Windows 8 vs OS X Mountain Lion

Multitasking

Windows 8

You’ve never seen Windows multitask like this. With a flick of your finger from the left side of the touchpad, you can switch applications in the blink of an eye. In Metro mode, you can also dock an app to the left or right side of the screen so you can see two programs side by side.

However, to see multiple open apps at once, Windows 8 forces you to swipe from the edge, then go back toward the edge to show a thumbnail view. It’s annoying. Alternatively, you can press Alt + Tab to see a row of thumbnails in the middle of your screen, which works in Desktop or Metro mode.

In Desktop mode, you can switch between programs as you always have by using the task bar.

It’s nice that Windows 8 lets you place apps side by side, but we don’t like that it works differently in Metro and desktop modes. In the former environment, you can dock an app in only two sizes: one-third of the screen or two-thirds. In desktop mode, you can snap two windows next to each other at the same size or re-size them as you wish.

OS X Mountain Lion

Apple’s OS X gives you multiple ways to multitask. In addition to the always-visible dock, you can press Command + Tab to cycle through open apps. Perhaps the easiest way to see everything you’re working (and playing) on at once is the Mission Control, accessible via a four-finger swipe up. This feature gives you a birds-eye view of open apps.

If you have multiple full-screen apps open, you can four-swinger swipe between them. We wish this gesture applied to both windowed and full-screen apps, though. Why segregate them?

Early Winner: OS X Mountain Lion

Having a dock that’s always visible and the ability to see all your open apps with a single gesture trumps the speed with which you can flip through apps on Windows 8. If Microsoft makes the thumbnail view the default one when swiping from the left, we’ll change our minds.

Notifications

Windows 8

As with Windows Phone, Microsoft neatly integrates notifications into its Live Tiles in Windows 8. For example, the Email tile will tell you how many messages you have waiting. It’s obvious, but not in your face.

In addition, Windows 8 employs “toaster notifications” that pop up in the top right corner of your screen for certain applications. Right now, the list is limited to six apps, including Internet Explorer, Messaging and Xbox Live, but developers will also be able to plug into this system.

Windows 8 gives you a fair amount of control over notifications. You can turn them on or off or toggle them for specific apps within the settings menu.

OS X Mountain Lion

Apple takes a different approach to notifications with Mountain Lion. Similar to iOS, the new Notification Center stores all your alerts, from calendar appointments and Game Center invitations to mail and App Store updates, in one list. To reveal your notifications, swipe from the right edge. (You can also click a circle in the top right corner to see your alerts.)

Mountain Lion also displays Notification Banners in the top right corner as they come in, and if there’s more than one, they get vertically stacked.

As for customizing notifications, Mountain Lion gives you even more flexibility than Windows 8. You can choose the alert style, how many alerts you want to show in Notification Center at one time, and whether to play a sound when notifications come in. Mountain Lion even lets you customize the order in which alerts appear based on the app. Finally, a Do Not Disturb switch silences all alerts.

Early Winner: Windows 8

 Despite the fact that Mountain Lion’s Notification Center is very robust and you have a lot of control, we prefer the more subtle approach to alerts in Windows 8. They’re more inviting embedded within the tiles and deliver a more integrated experience.



Windows 8 vs OS X Mountain Lion

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  1. Bruce Says:

    How stupid do you think we are? You are extremely biased against Microsoft. In my opinion, you’re a blooming IDIOT. What’s wrong with you? Sounds like you’re suffering from an identity crisis? Apple products are just not that good but no matter what Apple does or doesn’t do or lacks big time, people like you will still pretend that Apple has an edge but 90% of us know better. Apple has only 10% of the Computer Market and the reason for that is, Apple is just not that good. Even with billions of dollars’ worth of made up ratings from you and others in their favor; Apple has ONLY 10% of the Computer Market. Goes to prove how weak their products are, in my opinion. Apple can even build a phone that has a badly defective antenna and people like you will still brag up a storm about Apple’s phone. Let’s face the truth! The PC World taught Apple how to build a computer and Apple IS building PC’s now and Microsoft standardized the Operating System in Computers and Microsoft’s increased hardware compatibility of Computers was quite awesome as compare to an archaic Apple Computer and Microsoft taught Apple (Something else to copy.) how to design an Operating System. So, what’s there to brag about?

    Have a great day.

  2. Big Ern Says:

    I thought this article was rather balanced.

    And Bruce, forget the meds today?

