What it is: The next version of macOS offers improved migration from Windows to the Mac.
It’s not enough just to switch from one operating system to another. While there’s always a learning curve using a different operating system, the differences are relatively minor. The real problem is transferring all of your data including documents, contacts, music, movies, and other miscellaneous information trapped in a specific program.
That’s why Apple’s new migration assistant, coming in the next version of macOS, offers to bring over contacts and other useful information that you’ll want to keep. For complete safety, simply run Windows on a Macintosh while running macOS as well using a program such as Parallels, which lets you run Windows as a virtual machine.
Essentially, a program like Parallels lets you clone your Windows PC and store it as a single virtual machine file on your Macintosh. Now you can run Windows at the same time as you use macOS. This provides more safety than using a Windows PC itself because if Windows fails on a PC, you often have to re-install everything all over again. If Windows fails as a virtual machine on a Macintosh, you simply copy your virtual machine back to your Macintosh and you’re up and running in less than a few minutes. For safety’s sake alone, using Windows on a Macintosh is worth the hassle of switching.
More Windows users are switching tot he Macintosh than the other way around. Since Windows has millions more users than the Macintosh has, this steady migration will simply keep the Macintosh steadily growing in market share. It’s a trickle now and likely will always be, but it signals the trend to away from Windows.
At one time, people had to use a Windows PC from everything for looking up maps to sending instant messages. Now people lose mobile devices like smartphones and there’s far less dependence on a Windows PC. So now people can choose to use Windows, a Macintosh, or no computer at all.
Apple’s new migration assistant will simply help make the switch from Windows to the Macintosh easier. The more seamless this one-ti9me experience, the more likely someone will make the leap and leave Windows behind.