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Monday, May 07, 2007

Switching Back

This has been forwarded around the Mac Web already, but it's still interesting:
I have been using Mac OS X as my primary OS for almost a year now, but last night I switched back [to Windows] ... I can’t believe I didn’t switch back sooner, the main difference is that the interface is much much smoother and neater and despite popular belief performance is actually fantastic. I was used to waiting on Mac OS X while my standards apps would open up - Quicksilver, Firefox, Skype, etc. but Vista goes almost straight into the desktop and most apps boot very quickly.

I didn’t expect it to be like this, I didn’t want Vista to be this good - I was expecting to boot back into OS X and living happily ever after, but damn, this is one fast, slick and nice operating system. If you are a Mac user try it yourself, install boot camp and Vista and it will feel like you just added another CPU and doubled your RAM - I can’t see any evidence for any of the reports of Vista being slow or power-hungry.
The only thing that's really surprising is that this surprised anyone. Windows Vista is a great OS. But like Mac OS X and previous Windows versions, Vista too gets bogged down over time. I suspect what he's seeing here is the difference between a year-old copy of OS X that's been loaded up with apps and a pristine new install of Vista.

As for the functional stuff he's just discovering and describing, I mean, duh. I and many others have been writing about that for years.

Sadly, a Mac isn't an ideal Windows machine, especially the portable ones. The keyboard differences are hard to overcome, especially. But if you want both OS X and Windows, it's obviously the only way to go.

Anyway. My guess is that this happens more often than some would like to admit.

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