  3. Kiljoy616 Says:

    Bruce dude take your medication! You know you can’t cope with reality without them.

    Good article both OS have their merit neither is better and only reason MS has more of a base is because like Google Android they don’t really sell the hardware. So anyone can use Windows on what ever hardware they are selling, even cheap as a copper penny systems. I personally am happy with both OS since I use them both depending on my needs.

    As for Bruce flipping out MS has more shares because well for one they where a massive monopoly for a long time even if they are not as big deal now. Two and my favorite statistically is that Windows is massively pirated.

  4. Bart Says:

    Bit premature this article. We don’t know half the features that will come to Windows 8, because 1) we only have our hands on the RP at the moment and 2) the online services, Skydrive in particular, are to be updated and will bring a host of new features complementing Windows 8.

    So, I think its fair to say this whole article is just a snapshot in time. And comparing a RP with a released OS….. not done.

    Nonetheless, well written and a nice (partial) insight to both OS’s

  5. Sachi Says:

    Bruce,……………………………………………..
    Just because apple holds only 10% of the computer market doesn’t mean that’s it isn’t as good as microsoft.
    Get the reality straight to ur head,
    For those u do creative work like music creation or video editing Mac is the best
    For those who just check their mail and browse the web Mac is still most easy to use
    For those who are programmers, they prefer Linux ,
    For those who are developer and wanna sell apps they use Mac
    So why are u being racist to apple
    The only reason Microsoft holds a great deal in the computer market is because it’s cheap
    If apple would have similar pricing then it would had taken of years ago especially since the arrival off vista

  6. Andrew Says:

    Bruce, do you like history? Well, if you don’t I’ll give you some… Apple created the first commercially successful GUI for a computer, and what did Window’s have back then? A command line interface. Who copied Apple? Microsoft. If anyone taught anyone how to design an operation system, it was Apple teaching Microsoft… :P

  7. Chuck Says:

    Granted Microsoft has a bigger footprint when it comes to market share for computers out in the work and/or home. Remember, Mr. Gates just about gave away Windows to the computer manufacturers to get his product out in the market place knowing that consumers would need to buy the next generation upgrade. Remember all the patches needed for Windows to work? Mac’s didn’t suffer from that problem as much because Apple thourghly tested its product before release. Third party App makers complained at first to the stringent rules for the Apple App market. Adobe got upset because Apple refused to intergrate Acrobat on its iOS because it wasn’t secure (it didn’t run well on my old Windows computers, crashed most of the time).
    There are more reasons why people left Windows for Mac’s, these are some of the ones I left Windows for Mac.

  8. Anthony Says:

    MCROSOFT ALL THE WAY! APPLE SUCKS!

  9. kennyrosenyc Says:

    Dumbest article ever. You have no idea of what you’re talking about. When did we all turn into 15 year old girls? ‘My tablet is better than your tablet!’

  10. Pro Says:

    Apple elitists can step down from the high horse about copying this or that. Most successful businesses get their ideas from somewhere else, usually another business.

    One poster stated how Apple had the first commercial GUI. Guess what, Apple got it from Xerox. Gasp, choke! What? You mean Steve Jobs wasn’t a martian that created the microchip?? Oh no!!!

    Apple makes good products. They tend to be more stable than MS because everything that goes into an Apple PC is created by Apple.

    MS pushes the hardware & software market forward. MS products are good but usually not as stable as Apple because you have a ton of companies that all make parts for a MS pc. But, all of that competition is what pushes the computer age forward. Apple can never stay up with the latest graphics or the top memory or the top hd drives etc.. etc..

    Apple came out of this shell some by having Intel chips. But it’s still just an Apple.

  11. K Says:

    I thought Amiga created the first commercially successful GUI for a computer. I’ll have to refresh my memory on that one.

    Anyways, I use both, like both, and mostly get a good laugh at the people that freak out over the articles that attempt to discuss both.

    As for Sharing and the Cloud, I think I like Macs way of going about it better. Maybe it was just the CP of Win8, but I recall having to log into my PC with my Microsoft account rather than the local one I’d prefer to use on my network in order to see the real advantages of linking up with SkyDrive. On the other hand, I got onto SkyDrive when they were offereing 25G of space as opposed to the measely 5G that Apple offers. Is MS not offering the free 25G upgrade anymore? The article only mentioned 7G.

