Six Reasons Windows is Better Than OS X

The debate between Mac and PC has been waged between camps since the 1980s, and it doesn’t look like it will be settled any time soon. I refer to the debate as being “Mac vs. PC” because that’s how Apple positioned the argument during its multi-year advertising campaign featuring John Hodgkins as the PC, and Justin Long as the Mac. Over the years, great points have been made by people on both sides of the fence. The problem with these comparisons is that they often confuse hardware with software. The Mac itself is a bundle of hardware components made by Apple and other third-party manufacturers that build each part to spec for the platform. This hardware is operated by a proprietary operating system that is designed to work only on Apple machines.

Underneath the aluminum unibody and glass screens is a computer that works almost exactly like any other PC on the market today. Each computer has a motherboard, power supply, RAM, CPU, and other common components. Is the Mac better than a PC in terms of hardware? Aside from the expensive shell, there isn’t a significant difference at all.

The software is where the real battle lies. Windows and OS X have been compared to one another time and time again. The differences between the two are obvious, but not as significant as you might imagine. Both operating systems share a lot of common features that allow you to get the same job done on either platform. In fact, it’s actually kind of hard not to find a way to accomplish pretty much anything you need to do throughout the day on either OS X or Windows.

But, there are quite a few reasons to choose Windows as your primary operating system over OS X. Here are six of them:

Hardware Options

One of the defining features of OS X is its closed hardware environment. This means that your hardware selection is limited to the parts that Apple has tested and approved. It also means that customizing and purchasing a Mac means being restricted in performance by the hardware Apple has made available to users during yearly product updates.

Right now, you can’t get USB 3.0 on a Mac. At least, you can’t do so without some pricey third-party adapters that connect to the Thunderbolt port. Even then, you may be sacrificing performance as the device has one more gadget to pass through before it interfaces with the OS.

In addition, a Windows PC is generally very modular. You can upgrade just about any component of a PC fairly easily. If you don’t like the video card, you have a choice of virtually any other card on the market as long as it is compatible with the bus on your motherboard. The same goes for the CPU, RAM, power supply, motherboard, hard drives, and anything else you can put on or take off. Mac OS X allows for customizability and upgrades as well, though drivers are limited to the manufacturers and specific products that are approved for use in Apple systems.

If you want the latest and greatest video card on your Mac, you’re out of luck. Third-party video cards might work if you toss them on a Mac Pro, but the drivers just aren’t available. Let’s not even talk about Blu-ray.

Customizability

Windows is a much more open environment for developers. Because of this, the desktop can be pretty heavily modified to the user’s liking. While you can get apps that alter the look and feel of OS X, the development of these apps has largely been done in a Windows environment as that’s where most of the potential customers are.

WindowBlinds was one of my favorite desktop customization programs for Windows. It does a great job of customizing your Windows experience to meet your personal tastes.

Windows has been hacked and tweaked in every way possible. If you have Windows running on it, a clever software engineer has found some way to make your PC run faster, look better, or both.

Open source projects are also generally more Windows friendly than they are with OS X. OS X has the advantage of being UNIX based, but the code has been changed so much that the developer has to either create a universal binary or develop a version specifically for OS X. Windows is where most of the users are, so open source developers tend to lean towards that as their preferred operating platform.

Gaming

Yes, you can play games on a Mac. This isn’t a comparison of Mac and PC, though. The Windows operating system is still a favorite among PC gaming companies. Games made available for the Mac are actually relatively few and far between. Unless you really want to play Portal or a Call of Duty game from five years ago, you’re better off sticking with Windows as your operating system of choice.

One significant example of this is the Steam library of games. If you compare the OS X catalog to its Windows selection, the choice is clear. Windows has more modern games being made for it than OS X.

Larger Selection of Available Software

Gaming aside, a lot of software is still being developed just for Windows. Rhapsody has a great desktop client that is currently Windows only. In addition, some video editing software, including Sony Vegas, isn’t made for OS X. Developers are building software on a budget that requires them to target the biggest customer pool with as little effort as possible.

This means that developers ultimately decide to go with Windows over OS X in many cases. Business software is one of the biggest cases of this single-platform environment due in part to the overwhelming adoption of Windows over OS X in corporate environments.

Bottom line: While matter of opinion will vary on which operating system is compatible with the best software, Windows has more software choices.

Less Expensive

While it might seem tempting to think about your Mac as an investment, the fact is that far too many people try to resell their Mac for much more than it’s actually worth. The very point that so many online sales and Craigslist ads are posted for near-retail prices leads a lot of people to believe that the actual value of a three-year-old machine is much higher than you can really get. Of course, paying retail also means that you’re handing over a premium to Apple for what basically amounts to a case made out of higher quality

On the other side, finding a good deal on a Windows-based systems is pretty easy. Windows machines are all over the place, especially since the only company legitimately producing Macs is Apple. That means just about any computer you buy from Acer, HP, Dell, or Lenovo is going to be a Windows machine. In fact, unless it’s one of the few that come complete with Linux or are shipped without any operating system at all, it’s likely running a version of Windows.

You can find a fairly capable PC for a few hundred dollars brand new. If you look hard enough, you can grab a new i5 powered PC with 8 GB of RAM and a powerful graphics card for around $600. The value of a Mac is in the operating system and the fancy engineering the system components are attached to. Either way, this is another reason that Windows might be better than OS X for the budget consumer.

Almost Everyone Knows How to Use It

While Windows has a bad reputation for being complex when compared to OS X, just about everyone who uses a PC at home or at work knows how to use it. Kids today in school are taught on Windows-based PCs. This is due, in part, to the large library of educational software that’s only available on Windows. In addition, educators are tasked with preparing their students for the workforce. That means being knowledgeable with the most commonly used platform. Yes, you guessed it: Windows.

Over the past 15 years, Microsoft Windows hasn’t changed very much. Windows 95 introduced the start menu and desktop, and various features have only changed so much since then. Windows 98, 2000, NT, and even XP aren’t a shocking change from version to version. If you know how to use one, each one that comes after it should be intuitive (if not significantly easier).

