Regarding performance security, usability, and other tasks, which of the two most popular desktop operating systems wins? We take it apart feature by detail. I am primarily a Windows user, along with over eighty percent of the laptop and desktop world, as a matter of complete disclosure. However, I am an iPhone fan and an expert in software reviews; I have plenty of experience with Macs. I'm not a Mac or an Apple hater by any stretch.
Instead of framing this as an argument to support either or the other instead, I'll explore the basic features of an operating system and then compare Microsoft and Apple's options as I go. Sure, every category will have a winner, and we'll count the points at the final analysis. Still, choosing an OS is more than capabilities that support hardware and software and the capabilities. It's all about the devices that users around you are using as well as your entire ecosystem (including tablets and smartphones), your environment (including phone as well as your tablets) as well as your company's demands, as well as your personal.
Both OSes have clear and refined set-up procedures. Both OSes can be used without having your account at Apple or Microsoft; however, both provide more features if you sign up. It's impossible to sync devices, voice assistants messaging, app roaming, and many other benefits if you do not sign in.
Microsoft allows you to install the OS by using your voice via Cortana. Apple installs updates via System Preferences instead of in the Mac App Store. They automatically detect and install drivers for standard hardware peripherals like mice, keyboards, and storage.
Both systems can log in above the standard act of logging in using your desktop. If you own a MacBook Pro with a Touch Bar, you can sign in to your Mac using your fingers. You can also sign in using an iPhone and Apple Watch if they are near sufficient for your computer.
However, Windows 10 offers Hello with multiple Biometric options for login. Face login is among the coolest, and it's available on a lot of premium PCs, which includes the entire range of Windows devices. Windows Hello also supports fingerprint readers on laptops, such as the HP Spectre 13. If your hardware isn't compatible with either of these capabilities, Windows will also accept the PIN.
Logging Into Big Sur from a Windows 10 Machine, Source: Youtube, RubyBro
After you've booted into after booting the OS, Windows has the Start button and menu that allows you to navigate to your most used applications or settings as well as documents. The same isn't the case with macOS. However, you can pin frequently-used apps to the Dock, navigate into the Applications folder, or even set up the desktop using icons of the programs you often use and your favorite documents. It is also possible to use the Launchpad icon to navigate through and launch applications.
The winner: Windows 10
Apple provides some fantastic hardware choices for computer users, such as stunning industrial designs on Macbooks, optional 5K-resolution screens on iMacs, and the latest, hugely efficient Mac Pro (starting at $5,999). It isn't only expensive but also dwarfed by the vast array of Windows PCs. You can add other options, such as the HoloLens, VR headsets, and those with the Raspberry Pi, that can all operate Windows 10. There's a more excellent selection of Windows-compatible peripherals to pick from.
There's no competition for internal components, such as storage, processor, graphics card, and storage. Windows provides you with more options to configure the system to have the features you require and more opportunities to upgrade later.
The winner: Windows 10
Both operating systems provide some flexibility for customization. However, we've moved long past the need for massive interface changes. However, both OSes offer a variety of background backgrounds for desktops, sizes, and screen savers. Dark themes are all the trend, so each Mac and Windows have them available. The Mac version is more general, and specific older Windows dialogs are not yet dimming. This update to Windows 10 May 2019 Update includes the Custom option that lets you choose which you prefer, light or dark mode for the system's elements, apps, or both.
AutoCad 2020 windows vs mac version User Interface Comparison, Source: Youtube, Awais Mirza
Both OSes have excellent plug-and-play multi-display support, but Windows has a bit more control. With Windows, it is possible to spread window windows of your program across multiple monitors, while in macOS, every window of a program will only be displayed on one display. If you're keen on the possibility of customizing your interface, I would suggest Linux, which provides a variety of various user interfaces.
Despite these promising initiatives, Apple's integration with macOS devices and iOS-running devices is far superior to Windows's capabilities. The Notifications feature in macOS allows you to send text messages through sync with the nearby iPhone All your photos are available to share across multiple devices using Apple Photos; you can transfer nearly anything using AirDrop and even make video calls using FaceTime between your devices. Apple Watch is another element of the integrated ecosystem that Windows cannot compete with. For instance, you can unlock your Mac by placing your watch near, and the same notification goes to both.
Further unification between macOS and iOS is on the way, including universal applications that users will be able to buy for either platform and then have it run across both platforms, as being compatible with iPadOS TVOS, tvOS, and watchOS.
The winner: macOS
Windows comes with at least two applications that allow you to enter into the realm of 3D and VR. The 3D Viewer application lets you see 3D models with glasses or on a screen. Windows' Mixed Reality Viewer app is compatible with VR headsets only, offering you access to virtual VR applications. The two most well-known VR headsets -- HTC Vive and Oculus Rift--only work with Windows. We can't forget about the headset that runs Windows 10 called the HoloLens, focused on virtual reality.
Open Inventor Medical Edition | HMD VR Support | 3D Visualization Toolkit, Source: Youtube, LANIKA SOLUTIONS
Apple has made progress towards VR support. You can edit 360-degree videos content using Final Cut Pro X using external enclosures to graphics cards that support VR. Apple's ARKit AR is only available on iOS at the moment.
Win: Windows 10
Both operating systems have plenty of assistance to users who are disabled. However, Microsoft has always made the most of this. Both OSes have screen magnification Braille support, text narration with the keypad is slow and sticky, and voice input; however, with Windows, blind users can configure the system with a voice. Microsoft has added the capability to operate the computer using your eyes, as seen in the above photo.
Accessibility Features That Make Windows 10 Easier to Use, Source: Youtube, TechGumbo
Microsoft offers American Sign Language support by videophone, as well as a cost-free BeMyEyes application with a feature that "connects blind and low vision people with volunteers for visual assistance through a live video call." In the Microsoft Build conference, one of the company's developers blind, showed an AR application running on the HoloLens that could convey people's emotions to him in real-time according to their expressions, using the company's Seeing AI technology. The company even released a Seeing AI app for Apple's iOS.
The May 2019 Update for Windows 10 goes even further with accessibility improvements, such as an updated dashboard, as well as more languages for Narrator. It also allows drawing with only your keyboard Paint.
The winner: Windows 10
Apple macOS and Windows 10?
We've attempted to be objective and fair, and as you'll observe from the above sections, both operating systems are on the same page in many instances. Do you consider yourself to agree? Do you think other categories could be included in our assessment?
Hope this article is helpful to you, thanks for reading.