Mac Users:Remembering Windows
People who consider switching from the PC to the Mac are often concerned about losing access to their favorite, or most important, applications. In this page, we briefly describe a range of options that are available to you. This is more geared towards Intel Mac users.
Use the same software on the Mac
A lot of software, especially Microsoft software, is available in a Mac version. For example, Office is all available in a Mac version. Files created in Mac Office are compatible with PC versions of Office, and vice versa. You can find out more about Microsoft's Mac offerings at MacTopia. Note that if you want to play Windows Media Player files, you can try Flip4Mac.
In general, you want to stay from Virtual PC and Internet Explorer as Microsoft no longer supports them. MSN Messenger and MS Remote Desktop are mostly supported but they run very slowly on Intel machines.
Many of the other big companies (Adobe, Mathworks, Wolfram, etc) have Mac versions of their software, and will offer you a reasonable upgrade path.
Use functionally equivalent, but different software on the Mac
Instead of using the same application on the Mac, you could look at getting the same job done using native Mac software. As a bonus, many of these applications are free and open sourced. For example
- Office: NeoOffice, OpenOffice
- Browsing: Safari, Firefox, Camino
- Chat: Adium
- Mail: Mail, Thunderbird
- Music: iTunes)
- Video: Perian, VLC, or MPlayer
Other offerings are covered in Mac software.
Run the software you need remotely via RDC If there is a PC somewhere in your midst that runs the application you need, RDC is a good solution. PowerPC users should try Microsoft RDC. Intel Users should try CoRD.