I'm currently a graphic designer at a software company in the marketing department. The problem is, we use Windows. Everyone. Even us designers. So, obviously, I want to find a way to get the designers Macs. The problem is, I need to present a detailed cost-benefit analysis to our already overworked and understaffed IT department. And that's going to take a long time and a lot of convincing. Honestly, I'm expecting this process to take 12-18months. Now, I have plenty of arguments about how Macs are better for designers (specifically the OS interface and color management). What I don't have are detailed, concrete financial reasons to switch. I know the price to own a Mac is more up front, and less for overall maintenance. The only software we use is Adobe CS3 and Microsoft Office. I'm hoping to get us to switch to 24inch iMacs at best. If the Mac Mini gets significantly improved in the future, I may push for those as a last result, or for a trial run. Not looking to get laptops or even Mac Pros. Does anyone know of any resources where I can further research this? Or does anyone have any insight they can share with me? Specific Concerns: We use Microsoft Outlook a lot. Calendar and meeting requests are integral. How well does Entourage play with Outlook? How about Microsoft Office Communicator? Is there a Mac equivalent that will play nicely with it? Rather than sending files for people to preview, we send links to the files on the server. Oddly, I cannot figure out how to do this on a Mac. Is there a way to copy and paste an entire path to a file rather than the file? Finally, as I said, out IT staff is understaffed. Since, at most, we'd be switching 5 of us to Mac, I'm willing to get certified in Apple general tech support. My concern is how much time that will take away from my job. Is that even feasible? Thanks for your help, folks.