Microsoft has launched a new website asking once again the rather tired question, which is best PC or Mac?
Listed in sections including having fun, simplicity, working hard, sharing, compatibility and choice, PCs and Macs are compared on the website which hopes to answer the question: "Deciding between a PC and a Mac?"
Firstly, Macs might spoil your fun warns Microsoft: "You can't get a Mac that ships with a Blu-ray player, TV tuner, Memory Stick reader, or built-in 3G wireless. You can with PCs running Windows 7."
Microsoft adds the majority of games are made for PC gamers only, while most Macs can't hook up to TVs unless you buy a converter dongle.
Under simplicity, Microsoft insists Macs come with a learning curve even down to keyboard shortcuts and the computer mouse Apple makes. Citing just one example, Microsoft states: "Windows 7 was designed to make it simpler to do the tasks you do every day, with features that the Mac doesn't have. For example, the new Snap feature makes it easy to view two documents side by side."
Under working hard, Microsoft claims that Mac users may find it harder to get things done in the office and classroom because of compatibility issues. "Your documents might not look right and your spreadsheets might not calculate correctly," warns Microsoft, while highlighting concerns over encrypting files on a Mac. "On a Mac, out of the box, you can only encrypt your home folder. With Windows 7 Ultimate, you can encrypt your entire hard drive and even USB drives. So your stuff can be safer wherever you go."
Under sharing, Microsoft states sharing documents, photos, files and films is simply harder to do on a Mac. "On a Mac, you have to manually set up photo sharing, manually set up music and movie sharing, manually set up file sharing, and manually set up printer sharing. It's easy to automatically and securely network with all the computers in your house when they're running Windows 7."
Under compatibility, PCs are 'hassle free' insists Microsoft, especially with "PCs outselling Macs 10 to 1. "Apple's productivity suite file formats won't open in Microsoft Office on a PC claims Microsoft and if you do find a Mac version of a PC program users will need "to buy it again and relearn how to use it on a Mac."
Lastly choice, with Microsoft believing PC users get more choice than Mac users. "You can get the PC you want, in the size and colour you want, with the features you want. You just don't have as many options with a Mac."
Once again Microsoft states you can't get a Mac with a Blu-ray player, TV tuner, Memory Stick reader or built-in 3G wireless. "PCs running Windows 7 often come with features that aren't available on even the highest end Macs, including Blu-ray, eSATA, multi-format card readers, Touch and mobile broadband."
Additionally, the fashion conscious should note Apple only makes computers in a choice of white and silver, while on "Windows 7, you can play the videos and music stored on your home PC while you're on the go, for free. Apple charges $99/year for its online service."
The Microsoft PC versus Mac website can be found here.