Most consumers are skeptical that an operating system is an essential software program running on any computer. Whether Mac OS, Linux, or Windows OS, an operating system works as the brain of your computer.
What does it do?
The operating system manages your computer’s memory, processes, apps, software, and hardware. It works by securing that all programs have access to the resources provided by your computer’s Central Processing Unit (CPU), memory, and storage.
It is a bridge that allows you to connect with your computer without having to learn the computer’s language, which is called “codes.” In general, a computer without an operating system is worthless.
Types of Operating Systems
Operating systems are typically pre-install on any computer you buy. Most people use it with their computer, but it is possible to update or even change operating systems. Microsoft Windows, Mac OS, and Linux are the three most popular operating systems for personal computers.
However, the most popular operating systems these days are Windows OS and Mac OS, so our comparison will focus on these two operating systems.
A graphical user interface, or GUI, use in modern operating systems (pronounced gooey). A GUI allows you to click icons, buttons, and menus with your mouse, and everything is on the screen.
Each operating system’s GUI has a unique look and feel, so switching to a different operating system may feel strange at first. On the other hand, modern operating systems are created to be simple to use, and most of the fundamental principles are the same.
Microsoft’s operating system is known as Windows OS and was launched in the mid-1980s. There have also been several versions of Windows, the most recent Windows 10, released in 2015. Windows 8 was introduced in 2012, and Windows 7 was released in 2009. Then there’s Windows Vista, which was introduced in 2007.
Microsoft earlier stated that it would no longer release a new edition of its Windows operating system. Windows OS is pre-install on most new PCs, contributing to its reputation as the most popular operating system globally.
Apple’s Mac OS (known as OS X) is a line of operating systems. It is pre-install on all Macintosh devices or Macs. Mojave (released in 2018), High Sierra (2017), and Sierra (2016).
Catalina is the name of Apple’s new operating system, which will be released in 2019.
According to StatCounter World Stats, Mac OS users account for less than 10% of all global operating systems, significantly smaller than the number of Windows users (more than 80 percent ). However, most users prefer the look and sound of Mac OS to that of Windows OS.
Now let’s take a look at how they vary in performance and other features.
Both operating systems provide polished and straightforward initialization procedures. You can do both without logging in to an Apple or Microsoft account, but both provide a richer experience if you do. You can lose out on syncing computers, voice assistants, app roaming, messages, and a slew of other advantages by not logging up.
Microsoft’s Cortana voice assistant allows you to install the Windows operating system quickly and easily. Apple installs patches from System Preferences rather than the Mac App Store. Both automatically adjust and install drivers for popular hardware peripherals such as mice, keyboards, and storage.
Who is the best? Both.
2. Getting Started
Both operating systems provide login options in addition to the standard act of simply logging in on the laptop. You can quickly sign in to your Mac with your finger if you have a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar. You can also use your iPhone or Apple Watch to log in if they are close enough to the screen.
However, Windows OS includes Hello with a range of biometric authentication options. Face authentication is maybe the coolest, and it is available on most high-end PCs. Windows Hello also works for fingerprint readers, which are available on laptops like the HP Spectre 13. If you don’t have hardware that supports any of those functions, Windows can accept a PIN either.
When the operating system has booted, you can use the Start button and menu to navigate your most used applications, settings, and documents.
There is nothing comparable in macOS, so you can pin commonly used software to your Dock, navigate to the Applications folder, or customize your workspace with icons for your most-used programs and folders. You can also use the Launchpad icon to move through and launch applications.
The better S in this category? It’ll have to be Windows OS.
3. Hardware Choices
Apple provides excellent computer hardware solutions, but the selection is dwarfed by the vast availability of a wide range of Windows PCs. Not to mention non-traditional options such as the HoloLens, VR headsets, and the Raspberry Pi, all of which will run Windows 10. Also, there is a better choice of Windows-friendly peripherals available.
There is no contest in internal components like the CPU, graphics card, and storage. Windows OS allows you much more versatility in configuring a device with the components you like, as well as the ability to update later.
Windows OS is also in this round.
4. Native Apps
Both operating systems have a range of tools and applications that come preinstalled. Mail clients, calendars, calculators, file and video users, picture editors, voice recorders, screenshot software, charts, news, weather, camera, and contacts applications are all accessible and use their web browsers.
Sticky Notes, Translator, Skype, and Xbox gaming applications are just some of Microsoft’s unique apps.
By default, Mac OS has its applications, such as a superior video editor, a streaming music service, and a preview utility. It also includes the excellent GarageBand music composition app and also a complete productivity suite.
So the winner in this round? TIE!
