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PC to Mac
« on: Mon Apr 07, 2008 - 18:20:22 »
My daughter and SIL will soon be replacing their laptop and are considering a Mac. They asked me if they will have any problem with transfering old files to their new computer. Specifically, can Mac-based programs open Windows-based files such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and such?

I'd appreciate your help in maintaining my know-it-all all-knowing mother status with my kids!

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PC to Mac
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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #1 on: Mon Apr 07, 2008 - 18:28:46 »
My daughter and SIL will soon be replacing their laptop and are considering a Mac. They asked me if they will have any problem with transfering old files to their new computer. Specifically, can Mac-based programs open Windows-based files such as Word, Excel, Powerpoint and such?

I'd appreciate your help in maintaining my know-it-all all-knowing mother status with my kids!

 ::typing::

The new Intel based Mac's have the capability of running more than the Mac OS.  With an emulator or Mac's own program known as "Boot Camp" you can run Windows and the Mac Operating System on the same computer.

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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #2 on: Mon Apr 07, 2008 - 20:19:37 »
If you are getting an Intel Mac, it would be redundant to run a Windows OS since you could just get a Windows machine for cheaper. But you can purchase MS Office for Mac, and most other Windows based documents will have a Mac equivalent. The wonderful thing about a Mac since I have had a few, is no need for an antivirus. Since less than 5% of all viruses are written for OSX. So enjoy the transition, the graphics are great and the stability is much better. Although since I got this laptop running Vista I haven't had any issues like with XP.

http://www.microsoft.com/mac/default.mspx

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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #3 on: Tue Apr 08, 2008 - 21:26:12 »
Go Mac.  I switched 2 years ago and love it.

I have the Microsoft suite for Mac for school, so I can do my papers, etc. anything you do in Office I can open, edit and send back to you.  If there are programs that you have to use that Mac cannot run (like CAD), then I suggest using Parallels.

Stay away from the MACbook air.  It's cool, but there is not a superdrive, and only one usb port. You can buy an external Superdrive but it runs off of USB.

Now Mac's cost more. A lot more.  Last year when we bought a laptop for the church I counted 27 different companies that sold PC's.  There is only one company that sells Mac. No competition means they can set the price wherever they want. 

Built in ISight camera, built in bluetooth. Safari is a great web browser, and the ILife suite is unbelievable. IWork is great, Keynote is much better than PowerPoint, Pages is better than Publisher and Word, and Numbers puts Excel to shame.

The biggest problem they will have is that Leopard is more intuitive than Vista, or XP.  All those Keyboard tricks are not needed in Leopard. They might have some trouble with a one button mouse, but you can buy a bluetooth two button mouse.

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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #4 on: Wed Apr 09, 2008 - 12:44:06 »
Thanks guys!  You've all been very helpful!

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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #5 on: Wed Apr 09, 2008 - 20:50:53 »
Can you buy an Intel based laptop and put Leopard on it and save a lot of money?

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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #6 on: Mon Apr 28, 2008 - 21:41:48 »
Not really.  You can hack the OSX onto non Mac machines, but you won't have hardware support or driver updates, which are pretty stinking necessary.  That's what the word was when I wondered about putting OSX on my PC, anywho.


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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #7 on: Sat May 10, 2008 - 23:26:40 »
tI believe (though I could be wrong) that Microsoft has built a Windows version for the Mac.  In that case, I would suppose old files could be transferred; however, that might also depend on what extensions Mac uses compared to those used on PCs.  Doess an executable file, e.g., have the .exe extension, or does Mac use something else?  If the latter is true, I doubt that transfers would be possible.  Frankly, if that daughter has a lot of old files she wants to be sure to have accessable, I'd suggest she stick with a PC-type laptop or desktop, whicheever she plans on getting.

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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #8 on: Sun May 11, 2008 - 23:47:53 »
Ewigkeit,

    The Microsoft Office Suite is fully cross compatible.

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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #9 on: Mon May 12, 2008 - 06:33:57 »
Not only that, but I use both the Windows and the Mac version  constantly (though I've never used the latest Win Office) and I've always much preferred using the Mac version, especially in Powerpoint, because the Mac just renders the fonts in a much more aestheticaly pleasing way.

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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #10 on: Thu Jun 05, 2008 - 12:45:55 »
Shortly after Windows 95 came out, a friend of mine quipped that it was simply a rehash of Mac 89.

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Re: PC to Mac
« Reply #11 on: Wed Jul 02, 2008 - 14:38:53 »
He was being generous.  It wasn't that good. ::wink::

 

     
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