With the new operating systems that are coming to light, there is a lot to compare.Windows 8 and Mountain Lion bring a revolution in operating systems today. Some aspects are similar across the board between Windows 8 and Mac OS X Mountain Lional though to what extent is still to be learned as there is little insight on the specific features so far. What is known is that both Apple and Microsoft are providing the maximum features that they can through the new operating systems. Making the decision between the two is going to be a tough call.
Windows 8 is rumoured to be a complete revamp of Window 7 whereas Mountain Lion is similar to its predecessor; with quite a few new features added on. Windows is more streamlined, colourful and generally nicer to look at than previous versions. It is promoting ‘Live Tiles’ on your desktop so you can view if notifications are waiting on particular apps.
Mountain Lion’s desktop is the typical and resembles Lion. It is simpler to use is some ways and features tools that can be activated or deactivated depending on the preference of the user. Users have the function of seeing their notifications for emails, or social networks pop up on the screen. The apps are arranged in a grid formation, like the iPad, although they are not quite as cool to look at as the new Windows 8 Live Tiles.
Microsoft is sticking to its guns with the reliability and familiarity of the traditional desktop. Apple are going down the same road although seem to be updating how they work to keep in line with mobile computing. Microsoft does benefit from message syncing between the computer and Windows mobile phones and Windows Live ID gives the user the ability to synchronise their settings across all of their Windows 8 devices, phones and PC’s alike.
Apps are easily available for Mountain Lion and are well categorised making the task of finding one easy. Windows don’t have quite as many to choose from although their store is also quite easy to navigate and use. The bonus of looking for apps on Windows is that you can try before you buy. Try out an app for a limited period and decide whether or not you want to pay for it. This will be a great thing for users and any Broadband Expert will know whether or not the app will be useful to you depending on your service provider.
Windows 8 and Mountain Lion both provide a cloud storage facility. This feature is a must have and with both on the same page of thinking; all users can have it regardless of the OS they choose. This gives the user convenience with the ability to access documents, apps and more just by logging in. Apple uses iCloud for the service whereas Microsoft uses SkyDrive which claims to be the most powerful storage cloud facility available. The user can also pay for extra storage should they choose or need it.
Then there is the Windows TO GO feature that everyone is waiting to hear about. It is all about backup and can literally allow the user to copy everything onto a flash drive including system settings, notes, apps; you name it. Mountain Lion, of course, have their own cool feature to contend with called Power Nap. This feature is automatic and makes back-ups of its own accord should the user need them.
Windows has made it’s OS very appealing in the overall look and definitely wins over Apple in that sense. Apple has not made as many changes to their OS in comparison, but did have some fantastic, appealing features already in Lion which will keep users loyal and sway new ones their way too. The choice will ultimately come down to user preference but at least you know some of the key features to come!