Windows-8-logo It has been years now that I had denounced Microsoft Windows, sold my Dell desktop, and bought a Mac Mini. Now, nearly 8 years later, I look at the desk in my home office and I see 4 Windows PC’s and 2 lowly Macs. What in the world has happened?

Windows 7 and 8 – that’s what.

It was Windows Vista that had made me walk away from Windows after years of MS Server, MS SQL Server, Exchange, etc. In fact I even changed careers going from a MS certified network engineer to a PHP slanging Linux hosting web designer/developer. I really hated Windows that much.

To be honest the other thing that has brought me back into the MS Windows family is cost. Mac’s are great but very expensive compared to their Windows based counterparts. I have a Lenovo laptop that I just purchased with an I5 processor, 4GB memory, and a 500GB HD that was a third of the cost of a similarly priced Mac (seems I have had this conversation before…).

Anyway, to clear things up before I seem to much like a flip-flopper, the Windows computers are primarily for the wife and 3 kids in the house. As mentioned, I still have 2 Macs on my desk and they are MY Macs. Everyone else seems to be content with Windows and their iPads :-). I of course need to have my own Windows computer so that I can be familiar with supporting everyone else. Hey! Any IT guy will tell you that you always need a testing machine!

Anywho, Windows is a great OS once again and I am really happy to see Microsoft get it’s act together. Now if they could just make an awesome Windows phone to compete with the iPhone!