Six Reasons OS X is Better Than Windows

As we investigate the current state of matters between Windows and OS X, people tend to mention the same two or three differences that stand out more than others. Gamers claim that OS X is terrible for gameplay; programmers might say that Windows offers a more open-ended environment for developers, and just everyone can agree that the price of entry to the platform is less for a Windows-based PC.

Did you know that OS X actually has quite a few advantages over Windows? Depending on what you plan on doing with your computer, you might find that your job can be done easier on the Apple platform. In addition to some pretty impressive proprietary software, each Mac comes complete with a variety of programs that are easily comparable to very expensive software equivalents on the Windows platform.

Here are six reasons why OS X is better than windows.

Included Software

While Microsoft Windows does come with a variety of great programs, OS X has the value-add of the iLife Suite. These apps are actually very good at doing the tasks for which they are designed. Without installing a single extra app, you can create music, manage your photo collection, enjoy a full-featured video and music store, edit videos, and more.

The email app included in OS X is extremely easy to use. In fact, I prefer it over Thunderbird, which is my absolute favorite email program for Windows. It was heartbreaking letting Thunderbird go when I made the switch, but is actually leaps and bounds beyond many more costly email applications.

App Store

There’s something to be said about an app store that controls the flow of applications. Not only are you safe from dealing with malicious apps, but your purchases are all made through a single company. This means that if something does go wrong, you can dispute any and all purchases with the app store rather than having to chase down individual retailers and/or software makers.

Updates are extremely easy. All you need to do is check for updates through the Mac App Store and all of your associated apps are updated at once. No fussing around with each program individually. This is truly a one-stop-shop for the software installed on your computer.

Video Editing

Video editing on OS X versus Windows is a hot button topic among those who work in video. Macs are widely used because of the flagship editing program Final Cut Pro. Apple has gone to great lengths to make sure that Final Cut Pro is established as an industry standard for video editing. Not only is Final Cut Pro extremely efficient and capable of pushing out extraordinary content, but it’s relatively inexpensive. Not to mention, you can only get it on OS X.

As mentioned before, the iLife Suite ships with every Mac. One of these programs is iMovie, which is undoubtedly one of the best “free” video editing programs on the market today. With the right amount of patience and know-how, you can accomplish extremely complex and incredible video edit techniques including picture-in-picture and chromakey.

An often unexplained difference between OS X and Windows is how the kernel addresses video. OS X is designed very differently from Windows in this regard. While in Windows, programs will fight over CPU time and the vast array of permission barriers do little more than bog processes — including video playback — down significantly. OS X, which is based on UNIX, has a streamlined approach to how these processes work, and the result is smoother video playback and an overall more efficient editing process.

If you want proof of this, take a Core 2 Duo PC and a Mac with the same specs and try to edit 1080p video using a professional editing program. You might be surprised at how much more efficient OS X is at handling these processes.


The Apple community is renowned for its tight-knit and welcoming environment. Documentaries have explored the “Cult of the Mac” phenomenon to some detail, and there’s no question in my mind that the Mac is essentially the Volvo of the computing world.

Mac users are often stereotyped as being stuck-up artsy types that spend all day at coffee shops. While this may be true in some cases, the reality of the matter is that the community that forms around Apple and its products is actually quite remarkable. Remember, despite all the press that Apple gets, it’s still a minority user ground by a large degree. Windows is, even now, beating the daylights out of OS X in terms of user volume.

Lessened Virus Threat

Obscurity breeds security. This is a general rule in the world of PC security as attackers generally target the larger pool of users. This isn’t to say that viruses don’t exist on OS X, but the number seen in the wild over the past 10 years can be counted on your fingers. Windows anti-virus programs are often updated daily to keep track of the latest threats.

This could also apply to Web-based exploits, malware, and spyware. While not technically viruses in their own right, these scripts can threaten the security of everyone from individual home users to enterprise-level organizations.

This doesn’t mean that OS X is more secure than Windows. It isn’t, and that’s been proven time and time again. What it does mean is that there is some added advantage to being on a platform that is still flying under the radar. This could change tomorrow.

Stability and Flexibility

OS X is a great OS, and it is arguably more stable than Windows due in part to having a predictable hardware profile. OS X is made with a specific set of hardware in mind. This allows developers to work within a predictable set of parameters as the limitations and needs of the OS are standard across the board. With Windows, you never know what odd hardware interface is interacting with what process to keep your video card from crashing your entire system. If you’ve ever seen a blue screen after loading two GPU-hungry programs at once, you know exactly what I’m talking about.

