Interested in Windows vs. Mac OS? What You Have to Know

Whether you choose a Windows or Mac OS, today’s computers are a lot faster and more powerful than ones you could buy only a few years ago. Until you know what each one has to offer, you won’t really know which one will work best for you. To make the right decision on what computer to buy, you need information, so we are comparing the operating systems of both Windows and Mac.

Compatibility issues are one of the main reasons that people typically choose Windows over Mac. Because Windows is used more often, lots of software applications are made to be compatible with Windows.

Even if the software comes in a Mac version it typically runs differently and isn’t always fully compatible. Yet with today’s Macintosh computers, you can easily run Windows using Bootcamp. This means that you will be able to run Windows on any recently released Mac computer. Unfortunately the inverse is not now and probably won’t ever be possible. In the past, if you wanted to run Windows on a Mac, you had to rely on slow and unreliable programs like Virtual PC, but that’s no longer the case. So if you have to read files or want to play a game that only works with Windows, you can do this on a Mac.

Beyond price, the primary advantage offered to you by Windows is that it offers you more choices and opportunities for customization. In terms of Mac, you only have one company: Apple. PCs, on the other hand, are made by dozens of companies, some very well known, others small and obscure.

What makes this an advantage is that, if you want to, it affords you the opportunity to put your computer together one piece at a time. You can go on the Internet, for example, and buy a customized system which helps you save money and also helps you make sure that you’re getting precisely what you need. There are quite a lot of great things about Mac computers, but buying one forces you to be stuck with pretty much whatever is in the box it gets delivered in.

Macs come with their own set of absolute advantages and one of those advantages is the extensive support the company offers. When you buy your own Windows PC, you could get any level of support–it depends upon which store sold you the computer and which brand manufactured it. A little bit of research will prove that, for the most part, PCs have bad or (at best) mediocre customer service offerings. If you want better support, you are going to have to pay for it.

Macintoshes, though, have a much better reputation when it comes to tech support. Not only can you call them for help, they have a ton of repair centers out there where you can take your computer when you need it to be serviced instead of having to ship it off somewhere.

There are any number of reasons you might prefer Windows or Mac OS over the other. While we’ve looked at some of the benefits of both, when it comes down to it you have to make your decision based on your own needs, preferences and budget. Depending on the way you’ll be using your computer, how much you want to spend and what type of design and interface you prefer, you may end up liking either Mac or Windows OS better.

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