Several years ago I left the Microsoft family and moved to Apple. It all began because I could not get my Windows PC to sync with my Windows phone ( a Samsung phone using a Windows OS) for contacts.
I moved to Apple iPhone, Apple MacBook, Apple iPad, etc. I drank all the Kool-Aid. The world was a happy place.
However, Apple has changed since the death of Steve Jobs. It has narrowed its focus with the MacBook pro and I consider the new MacBooks to be aimed at artists and away from the general use and the prices are more out of sight.
Recent Window’s Laptops have shown much more innovation.
In the meantime Google has continued to improve its Android platform. Android has moved into the most used operating system in the world.
My Google Pixel phones are the best phones I have ever used, including the iPhone 6 plus that I turned over to my daughter.
My next tablet will be Android based. I am also considering a ChromeBook as a tablet replacement. When my MacBook Pro bites the dust, I will relook at the new Windows Laptops.
I had basically no problem in moving from Windows to the Apple ecosystem. However, I see a much greater problem returning to the Windows environment.
I have to blame myself for this problem. I saw the problem up front, but allowed laziness to keep from being prepared for a return to Windows.
So you may wonder what the big deal is. If I can move easily to the Apple ecosystem, why is it hard to move back to the Window’s ecosystem.
Here is the problem. Windows files had become the world standard. Many applications can open and save a .doc (word documents) or a .xls (spreadsheet documents) file. Libre Office is a good example of a fully functional Window’s Office replacement.
However, I have not seen any conversion utilities or office products, that take in the Apple files and covert them to the Microsoft format.
Sure you can use your Apple product to export an Apple file to the Microsoft format, but what is you have no Apple products to open the file?
My hope is that I can use my iCloud account to open the file and that is current plan.
My concern is that Apple has an annoying habit of asking you to verify your identity by using a secondary Apple device to acknowledge that you are you. Once I have no more Apple devices, I hope there is a better solution than iCloud.
Drinking the poison is always easier than finding the antidote. Currently I have no problem because this MacBook Pro should last several more years, but it is time for me to prepare for the future and avoid needing an antidote.