columnist and one-time Mac user, David Coursey, is
wondering if he could live happily as a Mac user
after spending more than a decade on Windows. Coursey is about to answer his question by spending the next month using a Mac as his main computer.
Coursey said he is taking the challenge for a couple of reasons: to see if he can take his own medicine — he has been saying that more people should own Macs than actually do; and secondly to hone his Mac skills.
Why would a Windows user want to work on his skills on the Mac OS? “Because future Microsoft operating systems and PC hardware are much more likely to borrow from the Mac than vice versa,” writes Coursey.
He also noted that in recent side-by-side testing of Windows XP media applications and the Mac OS equivalent, he noticed “philosophical differences” in the two OS’ rather than differences in the features. Although the applications behaved differently, they were consistent in how they performed.
The columnist does have several caveats listed in his column that may prevent him from using the Mac all the time. There is also a poll posted at the bottom of the article asking readers how they think he will feel at the end of his experience.