Mac or Windows : What Will You Choose?

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Mac vs Windows

The technical world is evolving at a great pace, the digital growth of the world has led to high demand for laptops & PCs. The two Operating systems that have conquered the market are macOS and windows. This article will make you well informed about all the important facts about both.

Operating system and its importance in PC

The general definition we all know about the operating system is that it is an interface between the user and computer. The OS performs various tasks such as memory management, process management, file management, and controlling peripheral devices.

Operating System is the most important part of the computer system as it runs and controls the whole system. A better OS makes a system efficient in all means. Every company is trying their level best to give their level best OS to their customers which altogether fulfills their requirements.  The most common and popular Operating Systems are Microsoft Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android.

About Mac

Mac is a GUI (Graphical User Interface) based Operating System that was introduced in 1984 by Apple. In the initial phase, it was known as System Software but is currently called Mac OS. Mac can only be installed and operated on Apple Manufactured PCs and Laptops. It is based on Macintosh and Unix Operating System and was developed using C, C++, objective-C, assembly language, and Swift. It is mostly used as personal computers and embedded systems.

Mac OS is available in more than 40 languages which makes it the second most used operating system in PCs after windows, though it is not compatible with windows but offers top notch quality and efficiency. Mac has the same GUI as in the other Apple products like iPhone and iPad, so it becomes easy to use Mac for the users who are already an apple consumer. It also provides dedicated features for multitasking and most importantly mac is less vulnerable to malware and other security issues because Apple designs both its hardware and software by itself, unlike other companies. Mac currently runs on 64-bit ARM-based Apple Silicon Processors.

About Windows

Windows is an operating system developed by Microsoft. The First version of windows was released in 1985 and was earlier known as Microsoft windows. It runs on x86 hardware, such as Intel and AMD processors. It’s written in JavaScript, Visual Basic, and C. Windows offers versatility means it can be installed and operated on any PCs and Laptops and it’s one of the reasons for windows being the most popular operating system in the world as it has around 90% share in the world market of Desktop Computer’s operating system. It also provides a wide range of software available and offers compatible hardware which can also be upgraded with the latest version of windows. It’s more vulnerable to security issues as compared to mac because third-party drivers are a major cause of instability on Windows PCs. Windows provide GUI (Graphical User Interface), virtual memory management, multitasking, and support for many peripheral devices.

A few of the most popular window’s releases include:

  • Windows 3.1 (1992)
  • Windows 95 (1995)
  • Windows XP (2001)
  • Windows 7 (2009)
  • Windows 10 (2015)

Microsoft has released most versions of windows with multiple editions, tailored for different users. For example, Windows 10 is available in “Home” and “Pro” editions. The Pro edition is the advanced version of the home edition with some additional networking and administrative features.

Comparison on basis of different criterion

Security

  • Mac has fewer security vulnerabilities than windows.
  • Most malware is created for windows.
  • Windows is an easy target for attackers as there is no hardware and software integrity.

Cost

  • Mac comes in the premium range of PCs and Laptops.
  • Mac is inbuilt with high-quality components.
  • Windows is less expensive and affordable.

Software

  • Windows dominates the computer software market.
  • Mac is limited to a particular set of software.
  • More software is developed for windows because it has a larger user base, unlike Mac.

Ecosystem

  • All Apple devices like iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV have the same interface as Mac and it becomes easy and simple to use.
  • Windows have to rely on Android devices because they don’t have their mobile solution.
  • Because of different manufacturers, windows do not have a balanced ecosystem.

Build Quality

  • Mac dominates the quality phase.
  • Mac has premium build quality.
  • Windows are customizable from high level to poor quality.

Customization

  • Hardware cannot be upgraded with the latest version of the software in Mac.
  • Windows have much more customization options, unlike Mac.
  • Different manufacturers give windows freedom to upgrade and customize, unlike Mac which is only restricted to Apple drivers.

Drivers

  • Apple can control and maintain most of its drivers.
  • Windows cannot control because it does not have a sole manufacturer of the hardware.
  • In windows sometimes it’s difficult to make all drivers remain up to date.

Gaming

  • As windows share 90% of the market share, so developers mostly create games for the windows operating system.
  • Mac has no upgrade options such as the latest graphic cards like windows have.
  • Windows has brought a revolution in the gaming zone.

Repair costs

  • Mac cannot be repaired by anyone.
  • Windows can be fixed at a cheaper price than mac.
  • Accurate solution is made in Mac.

Haven’t you yet decided?

We have tried objective and fair to state the best of the differences between both Windows and macOS. If you are looking for gaming then, Windows is a no-brainer and if you are creative with work then Mac can be a good option for you. In case you are looking for some professional and working utilities then your choices may differ with each price range. Every person has a different idea and usage of PCs and therefore, it completely depends on what suits their requirements.

Your pocket is important and that is the most probable deciding factor which Laptop or PC you will buy. If you are okay with spending a huge amount for reliable quality, Mac OS will do well. If you want something pocket-friendly, Windows will be the best option.

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