Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Real Writers Use Windows

You might not believe this if you pay much attention to writer’s blogs, but Windows is the hands down favorite operating system of writers. How do I know? 85% percent of the people who visit my blog are using a Windows OS. Only 9% are using a Macintosh. Yeah, I know Macs are cool and all of that, but Windows is about getting the job done. The funny thing is, I hear far more complaints about Macs from the 9% who use them than I hear from Windows users. But I’m not sure that Word 2010 is even available on the Mac yet. If I owned a Mac, I think I would buy a Windows PC just so I could run Word 2010. You won’t look at cool, but I think writers are better off with Windows.


Michelle Davidson Argyle said...

Hah, don't bring up this argument with my husband. He's a Mac fiend. We own both Mac and PC. He can also run a Windows-based OS on his Mac. Pretty nifty. I don't think one is necessarily better than the other. One is just more affordable and more widely accepted. Popular doesn't always mean better.

Timothy Fish said...


Yeah, I don't know that one is better than the other. Software is probably the biggest argument for Windows over Mac. With Apple's policy of rejecting software they don't like, I don't expect that to change anytime soon. I think the main reason people want to run Windows on Mac is because there isn't enough software available for Mac and what there is is often better in the Windows version (Office 2010, for example). Mac falls into the mid-range category. They have about the same amount of computing power as a Windows machine in the same price range, but if you want cheap you have to go with something other than a Mac. Also, if you want a lot of computing power and are willing to pay the price, you have to go with something other than a Mac.