Just curious, do you need Windows? If so, why?

melman101

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Hey all,
I recently got a copy of Windows 7 Professional from my job. I installed it on a 32gig partition on my 320gb Macbook Pro 13". But I'm wondering why I need it? When Starcraft 2 comes out I'm just going to buy the Mac version. Why do you have it installed? Just curious.

Thanks,
melman101
 

appledyl

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I would never want windows on my mac. There would be literally no point unless i was a hard core cross-platform developer. OS X has an alternative (almost always better) for essentially every windows program. Why have Windows? Also. I am excited for Starcraft II as well! I've played Brood War for ages.
 

dukebound85

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I would never want windows on my mac. There would be literally no point unless i was a hard core cross-platform developer. OS X has an alternative (almost always better) for essentially every windows program. Why have Windows? Also. I am excited for Starcraft II as well! I've played Brood War for ages.
find me a ProE alternative

or Fluent

or Mathcad

;)
 

ziggyonice

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Unfortunately, some companies refuse to make software for Macs, that's why. It's usually because their decisions are biased. Can't wait for the day that Macs have a good chunk of the market -- they're going to have to suck it up and let go of their crap PCs.
 

PAC88

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Forex Trader Pro and most other forex trade platforms only work with windows.
 

Niiro13

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Blu-Ray.

Maya (64-bit is currently only for Windows).

Games (Steam games don't run well enough to practice professionally).

If blu-ray came out for Mac and somehow CrossOver manages to get full compatibility with Windows games as well as near full performance (DirectX will still be missing) and Autodesk makes a 64-bit version of Maya for Mac, then I'm good :D.
 

Richard1028

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Why do you have it installed? Just curious.
Uh... to run Windows programs?

Really, is this a serious question? Do you expect everybody to list which of the 50,000+ windows applications they use?

What in god's name will anybody do with this information?
 

SkyBell

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Sep 7, 2006
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Texas, unfortunately.
I need Windows XP basically for MS Paint. And that's about it.

But even if I didn't "need" it, I'd still use it. I like Windows, there's nothing really wrong with it IMO.
 

Clete2

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I really, really hope that I will have no use for Windows once I get a MBP next year.

The only thing that I can see me needing is Visual Studio for classes.

I hope WINE (or equivalent) supports VS2008...
 

La-vida227

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excel. Office on a mac is a pain in the ass. Plus I don't think you can do regressions on office 2008