Thinking of going Windows, but are these Apple features available?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by tekno, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. tekno macrumors 6502a

    Oct 15, 2011
    I'm thinking of jumping to Windows 8 but there are a few things my Mac does that I would be very reluctant to lose and can't work out if Windows 8 has something like them.

    1 - Spotlight. I CMD+Space bar for almost everything
    2 - CMD+Tab. I use this constantly for switching between apps
    3 - Time machine or a similar back-up tool
    4 - Website builder. I use iWeb - is there something similar on Windows?
    5 - Gestures. 2 finger scrolling - is this really Apple only?
  2. eternlgladiator macrumors 68000


    Jun 20, 2010
    Twin Cities
    I don't know about native support like OSX has but windows tab will switch apps, there plenty of back and web development tools and as far as I know you can use plenty of gestures on windows. Maybe not quite as many as mac but scrolling is definitely available. I don't think windows has spotlight in the same way as mac though.
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Window's search facility is very fast and accurate. You can access it from the file explorer window or the start button. Additionally windows key + F is the shortcut to access the search feature

    Alt-Tab cycles through your active windows

    Many apps available including a built in back up tool. I'm not sure of how good they are as compared to windows however.

    I'm unsure of the other two points so I'll stop there
  4. 4JNA, Oct 11, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 11, 2012

    4JNA macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    start - type into the search box just above. also windows key + F for a search window.

    as above, Alt + Tab. my favorite is windows key + Tab for the 'ferris wheel of death' :eek: same thing, just more fun... in a windows sort of way.

    nothing close. windows backup, cloud backup, image software and hope for the best.

    front page of course... yay 90's web flashback!

    lots of 1 finger gestures and screaming involved with using windows. :mad: just sayin'...

    better answer is HERE which basically comes down to 'it depends' on the manufacturer of the trackpad in your windows thingy. best of luck.
  5. RipeRetina macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2009
    no spotlight search, just the search in the start menu & on some windows

    CMD + TAB = ALT + TAB in windows

    no time machine for windows, you'll have to look into third party backup tools for that sort of thing

    no iweb for windows

    Scrolling gestures depends on the hardware
  6. elistan macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2007
    Denver/Boulder, CO
    Some of these answers have already been given, but...
    1. Windows-F to search/find
    2. Alt-Tab.
    3. There's something called "File History" in Win8. I haven't used it. I don't know if it can be used to do a system restore. Win8 also has "Windows 7 File Recovery" which I think will do a system level backup to a remote location, and create a system repair disc. Both are accessed through the above Windows-F search interface, under settings.
    4. Dunno, sorry.
    5. At least under bootcamp, Apple's Magic Trackpad works for Windows similarly to how it works for OSX. I suppose you'd need the proper multi-touch hardware and the proper Windows driver for it.
  7. TedM macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2012
    1. No idea what Spotlight is.
    2. Alt Tab is your new button. There also is an alternative I don't remember.
    3. Windows Restore will be your new friend as well as windows back up
    4. No built in website builder sorry
    5. One finger scrolling or typically button scrolling.
  8. sviato macrumors 68020


    Oct 27, 2010
    HR 9038 A
    Coming from Windows to OS X I can tell you that switching between open programs is a lot easier (in addition to the ALT-Tab).
  9. RRutter macrumors 6502

    Jan 1, 2008
    Austin, TX
    If you're serious about web design, it will be a good upgrade for you to go from iWeb to Front Page. iWeb uses templates, and Front Page is a much more sophisticated webpage design software, not to mention easy to use. You can use Design view, HTML view and Preview the page all within a click of the mouse!

    If you need any help with Front Page you can find it on the web, but by all means shoot me a message as well! I'd be happy to help.

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