Five Reasons to Choose Windows Over OS X

The great PC vs. Mac debate should have been settled years ago when Macs became capable of running Windows both in addition to and alongside OS X. The real debate, which still brews to this day, is about the operating system. OS X, the predominant operating system associated with the Mac, is great for many different things. In my home, we’ve almost entirely made the switch to OS X, due in part to the sheer amount of video editing that takes place. However, Windows gets an unfortunately bad rap for being a boring operating system geared towards professionals and business users. Thankfully, this couldn’t be further from the truth. Here are five reasons to choose Windows over OS X.

Gaming

Possibly the biggest reason to choose Windows over OS X is for gaming. Even on Steam, which runs on both operating systems, there are still a limited number of games that run on OS X. This is due in part to market share and the high costs of game development time to make them compatible with both operating systems. Windows is currently the largest PC platform for gaming, and that title isn’t going to disappear anytime soon.

Video Editing

While I stated earlier that we made the switch to OS X for video editing, there are still some extremely powerful video editing programs currently only available on Windows. Programs like Sony Vegas and Adobe Premiere just run better on a native Windows environment, and while they may not have universal market share in the professional editing community, they are very capable and in some ways superior to editors that only run on OS X. OS X, for the most part, is still a pretty closed system when it comes to built-in support for various codecs and software options. If you want any more proof of this, just try throwing an .MTS file in Final Cut Pro or iMovie and see what you come up with. Do the same in a powerful Windows-based editor, and you may notice a difference.

Hardware Options

This is where the OS X vs. Windows debate goes into the realm of Mac vs. PC. Hardware upgrades available to OS X are limited as the platform was designed to work on a specific set of hardware, and not much else. You can upgrade hardware on a machine running OS X, and there are great options to do so without having to go through Apple, but these options pale in comparison to the amount of hardware configurations that run on Windows. The same goes for popular peripherals like webcams and scanners. Manufacturers make drivers for their hardware for the market that buys them. If OS X users don’t make up a significant number of their projected user base, they may not have support. You can even run Windows on a Mac if you want to.

Software Options

It’s been said before that Windows has more software. Not only in gaming, but in general, Windows has a lot more software made for it than any other operating system family on the market. This is due to a surprisingly open platform and larger market share. Most business class software runs almost exclusively on Windows, and this is one of the main reasons so many companies do bulk order buys of Windows machines. You could say the industry is locked on the platform for this reason as frequent full upgrades are seen as poor investments.

Even some software that has an OS X version lacks crucial features exclusive to Windows counterparts. Microsoft Office for Mac is an excellent way to bridge the gap between users, but the Windows version has traditionally included a more robust feature set than the version that runs on OS X.

Customization

This is possibly the most argued point in the great OS X vs. Windows debate. Windows is pretty much wide open, despite repeated attempts by Microsoft to keep it closed for security reasons. Because of this openness and long history of legacy code, there are a seemingly countless amount of programs available to customize your Windows experience and make it look and act the way you want it to. OS X has its own share of customizability available through several third-party apps, but when you look at the two platforms side by side, Windows just has more options available to the user. OS X is made to be user friendly, and garnish a clean user experience from the first time it boots to the final shutdown.

No matter which operating system you prefer, remember that the most important factor in this decision should lie in which operating system you feel most comfortable using. Is Windows better than OS X? That’s not a question that can truly be answered by any one individual. Like art, poetry, and literature, software is in the eye of the beholder.

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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.

  • Aitmansour Jawad

    i got 2 main reasons to choose windows firstly,i ‘ m addicted of gaming ,secondly applications wich are  supported by windows,and  thats way i like windows

  • Aitmansour Jawad

    i got 2 main reasons to choose windows firstly,i ‘ m addicted of gaming ,secondly applications wich are  supported by windows,and  thats way i like windows

  • Rocket Wolf

    While I would like to share your opinion about the reasons people choose windows over Mac, I can only agree on one point. Manufacturers were culled by Microsoft first. Sorry Steve, but you were just too slow, and the early bird gets the worm.

    However in Steve’s favor, I disagree with the rest of the reasons as graphical or game engines run faster and better on a mac when manufacturers are on-board. Just because there are “more” games for windows, doesn’t mean the gaming environment is a better experience. 

    Mac has dominated the film and movie industry since day 1 of the Mac. The reason being is the superior machine (kernel, language, resource handling etc). The Mac is a video/graphic mega-machine, hands down, not by my standards or opinion but by the industry pick. 

    The one most important reason left out of this post was the virus issue. Why would the movie industry pick a machine that has to have virus protection installed and bog down their system resources with it? For that matter why do businesses who care about their business choose a Microsoft OS, then try to find a virus protection program (which there is no 100% best or accurate one available and never will be) to protect their business or expensive software and hardware?

    Apple is right there as the immediate and most logical solution. If software manufacturers understood the virus issue better, they would make their wares in the language of a Mac and not the language of Microsoft (hint logical hint).

    Yes software for Microsoft proliferates, yes the machine is easier to upgrade, yes there are more games offered for the MS OS, this doesn’t mean the machine or the software is better. Here is a reality check, there are more people that have no clue how to use a computer or utilize its power and resources using a MS OS machine, than using a Mac. Then ask yourself why do true computer geeks prefer a Mac?

    Bill Gates markets to anyone, leaving no stone unturned and no gutter unflushed. ANYONE can use a point and click Windows machine even if their IQ is 40. That’s called market share and profit superiority.

    Thankfully this does not describe Steve Jobs. Look at anyone that owns a Mac or Linux/Unix machine and try and convince me their IQ is below 130. This doesn’t mean you have to be really smart to use a Mac, it just means the really smart ones prefer a Mac.

  • Rocket Wolf

    While I would like to share your opinion about the reasons people choose windows over Mac, I can only agree on one point. Manufacturers were culled by Microsoft first. Sorry Steve, but you were just too slow, and the early bird gets the worm.

    However in Steve’s favor, I disagree with the rest of the reasons as graphical or game engines run faster and better on a mac when manufacturers are on-board. Just because there are “more” games for windows, doesn’t mean the gaming environment is a better experience. 

    Mac has dominated the film and movie industry since day 1 of the Mac. The reason being is the superior machine (kernel, language, resource handling etc). The Mac is a video/graphic mega-machine, hands down, not by my standards or opinion but by the industry pick. 

    The one most important reason left out of this post was the virus issue. Why would the movie industry pick a machine that has to have virus protection installed and bog down their system resources with it? For that matter why do businesses who care about their business choose a Microsoft OS, then try to find a virus protection program (which there is no 100% best or accurate one available and never will be) to protect their business or expensive software and hardware?

    Apple is right there as the immediate and most logical solution. If software manufacturers understood the virus issue better, they would make their wares in the language of a Mac and not the language of Microsoft (hint logical hint).

    Yes software for Microsoft proliferates, yes the machine is easier to upgrade, yes there are more games offered for the MS OS, this doesn’t mean the machine or the software is better. Here is a reality check, there are more people that have no clue how to use a computer or utilize its power and resources using a MS OS machine, than using a Mac. Then ask yourself why do true computer geeks prefer a Mac?

    Bill Gates markets to anyone, leaving no stone unturned and no gutter unflushed. ANYONE can use a point and click Windows machine even if their IQ is 40. That’s called market share and profit superiority.

    Thankfully this does not describe Steve Jobs. Look at anyone that owns a Mac or Linux/Unix machine and try and convince me their IQ is below 130. This doesn’t mean you have to be really smart to use a Mac, it just means the really smart ones prefer a Mac.

  • Anonymous

    Windows is awesome.