One trick that OS X does that Windows can’t is run the opposing operating system within a virtual machine. Windows has no supported method of running OS X in parallel with Windows programs. On OS X, you have the option of running Windows through programs like Parallels and VMWare Fusion. Failing that, you can use Boot Camp to run Windows natively as a primary operating system on boot-up.

On a hardware level, Macs and PCs aren’t very different from one another. It’s the software that makes up the largest degree of separation between the two platforms, and even this is only a minor difference at best. Is OS X better than Windows? That’s hard to say, as everyone has their own set of tastes and needs. While I am personally a big fan of the OS X UI, Windows is still an excellent platform for gaming and doing many of the things that I enjoy doing.

If you’re looking for a more expansive list of differences, you might want to check out Chris Pirillo’s breakdown explaining 50 reasons you should consider switching from Windows to OS X.

This article is part of a multi-post series comparing the differences between OS X, Linux, and Windows. For six reasons Windows is better than OS X, read this.

Article Written by

Ryan Matthew Pierson has worked as a broadcaster, writer, and producer for media outlets ranging from local radio stations to internationally syndicated programs. His experience includes every aspect of media production. He has over a decade of experience in terrestrial radio, Internet multimedia, and commercial video production.

  • Boltontech4

    You came to this page and did the same thing…

  • Kevin Mark

    Final Cut Pro? How is that advantageous? How about Adobe Premiere Pro? It works on both Windows and Mac and is used by many top studios, if I remember correctly. It’s an incredibly powerful editor and arguably even more capable than Final Cut Pro. FCPX is cheaper though. I guess this “you get what you pay for” thing works both ways. Haha.

    • Tim

      Wow, you’ve apparently never used FCP or worked in a non-linear DVE studio.

      Adobe Premier doesn’t do distributed rendering, and when you’re working with hundreds of hours of video it makes a considerable difference.  That’s just one feature FCP has (actually every Mac) that Adobe Premier doesn’t.

      • Kevin Mark

        I’ve worked with both Adobe Premier and FCP (albeit less so) and I prefer Premier. I have yet to worth with “hundreds of hours of video” but that proves my point even a little more: I don’t think FCP is a advantage to Mac users in the same way the other items on the list are. Like Community or App Store. Those are two things everyone can benefit from when using OS X. Advanced video editing software such as FCP isn’t. iMovie would have been a much better example, although that fits into the pre-installed applications / iLife category.

      • Kevin Mark

        I’ve worked with both Adobe Premier and FCP (albeit less so) and I prefer Premier. I have yet to worth with “hundreds of hours of video” but that proves my point even a little more: I don’t think FCP is a advantage to Mac users in the same way the other items on the list are. Like Community or App Store. Those are two things everyone can benefit from when using OS X. Advanced video editing software such as FCP isn’t. iMovie would have been a much better example, although that fits into the pre-installed applications / iLife category.

      • Kerns Phoegon

        Isn’t arguing FCP as a feature for OS X kind of foolish, because there are far better for private/personal use, and if your business requires you to use FCP *which is possible* then you’d have to learn to use that software for your job, and thus making it an entirely different argument.

        Just because you have to use a software at work does NOT make it a valid point to argue one OS over another.  Though it would be something to consider if you didn’t want the same system as work or didn’t want a different system then you use at work. *or had to use your own/business portable hardware/Laptop because you kind of have to travel more then a desktop would allow within reason*

    • Joe_HTH

       Pirillo doesn’t have a clue. He never has.

  • Anonymous

    The Finder is my biggest gripe about Mac. I can find, copy and move files much more easily in Windows7. In Windows7, the ability to EASILY throw a window on one side of the screen or the other allows me to work in two apps at the same time without having to meticulously adjust windows.

    My other big gripe is Admin rights. I used Migration Assistant to move files from my PC to my new Mac, but had to change the privileges on each folder in order to place the files where I wanted them. As an Admin user, I should be able to see all the folders on my machine without that much work.

    • Tim

      Um, no, it’s UNIX and it’s also why malware doesn’t violate a Mac (or any other *NIX-based OS) as thoroughly as it does a Windows machine.

      • Kerns Phoegon

        No matter if that’s a Core element feature (Unix base) or not, that still makes it a bad user experience when everything about the mac, is that it should just work.

        Though will point out the hypocritical nature of alot of mac users (who understand what mac is better then just it’s an OS), is that when mac has a security feature, that makes things take longer then they should (be user level experience) It’s ok, because they are doing it to protect you, and make the over all experience better.  Though… when windows does that, *UAC, varies other methods, and default security setups*  It’s a bad User experience and it doesn’t just work, that you have to do X, Y, Z, to get you system set up.   
        —- This makes me sick honestly, double standards.