That said, Mac OS X is pretty straightforward to a Windows user. The learning curve is fairly small, and most users pick up the nuances fairly quickly.

Networking between Macs and PCs is still a hassle. Despite being notably easier thanks to software solutions such as Bonjour, file sharing and other apparently simple tasks can be a tricky art for most home users. Windows is widely used in the corporate environment for this reason. While networking can still be somewhat complex, Microsoft has made great strides to simplify networking and make it easier for PCs to communicate.

With Windows 7, the networking process is practically seamless. Wireless networking, which was once a weak point of Windows, has greatly improved. That’s not to say it’s perfect.

Another thing to consider is that the Windows .NET platform is great for developers who want to create useful applications for Windows without a lot of hassle. Preferred over Java for desktop programs by many developers, .NET has gained in popularity among enthusiasts and students alike. If you know how to program on .NET, you can create a lot of useful applications fairly quickly. In fact, business software is largely based in the .NET environment.

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

  • Anonymous

    This should be called, “Six Reasons You Should Use Windows Over OS X” NOT, “Six Reasons Windows is Better Than OS X”

    • http://twitter.com/MattRyan Matt Ryan

      Unfortunately, people don’t search for that term. They search for things like “better, best, and beats.”

  • Liam Steadman

    I completely disagree on price. The operating system (which is what we’re comparing) is only a basis for software. This is, I believe, why Apple charge quite little for their OS and yet Microsoft continue to charge wayyy too much for theirs. Software is generally a lot cheaper too!

    And you mention that macs are too costly to buy second hand. Whilst that may be true at first, it’s nice to know that in five or six years time my Mac will be worth around 60-70% of its original value, my PC will be worth less than 10% of its retail price. If you ask me I’d rather invest more money but get most of it back when I sell the machine on than buy a machine thats cheaper but loose more money overall.

    However, those are just my opinions from the other side of the glass :)

    • http://twitter.com/MattRyan Matt Ryan

      As stated in the article, your Mac is not actually going to be worth that much. People perceive that because they see so many others on Ebay trying to squeeze out a high price because they saw people before them doing the same. I worked for Apple for a year. My wife works for Apple right now. Trust me, Macs and PCs hold their value about the same over time. I can sell a $400 PC from two years ago for about $200-300 today. I can sell a $1200 Mac from two years ago for about $600-700 today. The prices are higher but the percentages are roughly the same.

    • http://twitter.com/MattRyan Matt Ryan

      As stated in the article, your Mac is not actually going to be worth that much. People perceive that because they see so many others on Ebay trying to squeeze out a high price because they saw people before them doing the same. I worked for Apple for a year. My wife works for Apple right now. Trust me, Macs and PCs hold their value about the same over time. I can sell a $400 PC from two years ago for about $200-300 today. I can sell a $1200 Mac from two years ago for about $600-700 today. The prices are higher but the percentages are roughly the same.

      • Anonymous

        If that’s what people percieve, then that’s what it’s worth, right? I don’t get this. If that’s how much you can get for it on average, that’s how much it’s worth. Sorry, I’m not an Economics or Business student, correct me if I’m wrong.

        • http://twitter.com/MattRyan Matt Ryan

          That’s what the SELLER thinks it’s worth. That doesn’t mean they ever find buyers. If you see it on a site somewhere, that means it hasn’t sold yet. ;) If I tried to sell my old Hyundai for $10,000 it would probably sit on Craigslist for years, too. And if you read the third and fourth sentences you’d notice that I explained the value perception as being a matter of numbers over percentages. Like the Hyundai analogy, a Lexus probably could sell at $10,000 after being used for a number of years. Does that mean it holds its value better? No… that means the original price was higher and it’s maintaining a percentage.

          • Anonymous

            I’ve seen many Macs selling for quite a high percentage of their original price on eBay which I never buy, but when I next see them, they have been sold. People do buy and sell on eBay and the only Macs which don’t sell are the ones for parts which are asking too much. Macs do have good resale value.

            I don’t know about PCs though, I don’t check for them on eBay.

          • Chadly

            That’s cool man, don’t worry about backing up your claims or anything. We can all take your word for it!

            Bro, don’t act like Macs are a cheaper, more economical solution. It’s not his opinion that Macs are far more expensive, in terms of computing power for your dollar. It’s a blatant fact, they just are! Sorry, but you’re wrong.

          • Nutz321

            “That’s cool man, don’t worry about backing up your claims or anything. We can all take your word for it!” Fair enough, I haven’t backed up my claims. This would have been a good argument on your part if you had backed up your own, you damn hypocrite!

            “Bro, don’t act like Macs are a cheaper, more economical solution” I will act like Macs are a cheaper, more economical solution, because they are. You can keep acting like PCs are more economical, but that’s at your peril (IMHO).

            “It’s not his opinion that Macs are far more expensive, in terms of
            computing power for your dollar. It’s a blatant fact, they just are!” I also believe that there is no opinion here, it’s just fact that Macs are either cheaper (in terms of
            computing power for your dollar), more expensive (in terms of
            computing power for your dollar), or the same price (in terms of
            computing power for your dollar) as PCs (on average).

            “Sorry, but you’re wrong.” That’s funny, cause I happen to think you’re wrong. Show me that I’m wrong, and I will accept it. But the arguments you have put up are weak.

            As for me backing up my claims, I’m not gonna show you the results of my general experiences when searching for Macs on eBay, because I haven’t recorded them and I’m not going to go and look if I’m not going to be paid for it. I don’t believe people need any convincing that Apple products have better value than PCs (if you look at how Steve turned Apple from a dying company to the most valuable company in the world), so I’m not going to waste my time arguing to a minority group.

            The really funny thing is that noone was arguing about the Mac being cheaper in terms of computing power. We were debating about its economic worth, which I argued is how much people will pay for it, since what it can and can’t do doesn’t matter, but what people will pay for it does.

    • http://twitter.com/mrpakiman adam

      yes but to buy osx you need tobuy a mac

      • PCFanatic

        Wrong, ever heard of a hackintosh?

