June 12, 2019
Mac or Windows? That is the question. And if you ask, most computer users will give you a very definitive answer. Mac users swear by their beloved Apple product, and Windows users would never, ever think of switching. Which computer you like is a completely personal choice based on many factors; the most common of which is simply experience. Those who start on Macs, stay on Macs, and vice versa.
However, every once in a while, someone decides to make the leap from one operating system to the other, and the transition can be a daunting task. Fortunately, MCPL can help ease the pain with the wonderful database Lynda.com. All you need is your MCPL Access Pass. If you are trying to expand your knowledge about technology, this is the site for you!
So, what is so special about Lynda.com? Well, this resource not only covers the most popular software applications like Microsoft Word and Excel, it also offers courses on both Mac and Windows operating systems. And this is done in an easy-to-learn video format in which you can watch an entire class or simply pick a specific video that covers a topic you are interested in.
One topic that Lynda.com covers extremely well is the Mac/Windows transition. As I’ve said, most of us have an operating system preference, and until recently, I knew nothing about how a Mac worked because I had only ever used Windows. However, I wanted to learn more about Macs to see if I might want to make the switch someday. So, I decided to see what courses Lynda.com had available.
Fortunately, Lynda.com offers multiple courses about the Mac O.S. that are incredibly detailed. My favorite course was Migrating from Windows 10 to Mac. This course explains not only the Mac computer, but it lets you know how each of the functions correspond to its Windows equivalent. For example, File Explorer in Windows is comparable to Finder in the Mac. This kind of comparison is extremely helpful to those who want to be able to quickly convert from one to the other.
And this is only one of the many helpful courses that Lynda.com offers. It also has classes that navigate the switch from Google Docs to Word and vice versa. And it includes full courses on both Google and Microsoft applications like Excel, Sheets, Outlook, Gmail, Googles Apps, and Office 365. If you find yourself using a new platform, Lynda.com is there to help.
The number of technology topics that Lynda.com covers is enormous. You get all of this for free through the Library, but make sure that you access Lynda.com through the MCPL website. If at any time you are asked to pay a fee, back out and head on over to mymcpl.org. Lynda.com subscribers must pay $25 a month for the basic service, but you get it for free! There is even an app available that you can download to your mobile device and your Roku streaming stick, Apple TV, or Chromecast.
MCPL offers access to other great learning sites with technology assistance as well. Hoonuit is another video-based learning site, and Universal Class has a more structured, classroom like environment if that is your preferred learning style.
So, rest assured; no matter your tech preference—Mac or Windows—the Library is here to help!