no Mac can touch it. And thats the way that it will always be with Windows and Mac, no Mac will ever be able to touch it :) And youve gotta give Microsoft props for writing its own OS and kernel and not using Unix for its core, and theres no way around that.

123xyz

October 13, 2009 3:04 PM

— Your name, and where you live (optional).
Live next door to Cupertino.

— What OS you currently use.
XP-Pro

— What OS you plan to use in the future.
How far in the future? Probably Windows 7 on a new computer

— Why you will or won’t move to the Mac.
* Apple products cost more than they're worth. The OS isn't that important as long as I can surf the web and use MS Office and other apps.

* Don't see why Mac's are so great, except I noticed lot of right brained love them (I know someone who idol worships Steve Jobs. It's quite bizarre).. Is it they look nice?.. the computers, that is. Long ago I purchased a Mac Centris 610 because Windows was unreliable in many ways. Now the gap is clearly narrowed.

* Now, why isn't Apple forced, by DoJ decent decree like IBM had to in the 50's, to allow others to build hardware for their OS?

* Lastly, I just purchased a MacBook for a relative's graduation. Apple promised a free upgrade to Snowy Leopard OS 10.6 by filling out an on-line order form. That process never worked, even after hours on the chat, and verbal help. Apple's back end support seems in disarray... they have call agents in call centers all over, and then they have a totally separate "Customer Service" center. I didn't understand why I got tossed back and forth between them, and none were any wiser.
I've never had to call MS for any XP Pro SP upgrade. It just works.

Biff

October 13, 2009 3:05 PM

I've slowly been moving away from the hell that is Microsoft operating systems for a number of years and recently got a Mac Pro to officially delegate the Vista POS that I have to a corner where it mostly collects dust. The Mac Pro is now my main computer and I don't miss Vista at all. From personal experience, I can tell people who made a half-hearted effort at trying OS X (Mac) and don't like it that it's because you're just used to all the extra effort that Microsoft puts you through. It's difficult to adjust to Mac from Windows because OS X is just easier. You may have a Mac in front of you but you still have Windows in your head. Sort of like working for a really bad boss for a number of years and suddenly having a really good boss. That is, you miss your misery and don't know what to do without it.

John

October 13, 2009 3:15 PM

I am an IT guy. I have an iMac running Snow Leopard. I also have been running on my laptop and destop Windows 7 RTM since August. The ease of getting around Win 7 is big enhancement. It boots up a lot faster and loads all the usual garbage after startup saving lots of time. I've showed it to my Mac and Windows user friends and Windows 7 is geting there attention! I can crash a Mac as easy as a PC...
PS - I also have an iPhone and everyone else in the office has Blackberrys, which I have take care of constantly. The iPhone is the best tech device ever! I would not insult it by calling it a phone!

Sue

October 13, 2009 3:37 PM

Currently using Vista on one laptop and linpus lite on netbook.
Have pre ordered Windows 7 to replace Vista.

Sue from Essex

John

October 13, 2009 3:43 PM

I am an IT guy. I have an iMac running Snow Leopard. I also have been running on my laptop and destop Windows 7 RTM since August. The ease of getting around Win 7 is big enhancement. It boots up a lot faster and loads all the usual garbage after startup saving lots of time. I've showed it to my Mac and Windows user friends and Windows 7 is geting there attention! I can crash a Mac as easy as a PC...
PS - I also have an iPhone and everyone else in the office has Blackberrys, which I have take care of constantly. The iPhone is the best tech device ever! I would not insult it by calling it a phone!

SanSu

October 13, 2009 3:44 PM

I've been a Windows user since Win95 and currently using Win 7 Enterprise since last month (Sept). Win7 is much better than Vista which was quite cumbersome to use and neviagate. It is also faster and manages files/documents very well compared to Vista (I liked XP better than Vista).

I plan to continue useing Windows because all applications that related to my both personal and professional lives are Windows-based, plus there are more options for such applications, and frankly, I don't like Mac's snooty attitude.

AJ

October 13, 2009 3:50 PM

AJ, San Francisco

Windows XP

Debating. Leaning towards Mac

I want a mac, but they're really expensive. Alternatively, I'm scared of Vista/7 and I want to look cool. If they instituted the free ipod deal again, I'd be on it.