        • Brian Pickell

          How can you possibly even compare UAC to the MAC security? They aren’t even remotely related. Windows UAC constantly nags you for everything you do. And I mean everything. The only thing a Mac nags you about is when you install a program from the internet, or make system changes.

          • Kerns Phoegon

            You seriously don’t know the default for UAC in windows 7 do you?     I only get asked for key things, installs, programs to run as administrator (allowing for certain rights) and add/removed certain files/folders.

            Seriously if you think the UAC nags you in windows 7, (and you didn’t crank it up from default) you need mental help.

          • Joe_HTH

             No, because he’s an Apple sycophant.

          • Anonymous

            “MAC” does not equal “Mac”. I hate it when people do that… One is an address, the other is a computer.

          • Chris Pirillo

            It’s make-up, too – which makes their argument appear even sillier. 😉

      • Jon Procter

        LOL, you are so ignorant. Unix is still prone to viruses and malware, there are just more for Windows. 

      • Joe_HTH

         That is quite frankly the biggest bunch of bullshit I’ve ever seen. Did the virus that infected half a million Macs not prove this to you? OS X is not as secure as Windows. It never has been. It’s why OS X and Safari fall first at hacking conventions. Apple’s own security guru and expert hacker Charlie Miller has said on numerous occasions that Windows is flat out more secure than OS X. It’s not even debatable.

        So spare me the “malware doesn’t violate UNIX as thoroughly” bullshit. I’d suggest you pop Apple’s tool out of your mouth, stop letting them brainwash you like every other Apple sycophant, and think with a clear head.

    • iTalkapple

      You can actually do snap to grid, on OS X Lion as well. along with a bunch of Commands, unlike Windows 7. 

      • Kgraddy


    • Nanorazor

      There is an app called Bettersnaptool for $2 on the Mac App Store with “the ability to EASILY throw a window on one side of the screen”

  • Jensen_M_T

    id say that mac is a good stable platform i’m still useing a realy old
    mac g4 and i have yet to have any problom with it even running old stuff
    its still better in quite a few ways then my windows 7.  gmaes on
    windows are fun but one game caused my harddrive to crash and i had to
    get a new one. Been useing or had an apple/mac all my life and i just
    love the frendly useage a mac offers.  Macs are good, in my opinion, the
    esayest to learn and it wasnt hard for me to learn to operate a windows
    from a life time use of a mac.  in my exspriance going from mac to
    windows is esayer then win. to mac. there more user frendly.

    • Martunes

      does your Mac have spell check? 😉

      • Brian Pickell

        I don’t know about his, but mine does. What’s your point?

  • Tim

    What about it’s UNIX shell and the tools that come with that distribution (you do know what a distribution is, don’t you)?

    How about the free developer tools with each OS copy (for Mac apps and iOS apps)?

    What about all of the open source software available for the Mac (it is a *NIX distribution and many, many open source ports are available)?

    Multiple monitor support?  The ability to put a machine into target mode? FaceTime integrated video chatting across all Apple-branded devices?  FREE APPLE STICKERS WITH EACH PURCHASE!!!

  • Michael Allton

    Was a hardcore Windows guy up until this year, and finally made the switch to Mac with a new MacBook Pro when they were released last Spring. Could not be happier.

    • Adam Hampton

      Same here.  I thought I would NEVER ever allow Macs to be used in my house, or even say I was a Mac user.  Then I used it, and realized its power and potential is just as good or better than PCs.  I’ve been using PCs since 1986 (DOS 3.3 days) and still using them.

      If no one has ever used a Mac, I will tell them one of the major pluses is the simple installation and uninstallation of applications.  It couldn’t be easier.  Why doesn’t Windows figure it out?  They had it right back in the DOS days, and then messed it all up in Windows.

      • Kerns Phoegon

        It’s not that it’s simple or easy to use (which it is)   It’s the policies and the limited hardware/software that’s available for the system.

        Though when it’s too easy to install, it’s also easy to mess up, and when applications have to be approved that not only slows devs down, it also harms any dev interest in the product if they have to not only develop the title, but have their product even approved for the mac, which costs money that some companies may not even have, (mostly indies) and in that prevent alot of new content from being developed, and that makes for sad pandas.