5. Search Engine
In Windows 10, the search box is still visible, and typing in it pops up a panel with file, app, and web results. Both search features will do the math for you, show you the weather, stock prices, and sports scores, and find local restaurants without breaking a sweat.
Both operating systems allow you to search with your voice, with Cortana on Windows and Siri on Mac. With the May 2019 Update, Windows embraces Apple’s separating voice and typed searches by separating the Cortana icon from the search bar.
So the winner? Both!
6. Compatibility with Third-Party Software
Apple used to be very picky about what apps will install on its computers. However, it has recently become more adaptable, similar to Windows OS.
Since there are more Windows users than Mac users, Windows OS is compatible with the bulk of custom business software. Meanwhile, Mac OS is more dominant in creative tools and games, though Windows still supports several video editing and photo editing features. Furthermore, most software today needs Windows as the primary operating system.
Both operating systems have their app store where you can import installation and updates. Unfortunately, app developers have not paid as much attention to these desktop stores as their mobile counterparts.
In any case, installing apps on a Windows-based computer is more accessible than on a Mac-based computer.
For us, the winner in this round is Windows OS too.
7. User Interface
Both operating systems allow the user to customize the user interface conveniently. They both allow you to personalize your desktop backgrounds with images or themes, as well as screen item sizes and screen savers. While Windows 2019 has a new Light theme, dark modes are a new rage.
Both operating systems have excellent plug-and-play multi-monitor support, with Windows offering slightly more control. Windows allows you to extend program windows across several displays, while Mac OS only allows each program window to exist on a single monitor.
Overall, we have a TIE in this round!
8. Mobile Device Integration
Microsoft is a little sluggish in combining Windows OS for mobile devices. Windows, in particular, serves Android devices well with the Launcher and Your Phone applications, which allow you to share documents and web pages and send SMS messages through devices.
Apple’s convergence with Mac OS computers and iOS devices is more regular and straightforward. The Mac OS Notifications panel helps you to email SMS messages by syncing to your iPhone. All photos can exchange through Apple Photos computers, and you can upload almost everything with AirDrop. You can also make video calls between synced devices.
The obvious winner? Mac OS!
9. Alternate Input
Touch, Pen, and Dictation are the terms being used. Though Apple has recently added touch support to its Mac OS, it is currently only available on Macbook Pros. Meanwhile, since the release of Windows 8, Windows 10 has had complete touch screen support. There’s also a Tablet mode that allows you to switch between using the screen and the keyboard for input.
In Windows, you can also use a pen to insert data. Touch screen stylus support is robust, with a perfect handwriting-to-text conversion. You can use a pen anywhere you enter text.
In both operating systems, you can use your voice to type text into any app. You must activate it uniquely in Mac OS to do this. You can activate voice dictation by double-tapping the Fn key once it is activated. Press Windows Key-H to start dictating in Windows 10. Both are suitable for use in any text field.
So obvious, the one with more options for input wins – Windows OS!
10. AI Virtual Helpers
So now it’s time for the Cortana vs. Siri fight.
Cortana debuted on Windows 10 before Siri did on the Mac. Both AI can open applications and web pages with voice commands and also monitor intelligent home devices. They can use to set reminders, send emails, and browse the internet.
Both can access by using one’s voice. On the other hand, Siri cannot log out or shut down the computer, while Cortana does. Cortana also has the option to send questions to Amazon’s Alexa. Cortana has many questions that Microsoft decided to provide an option to turn off for those who find the AI odd.
Siri is impressive when it comes to iPads and iPhones, but it also needs work when it comes to being used on the Mac.
So, who won the Siri vs. Cortana battle? Cortana, Cortana, Cortana, Cortana, Cortan
11. Taskbar vs. Dock
When you click on a running app’s Dock icon in Mac OS, the window does not appear on the monitor. When you click on an app’s icon in the Dock, you can see the top menu but no software display.
The Mac OS employs mouse-over magnification to highlight your selection. However, the Windows OS taskbar is more functional. When you run your mouse over an open taskbar icon, you’ll see a thumbnail outline of the software. Also, the Taskbar Jump Lists show the recently opened files and frequently used actions in that program.
We like Windows OS better in this part.
12. Desktop Management
The Windows operating system makes it easy to arrange windows on the screen. If you want an interface to take up precisely half of the screen? Snap it on the left or right side. How about displaying it on a quarter of the screen? Snap it to any of the screen’s corners. When running apps side by side, the border between them can be resized. To display or turn to the desktop behind some running applications, press the taskbar’s far-right. The conveniences continue.
