For over a year I have opted into a “bring your own equipment” pilot with my company. It basically allows me to use a Mac at work. There has been a great community helping with how too’s, what apps to use to replicate Windows apps, etc. For the bulk of that time I have generally opted to continue to use a Windows machine. It wasn’t because I wanted to, but it was because of limitations of email. More specifically it was Entourage was a horrible app that came no were near its Outlook for Windows equivalent, and then it was that Outlook 2011 wasn’t compatible with the Exchange system I was using. Last month that last part changed and I was able to use Outlook on the Mac. It was the last major piece to my going all Mac again at work.
Over the past month I have been going days using all native Mac apps when working remotely and then days of using my Windows machine in the office. For the most part I am able to work 80% or more on native apps on my mac when I try. There are a few websites I need that require IE, plus doing certain things in Sharepoint is better looking or just easier to do in IE. I can do a lot in Sharepoint on the mac but I do default back to IE a lot.
I also had a few issues with Webex on Lion. I still have issues if logging in via one of the two Webex portals I use. The other I found a work around for and it does work. So half the Webex’s I need I have to goto my iPad or a VM.
As I mentioned earlier the big hold back was email. Now that I can use outlook 2011, for a while I didn’t want to. It is Outlook and much better than Entourage, however it is not as feature rich as Outlook 2010. Plenty of reviews covered that. But even with its limitations it is growing on me. I am not yet ready to go all mac every day but I am getting closer. Right now I am at 2-3 days a week. Since I sit at a computer 8+ hours a day a change like this will take a while to get used to. For now I hope to continue to be mostly Mac at work more days a week.