Built for compatibility.
Mom always said, “Play nice with others.” Your computer should, too. With OS X, you can use Microsoft Office, connect to most printers and cameras, join PC networks, and even run Windows.
With OS X, you can move all the information from your old PC to your new Mac. Built-in Windows-to-Mac migration in OS X automatically transfers your documents, music, contacts, calendars, and email accounts (Outlook and Windows Live Mail), and puts them in the appropriate folders and applications on your new Mac. Just like that.
If you buy your Mac at an Apple Retail Store, Personal Setup can help you get off to a great start.
Thanks to its support for industry standards, OS X works with virtually all email providers and websites. It also lets you view the most common file types, including Office documents, PDFs, images, text files, MP3s, videos, ZIP files, and more.
So if you’re moving files from a PC or if your friends and colleagues send you files, you can rest assured they’ll work beautifully on your Mac.
OS X provides built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server. So you can use your Mac — with all the features and applications you love — at home and at work and have all your messages, meetings, and contacts in one place.
Your Mac comes with iCloud Drive, which lets you safely store all your presentations, spreadsheets, PDFs, images, and any other kind of document in iCloud. Then you can access them from any device, including your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac, or PC.1
Every Mac now comes with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote — powerful productivity apps from Apple that help you create stunning documents, spreadsheets, and presentations. And because you can open, edit, and save Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files with these apps, you can easily work with others, regardless of whether they’re on a Mac or PC. Or share a document link via iCloud and make edits at the same time from any Mac or PC browser.
Almost any device that connects to a computer via USB, audio cable, or Bluetooth will work with a Mac. That includes digital cameras, external hard drives, printers, keyboards, speakers, and even your right-click mouse. And with technologies like AirPrint and the array of class drivers included with OS X, you can start using these devices as soon as you plug them in — no need to manually download additional software.
Have a Windows application you need to use once in a while? No problem. Every new Mac lets you install and run Windows at native speeds, using a built-in utility called Boot Camp.
Setup is simple and safe for your Mac files. After you’ve completed the installation, you can boot up your Mac using either OS X or Windows. (That’s why it’s called Boot Camp.) Or if you want to run Windows and Mac applications at the same time — without rebooting — you can install Windows using VMware or Parallels software.2
The Finder not only lets you browse files on your Mac, it also makes it easy to find files on other computers — both Mac and PC — on your home network. Computers that allow file sharing automatically show up in the Shared section of the Finder sidebar, allowing you to browse files and folders you have permission to view.