  • Sean

    I like Mac because it’s unix. I think the way unix manages files (home folders, way less clutter and easier system-file-location) is superior to windows. The problem I have with the Mac is one, it can’t game like a PC, more expensive and I’m not a fan of docks. I like the older GNOME 2.x interfaces ubuntu has/had because you can see all your system, apps and everything from a small and uncluttered bar, you had everything you needed on screen but space effiecent and it didn’t install app short cuts to desktop to destory your beautiful wallpaper (whilest still letting you find apps easily without forgetting them)

  • Kerns Phoegon

    This article is full of .. bais.
    ==Video editing can be done very well on both macs and window computers.  (you just have to have a brain and know what your program can do, and how to use it, and also know if you need one more powerful, for either system)

    ==Hardware wise, macs are slower, and behind in performance.  They tend to use parts that are costly with very little to no benefit overall (and a bad idea, unless you happen to need something very unique that certain hardware provides), and then counteracts that would be benefit with hardware in the machine that limits or prevents the computer from fully using the benefits from some of the parts.  (like having a Error correction code enabled CPU, that’s great for stability, but not using ECC Ram, basically making that ECC in the CPU worthless and it’s an overpriced unit for what it’s doing.)

    ==Users who have stability issues with windows machines fail to grasp that windows is an OS, and would preform better on certain set of Hardware (just like mac does, but apple does that for you, and over charges for it also).   The problem with this is that you aren’t comparing system fairly./  [You need to compare a system that’s designed to run windows OS, and not be under-powered, or bearly able to handle the OS, like alot of consumers do] 
    –===-=-  This is the fault of the consumers, NOT the OS.   Education or personal Tech help is the solution to this, not a company forcing you to have limited hardware.

    ==Mac OS, is as likely to get a virus as Windows OS, in the same users hands.   The OS (mac and windows) are designed to prevent/resist virus, malware, but it’s the users who cause it to happen despite what the OS was meant to do, and for you to blame the OS as the cause of this is foolish. 
    –==–==–  Again, the solution is education on how to be safe while exploring the web and teach consumers to reconize a higher risk download, and activity, so they are aware of it and can choose to do it or not, for their own reasons.

    ==Community is much stronger and sizable for windows, and there are far more specialized communities for windows then mac ever thought of.   Then again you need to know how to google search and not flip out.  (Not to say mac community isn’t bad, it’s good.  Just that windows is bigger and has a wider variety for what it’s about and can do.)

    ==App store….  It’s great to have an app store of some kind, it’s like a mall. though when it’s the major (or only choice) it creates problems. [censorship, and higher costs do to overhead and payments to the app store owners which DO NOT deserve any of the money for the devs creations]   There should always be Direct 3rd party venders, and in that a risk.. though users need not DL and install everything just because, and need to understand what they are doing before they do it.

    ==Included software is a double edge sword.  Though it’s great if you intend to use that software, but if you don’t it’s bloatware that’d you uninstall (and didn’t some retailers get grip for that?)  Though, there is just as many (good) software for windows to do the same functions without the image attached to it, like image was important to how software ran.  While if you are truely serious about what your doing, (photos, music, audio, video, multimedia editng, etc) there is software that is far better then any free software given on windows or mac, and if you ever think of competing on a professional level, you need to have some rather powerful programs that aren’t the cheapest, but do the job better then any freebie.
    —– The point is, Get what you use, and use what you need.   Granted it’s great to be given software with hardware/OS, but that should never determine what hardware/OS you get, because how it runs is far more important.  
    —–Also the major problem with Mac OS, is that it’s Too easy to use, and despite how that sounds dumb, I mean that users never really learn how software works and when it’s not one click or very simple, they get frustrated and start saying things like “There are to many steps, too many options that get in the way, it’s not intuitive enough [despite how that can actually limit how much it can do], and end up being the ones that break software that doesn’t hold your hand 100% of the time, and also are the ones who give computer geeks and users a bad name.  [Over simplification isn’t the answer, education and smarter interfaces, with clear organizational structure is a far better answer, then ‘one click, super easy, you don’t even have to know what to do or how it works.’]

    • Anonymous

      There is yet to be ONE virus found in the wild for Mac OS X. The whole ‘security thru obscurity’ mantra doesn’t explain why Mac OS 9 (a far less used OS compared to OS X of today) had up to 80 viruses.

      • Kerns Phoegon

        I think you are tricking your self about Mac OSX have so little viruses, but that’s beside the point.  Proper web surfing and not doing higher risk activities will lower your chance to get a viruse or malware no matter the OS.

        FYI I use windows 7 (plan to use windows 8, the dev preview had really good results, but Fraps wouldn’t work properly with win 8 dev preview)

        • Anonymous

          It’s not a trick, it is a fact. Google it if you don’t know any better. Malware is not a virus.