        • raz

          that is not legal. Apple does not allow (in their licence agreement) os x to be installed on other platforms than the ones they sell – MAC

  • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

    Curious would you rather have a Scion or a Porsche?  The Scion wins in “customizability” and “less expensive” too.  Personally, cheap and ubiquitous are reasons it’s NOT “better”.

    • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

      The Scion can’t go as fast or faster than the Porsche.  Where as plenty of Windows hardware can go as fast and faster than the OSX, and at a smaller price point.  And since we’re comparing ‘Apples’ to apples (pun intended), it is glaring that it is so.

      • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

        It’s not about the price point.  It’s about luxury.  It’s like designer clothes.  Do $200 jeans do anything better?  No?  Macs are a combination of simplicity and branding that resonates with some people.

      • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

        It’s not about the price point.  It’s about luxury.  It’s like designer clothes.  Do $200 jeans do anything better?  No?  Macs are a combination of simplicity and branding that resonates with some people.

        • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

          Please, I can get a Windows machine with just as much luxury as you claim with the OSX.  Simplicity?  Maybe if you aren’t exposed to other operating systems, in which case figuring out what the hell the difference is between Option, Alt, Windows, and whatever the other key is called can be quite a bit confusing, let alone which button do I click to minimize a window.  Branding?  Well, yes, isn’t that the whole point of the reality distortion field around Jobs?

          • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

            Now see, this isn’t oppinion it’s fact.  NO pc company has a nation wide retails and support network like Apple… so no, you can’t get that luxury experience anywhere else.  It’s not JUST about the hardware.

          • Anonymous

            This is what PC fanboys don’t get. They reduce everything down to hardware and software. Nothing else seems to matter to them.

            And no, simplicity isn’t just for the newbies. Macs are also much better designed than Windows for the pros. http://macvspc.info has a lot of information on why Macs are better.

          • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

            Is there also a “reality distortion field” around every other luxury product?

            Mercedes?

            Armani?

            Are any premium brands “worth it” by your estimation? The truth is if you don’t get it it’s not meant for you anyway… and that’s ok.

    • http://twitter.com/MattRyan Matt Ryan

      I’d prefer the car that allows me to utilize the latest and greatest hardware. Saying I can’t have OnStar on a Porche because Porche only allows a specific set of hardware would be disappointing. Better is relative.

      • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

        Ok… so which car is that?  The Scion or Porsche?  The answer “I’d like to make a NEW car” doesn’t really count.

        Windows fans don’t get the Apple value offering.  It’s not SUPPOSED to be cheap, and Apple owners don’t WANT the cheapest computer or value the things you called advantages for Windows.  They want a premium product and experience that’s different… and for that Apple IS “the best”.

        Is Windows best for MOST people?  Sure.  But so is the Scion. If you’re a price buyer, by all means buy Windows. But there’s a reason the over whelming majority of high end consumers (who can have whatever they want) run Macs.

        • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

          It still holds.  I really don’t want to have to be forced to go to the dealer for every part that seems to be marked up by at least twice as much as I can get THE SAME EXACT PART elsewhere for.

          • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

            You’re NOT forced.  That’s like saying I can get the same steak dinner experience at Sizzler that I can get at Ruth’s Chris.  Can you?  Really?

            I have both. I agree that Windows 7 is pretty great, and for the PRICE, probably better.

            If you’re a cost sensitive consumer, sure buy Windows.  Isn’t that what it boils down to?  If you can afford whatever you want, get the Mac… at the end of the day you’ll probably be happier.

          • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

            Really?  It seems that with Macs, all you can do is install more memory.  Even with the desktops, it seems that you have considerably limited choices in picking out which video card you can use.

          • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

            Yes, but what you call a limitation, others call simplicity.  Mac users don’t WANT to ope their Macs and tinker… thats’s why they bought them, so they wouldn’t have to.  Typical Mac owner just buys a new one and is happy to do it.

          • Kerns Phoegon

            Again, you bring invalid conclustions into this.

            Restaurants have measurable marks, that can evaluate the quality of the restaurants in a very unbais manner.
            -while there still is a bit of personal taste to preference on restaurants, it can be agreed in general about restaurants and where they stand on class, food quality, & service.  

            Though,  if you wish to even have a valid point, compare things that are similar.. like democrats & republicans debating on a single issue, and the conclusions they come up with.

        • http://twitter.com/MattRyan Matt Ryan

          You should know that I have another article that came out today proclaiming why OS X is better than Windows. I’m not arguing with anyone, just giving some points that I like from each OS. The use of the word “better” is quite simply a response to the fact that SO MANY people ask me (and more ask Chris Pirillo) which is “better”.

        • Kerns Phoegon

          Boiling down the arguements to ‘cars’ is nearly pointless.
          1. Cars actually have measurable factors to base which one is better. *that aren’t subjective*

          The problem with your refernce is that infers that some how the Mac OS is better quality by it’s price alone. *though I’m sure you don’t need to be reminded of some very critical data removal errors with one of the recent OS X releases, that just deleted data*   

          I’m sure you wouldn’t suggest, that just because of the price on the hardware that the ones used in macs are better.  *least you forget about how mac pros are giving workstation class CPU’s with ECC, that cost more and are more stable, but their Ram lacks the ECC, thus making that CPU overpriced  for what it is doing.* 
          -=- this is also not forgetting that your normal, even average business user would never really need (or notice) ECC, as a vital feature in their computer, even more so considering how most computers in those settings aren’t on long enough to take full advantage of ECC it self *which is wonderful for systems that are on 24/7 and need maximum uptime to run batch processes or critical functions. (Server class hardware, isn’t up for debate, that’s something else entirely and for another market altogether)

          Is that, despite what it all comes down do, that both OS X and Windows 7+ can preform solidly and comparable, and it’s down to program preference and looks, though what mac does NOT have is the wide range of in depth customization allowed on the system. 
          –*work computers do not count, seeing as their customization is limited even further by business policy*

          Though it’s true, it’s likely to be better if it’s a bit more..  is a misleading statement, because yes.. better products can cost more, but what you lead others to think, is that if it cost more it’s a better product *which is false, and has cause many an issue*

  • Boltontech4

    UMM…

  • Boltontech4

    Umm…

  • Boltontech4

    No operating system is better than another. Each has its own purpose, goal, and set of objectives for achieving a place in the hearts of the people. It is pointless to say that Windows is better because Apple has worked hard on their operating system and is continuing to do so, as well Microsoft has done a great job. Keep this in mind. Microsoft is a SOFTWARE company, not dealing so much with hardware as Apple. Apple is a SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE company that puts work into making their operating system work best in conjunction WITH their hardware.

