For the last month or so, I’ve been running an ongoing experiment: Seeing how long I can use Windows 10 (and only Windows 10) before I give up and go back to my Mac.
Here are the apps, tools, and utilities I’ve found to be most useful in making the Mac-to-Windows transition just a little easier.
It’s worth noting that most of these are actually Windows 7 or 8 apps that run just fine in Windows 10 — Microsoft’s Windows Store still hasn’t really taken off.
And if you have suggestions for any Windows apps that do the job better than what I’m listing here, send them to me. This is an ongoing experiment.
Pushbullet: Install Pushbullet on your smartphone (including iPhones) and your computer, and you can send files and text snippets across devices lickety-split. It's not quite as quick as Apple's Airdrop, but it works.
Google Chrome: I tried to love Microsoft Edge, the new, superfast browser included in Windows 10. But for all its many strengths, I kept having weird issues running web apps (like Business Insider's own backend), plus it doesn't support browser extensions yet. And, as an added bonus, Google Chrome already remembered all my passwords, making the cross-operating system switch a little easier.
Apple iTunes: Windows 10 comes with a 'Phone Companion' that lets you at least see how much memory you're using on your iPhone. But iTunes is still the best (and only official) way to manage an iPhone on a PC (even if it hasn't gotten an upgrade that makes it nice, shiny, and touch-sensitive in Windows 10).
Grab iTunes for Windows here.
Microsoft OneNote: The official Evernote app for Windows 10 kind of stinks, especially if you're using it on a touchscreen computer. I'm digging using Microsoft OneNote to take handwritten notes on my laptop's touchscreen, and then having them synced to the iPhone app.
Pro tip: The OneNote app that comes with Windows 10 is actually kind of lacklustre. You can grab the much more powerful and full-featured Microsoft OneNote 2013 for free here.