What is the most difficult part of buying a new computer? The operating system, hardware, security, stability and is the computer for gaming or business, all of this is enough to confuse anyone. Two major operating system companies currently have advertisements on TV. The competing companies are Microsoft and Apple. Both companies offer the same basic idea, but their features differentiate them. The following will compare Microsoft Windows and Apple OS X.
Microsoft is a software company they do produce some hardware but not much. Companies that manufacture computers buy licenses from Microsoft, in order to use Windows software on their computers. Microsoft is the maker of the Windows series of operating systems and the Office series.
Apple is a software and hardware producer. Apple is the creator of the OS X operating system and Mac Book, iMac, iPhone, and iPad. Later on, the topic of stability is discussed, but many say that because Apple makes the hardware and operating system, that their device is more stable than competitor's devices. Companies that produce software for Apple devices have the software tested by Apple and given approval to distribute and sell.
Microsoft's Windows O.S. is the most popular O.S. currently. Windows has an easy to use interface; also, most of the major software produced today is for Windows. Windows is highly customizable; almost anything in the function of windows has the ability to be tweaked or modified. This can lead to the problem of instability; window does warn users of changes to the system.
OS X is popular for multimedia producers, such as movie editors, music producers, and graphic artists. Users say OS X is easy to use, but users who are used to windows find OS X difficult to use. OS X does not allow a vast amount of customization, because of Apple's lock on multiple settings in the operating system. Apple's view is if you keep users from modifying the computer there is less chance for errors.
Third party software companies produce much of the software, and most of which is not always compatible with the different configurations of computers and hardware. This could be why Windows often has errors such as the blue screen of death. Microsoft does have an automatic update feature, but post updates infrequently in large update packs. In Windows 7, Microsoft has implemented many new troubleshooting wizards, but this is still not a solution for all errors.
The popular belief is that OS X is more stable than a windows computer, but this is not always the case. Apple quickly posts software updates to fix flaws in the code; updates are automatic, and run in the background so the user is not aware. Apple's control of hardware and operating system makes the software more compatible to the hardware, and this is why there tends to be less faults or conflicts.
Windows is the number one target for hackers and malicious code. Windows comes with anti-malware software now in windows 7, which was not the case for previous versions. Attacks still make their way thru, so one cannot rely on just the anti-malware program. Third party antivirus software is available and reduces the chance of an attack if properly updated.
Windows' large market share and vulnerabilities have made it a target for hacker's creating viruses and other malicious software. Some counts place the number of Windows/MS-DOS viruses at over 50,000. It is critical that Windows users diligently run anti-virus programs and keep them up to date. (Jonhson)
When security is important, OS X is top notch. Apple had antivirus built in on most of their operating systems, they also use multiple techniques to move and hide important system files. Apple is not a major target of hackers and malicious code. Attacks are rare on OS X, but can happen.
With virtually no effort on your part, Mac OS X defends against viruses and other malicious applications, or malware. For example, it thwarts hackers through a technique called "sandboxing" - restricting what actions programs can perform on your Mac, what files they can access, and what other programs they can launch. Other automatic security features include Library Randomization, which prevents malicious commands from finding their targets, and Execute Disable, which protects the memory in your Mac from attacks. (Apple)
Apple and Microsoft are both producers of great products, which one is better is up to the potential buyer and their requirements. OS X and Windows both have compatibility with the top name software on the market today. The security of an operating system is a very important matter in today's internet commerce, with fraud and identity theft rampant.