So you’re a diehard Mac user who’s decided to dip your toes in the Windows PC waters. Here’s our primer of tips that can help you after you take the plunge.

There is a large group of people who have never used a Mac and a set of ardent Mac users who claim they’d never use a Windows PC. This article is for neither group. It’s for the Mac users who have some curiosity about what’s going on in the other camp, particularly with the arrival of new Windows 10 features and hardware like the Surface line, from the massive Studio down to the Surface Go.

Maybe you’re fascinated by the vast selection of Windows computer formats, including ultraportables, like the LG Gram, a full-size laptop that weighs just two pounds, and convertibles that do double duty as tablets and laptops. Then there are super high-powered gaming rigs, which you can build by yourself with hand-chosen, upgradeable parts. On the other end of the spectrum, if you want a teeny tiny computer, you can get something like the Intel NUC that’s less than half the size (and price) of Apple’s smallest option, the Mac mini. You can even get a USB stick that’s actually a PC that you can plug into the back of an HDTV, such as the Lenovo Ideacentre Stick 300.

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Maybe you’re intrigued by Windows 10 capabilities like touch-screen support, face-login, VR, and accessibility features. Or maybe it’s the more extensive library of software you can run on it, including PC games not available or less full-featured on the Mac. Perhaps you’re an Android user and like the ability to see texts and photos from your phone using Windows 10’s Your Phone app.

Maybe you’re starting a new job in a Windows-centric office, and learning Microsoft’s OS is less a matter of choice than necessity.

I’ve used both operating systems for years, and I appreciate both, though I feel like I can get the Windows interface to work for me more efficiently. I will admit that macOS is somewhat easier to maintain and more trouble free than Windows. It’s a trade-off, as my feature-by-feature comparison of macOS and Windows shows.

So, if you decide to take the plunge from Cupertino to Redmond, here are a few tips to get you started and to smooth your journey into the land of Windows 10.



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