This is a guest contribution from Mahesh Dabade.
In this new age of technology, the only wars we wage are the tech-wars. The operating system is an often debated topic for most of the tech geeks. And for many years, people have been battling over choosing the best OS between Mac and Windows. The Apple Mac users prefer their OS X over Windows as they feel it is slow and insufficient while the Windows users say Mac has limitation over use as they are not practical. There are other operating systems in the market like Ubuntu, Linux etc but they have only a limited number of users. A lot of us really don’t know which is better and which one suits our requirements. In this article, we be discussing in detail about which OS is better between Mac vs. PC.
The Mac OS or OSX system runs only on Apple’s MacBooks and iMac. While the Microsoft’s Windows OS run on Pc’s or Personal Computers and are available on products like Lenovo, Dell, Samsung, HP etc. Talking about booting then Windows OS has an upper hand as you can boot a 32-bit or a 64-bit Windows 10 on a Mackintosh machine but you cannot run an OS x on a Windows PC. There are several other areas where one rules over the other. Lets us all discuss them one by one.
Mac vs. PC:-A look at the history
Apple Mackintosh launched the first successful computer that had a mouse and a GUI (Graphical User Interface) on 24th January 1984. And as a response to the growing audience for GUI’s, about a year later, Microsoft launched its Microsoft Windows in November 1985.
Since then Microsoft took the PC world with a storm as Apple Mackintosh’s sales started declining due to the increased popularity of IBM PC that ran on Microsoft Windows OS. At one point, Windows dominated the industry with over 91% of market share. Microsoft still continues to dominate as it has designed its OS to be compatible with various other hardware that is created by companies like HP, Lenovo, IBM, Dell etc.
Mac vs. PC: – Software Compatibility
Windows PC is a clear winner when you talk about software compatibility. You can easily launch any app on the Windows systems with ease on all kinds of hardware. And not to forget mentioning, Microsoft Windows are backward compatible. That means a new version of Windows is compatible to run even on an old PC machine.
Well, this is not the case with OS X. It allows its users to access a variety of softwares and apps that they need. But they are not versatile. Their latest OS X versions may not run on an old machine. Also in terms of pricing, the Apple Mac is a bit more expensive than Windows as their software and apps come at higher prices. It totally depends on users which software they want to run and according to that they can decide which Os to opt for. A Mac can run Windows programs and the Windows versions of programs like Adobe Photoshop match up to their Mac counterparts.
In terms of productivity, OS X offers Numbers, Pages and Keynote for free while you need to pay extra for Microsoft Office 365 Home. Also, the Mac version of Microsoft Office 2016 doesn’t have Publisher and Access.
Mac vs. PC:-Innovation and Software Development
Apple has always had an innovative approach while designing all their products such as Macbooks, iPhone, iPad etc. They always work towards offering the best apps for their devices. Mac undoubtedly has the best design and stylish appeal over its competitors. But the downside is the high price. Even many Mac users would concur that the price seems to be slightly higher if you weigh the offering of both Mac and Windows. If you are willing to shell out extra in return of a product that looks stunning that Mac is just the one for you.
While on the other hand, Microsoft offers innovation in various versions of their OS. Windows OC users enjoy access to an array of apps and software that includes a number of free releases from Open Source Software and Freeware.
Who uses What?
Apple’s Macbook is generally used by Home office users like authors and Lawyers, various Startups, Accounting Professionals, Architects, IT professionals, Real estate agents, Scientists, and Businessmen. While Windows PC is used by people belonging to various age groups. They are used almost everywhere like Banks, Schools, Colleges, Developers, Home Office users and Business Owners as well.
Comparing the tech specs and features, one would find out that most of the PC’s are more or less very similar to Apple Mac. Many of the big players in the Windows-based PC manufacturing industry, like Toshiba, HP offer 2GB DDR3 SDRAM same as that provided by Mac. But companies like Toshiba and Sony offer 4GB DDR3 SDRAM even their Hard drive capacity is greater i.e. 320G opposed to just 250GB HDD provided by Mac. Apple Macbook has an advantage with their battery life which goes up to 10 hours per charge. But that advantage is also short-lived as the latest series introduced by Sony VAIO and HP ENVY offers up to 8 and 10 hours per charge respectively. Each has its own benefit. If your requirement involves editing, designing and creating graphics then Mac works best for you. While PC works great if your works involve emailing, web browsing and web development.
The choice of selecting the better OS between Mac vs. PC is always tough. Both have their high and low points. You will find more details on TechLila blog. It all comes down to users requirements. Apple is perceived as a status symbol and reputation for its structure and classy design attracting more and more every day. But one needs to be willing to pay that extra buck to own one Macbook. The high price makes a buyer roll out to other brands in the market. Microsoft Windows is not far behind. With brands like Sony and Dell that are known to bring newness on the platter, Windows will continue to dominate.