Just recently Windows has released the final version of Windows 8, and surprisingly Apple has also released the latest major upgrade to its desktop operating system, the OS X Mountain Lion.
So how are they? Here in this article we will do bit by bit comparison of each feature of both the operating system.
The New User Interface
The new interface in Windows 8 shows that it has more influence from Windows phone than OS X Mountain Lion has from iOS.
Unlike iOS, Windows 8 has large, touchable “live tiles” that gives you quick access to any of the apps or pages. Meaning you can easily do everything using your thumbs. iOS does not give you such feature.
Skydrive and iCloud
With the new release, an updated version of iCloud is included in iOS which will store information on any purchased apps and will help you sync files between other Apple devices.
Windows 8 on the other hand includes similar feature but it’s called Skydrive. And in addition to storing purchase information, the service can serve as simple online storage that can not only work with Windows devices but also with Macs and iOS.
Another cool feature of the Skydrive is Fetch, which lets you fetch a file from a PC running the Skydrive software even if the desired file has not been uploaded to the online storage. This feature is not available in iCloud.
The App Store
The Mac Store and The Windows Store are almost identical. Both lets you purchase apps and install them on multiple machines you sign into. You can also handle updating remotely in a unified manner.
However The Windows Store is not as rich in browsing options as Mac App Store because you will have to page through the categories. There are limited numbers of apps in The Windows Store as compared to the Mac App Store.
The new release of windows has included Internet Explorer 10 which not only takes hardware acceleration but uses PC’s graphic processor as well. In addition you can sync favorites and history.
iOS on the other hand has Safari 6 included. There is a new browser design choice of using a single box or address entry and search. Safari’s Cloud tab will help you resume browsing after moving from one device to another. This feature is not available in IE10.
The Sharing Feature
Each new release has its own unique sharing feature. In iOS there is a new sharing arrow button that lets you post whatever current item you are on by posting directly to email, iMessage, twitter or Vimeo.
While the sharing feature in windows 8 has a built in sharing feature that is always available in the charms toolbar. The service will not only help you post in the social sites but also help you connect to the built in windows 8 people app.
Windows has included several new features in this new release including mail, photos, people, messaging, weather, finance, calendar maps, news, sports, movies and music. Most of these services display live updated info on their start pages tiles which is not possible in Mac OS.
Another cool feature includes Refresh which clean out all the junk files and Reset with which you can get completely new windows installation. Windows Explorer and Task Manager have been updated with new looks and capabilities. The biggest “extra” feature is that the startup is really fast.
Mac OS X also has some cool new features. One of them is AirDrop feature which lets you transfer files to nearby Mac without any disk, USB connections and even a WIFI connection. With the Auto Save feature you would never have to worry about losing your work just because you forget to click the save button.
Dictation is another new feature which lets you talk whenever you’d normally have to type. Game Center service will let you manage all your gaming apps and activities. In addition you can connect to a gaming network and receives notifications.
Windows 8 will run on both Intel and AMD x86 chips as well as on ARM based mobile processors. This new OS asks at least 2GB RAM and DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver. The new MAC OS is available in selected models.
Windows 8 are available as installation software for desktops and laptops and costs $39.99 but for tablets it comes as preinstalled. Upgrade is also available and costs $14.99. These costs are only for definite period of time.
Installation of OS X on Mac has somewhat new twist. Those who have earlier OS version than Snow Leopard should purchase the $19.99 Lion upgrade to Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store. That means users of versions prior to Snow Leopard will have to go through a separate upgrade process.
The Bottom Line
Each of these new releases has its own unique features as well as drawbacks. So in the end, it all comes to individual taste. Mac OS comes preinstalled or you can upgrade only when you have selected Apple machines. Windows 8 on the other hand is available as installation disk. That means you can install it to any machines that meet the minimum requirements.