Hi this is Gary with MacMost Now. On today's episode let's look at some common Mac misconceptions. New mac user's sometimes have misconceptions about what their Mac can do and how it works. Let's take a look at some of those. One very common misconception is made by switchers, they've been using Windows and perhaps Microsoft Office software, you know, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. And then they switch to Mac and they feel well now they have to use iWork because they're on a Mac but that's not true at all. If you've been using Office software you can use Microsoft Office for Mac. Office for Mac has been out just about as long as Office for Windows has as a matter a face Excel on the Mac actually predates Excel on Windows. So if you're used to using Microsoft Office on Windows and you switch to Mac just simply go and get yourself Microsoft Office for Mac. It's almost exactly the same as the one you've been using on Windows. And it's probably the most powerful Office software for Mac. But I think the most common misconception for new Mac users is about Apple care. So Apple care is something that's offered to you when you buy your Mac. It basically extends your warranty. You see when you buy a new Mac you get a one year warranty or Apple care on your Mac. You can extend that up to three years by buying Apple Care. Now Apple care is simply a warranty with some benefits but it's still basically a warranty. So misconception number one is you don't have Apple care if you don't buy it when in fact you do have a one year warranty on anything you buy from Apple. The other thing is that Apple care will protect your Mac if you break it. And that's not true at all, it's a warranty. Think of a warranty like your car warranty, if you get into a car accident you don't use your warranty to fix the car you use insurance. So if you buy a new Macbook and you want to protect yourself in case you drop it Apple care is not going to do it. You may want to look in to computer insurance for that but Apple care is not something that's going to protect you if you break your Mac. Another misconception is that Mac's need Mac hardware. In other words a Mac mouse a Mac keyboard, Mac Screen, it's not true at all. Macs use USB mice and keyboards and Bluetooth keyboards and mice. So you can use just about any brand, you can even use a Windows branded keyboard for instance. Some of the keys may not match exactly and you kind of have to figure out that the Windows key maps to something else on a Mac keyboard, but you can use anything. So if you feel very comfortable typing on a specialized USB keyboard for instance, go ahead and buy that. It will work with your Mac the same with all sorts of different mice or any other device like trackball, trackpads things like that. And in addition monitors as well. If you've got a MacMini or a MacPro then you can use just about any LCD monitor out there. You many need an adapter because newer Macs have the mini display port or thunderbolt port and you're going to have to have an adapter to go to say DVI if you use another monitor but you can use any monitor you want with your Mac. Another common misconception is that there's not very much software available for Mac. And while it's true that for a long period of time Windows software greatly outnumbered Mac software. Now, it's a bit debatable. Yet, there's still more Windows software out there but a lot it is old and now you can clearly see how much Mac software there is with the Mac Appstore. So for instance if we go into Mac Appstore, we go into categories, we go into some category like business, and you look at all business Apps you can just scroll through it and just see there's tons and tons of software and this is just the stuff that's available in the Mac Appstore. A lot of software is available outside the MacStore directly from developers. Another misconception is about games, that games are only on Windows there's not really many games on the Mac. That is not true at all. Most big titles from companies like electronic arts have been released recently for the Mac at the same time as for the PC. And for instance, companies like VAL had been releasing MAC and PC titles side by side for a while now. So most of the big stuff is available for the Mac. It's true that there more things available for Windows but there's many more games for the Mac available, more games than you have time to play. So, this is by no means a complete list, I want to hear what common Mac misconceptions you've heard. Just leave them as a comment to this post at MacMost.com at this URL right here.
Until next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.
Until next time, this is Gary with MacMost Now.