There’s no denying that there’s always been a rivalry between macOS and Windows, with each company claiming that theirs is the better operating system. While this may have been true in the past, nowadays these two systems are becoming increasingly similar. Whether you’re a Mac user that’s thinking of moving over to Windows or vice versa, you won’t miss much either way.
However, the only challenge you’ll face is that of learning the ins and outs of using a new system. Plus, most people need the reassurance of knowing that the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages of switching to a new system.
Both the Windows and macOS systems come with reliable and established setup processes. Neither option requires special sign-in to a particular Microsoft or Apple account, but you’ll get access to more features if you do. This includes messages, app roaming, voice assistants and syncing machines.
You can install the Microsoft OS through its Cortana voice assistant, while Apple enables you to install updates through the Mac App Store’s System Preferences. Both operating systems can automatically identify and install standard hardware drivers for storage, keyboard, mouse, etc.
These operating systems come with different ways of logging in or signing in. For instance, the MacBook Pro comes with a Touch Bar that allows you to sign in with your finger. If you have an Apple Watch on or an iPhone nearby, then you can sign in with one of those as well.
Windows 10 is also great because it comes with a biometric login feature known as Hello, which includes facial recognition technology that you’ll find in Surface devices and high-end PCs. Windows Hello is also compatible with fingerprint readers on devices like the HP Spectre 13. PCs that don’t come with biometric technology support typically accept PIN login credentials.
When the operating system has been booted up you’ll see the famous Windows Start button, along with the menu with your settings, documents, and most popular apps. The macOS enables you to pin your most-used apps in the Dock.
Simply go to the Applications folder to do this, or use icons of your most popular files and programs when setting up your desktop. The Launchpad icon is also useful when it comes to navigating and starting apps.
Apple’s computer hardware options are formidable but their selection is nothing compared to Windows’ massive array of options. This includes unconventional options that run on the Windows 10 operating system, such as Raspberry Pi, VR headsets and HoloLens to name but a few.
There are also many Windows-friendly peripherals to choose from. Windows also offer the most flexibility and variety when it comes to unique components like storage, graphics cards, and the CPU. You can customize the system as much as you want and upgrade it as you go along using these and other options.
This one goes without saying. Windows has dropped the ball on multiple occasions over the years, leading to countless malware attacks in the form of viruses, botnets, spyware, and even ransomware.
Adversely, the MacOS seems to have beefed up security as it hasn’t fallen prey to such occurrences. Now, we’re not saying that Macs are invincible because they aren’t. The Spectre and Meltdown incidences both show this to be clear as they affected both operating systems.
The good news for Windows users is that the OS is constantly working to improve its security as evidenced by its Windows Defender updates which include anti-ransomware software. The macOS and Windows operating systems come with built-in VPN support, but Macs offer better stability because Apple has full control over its hardware ecosystem.
The main reason why the average Windows PC user will always be vulnerable is that the OS offers support for a lot of third-party drivers that introduce threats into the system. Even Microsoft Surface computers have experienced blue screen “incidents.”
Compatibility with Third-Party Software
Both Windows and macOS have amassed an impressive ecosystem of different services and software. However, the MacOS is known for its support of creativity while Windows is the best when it comes to business applications.
But, there’s a bit of a crossover with both options, as Windows offers a lot of creative software options in the way of photo and video editing software, while the macOS has a lot of fantastic business software.
Both operating systems offer convenient app stores that are useful for updates and installations. However, these app stores are mostly optimized for use on mobile devices and the user experience isn’t so smooth on PC devices.
It’s quite weird that some of the macOS apps that you’ll find require antiquated navigation methods for installation, whereas Windows has really stepped up their game when it comes to making app installations easier.
Gaming and VR
The Microsoft operating system is arguably the best when it comes to gaming. It comes with support for virtual reality and other advanced gaming features. As a Windows OS user, you’ll have exclusive access to the Windows Mixed Reality headsets and the Oculus Rift which aren’t available to macOS users.
However, macOS Mojave does work with the HTC Vive headsets. Windows 10 devices are also perfect for Xbox users. While there is a level of gaming support available on the Mac platform, it’s not as comprehensive and cutting-edge as what Windows offers. Windows users get to enjoy high-end titles and support for most Steam games.
Most Mac devices don’t even offer something as simple and basic as discrete graphics cards and users must resort to external GPUs for the same experience. Still, MacOS users are a long way from fully enjoying the immersive gaming experience.
As with Windows, the company seems to have taken the gaming scene very seriously and they’re constantly innovating to satisfy their gaming fans. That’s why Windows offers the best in gaming add-ons, utilities, accessories and more. Windows even allows you to build your own gaming rig.
Apple isn’t resting on its laurels either, as the company is planning to improve user gaming experience with added VR support in the future. For now, macOS users will have to make do with using their mobile devices in order to fully enjoy the gaming experience as third-pay manufacturers don’t seem interested in accommodating the operating system otherwise.
As you can see, there’s a lot of similarity between these two operating systems. The one you pick will depend on your own preferences and needs. For instance, gamers always opt for the Windows OS while creatives are partial to Mac devices.