I am receiving many calls and emails about the new macOS Catalina and if it’s a good idea to upgrade or not.
Upgrading your Mac to this latest Mac operating system has significant consequences since macOS Catalina is no longer running older versions of some applications that are based on 32-bit code. Some common examples of apps that need to be at the current standard are MS Office, Adobe Suite, Quicken, and Parallels or VMware software. Forcing you to buy costly upgrades, most of them only available as a subscription model. Many people don’t want to be forced to upgrade their most-used applications and want to stick to their current macOS as long as possible.
I don’t like the way Apple is pushing this upgrade!
Previously you had to go to the App Store to download the latest version of the operating system. If your Mac is running 10.14 “Mojave,” Apple changed this to “updates,” where the installation of 10.15 Catalina is just one mouseclick away from a change that is very hard to reverse.
Prevent an unintentional installation of macOS Catalina:
- Click on the Apple logo in the upper left corner of the screen
- Open system preferences
- Software update
- Uncheck “Automatically keep my Mac up to date.”
- Select Advanced
- Uncheck everything except: Check for Updates & Install data files and security updates
Keep in mind that by not staying current that over time you might run into compatibility issues. Or when you switch either by upgrading or buying a new Mac the changes might be more radical than when you gradually went along with them.
Free alternatives for MS Office:
I hope this email was useful for you, contact me is you have any questions or concerns.
Smiles across the wires,