Middlebury

Mac vs PC

See also: Comparison_of_Email_Clients_for_Macs

Functions are graded A to F, A being highest. It's expected that details for each grade will be added.

Function
PC
Mac
Comments
Docking station available
A
D
No real docking stations are available for Macs.
Adapters required to connect to projector
A C No adapters required for Dells. 1 or 2 adapters required for Mac.
Outlook
A
C-

Entourage is OK at best. Microsoft expects to release Outlook for Mac, but it's very preliminary. 

DFS Lists Editing A D Need to use a virtualization product or remote desktop. Very clunky.
INB
A
C  Some of INB works available for Macs, but limited.
Hyperion
A
D
 
Native file server support
A
C+  
Can embed flash/shockwave media in PowerPoint
A C  
Support for specialized applications (e.g. common chemistry/physics software)
A C-
 See list at bottom of page
Built-in, free, secure remote support:
A
B-
 
R25
A
D
 
Internet Explorer
A
C+
 A lot of functionality requiring a web browser can be done with Safari or Firefox on a Mac.
Built-in, free video editing app
B-
A
 
Built-in, free, easy video DVD creation A  
Easy burning of music, or data CDs and DVDs A A  
Free photo/graphics software
A B-  
Free screen video capture A C  
Viruses F A  
Can spread viruses to other Macs and PCs

F

B-  
Susceptible to SPAM, phishing F  
Proofing tools A B- PC: 40+, Mac: 18
Can run legacy software A C  Apple regularly removes support for old applications. Microsoft regularly supports even extremely old applications.
OCR software A B-  
Computer Games A B  
Accidental Damage Protection  A

 F

Full Accidental Damage Protection from Dell for fac/staff laptop computers.  None from Apple.
Support outside Middlebury A B-  
Ease of switching to this platform B B  


  • Macs can run Windows, and this is an option for running PC only programs. However, this can be daunting if you've never used a PC with Windows. Running Windows on your Mac does not make the Windows side immune to viruses (i.e. you probably will run into the same problems that PC/Windows users have). Running two operating systems does put extra pressure on your Mac (it may be slower when they are both running) and  you may run out of space sooner (this shouldn't be a common problem with newer Macs).
  • Not available for Macs: MS Access, MS Publisher, MS OneNote, Outlook, Minitab, LabVIEW, Sonar, ChemOffice, applications needed for running scientific instruments, Allele A1, ATLAS.ti, CMAP Tools, Cn-3D (NCBI), DL Recorder, EViews, Express (USA Express), FatePC, FTS (Financial Trading System), GenMAPP, GeoSim, IGOR Pro, MDL Chime, MestReC, Mike's Bikes, OpenBabel, OpenPerl IDE, OR Tutor, PCGets, PC-ORD, PopCycle, Protein Explorer, RasMol, Swiss PDF Viewer, TeXnic Center, Viewer Lite (Accelersys),VMD, WinEdt, WinHaze, Brainstorm, DataStudio, E-Prime, Kaleida Graph, Logic Works, Multisim, Shazam, Spartan 08, StatTransfer, etc.

    Not available for PCs: Final Cut Suite (Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio, Motion, Color, etc), iWork (Pages, Keynote, Calc), iLife (iMovie, iDVD, GarageBand).