According to some, more people are moving from PC to Mac than ever before. However, it remains true that, overall, PC users dramatically outnumber those of the Mac, and that situation may not significantly change. It is true that there are certain industries where the use of Macs is almost 'standard' and design and publishing are probably the largest. In finance and general office use, and for home use, the PC is well ahead in terms of numbers.
There are claims that Windows operates more quickly and more reliably on a Mac than on a PC if used with one or other of the various programs that allow the non-native software to operate within the platform, that viruses and Trojans are infrequent visitors and that the hardware is considerably more user-friendly. One thing you may not miss should you convert to Mac use is the weekly or monthly pleasure of downloading and installing endless numbers of 'important updates'. With the Mac, if there are updates, Apple will assemble several and publish a periodic update pack, but probably none too often. Another experience you may not miss is the dreaded BSOD - Blue Screen of Death!
You may wish to list the relevant advantages and disadvantages to you of a change in system, and perhaps score them. You will need to research which Mac software could replace those programs you now use where there is not a direct Mac version and perhaps also evaluate which of several options may be the best suited. You may wish to consider one of the packages that enables the installation of Windows on your Mac and that of its software should a Mac equivalent not be available - accounting and payroll are examples that are not well-served on the Mac.
If you are convinced by any or all of the benefits, and I have mentioned very few, then this book is for you. However, if you have a substantial amount of data on your PC, what do you do with it? In some cases, for example the ever popular Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Office, there are Mac versions that you can buy and which, for the main part, will open your existing data files whatever they may contain. Conversely, if you happen to be a Nero aficionado, you will be out of luck as there is no current Mac version. With Nero and many other PC programs, there are Mac equivalents that are as good as and sometimes better than the ones you may now use.
What this book tries to do is to guide through the process of transferring data from PC to Mac, what changes you may need to sometimes make to existing files to make them 100% Mac-compatible. It also guides you around some of the more popular Mac-specific software although it does not claim to be comprehensive or provide a replacement to the respective manuals. Obviously, it cannot cover everything,
It also provides some insight into the standard Mac software suites, the i***** series of programs, that are mostly very competent and the Mac system itself, not least of all OS X, which is significantly different in many respects than Windows although some things may appear familiar. It also warns about certain habits that you may now have that are serious no-nos on the Mac.
O'Reilly's Missing Manual series is one I know well and covers a huge range of topics, always very well. Some information may be little-known and difficult to find elsewhere but much is more commonly known but may need restating. Well-priced, if one covers the currently needed topic, you probably will not be disappointed.
This one is no different. If you are considering a move in platform, I would suggest that you buy the book before you decide to commit. It is cheaper to buy the book and discover that the advantages you may gain are overwhelmed by other factors than to buy a Mac and then make the discovery.
Quite a large and substantive book, I would suggest that you read some chapters in whole and browse others that may help your decision (some will be more relevant after a change), and then return and read after a purchase, if you made one, all those chapters you did not read in full. It is a book that you may wish to return to as your familiarity increases. There are other books that delve far deeper into OS X than this will and others that explore the broader areas of what may be to you less familiar software and how to get the best from them.