  12. Kaz Hanigan Says:

    Poor Bruce definitely has opinions, but needs to get his facts straight before expressing emotional decisions in writing. With age comes wisdom. Perhaps a history lesson would help. BACK THEN: Microsoft was still relying on a text-mode interface, while in 1984 the Apple Macintosh set the standard for GUI’s (Graphical User Interfaces). The Macs GUI offered features that only came to Windows with version 2.0 and then NOT FULLY until Windows 95. Hmmm…… Microsoft Windows appeared to largely imitate a lot of the key features of the Mac Operating system. AND THE NOW: Is Microsoft still riding the coattails of Apple’s success once again? In my opinion, Microsoft is still more of a “competitive response” type of company, rather than the “innovator” like Apple has always been. Bigger is not always better. But then some still believe that those with more corporate profits can be translated into saying that it equals a superior product for the consumer.

  13. Bah Durr Says:

    People who care about which Os is better are just dumb. I use Apple products because I happen to think that the Os works better with the hardware. But really, who the hell cares. Buy a computer you can afford, and use it. Stop being no life whiney babies. Please. I hate the time I am spending even writing this, but I’m at work so it’s cool. Shut up and get hobbies that aren’t bitching about stuff. Durr.

  14. Jah Says:

    Stupid article.
    Jah bless!

  15. Craig Says:

    GUI was first implemented in the Xerox STAR System. Apple stole it.

  16. Ken Says:

    GUI was first implemented in the Xerox Star System. It was a good idea, but not ready for prime time. Apple bought it. Then they researched into human factors, revamped it, implemented it, and made it a consumer product. A couple years later, Microsoft copied it. Apple sued, but the judge ruled that Apple’s contract with Microsoft [inadvertently] licensed Microsoft to copy it in perpetuity.

    The reviewer compares Skydrive and iCloud incorrectly. Yes, Skydrive includes 7GB free and iCloud only includes 5GB free, but that is only part of the story. Any purchases from iTunes are stored in iCloud and can be streamed from there. For free. In my case, iCloud gives me 1.5 TB of storage for free, and I didn’t even have to upload anything.

  17. Kimball Says:

    Well you see I am not very sure if I want Windows or OSX. I must say the best OS is the one that works best for you! Thats the problem I find I have. I want some windows functionality, and other times I want OSX!

    Why windows? because of the greater selection of computer parts at a lower price/customization. I do want a Geforce GTX M560 or whatever the hell they call high end mobile graphics. I want to run HD video, and high end games, and high end applications easily. Windows has a vast amount of applications for development/power user.

    Why OSX? Reliability, and ease of use. I absolutely love my families IMac 2010 it works fantastic 24/7 with limited hiccups. It does not get vastly slower over time without maintenance. PLUS the warrantee is incredible.

    I love, and hate both operating systems.
    Oh, and Linux is personally best for me as a file sharing system.
    What matters in an OS is how you use it, and the purpose it fulfills.

    Also Xerox invested in Apple.
    “Jobs was so struck by the power inherent to the PARC that he offered Xerox the opportunity to invest a million dollars in Apple computer if the company would agree to let him and his Lisa team study Alto. Xerox felt that it had nothing to lose. ”
    http://www.vectronicsappleworld.com/macintosh/creation.html

    Which also explains why we use a computer mouse.

    Just because someone else came up with the idea, and another company used it; does not mean they stole it. It could be they had a mutual agreement.

  18. Chiiba Says:

    Craig: Xerox GAVE it to them along with the mouse. Xerox still to this day, in remarkably dumb fashion, gives up patents. Just like HP could have owned all of this, but they thought personal computers were a silly idea. Ooops. Apple took the idea from Xerox yes, and I don’t know if any code was shared, but even if Xerox built the core functionality, Apple designed and built the real desktop. Before Microsoft.

    Kaz knows what he’s talking about in regards to the competition between Apple and Microsoft. If not for MS, the Apple products I recently started purchasing wouldn’t be just so darn good!

  19. Chiiba Says:

    Actually, that was Pro (sorry)

  20. Tom Says:

    Craig said: “GUI was first implemented in the Xerox STAR System. Apple stole it.”

    Go and read the (dated) article at

    http://www.folklore.org/StoryView.py?project=Macintosh&story=On_Xerox,_Apple_and_Progress.txt&topic=Software%20Design&sortOrder=Sort%20by%20Date

    Much, much more informative than this waste-of-a-comment ‘Apple stole it’ tripe.

