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My dad asks: buy mom Windows 8 laptop or Mac laptop?


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Poll: My dad asks: buy mom Windows 8 laptop or Mac laptop? (9 member(s) have cast votes)

Is switching to Windows 8 harder than switching to a Mac?

  1. Yes (4 votes [44.44%])

    Percentage of vote: 44.44%

  2. No (5 votes [55.56%])

    Percentage of vote: 55.56%

Is OS X / iOS synergy good enough it makes switching worthwhile?

  1. Yes (6 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

  2. No (3 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

What should my mom should get next?

  1. Windows 8 Laptop (3 votes [33.33%])

    Percentage of vote: 33.33%

  2. Mac Laptop (6 votes [66.67%])

    Percentage of vote: 66.67%

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#41 of 46 OFFLINE   Rick Thompson

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Posted September 21 2014 - 06:56 AM

If the Win7-type desktop is what she's used to, you can still buy a Win7 laptop. Amazon has several.

http://www.amazon.co...indows7,aps,286

 

And yes, you still have to uninstall all the assorted junk. That's been the case with laptops ever since WinBook went out of business. I always used to laugh when the reviewers listed "no included applications" as a minus for Winbook products. Having it come with nothing but Windows installed was a big plus!



#42 of 46 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted September 21 2014 - 07:10 AM

Too late. She's had her Mac for two months now :)



#43 of 46 OFFLINE   DaveF

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Posted September 21 2014 - 07:12 AM

I have been windows user all my life but last year switched to a Macbook Pro at work.  Hate it. I do realize that it might be all the security SW my employers forces, but I can't wait for tech refresh to get this out of my office.

How long have you been using the Mac at work? It takes a good month to become comfortable with OS X way of life.

 

That said, I've never used a Mac professionally. And I don't know if I could. Niche tools aren't available (running in Parallels is an option, but not sure I'd want that to be the backbone of a pro setup). And the office is powered by Outlook and Office, which are better on Windows.



#44 of 46 OFFLINE   Clinton McClure

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Posted September 21 2014 - 08:06 AM

My office PC is a very slow and cumbersome XP box which is supposed to be replaced by years end with a Win7 box.

I wish they would replace it with an iMac since our BlackBerries are being phased out in favor of iPhones and iPads, but our desktop IT group is very Windows-centric.

#45 of 46 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted September 21 2014 - 08:35 AM

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Windows 8 took me some time to get used to, but now I really like it.  I still have a Windows 7 laptop, but my next one will be Windows 8 with touch. 


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#46 of 46 OFFLINE   ChristopherG

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Posted September 21 2014 - 08:45 AM

I've been using it for over a year. The problem is that it just doesn't seem suited for a large corporate network environment.
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