Microsoft and Apple

One thing I’m often asked, given how many devices we work with, is which is better; Microsoft or Apple, Mac or Windows, Bill or Tim?

It’s a difficult question for me personally as my household is split right down the middle. I’ve always held the belief that Windows are work machines and Apple are play things. Then however (against my better judgement) I got married and it turns out she was one of them! A new age, trendy Apple user; she had her iPhone and bought the first generation iPad (remember those?) when it first hit the market.

Over the years, these devices have crept more and more into my house, in fact now the only Windows machine left running is my old faithful laptop. We’ve got a MacBook Air, an Apple TV, 2 iPhones, 2 iPads and even an Apple Watch! So you see my dilemma; my, now antiquated, knee-jerk reaction of Apple is just for fun can’t really apply any more. I’ve really got to weigh up what the customer needs.

Apple and Mac are great, truly, at loads of things they do. They talk together seamlessly, come with far more native (pre-installed) software and even last longer! They’re less vulnerable, easier to use, never seem to break and above all else look really pretty. So why don’t I have one?

It’s predominantly down to personal preference. I’ve always used Windows, I know it quite literally inside out and I wouldn’t change it for the world. For me, it gives me more business function than I would get out of a Mac, but that doesn’t mean those functions aren’t there; they just don’t look how I want them to look.

There is one lesson I’ve learnt though; you can’t have a compromise on this. There is no “meet in the middle” option. Well actually, there is. It’s just a terrible idea. You can use Parallels or Boot Camp to run windows on your Mac. It’s used predominantly as a work around for companies and users who have Macs but whose software is Windows based; CAD, Sage etc. The truth is if you’re using your Mac to run Windows applications, get a Windows machine! It’s cheaper and better at doing the things you want it to. Sadly too, there is no quicker way to kill your lovely Apple device, than forcing it to run Windows.

They don’t get on. Period. However, doing what we do, we get them talking to each other. Like mediators between two rival gangs. It started with my own home sharing files between my laptop and my wife’s MacBook, but now it’s gone much further. Many of our customers have a “mixed infrastructure” with some users running Windows and some running Mac and that’s fine as long as they communicate properly.

My verdict? If you’re starting from scratch follow your gut and use the system which gives you the functions you need. Try wherever possible to keep all your devices on the same platforms, all Apple or all Microsoft. However, if this isn’t possible and you need to have a mixed environment, do it properly. Don’t compromise the integrity of the computers by forcing them to do what they don’t want to. It’ll only end up costing you more in the long run.

If you’re unsure, ask an impartial professional (like us) which system would suit your business best. We’d love the opportunity to help.