Will Windows 8 Help Slow Down Switching To Mac?

When it comes to artists, developers, and even just the average “Joe” it seems like more users are making the switch to Mac in the last few years.

So what are some of the reasons behind the switch? To give you an idea, here is the story behind my switch to Mac.

Back in 2006 I made the switch to using a Mac as my primary machine when I stumbled upon an old 500MHz iMac G3 with OSX on it. I purchased the machine as a toy for about $90 to geek around with and fell in love with OSX.

Many people think that aesthetics are the only reason why people flock to the Mac, but my iMac G3 looked horrible and instead it was the stability of Unix combined with an ‘ease of use’ level that was more on par with Windows that made me switch. Admittedly things like the dock were also part of the draw.

The biggest reasons behind the switch were really that I owned a 3GHz Pentium 4 machine with XP that seemed to run only marginally better. I had also experimented with pre-release builds of Vista (or Longhorn, as it was once known) and didn’t feel that Windows was getting any better. The last version of Windows I had really had a passion for was 2000 Professional, and even though XP was essentially just an upgrade to the NT/2000 core I never cared that much for it.

So long story short, I purchased a newer Mac Mini and never looked back. For a power user and custom PC builder like me it was a lack of interest in the direction of Windows that had made me switch.

This story might seem odd coming from a writer on a Windows 8 news site, so what changed? The change came in the form of a wonderful little OS that we all know as Windows 7.

Window 7 had made major strides in elegance, design, and overall just was a more enjoyable ride. I had originally started with Windows 7 as a pre-Beta experience on a secondary PC I had lying around. This inspired me to build a newer dual-core rig and Windows 7 Beta would become my primary operating system.

I had never enjoyed Vista even during its pre-release versions but for 7 it was love at first sight.

Why did I switch back for 7? The ‘dock’ had a replacement in 7 in the form of the new elegant icons on the start bar which felt more “Mac-like”. Overall it was a combination of the power of Windows, the multitude of applications, and the now more pleasant feel that won me over.

So fast forwarding to the present, has Windows 7 helped slow switchers? Vista certainly helped the switch movement gain momentum, but yes 7 did help slow down the switch. Now here comes Windows 8.

Windows 8 has a unique social-like experience in the form of Metro, is optimized for touch, boots faster, has built-in Virus protection, improved security, and a continued push into a more elegant design that feels less like the desktop of the mid-90s.

Will Windows 8 cause Mac users to switch to Windows? Honestly, this is less than likely due to Mac fans extreme loyalty.  Consumers that recently switched to Mac or are thinking about making the switch may just find the changes in Windows 8 welcome enough to win back their affections.

Windows 8 is very different from even the wonderful experience I found in 7, and it certainly seems like a gamble for the company. Windows 8 is a solid OS that is designed to have a little something for everyone, and I personally think could continue to slow down the “Mac Switch” movement.

What do you think about Windows 8? Does the new OS offer appeal to Mac users or those thinking about making the switch? Share your thoughts below!

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