I was a Mac customer during the 90’s – a Newton developer, I helped add wireless to the first Mac laptops (can anyone remember Digital Ocean?) and just loved the Mac.
Then we became a big company with Outlook, and managed desktops – and all that other evil crap. I was moved to Windows.
I took a new job with Rackspace and they asked me, “Windows or Mac?” – I was honestly surprised – I didn’t know many large companies that gave you a choice. I chose Mac.
But that is the story of how I got BACK to Macs – not why. The why is pretty simple.
As a PC user I bought new hardware several times a year – and every time something significant changed (CPU, graphics, motherboard, RAM etc) MS ASSUMED I was trying to steal from them – and made me jump through hoops to prove that I was not. I’m sorry – that shit wore on me. I got really tired of “starting over” every time MS decided I had done something stupid – like buying new hardware, or, for goodness sakes – installing one of their betas!
I do run into some of these issues with MS products on my Mac right now. I can’t upgrade the office 2008 copy I bought because MS thinks someone else owns it (or something – hard to tell).
With my Apple OS’s I buy them. I install them. They work. I might even sometimes bend the rules and install the new OS on an extra machine – one I don’t have a specific license for, but want to test it on different hardware. And it works. These are normally older machines that I don’t use often/at all except for testing – so it isn’t like Apple is losing anything. But under the same circumstances MS would label me a thief – and even disable the functionality of my computer – they cripple their own product!
Microsoft treats me like a thief – which causes me a huge loss of productivity even when I absolutely have the right (per their terms!) to reinstall my SW – *MY* SW – I bought it – remember (and yes, screw the BS about “renting it – that is lame)
Anyway – upgrades work on my Mac. Betas work and upgrade easily. Windows makes it hard and accuses me of being a thief with no justification whatsoever.
So in the last 18 months I have added 7 new Macs to my household, including iPhones and an iPad. I’ve added a couple of Windows virtual machines. Because as long as I only have virtual trust with you, I’ll only run virtual instances of you.
And the way Microsoft has treated a 20+ year customer is virtually criminal.