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Chapter 10. My Annotated Top 10 Reasons ... > It’s built for the Internet.

7. It’s built for the Internet.

When did you last configure a PC for the Internet? Take you long? It won’t on a Mac. Fact is, most of our customers are up and surfing within 15 minutes. And that includes people who never touched a computer before in their lives. What will your experience be like? You’ll find moving your favorites, email contacts, and email messages to the Mac mere child’s play. And wait till you try the software. Microsoft built features into Explorer and Entourage found nowhere else, features that make browsing and email on a Mac an absolute joy. Feel like chatting? AOL Instant Messenger, Yahoo Messenger, MSN Messenger—all your favorites are available. In fact, you’ll find tons of Internet tool options. That includes QuickTime. When it comes to world-class streaming video, no product offers a better digital media experience. (And with QuickTime 6, we just upped the ante.) Of course on a Mac, it’s just as easy to stream video, chat, read email, and surf wirelessly. That’s because every Mac is ready for Wi-Fi (802.11)—we call it AirPort—right out of the box.

Experienced Windows users are amazed at how easy Windows XP makes setting up a network, especially a wireless one. But the Mac makes this even easier, and AirPort wireless networking is a dream. Those looking for an easy Internet experience should buy a Mac—with one caveat: If you need all sorts of special network or VPN settings (and if you do, you probably already know), you may not find what you need on a Mac. As I write this, I am not clear on which of the third-party VPN software clients will solve this problem or whether Apple will step up and solve it, saving us all some money.


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