Is a Mac the right choice for my business?

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Most businesses use Windows PCs for their day to day operations, with Apple’s Macbook and iMac computers usually the reserve of the creative industries. With the soaring popularity of Apple’s mobile and tablet devices, however, more and more businesses are starting to see the appeal in switching to the California firm’s higher-end hardware. But is it all style over substance, and will the extra £100s it’ll cost to kit your office out be a worthwhile investment? Let’s take a look.

Compatibility
It’s no longer a problem for Macs and PCs to co-exist on the same network, and both systems use cross-compatible files. If your colleague created an Excel spreadsheet on their Windows 7 PC it’d open perfectly on your Macbook Pro. Setting up a Mac on a network is simplicity itself.

Software
For years Windows has had a stranglehold on business software, including the Microsoft Office package, but now most programmes are either available for the Mac or there’s a Mac specific version. For those essential programmes still exclusive to PCs, Apple’s Bootcamp software allows you to run Windows on your Mac with very little impact on performance.

Security
There are far less malware and viruses affecting Mac computers – but this is mainly because hackers target PCs with their much larger user base. As more people adopt Apple’s hardware the risk of viruses increases. Similarly, PCs are better at structuring networks to ensure backups – a vital issue to modern businesses still using local servers.

Ease of use
It’s generally thought that Macs are easier to use than PCs, and people enjoy the experience more. If you’ve had years of experience using Windows it may take a little while to adjust, but the ease of use of Apple’s OS X operating system means you’ll pick it up in no time, and the experience is a smoother one than it’s Microsoft equivalent – things just work on a Mac.

Cost
There’s no middle ground here – the cheapest Mac laptop will cost you £749 whereas a Windows laptop for the same price will have a much higher spec. Is it worth the extra money? The build quality of the aluminium bodied Mac computers is undoubted of a higher standard, and it’ll last you longer than a PC without the need to upgrade. Support costs may be higher if using the official channels.

Image
Imagine you’re a client walking into a prospective supplier’s offices and you’re presented with a room full of sleek and shiny metal screens – it undoubtedly gives a better impression than cheap plastic PCs. But an image is not everything when it comes to IT, so don’t let this be the overriding factor.

One more thing…
If your staff are using iPhones for work, they can now answer messages and phone calls directly from their Mac computer – potentially saving time and money throughout the working day.

In summary, the pros and cons of Macs Vs PCs can be summarised as follows:

PCs:

  • Cheaper to buy
  • More widely used, therefore less training needed
  • Easy to upgrade due to standard components
  • More susceptible to viruses and malware attacks.
  • Slightly easier to network

 

Macs:

  • More expensive
  • Very easy to use and learn how to use
  • Beautifully designed and well built
  • Targeted less by hackers
  • Make your office look sleeker and more modern than PCs

 

There’s nothing between them on:

  • Software availability
  • Connecting to each other on a network
  • Using the applications you’re used to
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