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Simon71

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Hi All,

I am a PC user and I have seen the adverts encouraging us all to move to Apple Macs. Can anyone advise the following:

1. How much should I spend on a Mac for simply home office use? I would expect to pay about £800 for a PC.
2. Do I then need to buy new software to run e-mail, web browse etc?
3. Can I get Mac versions of all my PC software such as Word, Access etc?
4. How would this effect my BT broadband Would I need any other equipment?

Any info or advise for someone in my postion would be useful.

Thanks in advance for your time and help,

Simon
 
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Hi Simon71. Glad to hear you are considering joining "the other side." ;)

1. For basic home use and to stay within a budget, I would suggest checking out either the Mac Mini or the 17" iMac. Either one would more than fit your needs.

2. Mac OS X comes with Mail and Safari, for email and web browsing so you would be set.

3. As with a PC, you would need to purchase Microsoft Office for Word, Excel, etc. You can buy Office 2004 for Mac.

4. Your broadband connection would not be affected by whether or not it is a PC or Mac. (In my case, I notice my Macs run faster internet than my PCs.) You could even use the Mac's builti-in Airport Extreme feature and go wireless.

Hope that helps. :)
 
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1. Expect to pay a bit more for a Mac, but it'll be worth it.
2. Firefox and Thunderbird (both from Mozilla, free and open-source) both run on Macs.
3. There are a couple of free office choices such as, OpenOffice and NeoOffice Home.
4. As said, your internet connection will not be changed.


Enjoy your Mac! :)
 
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Another option for point 3 is Codeweavers Crossover Office. It will run your Windows version of Office and at ~$50 is a lot cheaper than re-purchasing a Mac version of office.
 
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ferrija1 said:
CodeWeavers - CrossOver Mac

Both of the programs that I suggested open Office docs too, so I would try them out before you buy something.
As long as all the original poster just wants a comparable word processor. :p
He/she specifically asked about a Mac version of Office and some people want/need MS Office.
(I have them all, NeoOffice, MS Office, Koffice all running in OS X :cool: )

You are correct in that for most people OpenOffice easily fits the requirements they need. Most people only use a fraction of the tools in Office and often a true page layout application is more suited and easier for the things most people need.
 
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Headrush said:
You are correct in that for most people OpenOffice easily fits the requirements they need. Most people only use a fraction of the tools in Office and often a true page layout application is more suited and easier for the things most people need.
Yes, most people only use the basic features in each. I don't, because I haven't opened any of the Office applications in months!
 
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I was wondering if there is an alternative to Outlook Express or Outlook in Mac. I'd like to get a Mac this time around, but I have to use OE for my online classes. Also, I realize that you can buy software(Desktop Parallel, I think is the name of it) that allows you to run Win xp, but I'd rather not use Internet Explorer or OE because of the increased risk of viruses and spyware. Part of the reason I want a Mac is so that I don't have those worries. Any help or advice would be appreciated. (I'm trying to talk the hubby into the Mac, so any pros I can throw his way would be nice.) :D
 
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Hi there -

Microsoft does have Outlook Express for Mac, but it is only for OS 8 - 9, not for OS X. You can check out OE for those older versions here if that is what you need.

If you do get a new Mac, you'll be using OS X 10.4.8 - the latest version called Tiger.

If you are using Mac OS X, you could use Microsoft's Entourage X with the Exchange Update to run your Mac in an Exchange server environment (in other words, to do what you want to do.)

I've used Entourage and it's a slick email program. It's easy to use, like OE.

Hope that helps. :)
 
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thebarksalebunch said:
I was wondering if there is an alternative to Outlook Express or Outlook in Mac. I'd like to get a Mac this time around, but I have to use OE for my online classes. Also, I realize that you can buy software(Desktop Parallel, I think is the name of it) that allows you to run Win xp, but I'd rather not use Internet Explorer or OE because of the increased risk of viruses and spyware. Part of the reason I want a Mac is so that I don't have those worries. Any help or advice would be appreciated. (I'm trying to talk the hubby into the Mac, so any pros I can throw his way would be nice.) :D
You could use Thunderbird from Mozilla.
 
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Thanks for the suggestions, everyone. A lot of food for thought. I'm also thinking of building my own pc/mac. Any suggestions there?
 
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