    You said, “your hardware selection is limited to the parts that Apple has tested and approved” and yet there is a purpose to the “closed hardware environment.” Apple tests and approves certain hardware so no other person will have to worry about faulty hardware, and hardware that isn’t efficient. Its called assurance. Apple looks for the best hardware to put into their computers. Apple works to get their computers out in best possible shape and perfomance. They are working on USB 3.0, but they have to make sure that it doesn’t screw up the computer in the long run. USB 3.0 is great, but yet they have to make arrangements. Still, Apple’s vision is to move away from devices like USB drives, CDs, and DVDs because the cloud is superior. Its something that you can access ANYWHERE with an internet connection, and the internet is just about everywhere. Yes it is good to have something for backup, like a flash drive, but it won’t be around for long. This is why they have yet to incorporate Blu-ray.

    I do have to admit, the user interface with OS X is dull, especially with the grayness of OS X’s windows, but Apple is getting the wake-up call. They need to work on it, and they are. As of now, Windows is very beautiful on the outside, but the inside doesn’t have up-to-date technology. Look at the registry and all of the dll errors. Not a lot of people are having errors as much as they used to, but it does happen, even with Windows 7. Windows is where most of the users are, yes, but that is changing. I am not saying that Windows is terrible, I run a lot of stuff on Windows day in, day out, but consumers, for the most part, fund the computer market and they are choosing the less painful OS which is OS X.

    Now I am neutral. I love Windows and Mac OS X, but I don’t like to see people state that one platform is better than another. Game creation companies such as Electronic Arts are still creating games for Windows more than Mac OS X, but that is because they still see that there are so many people on Windows. They need a slap in the face and correct statistics put in front of them because Mac OS X has a large audience for gaming as well. That goes for developers too.

    Windows based systems are all over the place because companies such as Dell and HP don’t care if Walmart is selling their computers and not servicing them correctly, even sometimes not servicing them at all. What happens when a young boy asks his parents for a computer and they purchase one from somewhere only to find out that it had a blue screen on first boot up and now it won’t work. They take it back to the store and the store tells them to call tech support. I have seen this happen many times to know that the manufacture doesn’t always care if the computer works or not. The manufacture doesn’t even want to pay for damage under warranty. Meanwhile if you purchase a Mac, and something happens to it, the computer will be repaired either in the Apple store, or Apple will help fix it over the phone, or send you a box to put it in and they will fix it and overnight it back. Its that simple. You said, “the value of a Mac is in the operating system and the fancy engineering the system components are attached to” but yet you make it sound like the engineering just looks good, but doesn’t actually work well. Apple puts hard work into their “fancy engineering” and they back it up. A Mac is a great investment because not only can you run Mac, but Windows as well. You can’t run Mac OS X on a Windows based system because of security reasons. Microsoft puts Windows out there with very little security. Its like hanging a mouse by its tale in front of four cats. Its going to get beat up. Apple doesn’t want to risk their OS being compromised for the sake for every Mac OS X user and many possible others.

    Almost Everyone Knows How to Use ItReverse the situation between Apple and Microsoft for a second. If your OS was sold everywhere, that would mean that you were more likely to be taught about that OS in school and you would know about it every time you used it. Apple has had problems in the past, but you are being a bully to them by trying to put them down. Educators are not being prepared for teaching students on Windows based systems very much at all. Technical coordinators for school systems are trying to persuade the schools to change over to Mac because of all of the problems that occur on Windows systems on a daily basis. I know this from experience. I was a teacher for 24 years and a Technical coordinator for the past 13 years in 50 different school systems.”With Windows 7, the networking process is practically seamless.” No I’m sorry but Windows is not easy with networking. The problem with Windows networking is the fact that Windows tried with the workgroups, which didn’t kick very hard at all, maybe like a thin needle to the eye. And what the devil is with Microsoft and their new home group? I have tried it and it is purely crap. With a Mac, Windows and Mac computers show up in the Finder. That is all you need is the Finder. Not a window for workgroups, not a window for home group. No setup required such as going through all of your computers setting a home group password after paying $120 dollars and up for the upgrade, not to mention the OEM disc, or the price for a new computer. Its all automatic. I know that the home group password was put in place for security reasons, but you don’t need a group password when your network is secure by a wireless password. Also, look at OS X Lion with the new Air Drop. This feature allows you to drop a file onto an icon in Finder that represents a user on another computer and it will send them that file. So simple…

    Also, you did forget to mention compatibility, security, future prices on Anti-virus for Windows, and prices for upgrades. Let the people know that Mac is compatible with all of the Microsoft Office file formats, and all of the formats related with Windows, but not the other way around. Its the people who choose their computers and if one person has a Windows based computer and  another has a Mac, the Windows computer will have problems working with the Mac, but the Mac can convert any thing so Windows can understand. Beside compatibility, security is not an issue with Apple, as soon as there is a security threat to OS X, an update is released to fix the issue, but Microsoft releases several “Security Updates” but none of them fix the problem. Microsoft even tells you to go buy Anti-Virus software or it will nag you with the flag in the task bar. Prices for Anti-Virus are high, and for people with a budget, its best to invest in a computer where you won’t have to purchase AV rather than spend $40 to $60 dollars on GOOD AV. Microsoft has terrible prices for upgrading Windows, and these days if you don’t upgrade, you will be left in the dust, so their upgrade prices start at $120 and up, meanwhile to upgrade OS X, $30. When you purchase a Mac you get video editing tools, a picture library and editing tools, and so much more built in, while when you purchase a Windows based computer you have to either go download Windows Live essentials, or go purchase a program like Sony Vegas for $50 and up. Pay and invest with Apple, or pay, pay, pay and get a headache with Microsoft Windows.

