One of the reasons many of us have migrated to the Mac is a desire to get away from the problems associated with PCs and Microsoft systems. However, I am finding it frustrating to have to keep my PC up to date so I can deal with clients' QuickBooks and Sage 50 accounts.
Last week I had another reminder as to why the Windows-free environment wasn't going to work for me when I took my time sheets home to finish off and discovered that Practice Engine will only work properly in Internet Explorer. Some of the crucial functions just don't work in Safari or Firefox.
So I'm starting to think the unthinkable. Yes, I mean - I can't believe I'm actually saying this - dual boot!! I may have to sully my beautiful pristine MacBook with Windows 7.
Just how you actually do this is something of a mystery to me, but I believe that there's a facility for setting up a dual Mac OS/Windows environment in the latest Lion version of Mac OS X. Alternatively, there are popular utilities such as Parallels that claim to make the process easy.
I need to look into the options and find out which way to go. My first port of call is going to be a local management accountant I know who runs Windows on all his Macs.
This is not something I'm going to rush into, but I'm beginning to realise it's unavoidable.
About Nigel Harris
I'm a partner with Burton Sweet, chartered accountants & business advisers, and run the Shepton Mallet office down in beautiful Somerset. Despite the name, Shepton Mallet is actually the home of Glastonbury Festival! I trained in audit and corporate tax with Grant Thornton and came to my current position in 1991 via small local practices and a stint with a training consortium.
I have the distinction of being one of the original members of the AccountingWEB editorial team, having been a freelance writer here for a year or so before John Stockdyk joined!