Craig

October 13, 2009 3:51 PM

Run Vista and XP on a couple of machines

Will upgrade to Windows-7

Considered a Mac a one point but won't again

Biff

October 13, 2009 3:52 PM

Ah, Win, you're funny too. I mean, you guys that only use Linux because it's free and Windows came with the computer make fun of Macs because you can't afford them. You can't hack them and build cheap ones and get everything for free with them so you make fun of them. You make fun of what you can't have.

Aaron

October 13, 2009 4:02 PM

— Washington State

— Windows Server 2008 / Ubuntu 9.04

— WS08 / Ubuntu

— Since OSX is a certified UNIX distribution, I can't justify spending the extra money (i.e. apple tax) on an OS that I can essentially get for free. Ubuntu does everything that OSX can at none of the cost, plus I can run it on whatever hardware I happen to have at the time.

Bobby

October 13, 2009 4:16 PM

I am a Microsoft Certified Engineer and have worked in the IT field for over 15 years. I have had the opportunity to work practically every desktop and laptop vendor in the market (some long gone). As a heavy user I can say, without any doubt, Apple has proven its quality in design and overall performance has surpassed Microsoft's windows PC platform. Stability of applications, ease of use, robust intuitive interfaces and simple (real simple) networking are what the majority of end users will happily see. As an engineer, Security of the operating system and the quality hardware push way past anything Microsoft offers. I live in an area where Mac's are very common and yet it's rare I ever receive a repair request. Windows has and does pay my bills but for me it will only run as a virtual machine on top of my Mac OS and used as a legacy system. I do look forward to users and companies attempting to upgrade to Windows 7. There could be no better stimulus package for the IT industry in 2010. I would expect converting to Apple will be one of the options I will gladly assist with.

kz

October 13, 2009 4:48 PM

Have a MacBook for web browsing and online banking.

Have a Vista laptop for doing work with MS Office and Adobe graphics apps. Will upgrade to Win 7.

Chris

October 13, 2009 4:59 PM

Chris, Denver, CO

— Currently OS X and Windows XP

— Windows at work, OS X at home

— I have already made my move to the MAC. I was a strong proponent of Microsoft in the early days, even became certified in their products as part of my career path. As a support tech, I became frustrated with what I perceived to be a lack of quality in the Windows product; and last year, after my 1,000,000th frozen screen, I hit threshold and went bought a new iMAC. We still have a Windows XP PC in the house for my kids, and I am still learning the OS X software. I dig my MAC. I just have a lot of learning to do to become proficient with it, as its totally different than my windows box.

Bob Caset

October 13, 2009 5:03 PM

— Bob in Dallas

— Currently have 2 systems.. 1 with XP and 1 with Vista
— Mac OS X

— I am so tired of dealing with Microsoft and all the headaches they give me.. Its always something with both my systems. After giving my wife crap about her using a Mac all of these years I finally spent a day playing with her Macbook last month and was amazed. Everything seemed work seamless, smooth and really fast. This Christmas I will be buying myself a MacBook Pro and the 2 pc's will be on craigslist!!!

B

October 13, 2009 7:56 PM

- B, San Diego, California

— Windows Vista

— Mac

— Mac is great...just priced a little high in my opinion. Either way, I am getting one soon.

Helge

October 13, 2009 11:12 PM

I have use Windows "all" my life since this is the preferred business choice, hoverver after buying the fist ipod many years ago, i now use Mac at home and windows XP at work since I don't have a choice, i would love to have Mac at work. The MS Office for Mac is actually better that MS Office for Windows and keynote, pages and numbers are way better and easier to work on!

Shawn

October 13, 2009 11:57 PM

I currently run Windows XP Professional SP2 and I love it. I don't want to switch to Windows 7. My fiance uses Windows 7 and she likes it, but wishes she stuck with XP. I am slowly getting back into programming, and I will not be switching to Mac unless I get back into graphics.
I may end up going back to Linux (Ubuntu, perhaps) for my personal computer.
For my business, I will be staying with XP Pro. SP2 until I am convinced Windows 7 is superior, or until XP is no longer supported.

Leslie love

October 14, 2009 12:33 AM

Chicago,IL.