          • Kerns Phoegon

            Well no dur, malware isn’t a virus, and virus isn’t malware, but both are bad and frustrating. Mac has multiple of both, along with windows and linux.

            The point is, that you are avoiding like a troll, safe surfing and not doing high risk activities on your computer *despite the OS* Lowers your risk of viruses, malware, spyware, & rogue programs.   

      • Matt Ryan

        Actually, very untrue. I did an article on LockerGnome some time ago outlining not one but multiple viruses on OS X that were found in the wild.

        • Kerns Phoegon

          Dude, if you are classing things as ‘not a virus’ just to say macs don’t get viruses, get a fucking life.

          Viruses, malware, rogue programs, trojan horses, kernal hooks, etc. etc.  Are all bad for any OS, and every OS has several. 

          So what ever you class them as, they still exist you dingle berry.  Changing what they are classed as does not make them go away, and is a waste of time.  (And doing it to justify macs don’t have viruses, is retarded at best)

        • Kerns Phoegon

          Dude, if you are classing things as ‘not a virus’ just to say macs don’t get viruses, get a fucking life.

          Viruses, malware, rogue programs, trojan horses, kernal hooks, etc. etc.  Are all bad for any OS, and every OS has several. 

          So what ever you class them as, they still exist you dingle berry.  Changing what they are classed as does not make them go away, and is a waste of time.  (And doing it to justify macs don’t have viruses, is retarded at best)

      • Kerns Phoegon
        Oh look, an identified for Mac OSX.  By a established company. (If anything norton is normally behind the curve with virus detection)

        Do alittle research before you make your self look bad.

        • Joseph Hudson-Small

          You mean OSX.Macarena? 

          Discovered: November 2, 2006

          Initial Rapid Release version: November 3, 2006

          Wild Level: Low

          Number of Infections: 0 – 49

          Threat Containment: Easy

          Removal: Easy

          Damage Level: Low

          Distribution Level: Low

          Note: The virus only infects Mach-O Intel Binary files and not Universal Binary files.When OSX.Macarena is executed, it performs the following actions:
          Infects other files when they are executed in the current directory, regardless of file name or extension.

          … The proof of concept virus that was fixed in one day, had the capability to infect only some macs – and in actuality less than 50, can be detected and removed ‘with ease’, does little damage, and must be manually installed and then executed by the user with the aid of an administrator password? Right. 

          The threat of viruses, for now, really isn’t an issue on OS X.

          • Kerns Phoegon

            LOL, that’s the one, but in respects (with the reported threats on norton symantic site) that virus is the least of the threats, and and that’s really I’d rather see that virus crop up before some other nasties.  (and norton is known for not being the quickest on their virual detection/updates of band new strains)

            The the point was, that there are viruses and that’s one of the ‘easy’ ones to find listed on their threat list as OSX.*something* and honestly even a proof of concept virus, is something that should be concerned with.

            Though with all honestly, how many mac users would report a virus to a company like norton, rather they’d just keep it hidden, or not know it was there until some fatal error occurred and it deleted it self along with half the system. 

            the point being, that if ‘proof of concept’ viruses that could be exploited to do some serious damage (by the wrong person)
            -like having the script/bug run on some bogus program install, that could easily infect your other programs, or downloads without you knowing, and when you ran those it could exicute a secondary code that could do pretty much anything. 
            –While that one was harmless, the damage it could do (and has done to windows systems in similar virual infections on windows)  is anywhere from annoying, (like changing DNS, re-routing websites, preventing updates) to system haulting (and there are quite a few methods to do that, some easy to fix, others, require full reinstalls & formats of the HDD, and some are able to stress the HDD so much -if left alone- that it can burn or break the HDD out, and even kill SSD drives by writing to every sector, enough times to reach the write limit on them).
            –== The SSD burn outs can be done without the user noticing much performance drop either, while this is far more dangerous to SSD then it is the HDD (and it’d take noticeable physical stress to harm a HDD, and in that easier to stop – or crash it self if the system locks up) this is much more of a real danger considering that everyone is pushing towards SSD in some fashion.

            I would honestly suggest that you don’t just take that ‘proof of concept’ as an innocent joke.  It wasn’t designed to be mean, cruel, deceptive, or harmful, but it proved that there was (maybe still is, not sure myself) a weakness, along with other possible/similar weakness in their that are the ‘doorway’ for more serious, and very dangerous threats to the computer.

