I am a professional photographer/videographer and I use Windows computers. I don't LOVE Windows, I just know that Mac OS drives me crazy. I hate all of the "syncing" and hand holding that Macs have. Windows disappears into the background and allows me to use applications in peace. Some days, like today, it's hard to justify this decision.
First of all I would like to admit that I love well designed products. Apple products are the most beautifully designed electronic products I've ever seen. I love (almost) everything about my iPhone and iPad and I wish my Laptop could also be as beautifully made but although I have almost unlimited options when it comes to buying a Windows based laptop, nothing seems to come close to the quality of the Macbooks hardware.
Almost all of my photography buddies own a Mac and I am constantly ridiculed about my ugly, thick, (plastic) laptop, my oversized (plastic) Alienware desktop, and my "unstable" and "virus prone" operating system. I personally don't believe that my computers are any less stable than comparable Macs; I've been filming post production with Elia Locardi for the past month and I've seen his brand new Macbook Pro crash just like my computer occasionally does. I do however admit that Windows is still far more susceptible to viruses and hacks.
I personally haven't had any issues with viruses in many years but I am very careful with my work computers. I stay away from shady looking (and sounding) websites, and I don't download anything unless I know exactly what it is and where it is coming from. That being said, anyone can make a mistake and click on a malicious link via Facebook or their email. In the past just visiting a particular website could install a virus, but Windows has gotten better than that, right... RIGHT?
Well it feels like it's 1998 all over again because yesterday Windows announced that they have found a hole that can "allow remote code execution if a user opens a specially crafted document or visits an untrusted webpage that contains embedded OpenType fonts."
So basically THIS FONT could take down your computer
How can I possibly argue against stuff like this with my Apple wielding opponents? Luckily Windows immediately pushed out an update (which I'm sure will shut down your computer without your permission while you are in the middle of working on something really important). Make sure you're all up to date and safe until the next vulnerability arises... Please Windows 10 and Surface Pro 4, you're my only hope.