Mac or Windows?

There always seems to be an ongoing battle between people about what operating system is better; Mac or Windows.  When searching through websites, I always seem to find people who disagree with each other for some particular reason over which computer is better for things.  The differences between a Mac & Windows are very present and for every user, there are features that they want but can not have with one that the other has.  After doing some research, I have found the pros and cons of both systems.

Let’s start with Windows…

Pros

Backwards Compatibility –

Okay, let’s say that you are having trouble with your current windows software and would like to upgrade to a newer version of the software but are afraid to do so because you’re not sure if your current programs will be compatible with the newer version.  Chances are that you will be able to use the programs with the newer software version because programs designed for the Windows operating systems are usually compatible with the new software.

Good for Gaming –

If you’re a gamer and love to spend hours every Friday night while other people have something to do playing video games, then this is your lucky day!  There is a large assortment of game titles designed for Windows.  For gaming purposes, this seems to be a good software, I haven’t had much problems on my computer so far…

Software Compatibility –

If you pay attention to computer programs and the world of technology in general, you’ll know that Microsoft is out there…everywhere.  Wherever you go, there seems to be a new program out for a laptop or desktop and there is usually a Windows compatibility sign on one of those programs.  Basically, if you see it, Windows is compatible.

Ease of Use –

Most users of Windows never have too much trouble when trying to learn how to use the software.  The programs, look, and feel of the software have something about them that make using a laptop or computer much easier.  Windows puts a lot of thought into its menu styles, program locations, and user-friendly features.  I love my Windows 7 layout, it was the easiest thing to use and showed me what to do when I got on it.

Cons

Virus, Malware, & Spyware –

With this operating system, there is a large downside.  Whether it is from the wide availability of Windows computers or the fact that the software is easy to hack, Windows is a breeding ground for threats to your computer.  Users are always reporting issues with their computer and unless you get a great virus protection…you’re screwed.

Support Needed –

I’m pretty great with setting up my computer and rarely have any problems because I know what to do most of the time and have friends who are IT specialists. There are a lot of problems that arise when using a Windows computer and you’ll need all the help that you can get when trying to run this operating system without a basic knowledge of computers.  Whether the problem is a virus or the computer is not running properly, help is needed.

Poor Security –

I already mentioned the problems with threats and this one goes hand in hand with them.  Windows has poor protection for the system and you are bound to get Viruses, Malware, or Spyware on your computer because the system is so easy to hack.  The wide availability of the software makes it easily hackable because everyone has it.  Windows does not seem to do anything about this problem or they do not have the know how to do anything.

The last problem is plain and simple, it doesn’t require any explanation as well.  When you get a Windows computer, you’re limiting yourself to what you can download, there’s a vast array of open-source software out there and you’re pretty limited to what can be downloaded on a Windows computer.

*These are not all the problems but some of the main ones that present themselves to the users of Windows OS.

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Next, we have the MacOS from Apple.  It’s a pretty sound system and has a lot of users but there are some cons to this system as well as many pros.

Pros

Ease of Use –

If you have trouble using software on computers, Mac is definitely a good choice.  For those who have no idea what they are doing past pressing the on button, you’re in luck because Mac is so easy to use.  I have had a better time messing with a Mac than my Windows computer.

Security –

This software is much safer to use than Windows because of its Unix base.  There is less of a threat to your laptop or desktop computer with this software.

More Choices –

There is a vast open-source library of programs just ready to be used and MacOS allows you to access that large list.

More Stable –

Mac is a more stable operating system because Apple has more control over its configurations making the system much more sound, along with that, the Unix base is something to boast about.

Cons

Price –

Out of every operating system, Mac is the most expensive.

Harder to Customize –

If you own a Mac, then you will know that this computer is a little difficult to customize to your liking.

Harder to Find Inexpensive Parts –

Everyone that I know loves their Mac.  I have never heard about any complaints, except for when one of the parts break.  The parts for a Mac are incredibly expensive to replace and if you have something like a chord, it won’t have a replacement unless it is from Apple.  There is no third-party developer handing out MagSafe chords (amazing product) so you’re stuck with Apple’s prices.

*These are not all of the Cons of a Mac but there aren’t many more, just listing main problems.

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As you can see, Mac seems to take the cake for the better software.  I have my Windows laptop and kind of want to throw it out the window at times and buy a new Mac laptop (if they weren’t so expensive I would).  I use my friend’s whenever I can and he has never had an issue with it and neither have I.  I’ve had to bring up pages on Facebook and Twitter which usually slow a computer down a considerable amount but he uses his computer to go to those sites regularly and I had no difficulty using my Twitter account after using Facebook multiple times.  I would say that you should buy a Mac, they cost extra but they’re worth it and there aren’t so many risks of viruses or many threats to your computer.

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