    I hope you see that writing this article on such a beautiful website was pointless. There is no better OS, both of them have their ups and downs… God Bless You.

    • http://twitter.com/MattRyan Matt Ryan

      Thanks for that analysis. Writing it wasn’t entirely pointless, however. The term “better” is relative, but only used the context that people ask what the “better” OS is twenty times per day. Please note that there is also an article about the six reasons OS X is better than Windows.

  • Boltontech4

    No operating system is better than another. Each has its own purpose, goal, and set of objectives for achieving a place in the hearts of the people. It is pointless to say that Windows is better because Apple has worked hard on their operating system and is continuing to do so, as well Microsoft has done a great job. Keep this in mind. Microsoft is a SOFTWARE company, not dealing so much with hardware as Apple. Apple is a SOFTWARE AND HARDWARE company that puts work into making their operating system work best in conjunction WITH their hardware.

    You said, “your hardware selection is limited to the parts that Apple has tested and approved” and yet there is a purpose to the “closed hardware environment.” Apple tests and approves certain hardware so no other person will have to worry about faulty hardware, and hardware that isn’t efficient. Its called assurance. Apple looks for the best hardware to put into their computers. Apple works to get their computers out in best possible shape and perfomance. They are working on USB 3.0, but they have to make sure that it doesn’t screw up the computer in the long run. USB 3.0 is great, but yet they have to make arrangements. Still, Apple’s vision is to move away from devices like USB drives, CDs, and DVDs because the cloud is superior. Its something that you can access ANYWHERE with an internet connection, and the internet is just about everywhere. Yes it is good to have something for backup, like a flash drive, but it won’t be around for long. This is why they have yet to incorporate Blu-ray.

    I do have to admit, the user interface with OS X is dull, especially with the grayness of OS X’s windows, but Apple is getting the wake-up call. They need to work on it, and they are. As of now, Windows is very beautiful on the outside, but the inside doesn’t have up-to-date technology. Look at the registry and all of the dll errors. Not a lot of people are having errors as much as they used to, but it does happen, even with Windows 7. Windows is where most of the users are, yes, but that is changing. I am not saying that Windows is terrible, I run a lot of stuff on Windows day in, day out, but consumers, for the most part, fund the computer market and they are choosing the less painful OS which is OS X.

    Now I am neutral. I love Windows and Mac OS X, but I don’t like to see people state that one platform is better than another. Game creation companies such as Electronic Arts are still creating games for Windows more than Mac OS X, but that is because they still see that there are so many people on Windows. They need a slap in the face and correct statistics put in front of them because Mac OS X has a large audience for gaming as well. That goes for developers too.

    Windows based systems are all over the place because companies such as Dell and HP don’t care if Walmart is selling their computers and not servicing them correctly, even sometimes not servicing them at all. What happens when a young boy asks his parents for a computer and they purchase one from somewhere only to find out that it had a blue screen on first boot up and now it won’t work. They take it back to the store and the store tells them to call tech support. I have seen this happen many times to know that the manufacture doesn’t always care if the computer works or not. The manufacture doesn’t even want to pay for damage under warranty. Meanwhile if you purchase a Mac, and something happens to it, the computer will be repaired either in the Apple store, or Apple will help fix it over the phone, or send you a box to put it in and they will fix it and overnight it back. Its that simple. You said, “the value of a Mac is in the operating system and the fancy engineering the system components are attached to” but yet you make it sound like the engineering just looks good, but doesn’t actually work well. Apple puts hard work into their “fancy engineering” and they back it up. A Mac is a great investment because not only can you run Mac, but Windows as well. You can’t run Mac OS X on a Windows based system because of security reasons. Microsoft puts Windows out there with very little security. Its like hanging a mouse by its tale in front of four cats. Its going to get beat up. Apple doesn’t want to risk their OS being compromised for the sake for every Mac OS X user and many possible others.

    Almost Everyone Knows How to Use ItReverse the situation between Apple and Microsoft for a second. If your OS was sold everywhere, that would mean that you were more likely to be taught about that OS in school and you would know about it every time you used it. Apple has had problems in the past, but you are being a bully to them by trying to put them down. Educators are not being prepared for teaching students on Windows based systems very much at all. Technical coordinators for school systems are trying to persuade the schools to change over to Mac because of all of the problems that occur on Windows systems on a daily basis. I know this from experience. I was a teacher for 24 years and a Technical coordinator for the past 13 years in 50 different school systems.”With Windows 7, the networking process is practically seamless.” No I’m sorry but Windows is not easy with networking. The problem with Windows networking is the fact that Windows tried with the workgroups, which didn’t kick very hard at all, maybe like a thin needle to the eye. And what the devil is with Microsoft and their new home group? I have tried it and it is purely crap. With a Mac, Windows and Mac computers show up in the Finder. That is all you need is the Finder. Not a window for workgroups, not a window for home group. No setup required such as going through all of your computers setting a home group password after paying $120 dollars and up for the upgrade, not to mention the OEM disc, or the price for a new computer. Its all automatic. I know that the home group password was put in place for security reasons, but you don’t need a group password when your network is secure by a wireless password. Also, look at OS X Lion with the new Air Drop. This feature allows you to drop a file onto an icon in Finder that represents a user on another computer and it will send them that file. So simple…

    Also, you did forget to mention compatibility, security, future prices on Anti-virus for Windows, and prices for upgrades. Let the people know that Mac is compatible with all of the Microsoft Office file formats, and all of the formats related with Windows, but not the other way around. Its the people who choose their computers and if one person has a Windows based computer and  another has a Mac, the Windows computer will have problems working with the Mac, but the Mac can convert any thing so Windows can understand. Beside compatibility, security is not an issue with Apple, as soon as there is a security threat to OS X, an update is released to fix the issue, but Microsoft releases several “Security Updates” but none of them fix the problem. Microsoft even tells you to go buy Anti-Virus software or it will nag you with the flag in the task bar. Prices for Anti-Virus are high, and for people with a budget, its best to invest in a computer where you won’t have to purchase AV rather than spend $40 to $60 dollars on GOOD AV. Microsoft has terrible prices for upgrading Windows, and these days if you don’t upgrade, you will be left in the dust, so their upgrade prices start at $120 and up, meanwhile to upgrade OS X, $30. When you purchase a Mac you get video editing tools, a picture library and editing tools, and so much more built in, while when you purchase a Windows based computer you have to either go download Windows Live essentials, or go purchase a program like Sony Vegas for $50 and up. Pay and invest with Apple, or pay, pay, pay and get a headache with Microsoft Windows.