Both operating systems allow you to set up several virtual desktops. The desktop switcher is now combined with the Timeline feature of the Windows operating system. It does clog the Task View panel, but it can be beneficial if you’re trying to find a website or document about which you’ve forgotten the location.
Finally, here’s my favorite Windows window-management tip: hold and shake the mouse key on a window title bar to reduce anything else.
The winner is the Windows operating system!
13. Explorer Tools
Windows has the File Explorer feature, while Mac has its Mac Finder. The File Explorer tool has dramatically improved in recent Windows 10 updates. The Quick Access feature makes it easier to discover the most recent file you saved, regardless of where it will save. The Recents folder in the Finder does the same thing. The File Explorer in Windows provides basic libraries for commonly used file forms such as Documents, Pictures, and Music. There are meta folders in which related folders can add. The Mac OS doesn’t offer a similar capability.
The ability to provide several tabs in a Finder window is a Mac OS functionality that Windows lacks. The Preview utility in the Finder also allows you to preview files easily. Both display document previews on the right side of the Explorer/Finder windows allow you to choose which program to open a file with and quickly share files with a right-click.
They are both display document previews on the right side of the Explorer windows. It allows you to choose which program can open a file and quickly share it with just a right-click.
So who wins? We think it’s another tie.
14. Security and Stability
Windows PCs have been attacked by much more malware than Macs, including ransomware, spyware, botnets, and plain old-fashioned viruses. However, Microsoft is continuously beefing up its protections, pushing Windows Defender updates, and even introducing anti-ransomware measures. In reality, AV testing laboratories recently proclaimed Microsoft’s Windows Defender to be the most potent antivirus available right now.
Macs have a much cleaner record, but they’re by no means immune to vulnerabilities. Just look at the recent Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, which affect both operating systems.
Then there’s the question of stability. Macs also win in this category due to Apple’s control of the hardware ecosystem. Blue screens have also appeared on Microsoft’s Surface computers.
For us, Mac OS is the definite winner here.
15. 3D and VR Support
Windows has at least two apps that allow you to explore the worlds of 3D and VR. The 3D Viewer software allows you to display 3D models in goggles or on-screen. Windows’ Mixed Reality Viewer interface only works with VR headsets, providing a visual gateway to VR apps. HTC Vive and Oculus Rift are two of the most popular VR headsets, but they only work with Windows.
Apple has made some progress in the path of VR support. With external enclosures for VR-capable graphics cards, you can manipulate 360-degree camera content in Final Cut Pro X. For the time being, Apple’s augmented reality app, ARKit, is only available on iOS.
In this round, l think Windows OS takes the win.
Hardcore gamers don’t even need to look at this segment because one operating system has long dominated it.
Although there are many excellent games available for Mac OS and a Steam version, Mac users cannot experience the amount of internal component customization available with PC Gaming.
There are many more top-tier games on Steam that are compatible with Windows OS than Mac OS when it comes to game selection. PlayStation games are now available on Windows OS via Sony’s PlayStation Now service, and you can download games to your PC via the Xbox app. Cuphead, the Halo series, the Forza series, Gears of War, and Sea of Thieves are a few examples.
The Windows 10 Game Bar is another useful feature of Windows gaming. You can start capturing or streaming your gaming activities to Microsoft’s Mixer community by pressing Windows Key-G. What else is there? Steam Proton supports more than 2,600 Windows games.
To be more precise, Windows OS wins another round here.
Both operating systems have extensive assistance for users with disabilities, but Microsoft has consistently prioritized it. All provide screen magnification, text narration, Braille support, sticky and slow key access, and speech feedback, but only Windows allows a blind person to set up the interface by voice. Microsoft has also added the ability to control the computer using your eyes, as seen in the photo above.
Microsoft offers a video phone service for American Sign Language, as well as a free BeMyEyes app that “connects blind and low vision people with volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call.” At the Microsoft Build conference, one of the company’s blind developers showed an AR app running on the HoloLens that represented people’s emotions to him in real-time based on their expressions, using the company’s Seeing AI technology. The company has also launched a Seeing AI app for Apple’s iOS.
The May 2019 Update to Windows 10 goes even further, introducing compatibility improvements such as a redesigned dashboard and more languages for the narrator and the ability to draw in Paint using only the keyboard.
The final round is also won for Windows OS.
In all, Windows OS wins 10 rounds, while Mac OS gets 2 points. There is a tie in the remaining 5 rounds!
Overall, the best operating system in town in 2019 is indeed Windows OS. And what’s the more news? Windows OS can also be installed on a Macbook, while Mac OS is only compatible with Apple computers. As a result, does Windows OS dominate the world of laptops, but also Apple.