blog Regular readers will know that we’ve long been following the blog of local Microsoft Office 365 MVP Loryan Strant, who tends to make regular interesting posts regarding the Microsoft world, especially with relation to the company’s software-as-a-service products. Well, after an experiment in using a Surface Pro tablet as his main desktop machine Strant revealed last week that he’s embarking on an even more extreme experiment, which will take this Microsoft devotee into uncharted, dangerous territory, beyond the boundaries of his normal world. Yup, that’s right. He’s going Apple. Strant writes:
“Many of my customers at Paradyne have Apple Mac devices in their environments. While we know that Office 365 and many Microsoft solutions “work” with Mac devices – the experience can sometimes be frustrating for those users … So for the next month I am conducting an experiment – living in a Mac world connected to a Microsoft cloud. This means I will be using both a MacBook Pro and iPhone 4S as my primary devices – leaving my beloved Surface Pro and Nokia Lumia 920 to gather dust, only to be turned on in case of emergency … I will be posting my adventures over the next month, featuring the good, the bad, and the things that make me want to cry. Stay tuned!”
So far Strant’s main issue appears to be the lack of Microsoft’s One Note application for the Mac. Speaking for myself, as someone who’s switched at various points between Windows, Mac OS X and Linux over the years (not to mention iOS and Android), I have to say that it’s a pretty easy switch at this point. The main thing to realise hardware-wise is that Mac OS X seems to require a great deal more RAM than Windows 7 — my 27″ iMac really didn’t start to fly until I upgraded its RAM from 4GB to 12GB, but my Windows 7 gaming box, which has similar specifications, has been fine for years with just 4GB.
On the application front, most of the same apps are available, especially if you use open source apps. However, I would also advise that sometimes in Mac OS X there are just different ways of doing things than on Windows — it’s not a matter of the software not being available, but it’s also necessary to change some of your working processes slightly etc. Good luck, Loryan!