  21. george Says:

    I hate windows…3 years ago my wife bought a mac…It Is STIll woorking like new. I bought a windows computer. 8 months later it died.. Bought another windowsm.. It died..bought anothe r windows computer..it runs likew crap

  22. max Says:

    craig you are stupid first take some history classes and then reply here…………………Windows is FULL OF VIRUS and totally pirated and it still uses that stupid system of serial numbers and serial keys….. they are easy to hack in even a 12 year old child can hack windows software …………. for those who curse apple—- if you people can’t afford mac then don’t buy it and let it be,,, why are you cursing it just because you can’t afford apple hardware and software!!!!!!

  23. Jerry Says:

    You Windows user need to get your facts right. First Apple did not copy from Xerox. Apple granted xerox to buy their shares in exchange of viewing their GUI. Don’t forget Xerox engineers show the GUI and the mouse to their board of directors and they all laugh at their ideas. When Steve Jobs saw what Xerox had he asked one of their engineers if they want to work for Apple. The rest is history. The problem with Windows users that you don’t know your own history. It was Apple was first to introduce a computer for consumers. It was Apple in 1983 Lisa computer to have GUI. It was Apple was first to have text to speech and fonts in 1984, The Macintosh. It Too Microsft 12 years to catch up to Apple with the GUI. It took Microsft again 6 years to catch up OS X Cheetah, with Windows Vista. Why dont you Windows user look up the history of OS X and look at all the features that Apple Had before Microsft copy them. Look at Microsoft retail store, all copied from Apple, from the desk, Genius bar and the clothes, can’t believe it they copy their clothes, t shirt, jeans and sneakers. All I can say is Remond start your photocopiers.

  24. Jerry Says:

    Jerry Says: Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    July 29th, 2012 at 6:40 pm
    You Windows user need to get your facts right. First Apple did not copy from Xerox. Apple granted xerox to buy their shares in exchange of viewing their GUI. Don’t forget Xerox engineers show the GUI and the mouse to their board of directors and they all laugh at their ideas. When Steve Jobs saw what Xerox had he asked one of their engineers if they want to work for Apple. The rest is history. The problem with Windows users that you don’t know your own history. It was Apple was first to introduce a first personal computer for consumers in 1976. It was Apple in 1983 Lisa computer to have GUI. It was Apple was first to have text to speech and fonts in 1984, The Macintosh. It Too Microsft 12 years to catch up to Apple with the GUI. It took Microsft again 6 years to catch up OS X Cheetah, with Windows Vista. Why dont you Windows user look up the history of OS X and look at all the features that Apple Had before Microsft copy them. Look at Microsoft retail store, all copied from Apple, from the desk, Genius bar and the clothes, can’t believe it they copy their clothes, t shirt, jeans and sneakers. All I can say is Remond start your photocopiers.

  25. Richard Amedee Says:

    The only thing I find missing from this: Only discusses OSs with the only option for a MS Windows user is to dump their HW in the trash and go buy Apple products from that day forward. Why doesn’t a smart (no pun intended) company like Apple sell just their iOS that can be ported to any PC HW regardless of who makes it? Remember why IBM almost died as a company? They showed their PRIDE and ARROGANCE by attempting to force their HW on anyone who wanted their OS. Almost sounds like history repeating itself doesn’t it? (Maybe it will bring different results this time, Duh). By the way, I seem to remember that the original MS 16 bit OS was contracted by IBM to run only on IBM HW. IBM then came up with the original idea (borrowed MS GUI look only) of a Windows type OS called IBM OS/2. Where is it now, may be a better Windows Enviro than either iOS or MS Windows 8.

    If Apple really wishes to own the market for it’s iOS then sell the SW and not force us to abandon easy to build and update HW (IBM Compatible??) and BUY Apple HW. Is it OK if I ask that question without being a turncoat for either OS? Question everything, maybe it is really Big Blue that the Big Apple is afraid of, need I say more?

  26. dennis Says:

    Hey Bruce – how do you explain this:
    Microsoft’s Q4 earnings are out, and despite increased revenue from last quarter, Microsoft has posted their first ever loss in the company’s 26-year history – $492M to be precise – the company earned just $192M in operating income before taxes this quarter.

    Apple reap 8.8 billion dollars profit in the in the same period and is not the second most valuable corp behind Exon.

  27. K Says:

    “If Apple really wishes to own the market for it’s iOS then sell the SW and not force us to abandon easy to build and update HW (IBM Compatible??) and BUY Apple HW. Is it OK if I ask that question without being a turncoat for either OS? Question everything, maybe it is really Big Blue that the Big Apple is afraid of, need I say more?”

