PC vs. Mac – Microsoft's New Comparison Website

Published Tuesday, August 10, 2010 10:39 AM

Microsoft just launched a website comparing PCs and Macs. According to their new comparison website PCs are better at Having fun, Simplicity, Working hard, Sharing, Compatibility, and Choice. I can't say that I agree with them on all fronts being an Apple fan, but some of the claims are just ridiculous.

In the having fun section of the website they claim that Apple doesn't connect to Xbox 360, which isn't true it does, quite well actually. They also talk about using your computer as a DVR, which Apple doesn't provide the software or hardware for but it is possible. Windows 7 comes with the software, but you still have to get a computer that comes with the hardware or purchase it separately. They also mention a Direct TV connection, which only requires a DVI to HDMI converter which only cost a couple of bucks. A PCs connectivity to a TV depends on the manufacturer and has nothing to do with the OS.

The idea that Windows 7 is simpler than a Mac is ridiculous. Apples and the Mac OS X are built with simplicity in mind and is undoubtable one of the simplest operating systems on the market.

One of their supporting arguments was “Things just don't work the same way on Macs if you're used to a PC. For example, the mouse works differently. And many of the shortcuts you're familiar with don't work the same way on a Mac.” The mouse works differently? How? Yeah a mighty mouse has only one button but it still does both a right and left clicks. If that mouse bothers you go out and buy a two button mouse to your liking, but it still works the same way. The shortcuts on a Mac are even simpler than Windows and many of them are only different because you use the command key rather than control.

They say Windows is better because they have “the new Snap feature that makes it easy to view two documents side by side.” Yeah that is a nice features but Macs have other window management features like expose,spaces, and hot corners that beat the pants off the snap feature. That and if you really like that snap feature just download one of the many applications that can do the same think in the Mac OS like the application Cinch.

The website goes on to talk about sharing documents and compatibility and many of their points are rather dumb. They also don't mention that Apple computers can install their OS nativity. You can run both windows and Mac on the same computer on the same hard drive, or virtually at the same time. So you really can have the best of both worlds.

I love my mac computers and they have been good to me. I have had several Windows machines and for the most part have enjoyed then. I just feel Apple makes a better product. Windows is just trying to squeeze every last drop of success out of Windows 7. They have started to see the Mac OS X market share drop and they like it. 

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