The reason I posed this question is that recently I purchased a Mac Mini because I was interested in seeing what all the hoopla was about regarding the Mac OS. I have been a dedicated Windows user for many years and had very minimal exposure to Apple products except for Ipods. I picked up an Ipod touch earlier in the year and love it! I probably would have gotten an Iphone if they were offered through my provider..instead I ended up with a Blackberry Curve which is pretty nice! Anyways..after scouring the internet for information on all Apple Macs...in every incarnation..I spent many evenings in the Apple Store at my local mall talking to some of the sales guys...some who were really good and some who weren't...so by the time I made my purchasing decision I felt I was well informed enough to make an intelligent choice. Now many of you may feel my choice was odd...but for my needs the Mac Mini fit the bill as an introduction to the Mac OS. I had a Dell Dimension 8300 that had been a dedicated workhorse for me for about 5 years that was having issues so when looking for a desktop replacement that would hook up to my very nice...ultra expensive (at the time...) Dell 1703 FP monitor I zeroed in on the Mac Mini...plus..my "golfin' buddy" had one and he swore by it! Well after bringing it home over the weekend..it took minutes to set it up and get it going...oh...I also ended up getting the Apple keyboard which is really nice! I love using the command feature! What amazed me was how fast the OS booted up compared to Windows...I have both XP and Vista... Within minutes I was surfing the net..setting up my address book...and transferring all my home video and tons of photos to my new Mac! One of the main reasons I got the Mac was because of iLife 08 which came preinstalled...the suite of amazing software you get with this is worth the price alone! Now back to my question..in the past I always thought Apple was "boutique"...directed mainly to the younger generation and not a "serious" computing company like Microsoft...but was I wrong...I can see why people are switching..the OS is very intuitive and fast! Plus..very graphically appealing! Now that Apple has been with the Intel platform for awhile...the sky is the limit! I'm very pleased with my Mini and can see myself springing for a Macbook or even a Macbook Pro in the future! in the meantime I'm having fun learning and being part of this cool forum! Interesting in reading other people's thoughts and opinions on why they switched..