I have the best of both world's, I use a Macbook pro with OX 10.6 and Windows 7 and love it. ( Just get a Mac and use bootcamp ) The best of both world's

I'm a Mac

October 14, 2009 2:42 AM

Windows in the Office (IT dept refuses to buy Macs for anyone outside of the graphics dept)

MacOS at home

Will always buy Mac - I've enjoyed watching Microsoft play catch-up over the years. When Windows 97 came out a guy in my office was so excited that he could run multiple monitors on his computer. I told him it was about time - Macs had that capability 11 years prior. That's just 1 example!

Marian

October 14, 2009 4:16 AM

You cannot be serious:)

Douglas

October 14, 2009 5:22 AM

— Douglas, South Australia, Australia

— Windows Vista Business

— Windows 7 Professional (once I send away for it)

— I can't see myself moving to a Mac anytime soon. I paid about $2100 for my Lenovo, and to buy a comparable Mac would be about $3200. That's $1100 I can't justify spending, especially when I have a kickass system like this. I've become quite accustomed to the way Windows machines worked, and when I have played with a Mac, I have gotten lost in the myriad of the file system there (Start > All Programs is easier for me to navigate than a plethora of folders in a window. That's 1992, people! Not 2009!)

Rob Perkins

October 14, 2009 9:52 AM

For the truck drivers in the world, it is very hard to readjust to a BMW. It rides so smoothly, no gear shifts, the light switch and wiper knob are always in the same place with each new model, the radio and air conditioner are central and work so comfortably...Thats a PC vs Mac. Once you get used to Apple's comfort, it's always that way and you don't have to fight the old hardware/software battles, nor picking which video or sound card you'll need. Everything is built in. You put in the key, adjust your leather seat, put it in drive and go to the store- instead of the frustration of cranking the engine, shifting the gears and bumping over every pothole! And, if you need to, it's easy to run Windows programs on a mac.

Dylan Manthei

October 15, 2009 10:14 AM

Currently use Vista x64, OS X 10.5.7, and Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic.

I have already purchased the $29 Windows 7 upgrade for students at win741.com.

I think Windows 7 could make some switchers. Microsoft is in deep doodoo if Windows 7 strikes out when its released to millions of users since Vista is already considered a strike-out and the last safe operating system is about 10 years old. I also think there is more incentive to switch to a mac now that Bootcamp works almost seamlessly to allow dual booting of OS X and Windows _____. This way, the windows users can run their bloated, buggy software on the nice, speedy, efficient Mac, and they can also learn how to use OS X on the side. But of course, when the GNU revolution comes, me and my troops will be busting in your door, formatting your drives, and installing Linux...wiping Microsoft off the face of the earth.

Can't we all get along???

October 15, 2009 2:22 PM

I find it laughable that people will fall into yet another Mac marketing ploy when Apple starts ripping the "XP upgrade process". It's not any less of a hassle to upgrade from WinXP to a Mac as it is from WinXP to Win7.

If it's such a "headache" to backup your files to an external drive, (which its NOT. its called a flash drive people. they've existed for a long time now and "backing up" is as easy as dragging and dropping) then what difference does it make if I now take that backup and buy a new Mac? Don't I STILL have to copy all my files over and don't I STILL have to re-install the programs I know and love in order to use them on my new Mac?? A "switcher" will experience the same amount of headache but spend a lot more money doing it.

Mac's are nice computers and Apple makes great products, but for the love of God....people stop being so easily influenced by marketing! Think for yourself.

If you like how Windows works, then stick with Windows. If you want to try something new, go to Mac. But don't let the "hassle" of the upgrade process be your determining factor because it's going to take time and effort no matter what you choose!

I like PCs and Macs, but I hate naive and easy influenced people.

Dean

October 15, 2009 6:37 PM

in Cypress, Texas just outside of Houston.

XP at work, XP notebook at home, Mac at home.

My next home PC is going to be a netbook. With prices getting ready to break the $200 barrier, there's no way that I'll pay ten times as much for an Apple notebook. And no, I won't switch to an iPhone, I need a keyboard and a screen big enough to show more than one window at a time.

But XP has enough annoyances that I'll wait for Windows 7 -- I hope the PC makers have netbooks ready to ship by release date rather than waiting and trying to get customers to switch to higher-margin products.

Faz

October 16, 2009 4:21 AM

Win XP at home, Win Vista for personal desktop, Macbook for personal laptop.

