A MAC GUY LIVING WITH THE NEW SURFACE BOOK: PART 2

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A MAC GUY LIVING WITH THE NEW SURFACE BOOK: PART 2

You read part 1, right? Well, I’m on my second week with Windows now and I figured it was time for an update. My initiation into Windows went fairly smoothly. I loaded up my Adobe suite without issue, got the atrociously designed Outlook 2016 working with all of my email accounts, and then got to work figuring out the unknown replacement software I’d need. Namely:

  1. iCloud for Windows. It’s very limited for Windows users, but it did allow me to sync my bookmarks through Google Chrome, sync my contacts through Outlook, and sync my photo stream. I’m still dearly missing iMessages and the little things that come with the Apple ecosystem like synced browser tabs, copying and pasting between devices, etc… But, this does cover the “bare necessities.”
  2. iTunes for Windows. Self explanatory. My media now syncs.
  3. 1password. I upgraded to 1password 6 which stores your logins on 1password’s cloud rather than in dropbox like the older version. It was a bit complicated to setup, but some perseverance has it all under control.
  4. PhraseExpress. I use TextExpander on my Macs and iOS devices solely as a method of sending canned responses to support emails. However, TextExpander for Windows is unusable… A google search turned up PhraseExpress and it’s actually quite good. I think I might even like it more than TextExpander.
  5. DfontSplitter. I have a 25 year old font collection and didn’t want to give them up. DfontSplitter converted that library into TTF fonts so that I could use them in Windows. Free too!

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