Apple has a
special Web page set up to welcome new Windows users to the world of the Macintosh. In the process, the company has also taken the opportunity to debunk some common, long-held misconceptions about the Macintosh and its operating system that are often parroted by Windows users.
Myth 1 deals with the idea that everyone uses Windows boxes. Most people in creative industries don’t, and even about 25 percent of lawyers in the US don’t, either.
Myth 2 moves on to the erroneous perception that Macs and PCs don’t work together. Not true, said Apple — they can share files and network together just fine.
Myth 3 tackles the belief that there’s no software for the Mac. Over 15,000 applications are available, said Apple, including software that enables your Mac to run that rare application only available for Windows.
Myth 4 blasts away the idea that Microsoft’s Office suite isn’t available for the Mac OS — in fact, said Apple, Office v. X features stuff you can’t find in its Windows counterpart. Yet.
Myth 5? Windows has caught up with the Mac. Apple agrees that Windows XP is Microsoft’s best effort so far, and added, “It can’t be denied that Microsoft has made a good business out of copying the innovative Mac OS.” Mac OS X has Microsoft thrown for a loop though, said Apple.
And Myth 6? Macs are far easier to use than Windows is. On that point, Apple doesn’t argue. “Guilty as charged,” said Apple.