    If it did that it would start suffering from the same issues that Windows does (incompatiblity, crashes, dead machines because of Vendor neglect and cut corners, etc…)

    The only reason Apple appears better is because it’s just like it’s apps. It’s a complete package. There is less room for hardware/driver conflicts and there is no risk of an OSX machine from any ol’ Vendor that made a crappy machine with faulty chipsets so that they could sell it to you with ‘OSX’ smacked all over it. Bad hardware and craftmanship from the Vendor wars probably has more to do with Windows FAIL than Windows itself.

    And I don’t really blame Apple for wanting to avoid a similar scenario.

  28. shreyash nigam Says:

    seriously bruce you need to take you’re medication.

    and as for the article a great effort, i thought i’d never say this but win8 looks as good as osx. i also have a doubt about the home screen doesn’t look much customizable so does that microsoft in order to make their os look better are sacrificing customization. well, i’ll be damned. and i would just like to tell you people that there is really no difference between a consumer preview and real version the just add some minor things with are not even noticeable to some people.

  29. shreyash nigam Says:

    @jerry

    i am an apple fanboy just like you but you said that microsoft completely copied windows from osx but thats wrong. ok i agree that most of the features in a windows wouldn’t be present if it wasn’t for apple but they did not completely copied their os there were some features which apple took from windows customized it and put it on their os so microsoft couldn’t sue them. thats all i wanted to say

  30. Raghav Says:

    I am neither a Microsoft nor Apple’s fan but one fact I would like to bring to your notice is that Microsoft funded Apple to survive. And we all should respect both the companies.

  31. Nami K Says:

    I have only recently started reading tech reviews on this site and I find them really clear and concise.
    I don’t think bias is too much of an issue in this article: facts were stated, and conclusions drawn upon them.
    Also, even if I didn’t agree with the conclusions made, walking readers through the different criteria of how the OS were assessed gave me the information I needed to the OS myself (particularly based to my personal needs and preferences).

    If I were to point to one specific aspect of this article that should be improved would be the inclusion of pictures. I could tell that the pictures related well to what was being said about each OS in the respective criteria, but I didn’t understnad terms like “Charms Menu” or “Metro Style”, for example. I suspect I’m the only one that isn’t fluent in BOTH Mac and Windows 8 terminology, so it may be worth considering the inclusion of “picture explanations” along with the pictures you attach to articles.

    That being said, it was a well written review, and it’s really helped me better understand the pros and cons of each OS. Thanks!

  32. Jack Jorr Says:

    OS X is Since March 24, 2001 whereas windows are since November 20, 1985 this clearly proves that why the market of os x is less whereas person thing that windows are good that’s whay they have good market

  33. IndyTech Says:

    Um, dude, apple stole the GUI concept from Xerox, and then sued them over it. Your the one that needs a history lesson! I love how people paint Microsoft as the big ugly monster, when Apple has always been just as bad.

    “Andrew Says:
    June 24th, 2012 at 5:48 pm
    Bruce, do you like history? Well, if you don’t I’ll give you some… Apple created the first commercially successful GUI for a computer, and what did Window’s have back then? A command line interface. Who copied Apple? Microsoft. If anyone taught anyone how to design an operation system, it was Apple teaching Microsoft… :P

  34. SlimOne Says:

    The reality is that there is no perfect OS on the market. All operating systems have pros and cons. Its all a matter of personal preference. In my opinion Apple has the advantage when merging software and hardware. Apple OS is used on Apple systems. Windows OS is used on Dell, Sony, Gateway, IBM, and all other manufacturers systems who don’t even use the same standards in quality.

    Either you will buy a Toyota or a BMW. Yes, Toyota sells more vehicles but BMW makes a vehicle that delivers a much better driving experience. Thats the real difference between Microsoft and Apple. Numbers don’t determine which is better. The consumers determine which they prefer and not all consumers choose them for the same reasons. When a person buys a Toyota that doesn’t necessarily mean they wouldn’t prefer a BMW if they had the resources to purchase and maintain one.

  35. Daniek Says:

    @Sachi

    wtf how can u be racist to an OS!?

