Apple computers and IBM- compatible personal computers, commonly known as PCs, are two different formats, and neither type of computer is compatible with the other. However, software exists that allows you to use files from one type of computer on the other type. For example, a file from an Apple word processor can be opened and edited in a Microsoft Windows word processor using a file-conversion utility. There are also programs that enable Apple computer users to run PC operating systems, such as Windows ‘95 and Windows ‘98, on their Apple computers. These programs then allow you to open Windows files and use them just like you would on a PC. These utilities and programs are generally not as fast as the original operating systems, though, and high-quality conversion programs can be expensive. Because of the hardware incompatibility of these two platforms, you may be uncertain which platform is right for you. A good guideline to use is that Apple computers, including Apple's Macintosh-brand computers, are generally considered to be simpler to operate and more user-friendly, and are often used by schools and professional graphics artists for their reliability and powerful graphics processing ability. PCs, however, have a much wider range of available software and generally offer greater processing power and ease of hardware upgrades and additions. For more information consult a computer expert.
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