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Microsoft just made it easier to ditch Mac for Surface


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Microsoft is trying to make it much easier to ditch your Mac and start using a Surface instead.

One of the biggest hurdles users face when changing platforms is the effort it takes to move your content across. This is true for all ecosystems, whether you’re moving from Android to iPhone, or Mac to Windows.

The good news is that Microsoft has quietly released a new tool called the Mac to Surface Assistant, which is designed to help you transfer your important information across from an Apple machine to a Microsoft equivalent. It was first spotted by @h0x0d on Twitter:

The assistant will scour your machine for important content like documents, photos, movies and music, and will then prompt you to set a destination disk for the files (like an external hard drive) where you can zip-file all of your media onto. This should make it easier for the less tech-savvy to transfer their data across.

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Download Assistant here

It’s no surprise that Microsoft has released this tool; after all, the company will be keen to attract as many potential Apple converts as possible. It’s also not an unprecedented move, as lots of companies offer similar tools and guides, including Apple itself.

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March 21, 2017, 12:43 pm

Still nothing to convert between Outlook and Mail, tho? A year or so ago, I bought a shiny new iMac. I returned it, never even turned it on. It turned out that there is no way of transferring email data between the two most used email clients in the world (lots of suggested 'workarounds'. I tried them all but none of them worked). Crazy.


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March 21, 2017, 9:37 pm

I meant use IMAP, and you won't have this problem when you get a new computer / device. If your email provider does t support it, it's time to look around for one (of the many) that does.


March 24, 2017, 4:59 am

IMAP is the answer to all email woes.

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