Hello MacRumors Community, I am 21 years old an a Student of Computer Science, I live in Germany. I have been working with Windows Computers for about 12 years and in this time I rarely discovered any real problems but after this years WWDC I am about to switch to Macintosh. Especially the "Retina" Macbook has really caught my eye and it does not only look beautiful but it does perform like a solid desktop computer, in my eyes it is the best consumer laptop ever created. The reason for writing this little essay is that I am unaware of the problems that could be caused by switching my main operating system from Windows to Macintosh. I already own a Desktop Computer which could be pronounced best by calling him a "Gaming-PC" but it is not only capable of playing the latest games but although pretty fast when it comes to memory intense program processes. ...lacking the needed Software I have yet not been able to do some serious Video editing on my windows PC and I would like to change this in the future. I-Life would be a pretty good start and I could use those software for learning the basics while afterwards I could switch to more demanding "pro" Software. Anyway, there are potential problems which have yet prevented me from making my purchase. The main problem is the software incompatibility between mac and windows. What would happen if I create a Video on my Mac by using I-Movie, could I copy it on a external hard drive and use it on my windows computer with another Software (for example MovieMaker)... or I write something on my Windows Computer using Microsoft Word... could I transfer it on my mac and continue writing (I assume that this is possible)? Generally I wonder which potential problems could await me when I use both systems coexistent. I know that there is Pro-Software like "Final Cut Pro" for MacOS and that is why this is a really important factor to me... when I create a file on my Mac/Windows PC... is there a way to use the exact same file (data transfer) with another Software-Program on the opposite System? __________________________ 85% of all Computer users are using Windows. This would not really bother me If I would not be a Computer Science Student. It make no sense to program on a mac computer when I have to make my programs compatible for Windows PCs afterwards, which could lead to bugs and errors in daily usage. I've yet need to program big algorithms... but sooner or later I will. The big concern regarding this problem is that I am not able to install MacOS on my Windows Computer to make this whole process a little bit easier. __________________________ Actually it is really bothering me that I cant even install a MacOS Partition on my Windows PC (Eclipse or other VM's are not the answer). Windows can be installed on a Mac... so why is it not possible the other way around? The whole wallet garden concept is really leading me towards Linux and its freedom but I've tried Linux before and it is not really user friendly (I already had a hassle to install my printer driver on Linux)... it seems like every Operating-System got its problems. _________________________________________________________________ Verdict: I have enough money spare to buy a Retina Macbook. Anyway, I wonder if this decision could lead to problems regarding software compatibility in the future. I really like the Usage of MacOS and I want to try it... but the wallet garden concept bothers me. Mac's are really well made and everyone I know never had any problems with a Mac. The professors I have although use MacOS (on a Mac) except my physics prof who declared that apple is nothing but a "foul fruit". Maybe I should just stay with windows and use Linux for programming... but I don't want to feel like have missed something really big as the Retina Macbook in my eyes is the best laptop for consumer usage ever created... and it runs with MacOS. Basically I have waited on Apple to create such a Laptop for giving me the arguments to switch to Macintosh... It would be sad if I really happen to buy a Asus UX31 with Linux instead but I personally imply that it maybe would be the better decision in terms of usability. As my laptop should be as thin as possible (I will carry it around pretty often) I am forced into Ultrabooks/Air or the compromise called "Retina-Macbook" which is the only one which is able to do some serious video editing. So my options are: Apple Retina-Macbook with Macintosh (MacOSX) + Windows Apple Air-Macbook with Macintosh (MacOSX) + Windows Asus UX31 with Linux + Windows I hope that some serious mac users can help me in my standing and I am open to other suggestions. Regards, Sahee. __________ As English is not my native language I am hoping that my actual problem was well explained and I excuse me for any writing errors.