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6 killer Mac features we'd love to see in Windows PCs

Brad Chacos | April 5, 2013
Even if you'd never lay a finger on a Mac, you have to admit these Apple-made features would rock on a Windows PC.

While the use of different adapter connections makes sense from a business perspective--how else will manufacturers charge you for another one if you lose the original?--it's terribly frustrating on the consumer end of things. Every minute spent looking for a specific power adapter when there's another perfectly good one sitting five feet away is nothing short of a waste of your limited time on this earth. Give us ubiquity!

Apple has, with its MagSafe adapters.

Sure, there are some technical limitations. An 85W MacBook Pro MagSafe adapter charges a MacBook Air a lot better than a 45W MacBook Air adapter does a beefy MacBook Pro, but hey, at least a MagSafe adapter will work with either type of notebook.

Apple tossed a slight kink into things with the introduction of the MagSafe 2 in its 2012 notebooks. A MagSafe 2 adapter works universally with Apple's 2012 MacBook Airs and Pros, however, and you can buy a converter to use your older MagSafe adapter with a newer MagSafe 2-equipped laptop. Why can't we get that kind of cooperation in the Windows world?

6. iCloud document syncing

If you sign in to Windows 8 with a Microsoft account, you already have the option to sync a ton of settings across multiple PCs, and the Windows Blue leak suggests that even more handy-dandy syncing features are on the way. Given that, it's mildly surprising that the hyper-connected Windows world is missing a key iCloud feature: Document and note syncing.

You can put a makeshift solution together, though it lacks the elegance of iCloud's automatic syncing of every document. Using Office 365 (or a mixture of a traditional word processor program and the SkyDrive desktop app, which doesn't come preinstalled with Windows) to save your files directly to SkyDrive mimics iCloud's functionality, albeit only after installing the appropriate software--and fiddling with said software's settings--on each PC you use.

Sure, the workaround gets the job done, but it's a lot more hassle than iCloud's seamless solution, and nonnerds would never think of it.

Microsoft might just crib iCloud's document syncing sometime soon. "Our product groups are also taking a unified planning approach so people get what they want--all of their devices, apps and services working together wherever they are and for whatever they are doing," Frank X. Shaw, Microsoft's communications VP, wrote in a recent blog post. The end goal is the ability to sit down and just start using any Windows device you come across as easily as you use your own. Bring it on!

 

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