I'll get Win7 when it comes out, as fast as I got Snow Leopard when it got released. I'm an IT administrator. Why am I using both? To be honest technology is rapidly changing. Why limit yourself to one system when you can learn both and get twice the experience? These are amazing times and I very much would like to get the best of both worlds.

Angel tomala

October 16, 2009 9:19 PM

I have been a osx at home user for over 5 years and an osx user at work for the past 1.5 year. I started as a window user over 12 years ago and finally gave up on it. I still have to use it now and then, but I don't miss it at all.
I am already on board with snow and I will probably use window 7 to stay current at work and most likely thru vmware fusion and with all access to the world cut off. I simply have trust issues with such a flawed os (windows).

Marc Richards

October 18, 2009 8:47 AM

Marc, Wales UK

Windows 7, Vista and Snow Leopard

Windows 7 on pre-order

I use both Apple and Microsoft OSes and I have to say I like them both equally. Neither of them are all things to all men and both have their little advantages over the other. Both systems are comparable in speed which surprised me as the PC's hardware is far inferior in specification to my Mac.

I must say that I am very impressed with Windows 7 on how it seems to have rejuvenated my PC, the same cannot be said for Snow Leopard I'm afraid.

In my opinion the benefits of buying a Mac have all but disappeared with the introduction of Windows 7 making the price premium you pay for a Mac much more hard to swallow. Unless of course you're a complete Apple fanboi.

Brad

October 18, 2009 5:07 PM

— Brad, Michigan USA

— Currently using Windows Vista, it was the OS that came on my computer.

— I will continue to use Vista until the software or the hardware that I run it on (i.e. my current PC) is no longer able to meet my basic computing needs. I use my computer for web-browsing, word processing/spreadsheet and music/media.

— Whether or not I switch to Mac OS depend on what circumstances the future holds. The barrier that currently stands in the way of me switching to a Mac is the cost. I like the Mac OS better than Windows. I admire the Mac OS because of its functional simplicity. Windows, on the other hand, seems loaded with unnecessary and undesirable features and software.

I am also interested in keeping an eye on the development of Open Source operating systems. Mozilla web browser and VLC Media player are two examples of programs that are, in my opinion, way better than what Windows or Mac has to offer.

ANDY SIEKIERA

October 18, 2009 6:02 PM

Up to a month ago i was using Windows XP and decided to make the jump to Mac

Apart from learning new ways of doing things on the Mac i think it was the right choice for me

Why did i change? well i did not want Vista thats for sure and was not confident that Windows 7 was going to initially solve all Vista's problems.

William Roland

October 18, 2009 10:22 PM

Was a Windows user since Win3.1. Loyal upgrades all the way through Vista. Got a Mac Pro for audio production after years of frustration getting Windows to be stable in demanding configurations. Have switched all machines (personal, studio and core business) to Mac. Will never go back to Windows.

Look, say what you want about software choice, etc. The simple fact is that Macs are better computers and Mac OS is a better operating system. Looking beyond the interface, the UNIX architecture is simply better than Windows. I speak from 20 years of experience as a Windows user and now on Mac for 1.5 years.

I don't hate Microsoft. My views are objective....these are just better computers, for me at least.

iWas A MacUSER

October 18, 2009 11:26 PM

Premium Quality Apple Hardware... HA!

17" MacBook Pro brightness problems
17" MacBook Pro graphics problems (display lines)
17" and 15" MacBook Pro battery swelling
15" MacBook Pro's buzzing/whining noises
15" MacBook Pro's inability to wake from sleep
15" MacBook Pro's exhibiting unexpected shutdowns
13" MacBooks with unresponsive or "squishy" trackpad buttons
MacBook audio jacks problem
MacBooks are notebooks, not laptops because they run hot and Apple does not recommend you use them on your lap
Melting MagSafe Adapters
Fraying MagSafe Connectors
MacBooks with lame LCDs only capable of displaying 260,000 instead of the 16 million promised
MacBook's (and iBook G4's) notorious hairline cracks along the bottom and top enclosure
MacBook Pro's warped lids
MacBook Pro's with powdercoat rubbing off
Defective 2.5" Seagate drives shipped in MacBooks
MacBook "no button" trackpads not registering clicks
MacBook discolored palm rests
MacBook logic boards failing
MacBook fan exhaust covered in tape
MacBooks with misapplied thermal paste
PowerBooks with keyboard keys pressing into the LCD display when closed gradually killing the display
MacBook Air's self loosening hinges
2009 MacBook Pro's artificially limited SATA IO (1.5Gbit/sec instead of 3Gbit/sec)
2009 MacBook Pros with "clicking" and "beeping" 7200 RPM hard drives that lead to slowdowns, lock-ups and crashes
iPhone overheating
iPhone oleophobic coating getting rubbed off display
iPod Touch exploding
Dying Apple Time Capsules


Don't forget to login to Snow Leopard using a Leopard Guest Account. Great for deleting all personal files form all accounts.

