WARNING: Please please no "Mac is the best no matter what" replies! This is s serious professional decision. --- I've been a Mac user ever since I've started to work as a freelancing design professional. I'm about to make a dive into the banking industry (on my god!) as an in-house art director/web developer. Here's the issue: In their IT office where I'll be working in, there are at least more than 100 software engineers. I'll be the very first creative professional there and possibly a first Mac user. I'll have to decide what computer equipment I'll use. And thinking it might be better to just switch to Windows platform as my main OS to make workflow smoother with other software engineers and business professionals I'd be working with. I have some designer friends who work primarily on Windows, so I know it works fine on Win. I'd like to get feedbacks from you creative professionals who have experiences on both Win and Mac. FYI: I use a Sony Vaio along with my Mac Here's my requirement/concerns: - They have their original IP phone/communications system, so at least I have to use one PC to use communication system. - I'll have to design a lot of presentations for banking-maniacs. I have encountered font appearance difference issues between Mac and Win, so using PowerPoint on Win to create might be the best. - I'll have to work with VPN and Virus software that complies with their Win dominated network. I know these work fine on Mac, I don't want the tech manager there to say I'll be responsible for the virus update! - File sharing and networking? I've had some problems connecting Mac OS X to/from Win. - Working on Panther, I've had many claims from my clients (PC users) when I sent them the completed web data that there's that invisible Mac files in each folder. - And obviously, I'll design tons of tons of web pages for mainly-PC-user bank customers. I'm thinking it's easier to just create/proof everything on a PC. - Banking industry is a serious biz, and I want to avoid as much software compatibility/conflict/problem possbility as possible. - I love working on a Mac for the touch & feel! Been a Mac maniac for over 13 years. But I'd switch if it's necessary to complete professional responsibility. - I'll do graphic/print design as well. - I'll do some video editing for in-house presentations. And I love Final Cut Pro! - Scared as hell of viruses on PC. *I guess I can just ask them to get me both Mac and PC, but I'll have to decide which platform I use as a primary one. --- Thanks for your help! And happy birthday Mac!