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The Mac Pack

Some entrepreneurs would rather switch than fight.

This story appears in the May 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Security holes keep popping up, licensing agreements have changed, .NET is still confusing, and the blue screen of death is still feared. All reasons some intrepid entrepreneurs are switching from Microsoft to Mac. Patrick Gant runs communications services firm thinkitPR communications in Ottawa, Canada. Windows ME was his final Microsoft operating system purchase. "I was tired of going the upgrade path and not getting a reliable computer," Gant says. Now an iMac 400 DV edition and an iBook laptop are the computing foundation of his business.

Changing operating systems and hardware is no small matter. Will your Mac files work with all the Windows machines out there? "I found there were no problems at all. Most [clients] don't even know I use a Mac," Gant says. A top software buy for business owners living in a Windows world is Microsoft's well-designed Office suite for the Mac OS.

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