Are you still debating whether or not you should switch to a Mac? If so, you should read “Switch to a Mac and You’ll Never Go Back“, which addresses the following questions:
Will I cut myself off from the rest of civilization?
You will cut yourself off from a plethora of viruses, spyware and other malware. However, you won’t be cutting yourself off from the things that matter. In fact, Mac enthusiasts will argue you will actually be joining the civilized world.
What about compatibility?
Your data will be compatible if the same application is available on both platforms. For instance, many popular software programs exist on both Macs and PCs, such as Microsoft Office and Adobe Acrobat. You can check out CrossOSS, which specializes in listing applications that run on both platforms.
Files or data that don’t have an application available on a Mac, can usually be exported to a common format and then imported into a Mac application. For instance, I used this method to convert my (PC only) Amicus Attorney data over to LawStream on my Mac and then later into Daylite.
Even if you are using an application whose files you can’t convert to the Mac, you can use one of the several options to run Windows on your Mac. I use this method to run the South Carolina Child Support Calculator.
Virtually all hardware is compatible with Macs. In fact, in most cases you will not even have to download or install a driver.
How easy is the Mac to learn?
The author of the article says that while there is a learning curve, at least 80% is the same or very similar between Windows and Macs. I believe that the switch is very simple for most people. I have found that in as little as two or three days, most people have the basics of the Mac OS down. Those programs that work on both Mac and Windows are very, very similar. The author and I agree that there is a great deal of software that will make you glad you switched, and the operating system itself, OS X, is even easier to learn.
Is the Mac really more secure?
The Mac is inherently more secure, and that cannot be argued. As a result, the chances of a virus infection is quite low. There are possibly security holes in OS X that could be exploited by a virus or a trojan (trojans require some help from the user to infiltrate a computer, and so are usually disguised as friendly programs), but these would be few and so much easier to address and patch. Windows on the other hand, is like a sieve – there seems to be too many holes to patch. As soon as one is, another is found.