    I hope you see that writing this article on such a beautiful website was pointless. There is no better OS, both of them have their ups and downs… God Bless You.

    • http://twitter.com/MattRyan Matt Ryan

      Thanks for that analysis. Writing it wasn’t entirely pointless, however. The term “better” is relative, but only used the context that people ask what the “better” OS is twenty times per day. Please note that there is also an article about the six reasons OS X is better than Windows.

    • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price

      I realize that I’m dating myself heavily here, but it wasn’t that long ago when you picked what software you wanted to run (and if writing your own, what language you wanted it in, be it ASM, COBOL, RPG, etc.), which then allowed you to figure out hardware you needed to run it.  Both pre-microprocessor and during the beginning.  And of course, you had your constraints, such as pricing, support, things like that.

      Now, it’s a practically worthless point, especially if all you want to do is browse the Internet and grab your email.

      Now, I already Windows versions of the MS Office suite, a great text editor (which JUST now is available for Linux, don’t know about OSX), a couple different compilers (even though some have fallen through the 64-bit floor), and a whole library of tools at my disposal (some are nothing but Unix tools I’ve written myself, but I still prefer my version, even after playing with the SUA toolkit Microsoft gives out).  Sure, I have a bunch of other programs that work regardless (Dropbox, Mozy, Evernote).

      I don’t need to rebuy and/or find something new for the supposedly “better” OS (in somebody else’s eyes…)

      A decent AV for Windows is available for free. Microsoft’s.  Better than the paid version of McAfee on my wife’s work laptop, I’ll grant you that.  And while you might think your updates cost less,  You’re already on the sixth revision of the 10th version of the operating system, versus the current seven versions of Windows.  That’s a lot of $30 upgrades.

      And talking about support, I know plenty of other Windows users that I could talk to about issues (although it’s usually the other way around for me) on Windows.  The only Mac user that I’m familiar with is my son, and he asks me questions that I can’t answer, I just don’t know that much about the Mac to be of much help with.

  • Jack Durrant

    I’m not much of a gamer. I think I’ll go with a Mac.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Level-Ten/100002996609274 Level Ten

    Macs are nice. But don’t even come close to worth the price. All IMACS use under powered GPU’s. you pay more for less.   

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Level-Ten/100002996609274 Level Ten

    Macs are nice. But don’t even come close to worth the price. All IMACS use under powered GPU’s. you pay more for less.   

  • Anonymous

    Ha. I’m reading your Google+ stream from the bottom up. I just ranted on your article about the Mac being better than the Mac. Sorry, I didn’t realize you were doing the “fair and balanced” thing. :)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_FMQU5RMDFFNSQRZAEC2CTVZO3Q Tim

    Um, wouldn’t it make more sense to focus solely on the OS, since that’s what your comparing, versus the minimum system requirements.

    We can sit here an argue hardware all day long but the title of the article leads one to believe that we’re comparing operating systems (software) regardless of what they run on (hardware).

    Seriously, I can build a Hackintosh that will dual boot into Window and the Mac OS which means both can run on the same hardware.  Yes, Windows has more options for hardware but that has more do to with hardware manufacturers designing and creating drivers for a particular platform and much less to do with the platform itself.  Windows, out of the box, does not take full advantage of the breadth of hardware that’s available.  It’s the hardware manufacturers who provide this value-add.

    So when comparing operating systems on the merits of those operating systems, it’s pointless to insert hardware into the discussion.  This nerfs your hardware argument.

    And, no, Windows does not have more software available for it than the Mac.  If you take into account open source software for *NIX distribution and some sexy virtualization software, the Mac arguably can run every Windows program and then some.  And, no, most ports aren’t more available for Windows versus the Mac nor are they more Windows friendly.  Download a copy of fink and have at it (11995 open source packages and counting…)

    Less expensive?  No.  Windows 7 Home retails for $119.95 and MacOS X 10.7 $29.99.  Remember, you are comparing operating systems (software) not hardware.

    Gaming, yeah, I agree, Mac gaming could be much better.

    • Eric Oliver

      The whole idea of “not running on the hardware” implies that it is not intended for being run on other hardware.  If you look at the specs of Windows machines sold in retail, you will find a lot more hardware diversity than if you look at Macs sold in retail.  You need to consider that the average person doesn’t want to build a computer as you have obviously done.  The idea of the Windows platform being superior in this sense is the breadth of options, which improves affordability as it inspires competition among hardware manufacturers.  However, there is another critical difference that definitively makes Windows the less expensive option.

      “All you do is click the Mac App Store icon, buy Lion for $29.99, and your Mac does the rest” (direct quote from Apple).  The caveat to this statement is that Apple requires that you use a Mac to receive Lion.  This hardware requirement is the reason why Macs are more expensive.  Macs have overpriced hardware and cheap software.  Windows has overpriced software and cheap hardware.  These are natural differences in the business models of Microsoft and Apple and should be considered when you decide which is more cost-effective.

      This may not obviously imply that Windows is cheaper than OS X.  In the short-term, you could successfully argue that they have identical cost.  In the long-term, though, Windows is undoubtedly more affordable.  This is because software becomes obsolete at a much slower pace than hardware.  That’s how Apple’s business model is so much more lucrative — people are forced to return annually to stay relevant, whereas Windows requires people to return every few years to maintain relevancy.

