It’s safe to say that Mountain Lion is much less of a risk for Apple than Windows 8 is to Microsoft. While Apple has enhanced its desktop OS with new features without changing the design, Windows 8 represents a dramatic change for PC users.
A lot of these changes are good. We generally like the sleek Metro interface, and the first wave of apps (both from Microsoft and third parties) look great. Windows 8 also looks stronger when it comes to sharing content and how it ties into the cloud. Windows 8 is definitely the more modern feeling of the two operating systems.
On the other hand, Windows 8 has a split personality, and the Metro Start screen may turn off those who would prefer to work in a desktop environment. The lack of a Start button alone might make some think twice about making the jump from Windows 7.
OS X Mountain Lion is strong with its iCloud integration, and lots of people will like that more iPad features will be included with the software, such as Messages, Notes and Notification Center. The OS continues to be a cinch to navigate, thanks to intuitive gestures. And Apple has a big head start in terms of the number of apps available through its store. We also find Mountain Lion easier for multitasking and finding stuff you may be looking for.
At this point, we’d prefer to use Mountain Lion as our desktop OS because it offers a more consistent user experience. It’s not as ambitious, but Windows 8 feels like it’s trying to do too much at times and requires more of a learning curve. We may change our minds once we see the final software, but right now Mountain Lion looks like the better choice.