  36. brenda Says:

    OMGosh I just had to reply to than Rant from Bruce: DUDE COME ON DUDE..have you ever owned a mac? Seriously? Answer me that please…………………….I just want to know if you have EVER owned an IMAC, in particular an IMAc, because if you had, you would not be ranting about them. MAC is superior IN MY OPINION and from a former 20 years windows user…………….WINDOWS is just plain terrible…I mean it!
    However..
    because MOST of the millions of people CANNOT AFFORD to buy an imac that is the

  37. brenda Says:

    i GOT SO excited I hit the wrong button..
    that is the ONLY reason most people do not own MAC so please, before you start ranting and raving about something you clearly know nothing about..
    well..
    your just wrong buddy wrong.

  38. Greg Says:

    Hey guys mac isint supposed to be a huge open market. It uses it to its advantige of not crashing because of a bad page, good for work and great to store and be orginized, and mac osxes are there to be a computer not every single divise that was ever made so think of WHY the market is only 10%.

  39. Greg Says:

    And if your still not happy with the mac convert it to a windows with crosshair or wine…um something.

    happy to help you

  40. Richard Says:

    Dear Bruce: That was quite a rant! Are you just jealous of the fact that Apples are around, and for very good reasons. I myself have used them for about 15 years and have never had a failure of the system’s critical areas. (I once had a defective out-of-the-box DVD drive, which was replaced the same day by my local AppleCare dealer @ N/C.) And please do not misquote known areas of history in computers. Microsoft and Apple have gotten over most of their disputes, or haven’t you stopped ranting to notice? Those “arguments” are so late-1980′s it’s not even funny anymore! There’s an old saying about live and let live — try it, you’ll like it! (maybe) And by the way, Apple is worth about $700 a share today… What was MS last??

  41. Richard Says:

    I would like to add to the discussion about Apple selling just their OS to 3rd parties for use-as-they-please-in-any-crappy-box-they-please. They tried that under someone other than Jobs and it backfired badly. Most of those 3rd party companies didn’t use it correctly or successfully — and so after a jumbled market, and people blaming Apple for HW problems that were NOT theirs, they finally saw the font on the screen, and decided to “undo” the idea. When Jobs returned to the helm, the line and selection of models was transformed into a more compact, sensible array. Gone were the countless options, silly micro-steps in RAM, etc. Since that wonderful time when busin ess sensibility was restored to Apple they have grown in ways well documented. If they are not as good as some of you surmise, then why are they the most copied of all mnaufacturers?? Don’t you remember those lame attempts by the Koreans to copy the iMac?? Everything that Apple has introduced has been copied in one way or another. Who ever heard of an “i”-anything until the iMac??? Now even CARS are labeled that way!! But, enough talk! Use what you want to use. Despite our present Congress, it’s still a free country. Keep it that way and VOTE!

  42. Ken Says:

    I’ve been using both windows and Mac computers for over 26 years (mac) and 17 years (Win). Both have their pros and cons. Coming from an architectural design background, OSX works best for me. It is more intuitive to work with IMHO and the work flow just, works. Windows just took more thought processes to work with and after a whole day, I it made me brain tired.

    I was around at the time of Apple’s dominance, and through the rise of Microsoft. Apple did use the Xerox PARC development GUI (Xerox rejected it btw) after Xerox agreed to stock in exchange for 3 controlled visits to the PARC centre. Xerox tried to sue after Mac OS was released, but failed due to the fact they were paid for the exchange. ⅔ of the PARC engineers went to Apple. Mac OS was vastly different from the PARC GUI.

    Microsoft were writing apps for Apple when they were given the Mac OS to develop apps for the Macintosh. MS did use the Apple GUI as the foundation for windows and released it licensed to IBM computers, then others afterwards. It was the boldest move to place MS in more computers over night. It was about numbers and dollars nothing else. Microsoft haven’t changed that business model one bit. It’s now reflecting in their profits. When Steve Jobs was asked what was wrong with Microsoft, he said, “They have no taste for style”. He couldn’t have put it more succinctly.

  43. Anonymous Says:

    I really like learning what “new” features Windows users are getting that my Mac’s had forever. Microsoft’s days of playing catch-up are certainly coming to a middle.

  44. Dave Johnson Says:

    What I don’t like about Apple is I can’t use their OS with the hardware of my choice. I am forced to use theirs, and theirs isn’t as good as any amateur builder can build himself. As for Windows 8, it’s great for tablet-based entertainment, but that’s not what I want, and I expect not what business users and professionals, worldwide, want. So I expect the great majority of them will reject it and stay with Windows 7, as I plan to do.

  45. Dan from Online9to5 Says:

    I’ve been using Windows 8 for a couple of weeks now and I must say, it ain’t bad at all. Not yet at the level of polish in OSX, but definitely on the right track.

