Instead of taking over the original Apple thread I decided to start anew one. Here is my original post:
Here is a summary of my current situation:
I am using a MacBook Pro 16 2.4 GHz i9 processor with 32 GB RAM, AMD Radeon Pro 5500M 8 GB and 2 TB HD. This is connected to an LG Ultrafine 5K Monitor that has a USBC-C docking port attached for USB 3 connections. I am also using a dasKeyboard brown key mechanical keyboard for Mac and a Touchpad. I gave up on trying to use a mouse with this setup after multiple failed attempts to replicate my PC experience with their mice. CleanMyMac X is the main utility program that I use, although I have used SmoothScroll and BetterTouchTool in the past.
I am heavily leveraged in Office365. I use Outlook, Word, Excel, Teams, and PowerPoint quite a bit. I generally use Excel to teach basic statistics to managers (Masters students) and that is about it. I purchased Fantastical but that seems to get in the way of Outlook enough that I will not be renewing next year. Chrome is my web browser of choice and I do not like Safari or FireFox. STATA, R, SAS, and SPSS are programs that I use to varying degrees. I either teach others how to use them (Masters and PhD) or I use them for analysis of my own research projects. I write journal articles and research proposals, so Word and Endnote are also heavily used.
In our new online teaching world, I use Teams, Zoom, and BlueJeans for video conferencing. Our Learning Management System is Blackboard, so I also use Collaborate as a video conferencing tool.
The main Windows-based programs that are completely missing in MacOS that I use are Microsoft Access and Visio. There are also some test bank question software programs that require Windows programs, but I use those very little.
I do not plan on using bootcamp or Parallels for anything. If I need to use a specific Windows program, I will use one of my Thinkpads. At work, I will have a fully functional Windows work area driven by a docked Thinkpad P53. My goal is to use MacOS for everything that I possibly can. I deleted my bootcamp partition and uninstalled Parallels.