The windows to apple mac challenge

Brown’s Bytes – The Windows to Apple Mac Challenge

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10th May 2019

Last week I mentioned that we are seeing a definite trend for deployment and support of Apple Mac in the Enterprise.

So, I thought it was time for a new challenge. Readers with long memories will note I previously challenged myself to work without a Windows device for a month by using my Samsung Smartphone combined with a DeX Docking Station. Although not a total success, it did show that there was potential for switching Operating System more easily than you might think, but in the end, I went back to my Surface Pro.

This time the challenge is to completely move across from my Surface Pro to a new Apple Mac device… permanently!

Now to be clear, I am not leaving Windows for any negative reasons. My Surface Pro 3 is now 4 years old and has served me extremely well over the time I have had it.

My desktop background and experience have been pretty much all Windows-based. When I started working in IT, we were using Windows for Workgroups 3.11 and I have worked with pretty much every flavour of Windows over the years since, including NT4, 2000, XP, 7 and most recently Windows 10. Part of my career was delivering the first standard NT4 desktop builds into HSBC and I worked on the XP replacement for them some years later.

So, I’m very comfortable on Windows and over that time I like to think I have built up a decent level of experience for how Windows is effectively managed in the Enterprise as well.

But now it’s time to see how the world of Mac compares…

The goals for this challenge and what I will report on will be:

– How the initial transition goes, including my views as a user about the switch in OS and Device
– How the use of Cloud Services feeds into the change
– How my peripherals and desktop docking experience get on
– How the management of Mac can be achieved to deliver an equivalent of AD/Group Policy/SCCM on Windows today

My device choice has been made. I’ve deliberately gone for something that’s middle of the road in terms of spec and roughly equivalent to my Surface Pro in terms of Price. The model I’ve chosen is spec’d as follows:

MacBook Air 2018 model in Space Grey
13.3” Retina Display
128GB SSD
8GB RAM
1.6Ghz dual-core eighth-generation Intel Core i5 processor

The device has just arrived at the office and I will start the challenge next week. All being well, this should be the last Brown’s Byte written on Windows 10…

Watch this space to see how I get on with my Apple Mac Challenge!