  46. Sethr Says:

    This has probably been said umpteen times throughout this forum, but if you want business and work, you want a mac. Also, Mac has a habit of making itself look flashy and fancy, so if you are into that useless stuff, Mac is great for you. Me? Definitely not. I play computer games all the time, so Mac absolutely sucks when it comes to gaming. not only is mac’s graphic card sub-par, you can’t even change it! Furthermore, it makes me quite angry when I log onto steam just to see that I can’t play Blacklight Retribution, or Maplestory, or Torchlight 2, or Terraria, or many other games. What’s that? just dual boot? who wants to pay 900+ dollars (macs are expensive) just to do something you could do even BETTER on a Windows computer? I certainly don’t and unless you have money to blindly throw about, then neither do you. One more thing: this is a biased opinion, but most kids around my age who carry around their iphone 5 and such are arrogant, stupid, and don’t know how to manage money wisely. I’m getting an android phone, android tablet, and when I can, an AWESOME windows computer.

  47. rafid Says:

    Just to let you guys know that windows created the first operating system and the creator of apple, Steve Jobs created the first mouse so is took both ideas to make a pc. some of you say crap to apple with out using their product and some of you say crap about Microsoft without using their pc. I have an ipod touch and a Lenovo n580 with windows 8. I have tried my cousin’s mac and to me it is hard to operate at first but I can navigate through windows 8 with a few problems at first but after 2 days I got used to is. Upside of apple: no virus on mac and ipod mp3 players are great. Downside of apple: hard to navigate and too expensive. Upside of windows 8: fun to use and nice better than all other windows. I like windows 8 but not the other windows. Downside of windows: virus can be found and hard to maintain.
    So try their stuff before you say something.

  48. Christopher Says:

    If I remember Correctly, Apple did well, but Microsoft had to help them quite a bit by designing a lot of their software…like the Mac Paint Program… Microsoft wrote that for them because their core apps sucked and without a mutual agreement between gates and jobs, Apple would have went out of business leaving Microsoft a Monopoly which, by anti trust laws, Microsoft would have to allow another business to compete against them to avoid this.

    in the end, Apple made great hardware, but needed Microsofts development team to write quite a few of their programs for Apple to not go out of business… If you think I am bullsh*ting you, just watch a video where jobs and gates are on tv together, I believe it mentions this very idea on national tv…

  49. Christopher Says:

    oh yeah, I’m not hating either. I love my Mac. I loved Snow Leopard 10.6.8….I hate this Mountain Goat Lion Crap…

    sent from my Macbook Pro

  50. John Says:

    Get over it, Apple does some things much better than windows & vise a versa,no one is forcing you to use either.
    I like both, but prefer Windows 7, have tried Windows 8 & Mountain Lion, windows 7 does it for me. I have found Mountain Lion & Windows 8 to be much slower than Windows 7 when doing something intensive, it is only a computer after all:>)

  51. Ankur Sharma Says:

    Quiet a war goin on here..
    relavance of OS deponds on user.
    for lay man no other option is better than MicroSoft Windows.
    Apple comes with much better look and feel plus a much higher price.
    So it deponds, its not the question who is better and how..
    Its about what product is suitable for whom.

    If u are a gamer : no choice other than windows.
    If u r programmer: Go for LINUX
    If u more into look/feel/brand : Go for Apple
    …So cheers….:)

  52. Dave Says:

    I find that windows is the worst computer I have ever used. I had recently purchased a windows 7 laptop… within 7-9 months it stopped working… it was pretty much brand new. I had to get it fixed, it works but I don’t use it any more… I think windows is crap. I am currently used a Vista and let me tell you… it is a nightmare. it is constantly freezing on me, if I download anything it will tell me that the file has been removed or deleted. I hate it! My brother uses an iMac and it is awesome… whenever I use it it is really fast and it will probably last forever… unlike windows. I am not telling you to not get windows… I have no idea what windows 8 is like so i will not say anything about it… although my sister recently purchased one. it is very complicated (well, at least for me) to use. And yes, Ankur Sharma, windows is good for gaming… but, let me tell you.. my brothers iMac is AMAZING for gaming… the HD quality is breathtaking. Yes, I am an Apple lover… but I can say… I don’t have an apple computer. Maybe its because I am to cheap. But it is worth its expensiveness.

