Questions switching from Windows to a MBP?

Jumpem

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I have some questions as I have never used MacOs before. An iPhone is all I am familiar with.

1. How do you handle all of your data on a MacBook? Very large SSD, small SSD with some files only in iCloud, small SSD + iCloud + NAS? Trying to figure out if the 512 GB default is enough.
2. For Excel, I will have to get an Office 365 subscription. I assume with OneDrive I can modify the same files on a MBP and PC?
3. Networking between Mac and Windows. Can I easily view files or folders between the two? Is it easier to just keep shared files in the cloud?
4. How do I keep browser bookmarks between Safari on Mac and Chrome on Windows in sync?
5. For file backups, I have been using BackBlaze on Windows. Is iCloud and OneDrive enough? I may cancel BackBlaze and have my files backed up on these two new to me services.
6. What is the best way to copy files from Windows to MacOs? Does iCloud keep all files in their original quality? If so, I could upload my files to iCloud from Windows and then download them on the MBP. Otherwise, a flash drive I guess.

Is there anything else that I should know?

Thanks for your help. :)
 

pendragon1

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get as big as a drive as you can, they are not upgradeable, iirc.
yes, office formats are the same
yes, yes thats easier
use chrome on both and turn on sync
you can use those or the built in backup/sync
yes, flash drive/ext ssd/hdd.

its a mac ;) make sure everything you need is available for it
 

dvsman

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I got a 16gb / 1tb M1 MBA and run office 365 + OneDrive for my files. For my browser I use Firefox across all platforms, including phone. No issues with edits and working on original files from my PC.

If you work with any kind of graphics or video, then more space = better.
 
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Jumpem

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get as big as a drive as you can, they are not upgradeable, iirc.
yes, office formats are the same
yes, yes thats easier
use chrome on both and turn on sync
you can use those or the built in backup/sync
yes, flash drive/ext ssd/hdd.

its a mac ;) make sure everything you need is available for it
Thanks for this.

Office, Beyond Compare, BackBlaze, and Spotify are available for MacOs. I think that is everything I use that does not come with the OS.

It does look like some video formats I may have to buy a third party application for Mac.
 

pendragon1

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Thanks for this.

Office, Beyond Compare, BackBlaze, and Spotify are available for MacOs. I think that is everything I use that does not come with the OS.

It does look like some video formats I may have to buy a third party application for Mac.
no prob.
just use vlc.
also, the only media files ive had issues with are the heic(?) mac created stuff, you need to add the pack to windows.
 

Jumpem

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I got a 16gb / 1tb M1 MBA and run office 365 + one drive for my files. For my browser I use Firefox across all platforms, including phone. No issues with edits and working on original files from my PC. If youwork with any kind of graphics or video, then more space = better.
Thanks.
 
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