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OS X vs Windows

The operating system is the important bridge between the machine and the person using it. The two most popular operating systems for computers are OS X and Windows. The main difference between Windows and OS X is the computer you can use it with. OS X is exclusively for Apple computers, commonly known as Macs, while Windows is basically for any personal computer from any company. As a result of direct competition between manufacturers, computers that run Windows can be purchased at a significantly lower cost compared to Macs that run OS X. You can also purchase Windows separately if you want to build your own custom computer. OS X is only available with the purchase of a new Mac.

When it comes to usage, the two are very similar with a couple of exceptions. The first issue is the number of available software packages that you can install on either operating system. As Windows has a stranglehold on roughly 90 per cent of the personal computer market, it makes more fiscal sense to make programs towards that platform. As a result, there are more applications for the Windows platform compared to the OS X. The most blatant example of this is in the computer gaming industry where major games are rarely, if ever, ported to the OS X platform.

On the other side of the coin is malware. With this too, Windows has a lot more to deal with. Of course, if you are going to write a virus or a Trojan, you would probably target a more established operating system in order to maximize its spread. What many people incorrectly think is that OS X is impervious to malware like viruses and Trojans. This is just not true as there are already a few examples of malware for the OS X. It’s just not worth the time for programmers to study OS X and exploit its weaknesses because there are relatively very few OS X users.

In the end, the choice between Windows and OS X is down to whether you want an Apple computer or not. If you only do routine stuff on your computer and it’s within your budget, an OS X running Mac can be a reasonable purchase as you do not have to worry as much about malware. For the rest of the world, however, Windows seems to be the logical option.


1.Windows is for PCs while OS X is for Macs.
2.Windows has a better selection of hardware than OS X.
3.Windows can be purchased separately while OS X cannot
4.Windows has more software packages than OS X.
5.Windows has more viruses than OS X.

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