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Windows Migration Assistant Updated for macOS Big Sur

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Apple overnight updated its Windows Migration Assistant software to include compatibility with macOS Big Sur.


As spotted by iMore, version 2.3.0.0 of the utility provides support for users looking to migrate their data from a Windows PC to Apple's latest Mac operating system.

The assistant transfers users' contacts, calendars, email accounts, and more from a Windows machine and migrates the data to the appropriate places in macOS. After the process has been performed, Apple advises users to authorize their Mac for iTunes Store purchases. For more information, consult Apple's updated support article.

Released on November 12, macOS Big Sur‌‌ is a major update that brings a redesigned look to the Mac with an iOS-style Control Center and new widget options. Safari is faster and more battery efficient and there are new privacy protections and a translate option, plus it supports 4K YouTube playback.

Apple has also added updates and new options for Messages, Photos, and Maps, with a list of the major changes available in our features guide and a full rundown of all the changes available in our roundup.

Article Link: Windows Migration Assistant Updated for macOS Big Sur
 

litmag01

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Probably better than the old crossover cable method, and at least Windows customers won't have the ability to transfer their applications. No! Don't. Just don't. Migration Assistant is not your 3rd party application's friend! Reinstall!

Also interested to see how this will play out in MDM environments. Might make things easier in mixed OS environments.
 
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chatin

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Had a non-M1 buddy of mine ask if he was really running Big Sur on Intel. Told him he was running the x86 compiled version not much different than Catalina.
 
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Maetzle

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Does it matter? This is a utility that might be used once in a lifetime.
For a company that focused on design? I'd would think so. But maybe this one of those times that Apple just wants to make Windows/Windows computer look extra bad like in the Windows PC icons you see (or saw) in the network view or the way they show Windows laptops as these giant, 20 year old looking machines.
 
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Mainyehc

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For a company that focused on design? I'd would think so. But maybe this one of those times that Apple just wants to make Windows/Windows computer look extra bad like in the Windows PC icons you see (or saw) in the network view or the way they show Windows laptops as these giant, 20 year old looking machines.
Apple’s really cold. Not only did they not get rid of that icon, they even updated it in their SF Symbols app and, I'm guessing, in Big Sur: now it features Windows 10’s sad smiley-style BSOD, so it's even more obvious than before. xD But honestly, with John Hodgman's reappearance in his “PC” role at the M1 launch event, what did you expect?
 

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Shivetya

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So how well does this actually work? I want to convert my parents (win7/8 machines) to new Minis (ARM). Now one machine uses Thunderbird for email and the other Forte Agent (really old stuff but I think it can export for Thunderbird).

Can Quicken for the Mac import Window's Quicken data? Also I would need Office on both. I know not a cheap move but it can be done and would relieve me of sometimes having to fix "I clicked this on a webpage..."
 
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Wowfunhappy

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Does the Migration assistant actually use the old Finder icon, or was this screenshot just outdated?
 
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hlfway2anywhere

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So Apple is trying to dominate the market share from now? 🤔🧑‍💻
It’s not that deep. Just apple adding compatibility for the new OS to an old existing piece of software
Does the Migration assistant actually use the old Finder icon, or was this screenshot just outdated?
Maybe they didn’t revise or redesign the app they just added compatibility for Big Sur. Similarly, Apple software update for windows hasn’t changed since the mid 2000s.
 
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retta283

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Does it really still have the old Finder icon? That's over 6 years out of date, lol. 2003 icon. I'm sure they have a transparent version of the current one lying around somewhere, just no one probably thinks enough about this app to change the icon.
 
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