  53. Naterz Says:

    Used Vista for 2.5 years. Never any issues. Not sure why people are still trying to repeat the Tech Blog FUD. Upgrade to SP1. That may help, or stop running it on a crap PC. Vista’s system requirements were double to quadruple that of XP depending on which spec you were looking at (wouldn’t use it on anything without a late model P4/HT Processor, 2GB RAM needed instead of 256-512, a 7200 RPM drive for Desktop/5400 for Laptop, and decent discrete-level graphics were necessary – even an AGP 8x Radeon 9550 was good enough for Vista, but integrated graphics were sucky for it when it released).

    Vista on a Dual Core Machine with 4GB+ RAM and mid-range or higher ATI/NVideo graphics card from a fast hard drive… No issues, at all.

    The thing I don’t like about Windows 8 is that all the new capabilities are shuffled into Metro Mode, and it’s half-done. I like how OSX does Sharing. It makes sense. Integrate it into the OS and put the Share Button in most all the Stock Apps. I like how Apple has iLife and iWorks, integrated with iCloud/Sharing Platform and some of those apps either are missing for Windows or clearly superior to what’s in Windows.

    Microsoft could have put Photo Gallery back in the OS and integrated it with SkyDrive. Windows Media Player and Media Center could have been integrated with Xbox Music/Video. Internet Explorer needed a Reading Mode, Cloud Tabs, and Share Button integrated with the system. Skype should have been integrated into the Messaging apps, and there needed to be a Desktop messaging app for Skype, Facebook complete with Voice and Video calling integrated into the Desktop.

    Windows 8 still doesn’t have a decent Notification System, which really hurts it’s Tablet counterparts.

    There’s simply no way I’m going to buy a Windows 8 Touch Laptop or Tablet as long as the OS is in the state it’s in right now. It’s trying to do all things for all people and offering only half of what’s needed on both sides. They should have not shoehorned Metro onto the Desktop. They really should have integrated the stock apps back into the OS (like Vista had them) and developed a sharing platform similar to Apple.

    Social updates on Windows 8 come in so slow that the integration is virtually useless aside for Contact information aggregation. It’s like having a POP3 email inbox for all your social networks.

    I’m looking into switching to OSX and an iPhone. I like to be connected, and Windows 8 does make me feel sluggish as a communicator. Already tried Windows Phone 7.5. Not ever going to touch that PoS again.

  54. ani Says:

    Sachi Darling…

    Did you sold your mind before ?
    what you are saying:

    For those who are programmers, they prefer Linux
    For those who are developer and wanna sell apps they use Mac

    Linux user’s are not idiot like you while they are using free OS why they will pay too much for this CRAP!!

    and windows is better for programmer MS have their software development languages i.e .net c# , VB.net ASP and these languages are using world wide to create both web & desktop app.

    apple have’t any language to develop web or desktop app. if u are going to say you can use java , shell scripting , c, c++ then you are fully idiot or mind less

    :) _________________________________________ Sachi IDIOT Read This !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ————–

  55. best tablet 2013 Says:

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    I’m trying to figure out if its a problem on my end or if it’s
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  56. bugalugs Says:

    Bruce acts like a Chinese blogger, only that he works for Microsoft rather than the Chinese government.

    Microsoft has gone on a rapacious monopolistic rampage and stolen all its ideas and smashed competition at every turn and tried to destroy innovation. Thy lie, cheat and do whatever they have to.

    They have two products – OS and Office – which make up the vast majority of their profits. Everything they do is to drive the consumer to use those products so it can maintain its monopoly margins. Windows 8 is a good example.

    Microsoft FORCING its users to drop their start button so that Microsoft can FORCE its users to get used to the Microsoft interface so they get used to the dog of OSs they have on their tablets and phones (which are DOGS too). If you use Office 2013 you’ll note you can choose “add place” and it only gives you Office 365 and SkyDrive – yep – monopoly practices in full swing!

    To compare market share of Apple to Windows is an idiots errand. Apple is the sole designer and producer of their equipment. There are hundreds of different “brands” that use windows OS. Windows is a race to the bottom while Microsoft creams off the top – how else can desktops drop in price from 3,000 10 years ago to 500 yet Microsoft still charges the same price for their OS to the manufacturers (OEM)?

    Apple’s not perfect of course, but Microsoft should be shut down.

  57. rory Says:

    guys chill out its only one guys say what he thinks is true and its only about OS’s i think som,e of you need to grow up and move out of mommys house and find somthing really to aruge about.

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