The list author says: "Apple computers have exploded in popularity over the last decade. As a long-time user of the platform, I get a lot of questions from friends and family members during their switch from Windows to Mac. I decided to create this list to share my tips for them with a larger audience. Unfortunately I can't predict your specific use for your new Mac so be sure to research my recommendations and determine if they are right for you before purchasing. This list is more of a starting point to help you learn what's out there that can help you get more out of your Mac, or ease the transition to Mac.
If nothing else I've done my best to demystify the available versions of Microsoft Office."
"Switching from Windows to Max OS seems daunting at first, but it's ultimately very easy. Nevertheless, if you worry about the transition, this book will help you plan and execute the move with minimal pain."
"If you are a manual-reader, you may want to pick this up. Apple has a lot of web-based tutorials, but Macs really don't come with a manual. This differs from the link above by being more focused on the use of Mac OS X Mountain Lion (your new Mac's operating system) whereas the upper link is focused on preparing for the transition."
"I recommend this router for your new Mac. It's expensive, but it works with a program called "Time Machine" on your Mac to keep your files backed up. It also has a guest connection option. There are less expensive routers that you can attach a hard drive to for keeping your Mac backed up, but this is a good, all-in-one solution with fewer cords required."
"No media player works quite as well with a Mac. Notes, Tasks, and Reminders you make on your Mac will show up on your iPod. Buy iWork for your Mac and for your iPod and you'll be able to access documents you created on your Mac from your iPod. Oh, then there's the Music, Movies, and Apps!"
"For interoperability between your computer and your tablet, there's no better tablet for Mac users than the iPad. As with the iPod touch, make notes, tasks, and reminders on your Mac that automatically show up on your iPad. Photos added to your Mac's photo library automatically show up on your iPad, etc."
"Still need Windows? You have 2 options. First, you'll need to buy a full version of Windows 8 like this one (not an upgrade). Then you'll use a feature of Mac OS called Boot Camp to run Windows as needed. The only drawback is you'll have to restart your computer to run windows then again to switch back to Mac."
"You can also run Windows using Parallels. This differs from Boot Camp (the free feature built into Mac OS) because it allows you to run Windows... in a window. No need to restart your computer when you want to use a Windows application. You still need a copy of Windows like the one above to use Parallels."
"Macs don't have a great built-in DVR option like Windows PCs. El Gato makes a great line of devices called EyeTV that allow you to record from Cable or Satellite inputs. This one is for HD inputs, El Gato makes other (less expensive) models if you don't need HD."
"This version of Microsoft Office is for home users and students. It includes Word, Excel, and Power Point. It doesn't include Outlook. It's not an exact replica of Office for Windows, but it's close. Docs created in Office for Mac are compatible with Office for Windows. This is a single user pack (you can only use it on 1 mac) there's a family pack for use on up to 3 macs."
"This version is aimed at business users. It has the same features as the version above, plus Outlook for users who will be connecting to an Exchange server for e-mail. There's one more version of Office for Mac for University students so look that up if you fit that bill."
"Toast is your typical media burning and sharing software. Akin to Roxio's popular Nero or Creator software for PCs. It lets you copy home movies you might have on DVD or Blu-Ray and lets you burn video files from a camcorder onto a disc adding things like menus and transitions. It also has more modern sharing options like Vimeo and YouTube."
"Kindle has to Mac apps. An online reader app that works in Safari, and Kindle for Mac, a software app that lets you read your Kindle books on your Mac. You'll probably end up sticking to Kindle even if you have an iPad since it Kindle has a larger, generally less expensive content library and you can be read on more devices."
"This printer is Airprint enabled. This means you can print from your Mac and also from iOS devices like iPhone, iPod, and iPad. I like Canon because the picture quality is amazing but there are other Airprint enabled printers. Check 'em out."
"Core Audio and other audio-clarity emphasis in Mac OS makes for some awesome sound quality. You may want to consider investing in a great headset for your Mac. This one can also be used for Facetime or Skype calls from your Mac or as a replacement headset for iOS devices like iPhone."
"It's nice to be able to break away from your computer and listen to your music while you are working around the house. Apple computers have great Bluetooth chips that can stream music to headsets like this one."
"Frustrated that Apple still hasn't adopted the Blu-Ray format? Need a way to watch Blu-Ray discs on your Mac? Easy. You can buy an external Blu-Ray disc player. Just make sure it's compatible with Mac (like this one)."