Mac Vs Windows 10: Which Works Best for Your Team
Opposites attract … usually. But when it comes to the PC versus Mac debate, we’ve not seen enough common ground between these two warring factions to warrant hand-holding, let alone marriage. The division between the two sets of computer advocates has been so pronounced, we’re pretty sure Match.com could use the “are you a Mac or are you a PC person” as one of their qualifying relationship profile questions.
Things Just Changed
— The Tiny Director (@TheTinyDirector) July 31, 2015
Microsoft has released Windows 10, their newest operating system, and the chasm between PC and Mac just narrowed. One Wall Street Journal reporter switched from Mac to PC, stating, “I’m more productive and faster at handling my many open windows on Microsoft’s latest than on Apple’s.”
While this may cause gastric reflux in some Mac users, there may actually be some merit in taking a peek at the new Microsoft 10 operating system (OS).
Windows 10 Just Got Cooler
Windows users are probably the first to admit that Windows 8 had some … issues. A late 2014 Slate article was even titled, “Windows 8 Was So Bad That Microsoft Is Skipping Windows 9.” Ouch.
While Windows 7 was a decent operating system, version 8 featured a reimagined desktop, and most people, including PC diehards, absolutely hated it.
Generally, it’s assumed in the computer-geek world that when an OS is labeled “windows,” that’s a strong component of the platform. But the windows in Windows 8 didn’t work. It was confusing and more complicated than its predecessor. Microsoft took away the much-loved Start Menu, the user interfaces were inconsistent, and switching between programs was unwieldy and time wasting.
So What Happened?
Computer pundits surmise that Windows 8 was launched as a response to the flood of tablets into the market. In fact, the original iPad arrived six months after the launch of Windows 7, and Microsoft was unprepared. Windows 8 was their attempt to move toward capturing the tablet market.
Microsoft’s underestimation of the demand for simple touch screen technology caused them to lose business to their archrivals, those savvy Apple geeks (and others). They were playing catch-up when they released 8. But before it even hit the stores, the Intel CEO labeled Windows 8 “half-baked.”
In any case, Windows 8 was Microsoft’s attempt to combine desktop and touch environments into one OS. But usability issues caused the OS to fail in the translation to mobile devices and tablets.
Let’s talk 10
Early reviews on Windows 10 are excellent.
Windows 10 has a slick new design and a much better windows management tool, along with a decently helpful personal assistant named Cortana. Windows 10 is designed to adapt to all different categories of devices, from PCs to tablets to phones, with different interfaces tailored to each one.
Windows 10 has a cool split screen feature for multitaskers that allows you to slide email to one side and a web browser to the other. It also lets users stack up to four windows on the screen. The applications in the workplace are large and exciting, potentially creating a rise in worker productivity and business ROI, especially when compared to Windows 8.
However, the integration between Windows 10 and mobile apps still leaves something to be desired. And Windows 10 doesn’t adapt totally to the iPhone. For example, you can’t answer mobile calls on your PC like you can on a Mac. In fact, the Continuity feature is one of the top reasons Mac people dig it; the seamless integration allows you to respond by phone, email, or text without leaving your computer.
Having a Mac Attack
If the sincerest form of flattery is plagiarism, then these two computer companies have been complimenting each other by stealing great ideas for the past 30 years.
One of the things that Apple is best at is offering a sophisticated product with advanced features that can be discovered over time, instead of users facing a high learning curve in order to get started with the computer.
Over the years, Apple redefined OS X as more than just an operating system. It houses a suite of products including email, calendar, browser, word processor, image editor, media player, and instant messaging. For many Macophiles, these apps are all they need and want.
Mac revolutionized the hand-off between OS X and iOS devices. Now, many Mac users take for granted the ability to start an email on your laptop and finish it on your phone. But really, the nimbleness of Hand-off interoperability is still an amazing feature. This close integration remains a unique and strong selling point for the brand.
In the digital era, security remains a big issue for any computer company. Windows has been a virus magnet over the years, requiring antivirus software that has been marginally effective. Until recently, Macs have been immune from most attacks, but some plug-ins, namely Adobe and Java, funneled a Trojan horse in 2012, causing some problems in almost 700,000 Macs. But for the time being, Mac is still safer than a PC.
So Are You a Mac or a PC?
Funny commercials aside, Flowing Data has an infographic that may be the definitive answer to who makes up the PC versus Mac demographic. They surveyed 388,315 Hunch users and found:
- 52% used a PC, 25% a Mac, and 23% neither
- Liberals made up 58% of the Mac users
- 38% of PC users were more likely than Mac people to have a stronger aptitude for math
- Mac people prefer modern art and are enthusiastic about design
- 69% of PC users would rather ride a Harley than a Vespa
Which is better for your business: a Mac or a PC? While graphic designers around the globe covet Mac’s retinal display, it is more expensive than a PC’s. PCs have more flexibility when it comes to customization, but the Mac comes with a set of software programs, from GarageBand to iMovie, that are easy-use but powerful preloads. The Windows PC is favored generally for finance, project management, office admin tasks, and data entry, some of the more traditional computer tasks. Offices favor the Mac for creative pursuits like photo editing, graphic design, publishing, and social media.
As Apple and Microsoft move closer together by stealing and redefining similar features, companies will need to weigh all the benefits and weakness of both brands in order to adopt the best tools for their unique business model.
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