Who says you can’t just open up a PC and get to work?

Many of you may be familiar with the following Mac commercial:

This advertisement, I believe, is mostly false. Here are some of the programs you can use on a PC without paying any extra money:
Windows Media Player–Play music
Windows Mail–Send/Receive and organize e-mail
Windows Movie Maker– Create home movies
Windows Contacts– Organize Contacts
Calculator– Vista comes with Scientific and Standard, 7 comes with others to expand calculation possibilities
Windows Photo Gallery- import, organize, and edit pictures and videos.
Windows DVD Maker- Create DVDs
Windows Media Center- Allows to view pictures and videos, and listen to music. Also allows you to get live tv on your PC
Windows Meeting Space– Allows you to easily share documents with anyone anywhere.
Notepad and Word Pad– Assuming you only have basic word processing needs, these programs will be quite sufficient for all tasks. Windows 7 will also ship with Microsoft Office Starter which is comparable to Microsoft Works.
Microsoft Paint– Allows for picture editing and virtual “painting”
Many games– (Chess Titans, Freecell, Hearts, Inkball, Mahjong Titans, Minesweeper, Purple Place, Solitaire, and Spider Solitaire)
Internet Explorer– Allows you to surf the web, connect with friends, and expand the possibilities of your computer by downloading third party software (Which is less available for Mac.)

Making a home movie and creating a web site is part of a suite of applications known as iLife. Whether you know it or not, you’re paying for iLife, and if you don’t have it, it will cost a pretty penny (Approximately $200) to get this suite. All of these things can be done, however on Windows 7. Creating a website is actually part of Microsoft Office, however, there are thousands of third party applications available for PC which will allow you to do that absolutely free: something that’s a bit hard to come by on a Mac.

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~ by pcprefer on November 28, 2009.

2 Responses to “Who says you can’t just open up a PC and get to work?”

  1. Why can’t I get Works on my pc to work, my trial period has cancelled with Microsoft Word, to which it never worked anyway, when I scanned, could never work in it or send an e-mail from the scan.

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