            This is why I suggest everyone *despite what OS you use* to use safe practices when it comes to the internet, and the ‘mythical’ virus free environment does not exist on any desktop that relys on changing of information.
            –===—===those that would be highly resistant, or immune *after a restart* are live installs that run off a media that can not be written to, and where the data install location is a ‘Ram Drive’ and no information is or could ever be saved from a restart. [aka, a static, unchanging system environment that has no ability to save any change, and can not be rebooted *else the system restarts new/untouched and loses all changed data, and what would pass as the HDD would be destroyed and recreated, seeing as it’s made using dynamic RAM, and is unable to save data with a power loss, which happens with reboot, however quick it is.*]

            Edited for spell errors, I was alittle to tired to fully proof read, and if I missed a bad spelling, sorry. 😛

    • Kerns Phoegon

      I also forgot to mention how this Mac Vs Windows argument gets out of hand, and leaves out critical details

      1. Macs are balanced hardware and are not stressed by the OS that is placed on them, meaning it will run smoothly (which is good), 
      –Though don’t forget that well over half of that is the hardware to software requirement ratio, and you could have an equally horrible experience if you tilt that ratio to far, and ask to much of the hardware.

      2. When windows OS is brought, rarely are specs ever mentioned, or the hardware ever outlined.  This is flawed because Microsoft does NOT make a full computer *for the public, who knows what is done in private*
      –Forgetting to even mention the hardware or specs, and requirements for that windows OS, invalidates your argument on the basis of impossible/unbalanced comparison.

      3.That to argue mac vs. windows, you need the system specs, and the hardware (along with manufacture) to judge how the hardware works together *which some don’t do exactly right* and to make sure that the OS/software requirements/demands to the hardware performance ratio is anywhere near  the mac OS.
      — Also Microsoft gets far more credit for support then Apple mac, for the shear fact that the hardware they support dwarfs apples selection, and that makes their job far harder and they do a dang good to decent job at it.

      4. (repeat somewhat) System Specs MATTER.  [aka, it’s part of that software demand/Hardware ratio, and i’m just making it clear that it’s important, no matter the OS]
      — A system that’s going to video edit, live capture, render, & multi-task while doing these things, is going to require more resources to have the same experience as a computer that just surfs the web, or types in text documents.

      5. Customer support is NOT what apple is doing.  When you enter the store asking for product information, on APPLE products and you get an employee (constantly, no matter where you are) who doesn’t know details about the computers & parts that are sold there, THAT IS BAD SERVICE. 
      –Granted, extended service and contacting one company for repairs is great, but at what cost.  It’s just as bad as doing it for individual parts it’s all sent to some remote site and in that apple has bad service.
      —  There are computer shops that service computers directly at that shop, no shipping, no waiting on travel, and those companies are hardly ever mentioned, and are closer to a ‘Apple Mac OS’ then Windows is. [Example, PC Laptops. and just FYI they beat apples service hands down, in every way]

    • Boris Liao

      When was too easy to use a bad thing?

    • Anonymous

      Too much bias huh? I smell a hypocrite.

  • Sally K Witt

    Very interesting!!

  • Anonymous

    I used to own one and plan to own one. However, I’m on my budget – so a budget PC with Ubuntu. 

  • Anonymous

    Included software: Article missed out Microsoft Exchange comes licensed on Mac OS and iOS, but to have it on a PC, you have to buy it.

  • Daniel Wong, Ph.D. (Stanford)

    It’s nice that Mac OS has a linux shell

  • Jms17

    I do agree with you in some points. I must say first of all I am a MacBook Pro 2011 owner and this is my third MacBook Pro I’ve owned. So what I want to achieve with this point is, I am an Industrial Designer (yes, many people say “Macs are for designers, bla, bla, bla”) not for Industrial Designers… I use a lot of 3D design software such as Autodesk Inventor, Rhinoceros (currently in a crappy beta for Mac), and some others that ONLY run in Windows. I have tried Bootcamp and now I run them on Parallels which runs good but it gets slow sometimes and also the commands for doing stuff like in Inventor are really weird on Parallels. Many people tell me why I don’t get a Windows… well in order for me to get a good render made from some of those programs I need the equivalent of an Alienware for it to render in a reasonable time and it’s another big investment. Another point is, well I have a life and a personal time and in that time I like to use OSX because it runs smoother for “basic” computing also I use Photoshop, Illustrator and Sketchbook Pro to make some other stuff and they run better on OSX. So I agree a lot with the term “Every OS sucks” because the best OS is the one you need… Another thing I really don’t get why people buy a 15″ MB Pro which runs around $2,000 and they use 1/8th of it’s capability and the “Pro” is worthless because they only use it to check their email and facebook… I’m still waiting for my work related software to become available for Mac…

    • Asiafish

      Some people buy the 15″ because they want a larger screen, want OS X, and Apple doesn’t sell a less powerful option in that size class.  I have a 15″ MacBook Pro (2010, high-res anti-glare) that I bought entirely because of the display.  I don’t use 1/10th of its power, let alone 1/8th, but that screen, AHHHHHH.

