I just stumbled across a reprint of an article originally published on computerworld titled “A Windows guru spends two weeks with a Mac” His experience is very similar to mine and I thought it interesting the article’s conclusion:
“What did I learn after several weeks of living with the Mac?
First off, I had expected there to be a longer learning curve, and had thought that in the long run there wouldn’t be much of a difference between the Mac and a PC. After all, an operating system is just an operating system.
To a certain extent that’s true. When you use productivity applications themselves, there’s not a great deal of difference between using them on a Mac versus using them on a PC. However, when it came to the operating system itself, there’s certainly a difference, and a substantial one. Mac OS X is simpler to use and easier to configure, yet has more bells, whistles and “eye candy.” And much of that eye candy, such as Exposé, is not just elegantly designed and entertaining, but quite useful as well.
That’s not to say that every aspect of the Mac is superior to the PC. Vista’s Network and Sharing Center, and especially the Network Map, is an excellent, simple, all-in-one destination for networking that Mac OS X would do well to emulate.
Overall, though, Mac OS X beats Windows. There, I’ve said it. And lightning hasn’t struck me yet.”