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Microsoft Windows 8 versus OS X Mountain Lion

Karl Hodge | Oct. 30, 2012
Mortal frenemies Apple and Microsoft have been locked in battle since 1984, when the first Macintosh shipped. Apple has always been the innovator; the prestige developer with big ideas. Microsoft took care of the mundane side of the market, catering for enterprise and home, developing solid products that ran on a range of hardware.

Strictly speaking, running Mountain Lion on anything but Apple hardware breaks OS X's licensing rules too.


Mac : 2

Windows : 8


Conclusion - Windows 8 or OS X? Which is best?

Mac - 130/180

Windows - 105/180

We are not going to completely slate Windows 8. There are some interesting and inventive elements in the new operating system. On touch pads, the interface-formerly-known-as-Metro is intuitive to use. It cleverly integrates with your online identity and is refreshingly clutter free. And the Windows that still lurks beneath is still a powerful and flexible operating system with much to recommend it.

But there is a sense that what you're offered in Windows 8 is Windows for dummies. In the same way that Microsoft bolted Windows 1.0 over DOS so that office workers didn't need to deal with the command line, Windows 8 shields tablet users from the fact they're using a Windows computer. Unfortunately, it also shields computer users from the fact they're using a computer.

Apple's approach, over 8 versions of OS X, has been to streamline and innovate with each release. From Cheetah to Mountain Lion, Apple has cut out redundant elements and introduced new features as required. It's been case of evolution, not revolution.

OS X and iOS are edging closer, but they're not the same. They're optimised for the devices they run and the way they are used. One day, they'll converge. But not yet.

Windows 8 isn't too little too late. It's too much too soon.


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