Thanks to Steve Jobs fear will never come your way with the trusty Apple Time Capsule for back up...

Mike

October 19, 2009 4:27 AM

Software Test Manager - UK
Current:
Work: W2K, XP, Vista & Win7 (and all service pack flavours used in a large bank of Virtual Machines)
Home: Mac & Visa
Future:
Work: Same as before
Home: 100% Mac (Snow Leopard)
Have to use Windows at work. Fed up with fixing my wife's usability problems on Vista on almost daily basis so moving her to Mac asap. Also disliked intensely the new IE8 default which forces you to run through hoops to get your own preferences back, such as using Google for search etc. (Bing not useful to her)and the plethora of useless (to her) background tasks Live Mail/Messenger quietly installs when you update.
Use work machines for many types of software testing including using Emma & Cobertura etc. (Also had to use a home Mac for a time-critical event I couldn't access accurately within Windows environment using JTimer) XP Pro crashes several times every week. usually when using VPN or switching around 2nd monitors. Also has to be restarted for most updates (of which there are new ones every month)
Use home machine for programming in Objective-C (xCode) & Java (Eclipse) and maintain a Photo library (10,000+ images - all named/sorted using Faces in iPhoto) Hardly ever have to restart - Been running now for weeks - Can't remember last time it had to be restarted. (I think only the once since Snow Leopard was updated with fix)
Not found anything I do in Windows that I couldn't do on Mac more quickly & effectively.
If you think you'll be missing some functionality you have in Windows, then get to grips with the Mac OS X Internals and Missing Manuals books and use automated scripts - Write once and forget! (You ever tried chron in Windows?)
Here's a simple little test you can do - Time how long Internet Explorer takes to fire up in Windows7 on your machine then go to an Apple shop and check the startup time for Safari in Snow Leopard.
Snow Leopard Guest Account bug? Yep, it's there but then why would I want to even activate the Guest User account on a *nix based non-server machine?

ron

October 19, 2009 9:16 PM

— Ron; northern California

— Snow Leopard

— Whatever comes after Snow Leopard

— When I first started using a Mac (for a job), I hated it. I was used to Windows. Plus, the Macs back then were awful. One day at Fry's they had a great sale on dual-processor macs, so I bought one. I used it side-by-side with my windows machine. After a while, I unhooked the windows machine and stayed strictly with the mac. I just suddenly realized I was no longer having to spend time on the care and feeding of Windows OS, but was just using my Mac for work, no wasted time being interrupted constantly by Windows' obsessive need to chatter at you.

I still have Windows on my laptop (XP Pro) in case it's needed. I removed it from my desktop. I haven't booted up Windows in months now. I used to have to use WIndows to do Fedex and UPS labels, but now there's Mac software for that (our UPS agent told me about it, NRGSoft) and it's great! We run our business on Macs, including a point-of-sale system. No problems, no crashing, no malware, and no registry to get clogged over time.

I think that many of the people who are currently enthralled with Win 7 will find that over time it's just like all the other Windows OS's, it clogs the registry and slows down, increasing boot times and decreasing stability.

Mark B

October 27, 2009 6:52 PM

I used a Windows computer for years. I've just turned 40 and was introduced to a Mac by a teenage nephew of mine 4 years ago. I was blown away at how intuitive the computer was and LOVED the experience. I wondered why I had never known about this and began my investigation.

That next week I bought my first MacBook Pro and have since added an iMac. I'm not a Mac zombie or a Windows zombie. But as far I am concerned I cannot see going back to Windows.

I travel with my iMac all the time. I spent a year in Central America and used an iLugger to take my entire system on the plane. Very Slick.

Apple gets it for me. If you like Windows stay with them and I wish you all the best. Its great to have choices and competition. Without competition all OSs would be subpar.

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