Can I make a Mac work on my office network?
December 29, 2005 8:56 AM Subscribe
Another Mac/PC question. I want to switch back to Mac, but my office is all PC. Help me figure out if a Mac will be compatible, and if it's worth the trouble. (I know it's been asked before, but I have specific questions.)
posted by kdern to Computers & Internet (20 answers total)
I want to buy a mac powerbook and am concerned about it working on my office network of PCs. Here are the details:
In the office I use a docking station to connect to an existing monitor, keyboard and mouse. I connect to the office server and share hundreds of documents with my coworkers. All the documents are in Word and Excel, and we may each open and/or edit the same documents many times each day. I need to be sure that when I open and save documents, none of the formatting is going to be changed. I can't screw up the documents for everyone else in the office.
We use outlook in the office, but do not use any shared calendars, etc.
Out of the office, I connect to the company server using Citrix, which I don't know much about. I think there's a Citrix client application, but I don't know anything else about it.
If I could just buy Citrix and Office for Mac and be sure that everything else would work flawlessly, that would be great. But I'm worried that in reality, it will be a nightmare getting to everything to work.
I'm also concerned about the cost - is it really worth having to buy all this software just to make the switch? If I use a PC we already have the software and licenses in the office.
My only other hesistation about switching back to Mac is that TivoToGo does not allow transfer of TV shows to a mac, and this is something I use about once a month when I travel.
So - have you done this? Will the monitor, keyboard, server, network, printers, Word, Excel and Citrix work OK on the Mac? Advice?