Does Lion roar enough to compel you to ditch Windows the next time you’re ready to buy a new laptop? Actually, Apple was doing pretty darn well even before its latest operating system arrived, with the company recently snagging the number-three spot in U.S. PC sales on the strength of its hot-selling MacBook Airs. Lion just kicks things up a notch, adding such iPad-like amenities as a new Launchpad for your apps and helpful multitouch gestures.
On the other hand, Windows 7 runs on a whopping 94 percent of computers sold worldwide. And why not? Since late 2009, Microsoft’s sequel to the hated Vista OS has proved easier to use and is full of helpful features. On average, Windows notebooks also continue to be much more affordable than Macs. Still, whether it’s because of the iPad halo effect or the perception that Macs simply cause less headaches, more and more people are wondering whether it’s time to jump the Windows ship.
To help you decide which OS is best, we pitted Mac OS X Lion and Windows 7 against each other—feature by feature—in an epic battle.