  • Chipuma

    the thingi have against os x is the rigidity. u cant customizeit easily.and the UI has changed much.

    • Brian Pickell

      You don’t use Mac’s much I take it? You can customize just about everything on a Mac. The Mac is only outdone by Linux in it’s customizability.

      • turtledrum13

        I don’t know how you could possibly back that up… but ok? Mac : iOS as Windows : Android

        And Android definitely trumps iOS in customization.

        • Boris Liao

          Your saying our computers are mobile operating systems?

  • bharat kumar gupta

     i would like to add one crucial point – windows has its edge if ur a 3d design professional, there are equivalent applications av on mac os but windows hardware scalability and cost factor is a major reason why 3d, design and cgi industry rely on windows + linux boxes….mac in my humble opinion is not as half as good as a windows pc if u work in app like maya, 3ds max, autocad, alias design, mudbox, seriously chris this is a major industry and apple needs to address hardware inefficiencies in their systems along with “valid price tags” so that more n more people join the tent in mac community, stand alone individual users in such industry want to use a mac, they are “willing” to spend even but mac hardware is very very underpowered for these kinds of pro people. And this is also a reason why active game development is not done in mac platform

  • Sjur Kvernberg

    I love osx but I like windows too. I use my macbook pro as my primary machine, but my gaming rigg runs windows… 

  • Michelle Gilstrap

    Thanks Chris for this great discussion. I have been trying to decide if I should get a Mac and I think you have convinced me with this discussion.

    • Chris Pirillo

      Woo hoo!

  • Michelle Gilstrap

    Thanks Chris for this great discussion. I have been trying to decide if I should get a Mac and I think you have convinced me with this discussion.

  • Robert Lee

    Lots of great information. And a battle I don’t think will be “solved” anytime soon… :)

  • CP

    Used our first mac 740 Quadra AV, in 1990ish, 35 Mghz. there was no internet at the time, so speed didn’t matter, but all of the kids, and we had 6 plus all of their friends used that mac, and 14 years later donated to Salvation Army still functional, great for homework, graphics anything desktop.

  • Steve Hall

    Every OS sucks! What more can one say? 

  • Dave Cawood

    I like your unemotional approach to the differences in PC and Mac worlds – these are tools, not lifestyles.  Choose the tool that does the job best for you taking into account budget, expertise, as well as the quality of the product.  The obsolescence cycle of technology is so short it’s sometimes hard to buy the more expensive product, but if it saves time by working better, you may have to ignore the upfront cost and think about the longer term.` 

  • Oliver Hickson

    It would be more beneficial to all, if everyone accepted the fact that Mac’s can get viruses so Apple can go about and make the OS even more secure.

    • symbolset

      Apple’s ecosystem, and Linux’s, don’t suffer from the endemic pandemic situation that Windows has always had.

  • gabak

    why do u say every OS sucks?

    • Chris Pirillo

      It’s the truth? :)

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  • Lindsay Manahan

    my best friend’s aunt makes $70/hr on the laptop. She has been out of work for 6 months but last month her check was $8183 just working on the laptop for a few hours. Read this site NuttyRich. cöm

  • Rob

    Mac vs PC… its an argument I refuse to get drawn into… different horses for different courses… Until 6 months ago I hadnt used a Mac in probably +10 years (Mac Classic, anyone?). However, my CEO stated he wanted a Mac, and the next day a Macbook Air plopped onto my lap to figure out a support model. I used it religiously for about a month – but I simply could not get comfortable with it. Yes, its shiny. But I just found it DIFFICULT.

    Im sure fanboys everywhere will be tapping up comments including the word “suxx” – all I have to say to them is meh…

    Simple things like delete (I dont want to press 2 keys – I want to delete, damm it!) or why put the power button just over the backspace (the number of times I hit it trying to delete {sorry, backspace}…)

    What I do like is that it gives choice; for some people its exactly the right choice of device – and I think choice is excellent for everyone  

    Anyways, thats my 2 cents (sorry, pence!)


