View Full Version : New employee wants a Windows PC - Can we still get him a Mac and keep him happy

24th March 2011, 04:43 PM

We are about to put on a new person here. They are used to working with a windows PC and a lot of the software he uses is Windows based.

What difficulties would we find in getting him an iMac running VMFusion or Parallels (not sure which one is best).

Can we get him a PC keyboard to use? Will this work on a Mac?

Can you boot up an iMac to automatically go into Windows. In other words, he will always be in Windows mode unless he wants to go to OSX mode.

The only reason is that he is going to be developing iPad Apps. We want him to be able to test on both operating systems. Being able to switch between the two makes sense to us.

24th March 2011, 04:51 PM
Bootcamp gives you dual boot and will boot into windows every time if you want it to. no VM required.

24th March 2011, 04:53 PM
iMac + Bootcamp = nice setup for this.

Unless his Windows install starts causing grief, in which case I'd switch to Fusion/Parallels with a locked down VM.

24th March 2011, 04:55 PM
So all we would need to buy is a copy of Windows 7 and use OSX's Bootcamp?

Will he be able to switch back and forth between OSX and Windows?

Will he be able to use a Windows suitable keyboard?

24th March 2011, 07:36 PM
Exactly...buy a full retail copy of Windows 7 (not the Upgrade), and run the Boot Camp Assistant (under Applications -> Utilities). You can switch between Mac OS X and Windows using the Startup Disk control panel in OS X, and a taskbar icon the Boot Camp software installs under Windows.

As for keyboards - any USB keyboard will just plug in and work right out of the box.

24th March 2011, 07:57 PM
get a new employee.

24th March 2011, 08:08 PM
get a new employee.

I agree, but if he is developing iPhone apps doesn't that require him to be using OS X or are they web-apps. Get an iMac and a copy of windows 7, you'll be good to go and if he has a favourite keyboard get him that or tell him to learn to use the apple one.

27th March 2011, 06:59 AM
For what it is worth would purchase Parallels 6 and run Windows 7 Ultimate through that. This set up has the advantage of being able to switch from Snow leopard to Windows 7 without rebooting the computer. If he?she wishes, can boot into Windows and leave it at that.