Both H&R Block At Home and TurboTax will prepare a tax return even for the most complex situation, and provide instruction along the way to help you get the lowest tax bill. But TurboTax is easier to use, which means you’ll get your taxes done faster.
If you need secure syncing, or fast syncing of gigabytes of data, PCsync is a good option. But PCsync is mainly a Windows product.
You've got Macs and Windows PCs on the same network, and you'd like them to share a hard drive for backup or file-storage: John Rizzo shows you three ways to do it.
Remotely controlling another system can be handy for troubleshooting, looking up documents, or running apps you can't run on your own computer. But getting that to work between Macs and Windows PCs takes tinkering.
If you have Macs and Windows PCs on the same network, you might want to share files between them. Here's how to set that up.
There are still some of the same differences between the two major desktop tax preparation programs, Intuit TurboTax and H&R Block At Home (formerly TaxCut. But TurboTax has improved.
Once you set it up, The Missing Sync for Windows Mobile 4 will do the job for syncing a variety of types of data from a Windows Mobile 4 smartphone with your Mac.
Sync your Mac to multiple devices, including Windows Mobile.
If your return is simple and you don’t have a state return to file, the free online version of TurboTax or TaxCut might be sufficient for your needs. But for more complicated returns, or if you have a state return, you’ll get more bang for the buck with the desktop software version of TurboTax.
TaxCut and TurboTax give professional-level results that will be as accurate as the information you provide. But you’ll spend less time preparing your tax return with TurboTax than with TaxCut. If you dislike tax preparation as much as most people do, that alone is worth the extra money that TurboTax costs.
Sharing files between Microsoft Office and Apple's iWork suite can be a pain. John Rizzo explains how to make it work.
Both TaxCut and TurboTax offer competent tax preparation instruction and advice, guiding you through the process without requiring you to know which IRS forms to use. This year, however, TurboTax does a better job.
At some point in the not-too-distant future, most Macs--especially those in business and educational environments--will be running multiple operating systems, including Windows, Linux, and Mac OS X. The question is, will the multiple-OS tools built into OS X be enough for you?
We live in an interconnected world. But sadly, connecting a Mac to a Windows-based network isn't always as straightforward as it should be.
If you have lots of files—or just a really big one—that you need to share with a Windows user, you may be better off sharing an entire drive instead.
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