Early this week, Microsoft has unveiled yet another version of its current desktop operating system, the Windows 10 S. This now brings the total version count to three; the Windows 10 Home, Professional, and 10 S. While the new operating system is inherently different from the other versions, some actually ask if this strategy from Microsoft is all but necessary.
For years, Mac users have come to know just one operating system, the Mac OS. Throughout the years, there have been multiple revisions of the OS, however, users still refer to it as the Mac OS. With the macOS Sierra 10.13 release looming on the horizon, many are still asking which of the two PC operating systems works the best in today’s computing world.
It is not really a big deal now to know that Microsoft released different versions of its operating system. Based on the kind of user, each version will have its own limits and capabilities set by Microsoft. To some non-technical individuals, this is always a struggle. Getting the best type of Windows operating system can sometimes lead to frustrations and most often ending in choosing the professional edition just to make sure everything is covered. Now that the Windows 10 S has entered the fray, the situation is a tad more complicated than before.
As for the Mac, that is just it, the macOS Sierra. No other version, only upgrades to the previous iteration. This is quite simplistic especially for someone who does not want to be bothered with the intricacies of choosing the perfect operating system.
Features support is not an issue with a Mac. Every macOS Sierra released has the same features across the board. On the Windows OS however, features are locked depending on the version that is being used.
For instance, in order to use more advanced administrative features for the Windows 10 OS, one must have access to a professional version of the OS. And as mentioned earlier, the introduction of the Windows 10 S only makes it a bit more complicated.
For Windows 10 S, only apps coming from the Windows Store are allowed to run on the system. Anything that is not in the said store is not permitted and must upgrade to a professional version to run the application in question. In the macOS Sierra, apps that come from the App Store are treated the same as apps downloaded from the Internet.
In hindsight, Microsoft’s new scheme for the Windows 10 S is a bit more secure since applications will need to be registered with Microsoft before it gets installed into a system. This means that Microsoft can check whether an app has malware codes within the app itself.
There is no denying that when it comes to apps, a Windows system is the king. Compared to Apple, Microsoft has far more developers making apps for the Windows 10 operating system. Because of this, there is a corresponding application for pretty much anything that is needed by a Windows user.
The same cannot be said for the macOS Sierra. Although, throughout the years, Apple has invested a lot on its developers for the Mac ecosystem. Since the release of the first Mac many years ago, Apple has generated thousands of apps for the Mac OS.
In addition to this, Apple has made the macOS Sierra even more palatable to users by including its suite of office applications with any Mac system. Although one can say that users are actually paying for the said apps since Apple charges a huge premium for its products.
Software updates are very important to a computer. It prevents malware and other computer viruses from wreaking havoc on a user’s computer. However, Microsoft somehow still has not perfected the way it does the updates. More often than not, every time a Windows computer boots, there is a high likelihood that it will update on the spot.
Apple, on the other hand, has managed to make system updates less frustrating to its users. There are far fewer software updates on the macOS Sierra that will require a system reboot.
Since the dawn of time, the Windows operating system has been plagued by thousands of viruses, malware, adware, and other malicious programs. This is why for anyone using a Windows PC, an anti-virus software is a must have. However, in recent years, with the introduction of the Windows Defender, Windows security has increased drastically. Nowadays, one can survive without a third-party anti-malware software just by being really careful. Nevertheless, the Windows ecosystem is still swarming with many nasty programs that have nefarious intentions towards its victims.
On the other hand, the macOS Sierra has been relatively safe against the same issues that plagued Windows. There are not a lot of Mac systems that have third-party anti-virus software. Apple has a similar app for the Windows Defender and it is called the Gatekeeper.
The Gatekeeper is macOS Sierra’s malware checking app. It was introduced with the Mac OS X Mountain Lion back in 2012. Just like the Windows Defender, it filters applications downloaded from the Internet from harming the macOS ecosystem.
Unfortunately, due to its increasing popularity, researchers have discovered that malware and viruses for the Mac has increased by more than 700 percent over the course of several years. While this may be true, it still does not warrant a third-party anti-virus software for a macOS Sierra system.
Between the two operating systems, the macOS Sierra has been known to be quite robust and stable. This is perhaps one of the best selling points of the operating system. However, it is undeniable that Microsoft has progressed so much when it comes to improving the Windows 10. Users are experiencing fewer crashes and system freezes.
At the end of the day, it all boils down to preference. It would take a macOS Sierra user a huge amount of effort to switch to the Windows 10 operating system. The same can be said for a Windows 10 user. Both operating systems have their own weaknesses and strengths and users will use those in choosing what is best for them.
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