      Please let me know if I’m missing important details.  I hate Apple’s philosophies and business models with a passion, so I have a tendency to “forget” parts of my analysis due to personal bias :P

  • Bradley Kirwan

    You raise a few good points but some of the advantages you outline follow a more traditional computing method; not where we’re going.

    Hardware:
    Failure to mention that Apple has introduced the Thunderbolt port which boasts 10Gbit speeds in both directions – USB 3 has 5Gbit speeds in ONE direction.

    Larger Selection of Available Software:
    Sure, there are more Windows apps but the quality and functionality of apps made for OS X are far superior to that of Windows.
    Look at a few professional apps in the field of web development.
    - Espresso
    - Coda

    No Windows Web Development app comes CLOSE to those offered on Mac OS X.

    The future of computing is not in physical storage media. We know this to be true already.
    Blu-ray has arrived, but Blu-ray will be gone before you know it.

    As internet prices get cheaper and cheaper and we get more and more devices, the demand for physical media (excl. hard drives) will fall.

    Yes, I prefer OS X over Windows. Call me a fanboy. :P

    • http://twitter.com/jon_chen Jonathan Chen

      Hardware: First of all PC’s have the option to do thunderbolt or USB 3.0. OSX doesn’t out of the box. 

      Quality of OSX apps being better than Windows Apps is a myth. In fact you could make an argument that OSX apps are worse because OSX is not a very stable platform for applications. You can reference to companies who have both a osx platform and a windows platform for their applications. 

      Your argument on “No Windows Web Development app comes CLOSE to those offered on Mac OS X.” Is also a myth. You cannot test IE on OSX period. And there are free/paid apps that are just as good or better than coda/expresso in web development. You just need a nice text editor which can be done easily in VIM/EMACS/Notepad ++.

      Yeah you are right that Blu-ray will become old technology. You can’t tell me when it will stop being used either. Your excuse is also bad because if you go with the idea that Blu-ray is old technology then I’ll say that Apple shouldn’t even sell hard drives because that’s old technology too. They should put everything in the cloud because its the future.

      • Anonymous

        Dunno where you get OS X is not a stable platform for applications from, that sounds goofy. Can you provide a reference? Actually, the entire Mac system is more stable than Windows. A couple years ago, IBM surveyed IT professionals around the world and they found Windows Server 2008 had 2.5 hrs downtime a year. Mac OS X server had only 37 minutes downtime. Source: 

        http://tinyurl.com/yjeujmf

        • http://twitter.com/jon_chen Jonathan Chen

          The main reason why video games are made on Windows is due to the fact that it has a more stable API vs OSX. OSX’s API’s are less stable. 

          Comparing downtime for servers is dumb because windows has more reboots than *nix. For web servers Linux is the best. For enterprise infrastructure its hard to beat windows. But there are tons more web apps running on window server than OSX server. 

      • Bradley Kirwan

        More and more Apple products are shipping with Thunderbolt and yes, eventually it will likely become a common port on Motherboards.

        Show me software made for Windows and OS X that is better on Windows (provided it wasn’t intentionally made for Windows to begin with and then ported to Mac.

        Why is it that any decent design firms use Macs? – It’s certainly not for style.

        Please don’t compare Notepad ++ with an amazing app like Espresso. Don’t embarrass yourself.

        Show me a video editor comparable to Final Cut on Windows!

        Your suggestion that Apple shouldn’t even sell hard drives is immature too. I was talking about media distribution; specifically video/audio.

        The only case where hard drives become old is when SSDs become more commonplace. We are certainly not there yet; but will be eventually.

        But we will never get rid of hard drives for obvious reasons.

        You’re not one of those people who double click on the internet are you? :P

        • http://twitter.com/jon_chen Jonathan Chen

          Photoshop for example prior to CS5 had worse performance than OSX. Also, they had to do a total rewrite to get it to work onto OSX. Other VFX software like HitFilm has mentioned that they are slowly getting their OSX version up, but they released the windows version first because it was just easier to do it and more stable platform.

          Premiere Pro is just as good and gets the same quality as Final Cut. Avid also has a bigger presence than Final Cut. 

          Dreamworks uses HP machines for all of their stuff including rendering, design, etc. 

          Oh yeah Avatar was made using Adobe products, which are usually OS agnostic. 

          Oh please give me a break about Espresso. Its a fancy text editor that was roots to like VIM/EMACS probably.

          My suggestion on HDD to Apple was just a joke and not serious. Blu_rays and physical media will still be used for quite a bit for at least another five years. Until then I hope the internet gets faster and I get fiber optics to my house. Oh I expect flying cars.

          • Bradley Kirwan

            So should I sell my Macbook Pro?

          • Bradley Kirwan

            So should I sell my Macbook Pro?

          • http://twitter.com/jon_chen Jonathan Chen

            Haha, do whatever you like. But I don’t believe that there is a “best” OS and its stupid to get into the argument saying which one is better. I could totally debate the other way for any other OS on certain things.

  • Zyzz

    Fanboys will be fanboys.

    I still would take Windows over OSX. (I own two comparable 13 inchers, a $1600 MBP13 and a $799 Dell V131, as well as two comparable all-in-ones, an iMac and a Vostro 360)

    OSX is just too slow, buggy, and overrated. Macs are stylish but nothing more…
    Windows/PCs for me are cheaper, better value, still stylish, and reliable.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      Speaking of fanboys…

    • Pennywiser

      OSX Slow and buggy, and Windows more reliable? in what universe do you live?

  • W_cole

    When helping a friend update from Vista to 7 . . . the Win7install DVD was seen as a blank disk by her Dell.  Doing some digging I found that Vista has a bug that can require you to uninstall and then reinstall the DVD drive to correct this issue.

    Case closed – OSX wins

    • Herobrine

      Vista is not good. But your crappy Macs are always bad.

      Case closed – Windows wins and you have no idea what you are saying

  • W_cole

    When helping a friend update from Vista to 7 . . . the Win7install DVD was seen as a blank disk by her Dell.  Doing some digging I found that Vista has a bug that can require you to uninstall and then reinstall the DVD drive to correct this issue.

