Problems using a mac for school work?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by TwoWheeledSpeed, Aug 29, 2010.

  1. TwoWheeledSpeed macrumors newbie

    Aug 28, 2010
    Hi im thinking of getting a mac for my studies at sixth form, but ive never had a mac before so i was wonderering if there are any problems in doing so, such as compatability issues or any other problems you may know of.

    Any info would be much appreciated. thanks
  2. Queso Suspended

    Mar 4, 2006
    Shouldn't be, and even if there is something that absolutely requires Windows you will be able to get an educational copy for next to nothing and run it in Parallels or VMWare. Ever since the EU forced Microsoft to open up its file formats non-Microsoft software has become far more compatible anyway, so there is always a Mac program that does the general work stuff.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    Office for Mac is fully compatible with normal Office. Even iWork offers decent compatibility as it can save documents in Windows formats. I've been using mine for school for 1.5 years now, no issues. However, I mainly return my assignments on paper rather than sending them via email as teachers like the paper versions more and they don't freeze their email
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    The only thing that could give you a problem is if a class you take requires the use of specialized program that runs on windows only. Even then, all you need to do is run windows in vmware
  5. chris-skelding macrumors newbie

    Aug 29, 2010
    Hi, I have been using a Mac for my sixth form work for the past year and have had no problems what so ever. Compatibility wise, iWork is fully compatible with Microsoft Office so you shouldn't have any problems. As others have said you can run windows on your Mac too!
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Don't do it. You'll become overly-smug, and become disliked by the Windows users. Every time they start whinging about having to reinstall the OS because they've been infected or something has mucked up the registry (from visiting shady sites and installing questionable software) your only response will become. "Sorry, I can't help.... Macs don't have those problems."

    Or at least pretend you have to reinstall the OS every other month or so.... just to fit in.
  7. calb macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2009
    You'll be totally fine using a Mac at sixth form. I used a MacBook for my two years without any issues. A 13" MBP serves my needs at uni now. ^_^

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