Recent convert from IBM laptop

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by eashworth, Sep 5, 2007.

  1. eashworth macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2007
    I recently converted to a MBP from an IBM laptlop. I first started out on personal computers in 1984 on a Macintosh Plus. I loved the Mac system, but had to move into Wintel world in 1992 because there was simply no sophisticated business software (high level accounting programs, database managers, enterprise-level sales contact programs, etc.) being written for Macs. Interestingly, my organization was a split environment--the designers and program staff used Macs and business and back-office staff used Wintel machines.

    After 15 years in Wintel land using IBM laptops, I recently returned to the Mac world with the purchase of a 17" Macbook Pro. I thought I would briefly share my experience for those considering such a move.

    The machine itself is nice with great design and fit and finish. The screen is magnificent. Switching from XP to OS 10 was relatively painless, and I was comfortable within a week. That's the good news.

    The bad news is that the Mac platform has not been anywhere near as stable as the XP platform. My office runs an Exchange server for email, contacts, and calendaring. Entourage, Microsoft's Outlook equivalent for the Mac, has serious latency problems, which MS system engineers admit. (Our computer systems are managed by a tier 4 data center with high level system engineers knowledgeable in both Wintel and Mac environments.) MS engineers blame the latency issue on Entourage not running native on Intel and say that this issue will be resolved when the next version of Office is released in January.

    I could run Outlook in Parallels, but I have to attach MS documents to emails frequently, and the process of attaching a Mac document to an Outlook email, while doable, is not elegant, to say the least. Plus, Parallels has closed unexpectedly in the last 2 months more than my last IBM laptop did in 3 years. The same is true for Firefox, my Internet browser of choice. It has shutdown unexpectedly 4 times in the last month. This simply never happened with my IBM. Finally, I have had several unexplained shutdowns or freezes of OS 10 in the 2 months I've been using it. Again, these are problems that I simply did not encounter with my IBM laptop. (I should probably note here that my needs are simple--MS Office, email, Internet access, calendaring, and contacts constitute 99% of my day-to-day work.)

    My colleague has an identical MBP system connected to the same office network. He uses Outlook running under Parallels and has not experienced any significant problems. He reports that Outlook runs at least as fast, and maybe faster, in Parallels on his MBP than it did on his previous Dell machine. Switching between XP and OS 10 is quick and seamless.

    My overall conclusion is that the Mac system is still a long way from being business-world friendly. The corporate world is an Exchange-server environment. If Apple is to compete in that environment, it will have to become much more Exchange friendly. My afore mentioned colleague and I also purchased iPhones when they came out. Getting them to work with our Exchange servers was not a trivial task! The iPhone is an elegant device, and it is the first cell phone that I truly enjoy using. But it does not come close to the Blackberry in usability for email, calendaring, and contact management.
  2. thegrifman macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2006
    Kennesaw, GA
    Not to be rude or anything, but it sounds to me like you just need to stick with Microsoft products. I love Apple products and try to switch anybody I can, but it seems that you are pretty tethered to the MS world so that's probably what you should stick with.
  3. majordude macrumors 68020


    Apr 28, 2007
    I am in the same situation that you are. 20+ years with DOS/WIN computers and now a Mac. I find the platform (the OS) very stable. Only 2-3 OSX crashes (panics) since my purchase earlier in the year... each as a result of Parallels.

    That said, I did install Parallels v2 and v3 and I actually think v2 was more stable than v3... but neither are ready for prime time. Both versions crashed at random times and v3 seems to have issues with networking if you open and close it more than three times without rebooting OSX.

    A few weeks ago I switched to VMware and it is way more stable (no crashes since I installed it). Plus there are no networking issues.

    You can always install Boot Camp and run your Mac like a Windows machine. You can then install VMware and run Windows in a window inside OSX if you want to as well. That is what I do.

    I tried Entourage and it was the biggest piece of crap I ever installed on my Mac. It was very slow and after I imported a large amount of mail (I hate to delete things) it was prone to locking up (just Entourage, not OSX). I had to force it to quit several times.

    I switched to Mail and imported the same messages and it hasn't crashed once.

    I tried Foxfire (which is the best browser for Windows users) but found it slow in OSX. It never crashed on me though. Now I use Camino... but then I don't need a lot of plug-ins.

    I haven't tried that but I wouldn't doubt that. As long as you don't require a lot of graphics or horse power (like running games), Parallels or VMware should run Windows at near native speed. I find Windows quite responsive inside either environment.

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