  • Stefan Keil

    See, and thats the reason no one accept an answer from a Windows User, because they don´t know anything. But talk all day about they are soooo right.

  • 00QuantaMeister

    I personally don’t care for Mac vs PC debate in 2012. At this point, both OSes are virtually at parity with each other. You can accomplish similar tasks on both. Each as their strengths & weaknesses. I could switch to OS-X 10.7 Lion & within a few days be comfortable.

    I use Windows because I can’t justify the expense of Mac hardware. For my typical daily uses, I simply don’t need it. Frankly, I bet 75% (more or less) of Mac users don’t even need the hardware. It’s like giving someone a Lamborghini Gallardo when a the most people need is a Toyota Camry. Nobody would ever use the full power of a V10 when the V6 makes more practical economic & fuel sense.

    Frankly, I like being able to swap out hardware when I please. I like having the freedom to change hardware where you can’t in a Mac. Apple is making it more difficult for owners to swap hardware or customize hardware without buying a Mac Pro. For my uses, I can make do with competent enough hardware & Windows. I know for some people, its a niche. But it’s a niche market I’ll continue to support because I believe in freedom of hardware choice.

    As for viruses & malware on Windows? Haven’t seen one on my Windows desktop since XP. Yes, they’re out there. But what about MacDefender? Legit malware in the wild that did break the myth. 100% proof that OS-X is not bulletproof & is totally vulnerable to compromise.

    Granted, Macs do have their strengths. Great for video editing, music recording, website design, photo editing, website creating, etc. If you’re a pro or really do that kind of work on a daily basis? Go get one. For people like me who occasionally do that kind of stuff? I’ll stick with Windows. When Apple makes an iMac or Mac Mini that I can swap hardware? We’ll talk. Until then, live and let live. Do you your thing Windows user. Do your thing Mac user. Enough room in this world for both to exist.

  • Branhower

    …a bit of a late reply; but…

    The Mac Classic was an old machine over ten years ago! I still like ’em though, and even emulate one a time or two when I want to reach back to the classic games before the classic games.

  • FlyingFishRecords

    @jgreene777 are you kidding? You obviously don’t know about that part of the Mac, it’s much easier to find, move and copy files on a Mac than Windows 7, not to mention the Mac does it faster. You don’t even have to use Finder, just use Spotlight and in less than a second you’ll have it, you can use launch pad to see all your apps and program’s, to see all your windows just use Mission Control, no need to move or adjust windows or frames. Not only does the Mac start up faster, shut down faster, it’s almost unheard of getting a virus, you never need to install anti-virus crappy software that warns you EVERY SINGLE time to visit a site or download something, not to mention 1001 pop ups, not to mention a very bad and UN user friendly design, God help us if we are visually impaired trying to use a pc, not to mention the expensive updates and 3rd party apps, that are free on a Mac and come included and look better, are easier to learn, SEE and use, I mean the list goes on and on and on… I cannot for the life of me understand why anyone would every want to use Windows. I can’t believe I waited this long to move over to a Mac the hassles I could have saved myself. People think Mac’s are expensive? They are upfront but in the long run you SAVE big time plus you are much less stressed, they are more environmentally friendly and let’s face it they just look nicer, feel nicer and don’t have ugly stickers all over them. For the Record Windows is becoming more and more like a Mac, the layout, the functionality etc, where do you think they got that all from? I’m a gamer, a musical Engineer, a photographer, a composer and recording artist and I run a business, so in this case can anyone give me even one reason why I would use a PC over a Mac in terms of ease and functionality? Please humour me?

  • Error: Server not found

    Well, the only reason I have a Mac is to develop for Apple’s products. As the guy on the video up there says, all OSes suck, you just have to find one that fits your needs. In fact, through virtual computers, the debate over what operating system is the best becomes obsolete. Why fight over which one is better when you can have them all?

  • Godlyness

    PC’s gay MAC all day.

  • Joe_HTH

    Oh God, Pirillo you are an idiot.

  • Ulquiorra

    Nanorazor So you have to pay for that snap feature that we get in Windows 7 for free yea no thanks I will stick to Windows keep OS X for yourselves

  • Doogie

    One point about that glorious moment in time, which Windows blowhards love to get a hardon over… The Charlie Miller operation, where he supposedly hacked a Mac in 2 minutes on the second event day? Yeeeaahh… It didn’t actually happen in two minutes. In all actuality, it took him, and his team, a weeks worth of research and hacking to figure it out. Once they did, it was easy to create and save the exploit, hence the quick turnaround time.

    Oh you poor fellows…. It didn’t mean what you thought it meant.