I've been a long-time Mac user, from my childhood days playing with MacPaint on a Macintosh Plus (the beige and boxy Mac that debuted in 1986) to my current machine, a 13" MacBook Pro. But recently, I've been working more and more with a Windows PC—and I'm loving it.
I grew up on Macs, thanks to having a graphic designer for a dad. I can remember sitting in front of a black-and-white Macintosh Plus as a kid, playing with the spraypaint brush on MacPaint. Thankfully, my folks have upgraded to a modern iMac throughout the years. I have too, using a PowerBook G4 as my main machine in college, and working through my post-grad years on a MacBook Pro. There's a G5 desktop in my home office, and I've been through three iterations of the iPhone. Needless to say, I'm a hopeless Apple addict and I can't be stopped. I just can't put the Kool-Aid down.
That's not to say I've never used a PC before, though. Throughout my education and post-grad career, I've definitely done my share of work on Windows. It was always my perception that PCs can get the job done just fine, but I'd always choose Macs at home. The Apple OS features a few user-friendly features that made it easier for me to navigate, and I definitely preferred the physical design of a Mac machine to any PC I've seen.
Yet recently, I found myself falling in love with Windows.
Not too long ago, I began a new 9-to-5 gig in communications at a new company. I had to get used to a new desk, a new commute and—more fittingly—a new operating system. Windows 7.
Windows 7 has been unlike any version of Windows I've known before. At it's core, it looks the same, sure. But Windows 7 is riddled with a handful of cravable user-friendly features.
The Windows Taskbar, and I hate to make these sorts of comparisons, makes a PC more like a Mac with an adaptable "dock" for your open and "pinned" program icons. Jump lists are great, allowing you to access your most-used "links" by right-clicking program icons—instant access to everything from a webpage or document to a command like "compose a new message," depending on the program. And Snap! Oh, don't get me started on Snap. I use this daily, dragging open windows to opposite corners to watch them snap into perfect, full-screen twins. Snap is a total efficiency booster.
If you've been using Windows 7 for awhile—it was released back in tech-ancient 2009, after all—none of these features are news to you. But this post isn't supposed to be a review of a cool, new product. Instead, it's my hope that I might convince another life-long Mac user (of which I'm sure there are plenty reading Unplggd right now) to step out and give another OS a try, just in the same way that I've suggested my PC friends take a look at Apple's offerings. The Windows of today is not the Windows it was 10 (or even 5) years ago. And the hardware has stepped up considerably as well—just take one trip to a Microsoft Store near you and spend 10 minutes playing with a touchscreen PC.
Of course, Apple users might not decide to switch after all. I didn't.
I love being able to use Windows 7 at work. It does all that I need it to and more (and fast!), thanks in no small part to each of those features I mentioned above. But for now, I'll stick to my Macs at home. The seamless way everything in my life, from my iPhone to my Apple TV, are "wired" to work together is enough to get me to stay.
What about you? Are you a multi-OS person? Which do you like better? Have you made the switch from a life-long Windows user to a modern Mac head? Or are you a Mac baby like me who has made the move to PC? Tell us in the comments!
(Images: Digital Trends, Microsoft)