Over the years, there has been much argument over whichcomputer platform to buy. The two contenders in theis competionshave been the PC , with its Windows environment and theMacintosh.
Now, with the successful release of Windows 95 for thePC, this has been the mjor argument for each side : hardwareconfiguration, networking capabilities, and operating system. The first arguments to look at between the Pc and Macplatform has to do with hardware configuration. Before Windows95, installing and configuring hardware was like pulling teeth. The instructions given to help install hardware were toocomplicated for the average user. There was also the issuer ofcompatibility between the large number of different hardwaresetups available in the PC world.
Is a particular board going towork with my PC? With Windows 95, these problems were alleviatedwith plug and play technology. With plug and play compatibleboards, the computer detects and configures the new boardautomatically. The operating system may recognize some hardwarecomponents on older PCs. Mac userw will claim that they alwayshad the convenicnce of a plug and play system, ubt the differenceshows in teh flexibility of the two systems. Another set of arguments Mac users use in favor of theirsysstems over PCs is in multimedia and networking capabilities.
Mac users gloat that the Mac has networking technology built inthe system. Even if a user did not use it, the network isincluded with the system. They cited that for the PC users and Pcusers hate the fact that they need to stick a card in theircomputers to communicate with any other computer. With Windows95, the Mac network gloaters are silenced. Windows 95 includedbuilt-in network support.
Any network will work properly. The Macusers also claim their systems have speech, telephony, and voicerecognition, whereas the Pc user does not have. In truth, thepromised building blocks for telephony control do not yet exist. I think the speech is not good point in the Mac.
In the world of computer, people cannot stand still for toolong without getting passed by. Windows 95 now threatens the onlyassets the Mac has in capturing the interests of the consumersbecause of configuration in the hardware, communicationbetweencomputers and difference of operating systems in bothplatforms. Almost any argument could give in defense of the Macdoes not carry nearly as much bite as it did before Windows 95arrived. Pc users have something to be proud of.