Microsoft Launches Quick Migration Tool for Mac Users, Transfer Data to Windows 10 Devices with a Few Clicks [VIDEO]

21 March 2017, 8:46 am EDT By Charles Lim Mobile & Apps

With a large chunk of laptop and desktop users still using Apple's MacOS and taking up a lot of the market share, Microsoft has now found a way to tempt Apple users into making the jump to the Windows 10 ecosystem. Microsoft quietly launched a brand new tool, aptly called the Mac to Surface Assistant, which is meant to make the migration from Apple devices to Windows devices relatively easy.

As per a report from The Verge, the app itself is quite straightforward as it simply transfers photos, documents, videos, music, movies and other files from one operating system to another. Users can, of course, perform the transfer themselves manually, but the tool simplifies that process with a wizard that is able to complete the task in just a few clicks.

The Mac to Surface Assistant compresses all of the selected file types and folders into a single zip file, which it then transfers to the appropriate locations on the selected Windows device. Microsoft didn't formally announce the arrival of the new tool, but users were quick to spot it on several Windows websites. The new migration tool is clearly intended to take away some of the market shares of Apple and perhaps also bring forth an easy solution for those who are interested in purchasing the company's Surface line of products.

Despite the name of the software specifically mentioning Microsoft's Surface branding, the functionality of the tool basically means that it probably can be used with any device running a Windows operating system. Users can actually use to tool to transfer their data from any MacOS device onto any Windows device, outside of the Surface products.

It has to be noted that majority of users on both operating systems are already likely utilizing cloud-based solutions to store their data. This includes services such as Google, iCloud, OneDrive, and Dropbox, which are all aimed at making it easy to access the same files on any operating system. However, other users who have not yet jumped into using cloud services will likely still welcome the new tool for transferring to Windows 10 from their MacOS devices.


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