    Case closed – OSX wins

  • http://twitter.com/jon_chen Jonathan Chen

    @W_cole

    So saying Vista is a bad product is like me saying how crappy the first versions of OSX is. Don’t tell me about buggy code either. Don’t tell me how Apple broke a whole bunch of crap with Lion when it first released its OS.

    Case Closed – you are don’t know what you are talking about.

  • Anonymous

    If Windows is so great, does anyone know when Google will allow their employees to use a Windows based machine? Walk around the Googleplex and you won’t see any employee with a laptop running Linux (which is an option) instead they all have MacBooks.

    • http://twitter.com/jon_chen Jonathan Chen

      That’s not true. Employees at Google can use windows machines. Majority of the developers use Linux. They might have macbooks but run Linux on it.

  • Kerns Phoegon

    This whole debate *despite what OS I like* is absurd.

    If you want to compare an apple mac, you need a windows pc with the similar hardware/software demand ratio as the mac.   

    To the users who actually think 3rd party bonuses and value addon is bad, grow up.  No one single company *Microsoft, Apple, Linux flavors* is ever going to give it’s base everything it wants and requires 3rd party support and Microsoft has that covered.  While at times this can be troublesome, there are forums for the programs and software, along with special forums for hardware and drivers to help with problems that may happen to popup. *While yes, it’s not centralized, and some information may not be easy to find, like rogue errors, any os or setup can have.*
    – For those who don’t think Windows has a support forum that’s worth while needs to grow up, and realize that it has 1 for every major program, and a MS hosted one for the OS it self *it’s gotten impressive at solving those ghost issues*, and realize that for every game, hardware, driver is support forums to help fishout problems relating to that device, even if that device is a symptom of the real issue, it’s likely someone will help you.

    As far as cost goes, you get what you pay for, and what you buy.  You buy an older system it may not hold up, it’s your gamble and you are free to take it. I’ve had one last 12 years *because I knew how to take care of it* 
    —- Though even getting prem. parts for a custom windows machine, you can beat the cost of a equivalent mac pro over 2x and nearly 3x cheaper.  While the os may cost me 120$, I saved *shopping smart, for high quality parts* 4k+ on my system, which kind of says I could get vegas pro, and Photoshop, still come under a mac pro cost easily, and in that get better software for audio/video/picture editing for a lower upfront cost then the mac pro.

    Deals are nice, though What I’d love to see is mac users actually look at their machine benchmarks for what they use it for, and compare it to other systems, for the same purpose *if possible, some places require software that only exists on one OS* and then you can start to judge cost.
    — Though, if you want to go to a place that would beat apple in terms of service, quality and support,  Quality companies like ‘PC Laptops’ and similar, with warranties that are backed for a very long time, or life, employees that actually know what they are doing *and can even be asked questions about the parts, computers and plans sold in the store*, and on site repairs to software, and instore replacement for parts that go bad.   You will pay similar costs to the mac line, but the quality of service is worth it (if you don’t know what your doing or care to learn that much)  

  • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

    This article was really just troll bait.  There is no “better”.  Are $30 Levi’s BETTER than $200 Armani jeans?  It’s not better, it’s taste.  Is blue “better” than green?

    If you’re a cost sensitive, a business user or a hard core gamer, you’ll probably see Windows lower cost as BEST for you.

    If you want “cool” don’t care about cost, you’ll probably appreciate the simplicity and elegance of Apple products, and the hand holding of their network of stores.

    • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

      That’s what I said in my videos, but it doesn’t stop people from searching for the term. ;)

      • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

        You’re evil Pirillo.  Stirring the pot.  ;)

        • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

          Being nice gets you nowhere. :)

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=606163198 Christopher Micallef

      The fact that I can spend $2000 on Sony vio and it can totally out do a $2000 mac in specs, performace, and pixel condention while still having a thin alloy deign is pretty cool. :D :D :D

      However, like Chris said, better is relative. If having a compter with an apple on the back makes you feel cool, by all means buy a mac. :P :P :P

      • http://www.brettschulte.com/ Brett Schulte

        Yeah, but then people will think “poor guy couldn’t afford a Mac”.  ;)

      • http://chris.pirillo.com/ Chris Pirillo

        Specs are irrelevant.

        • PCFanatics

          Only idiots say that. Would you buy a car without giving a shit about price/performance? Power under the hood matters for cars and computers alike. PCs will always dominate macs

          • Guest

            PCs only became popular because they’re cheap whores

          • ArmyofAnts

            I like a custom built whore… Can’t say that about Mac’s.

        • ArmyofAnts

          Are you kidding? Specs is everything.. Called bang for the buck. Apple doesn’t have it.

  • http://profiles.google.com/giancenteno Gathering Spices

    I feel more productive on a Mac.

    • OldSkooRebel

      Well, not all of us are stupid enough to buy computers because of “feelings”

  • http://www.bytehead.org/blog/ Bryan “bytehead” Price
  • God

    this is a crap site and your all high on pot

    osx wins and anyone who disagrees is either high or employed by bill gates

    • http://twitter.com/mrpakiman adam

      are you serious

    • Herobrine

      hahaha you are so stupid. the only high person is you. have fun with your shitty mac

    • OldSkooRebel

      Trolls gonna troll…

    • ArmyofAnts

      I wish I was employed by Bill Gates.

  • God

    this is a crap site and your all high on pot

    osx wins and anyone who disagrees is either high or employed by bill gates

  • Ashram

    I’ve found myself not really having any preference, so I use Mac, Linux, and Windows.  I like using computers, so why should I limit myself to just one OS?

  • ArmyofAnts

    Right…. Like people follow the “legal” useless document?

  • Ahmed A

    I bought a Windows ultrabook over a MacBook Air because of the touchscreen and higher resolution.. The Retina is too expensive and was old when I made my purchase.

  • dooney

    I like mac’s but don’t like the price I always dream of having one but until then I’ll have to wait. but they are truly awesome computers for coding and gaming and web browsing. It also comes with a lot of great programs. But im not sure if its worth the money