Windows 8 or Mac OS X?

Recently I paid a visit to one of our regular customers. We've been servicing his aging PC for about 4 years now. The customer was very interested in purchasing a new replacement for their computer and wanted advice. I pretty much knew his needs, email, web, photos some documents and Christmas card labels etc. Now like a lot of people, he knows how to do the main tasks he needs to fine, any other problems and he gives us a quick call or we go out to see him. His PC is about 8 years old, running Windows XP and desperately needs replacing. The obvious move was to advise him on a new PC, maybe a Lenovo laptop running Windows but wait, Windows 8 had just been released! I could probably still get him a new PC with Windows 7 but everything I saw came with Windows 8. Should I look for something with Windows 7 or maybe consider a Mac for him.

Now moving from Windows XP to Windows 8 is a pretty big  jump for a lot of people, why not consider a move to a Mac running OS X? This would do all the tasks he needs nicely and come s loaded with most of the software he would need to get them done. He was not set on a laptop so I talked to him about the Mac Mini.

The Mac Mini series has just been refreshed by Apple so now is a good time to buy. He already has a mouse and keyboard he likes and his monitor is fine too, the Mac Mini (along with a suitable video adaptor) would replace his old PC just fine.  So we placed the order at 11am on Friday. This morning I got a call from him to say it had arrived, I've set up an appointment to go out and swap things over for him later in the week.

Its here! Google Maps for iPhone.

MacBook with cracking lid/hinges.