Mac OS X Lion vs. Windows 7: Which OS is Best?

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Does Lion roar enough to compel you to ditch Windows the next time you’re ready to buy a new laptop? Actually, Apple was doing pretty darn well even before its latest operating system arrived, with the company recently snagging the number-three spot in U.S. PC sales on the strength of its hot-selling MacBook Airs. Lion just kicks things up a notch, adding such iPad-like amenities as a new Launchpad for your apps and helpful multitouch gestures.

On the other hand, Windows 7 runs on a whopping 94 percent of computers sold worldwide. And why not? Since late 2009, Microsoft’s sequel to the hated Vista OS has proved easier to use and is full of helpful features. On average, Windows notebooks also continue to be much more affordable than Macs. Still, whether it’s because of the iPad halo effect or the perception that Macs simply cause less headaches, more and more people are wondering whether it’s time to jump the Windows ship.

To help you decide which OS is best, we pitted Mac OS X Lion and Windows 7 against each other—feature by featurein an epic battle.


Mac OS X Lion

The look and feel of an OS usually determines how intuitive it is for users to find and interact with apps. Lion makes that easier than ever with the addition of Launchpad, which displays your system’s app icons. To access Launchpad, perform a three-finger pinch with your thumb on the trackpad or press the dedicated Launchpad button on the latest MacBook Air.

Launchpad basically duplicates the iOS interface on iPhones and iPads. You can easily swipe from one screen to the next, and you can drag app icons onto each other to create folders of similarly themed programs. Apple has seamlessly integrated the Mac App Store with Launchpad; when you make a purchase in the App Store, it automatically installs and appears on the Launchpad.

Lion also preserves the Dock (known as the taskbar in Windows) from previous OS versions. You can drag an icon from the Launchpad into the Dock to make an app more accessible.

Lion makes full-screen application viewing possible for its native programs and select third-party software. Switching between full-screen apps is achieved instantly with a two-finger swipe to the left or right on the touchpad. However, full-screen apps obscure the menu bar until you hover over it.

Windows 7

The interface for Windows 7 isn’t dramatically different from previous Windows versions, but there are welcome tweaks. While the familiar Start button remains, Microsoft gave the taskbar a cosmetic and operational facelift.

The buttons are sharper looking and can be reordered with a simple mouse drag. With Aero Glass functions activated, Aero Peek lets you see thumbnails of the windows open in each app by hovering over a taskbar button. Similarly, with Jump Lists, right-clicking a taskbar button shows that app’s previously opened or currently active windows—documents or web pages—for quick access.

Another clever interface element is the Show Desktop icon on the right end of the taskbar. Hovering over this rectangle presents your desktop at any time.


Between the iOS-like Launchpad, user-friendly Dock, and full-screen apps, Lion has a more modern and approachable look and feel.

Multitasking & Windows Management

Mac OS X Lion

The refinements made in Snow Leopard are further polished in Lion with the introduction of Mission Control, which combines the Exposé and Spaces features. Exposé displays thumbnails of all windows, making it easy to navigate to them. The Spaces feature sets up multiple desktops (“spaces”), letting you assign specific applications to each one to avoid a cluttered desktop. Now it’s all accessible on one screen.

Mission Control, activated by a trackpad gesture or keyboard shortcut, lets you view all desktops in mini windows on top of the currently active desktop. Mission Control also reveals open applications, making it easy to toggle from one window or application to another. The existing keyboard shortcut of Alt+Tab will toggle between apps too.

Unfortunately, Mission Control can be confusing. While Lion will automatically organize and stack windows related to a given app in the center of the screen, full-screen windows get segregated and line the top of the display along with Spaces. You also can’t close applications from Mission Control.

Windows 7

Windows 7’s multitasking solution is not as slick as Lion’s, but it is effective. In addition to pressing Alt-Tab to flip from one open app to another, pressing the Win key and Tab when you have Aero Glass activated shows active apps in a 3D carousel of revolving windows.

Most of Windows 7’s multitasking is achieved via the taskbar. Aero Peek, for one, shows a thumbnail of open files in an app by hovering over apps in the taskbar. Add frequently used apps or files to the Taskbar by right-clicking on them and selecting the drop-down menu choice. The taskbar’s limited real estate can get cramped easily, however.

Another quick way to bounce from one app or doc to another is Snap. Grab the top of a window and push it to either side. The window locks to the side and resizes to half the screen. Repeat on the other side. Double-click the top of either window to return it to full size.

WINNER: Windows 7

While Mission Control is more ambitious, multitasking is easier to manage in Microsoft’s OS. And only Windows 7 lets you compare windows side by side.

Touchpad Navigation & Multitouch Gestures

Mac OS X Lion

Lion mines the previously unused capabilities of trackpads by refining finger gestures. Many gestures will seem

familiar to iPhone and iPad users, but Lion expands upon those with new three- and four-finger movements.

For example, swiping up with three fingers opens Mission Control, and swiping left or right switches between full-screen apps. A three-finger pinch plus thumb starts Launchpad, while spreading the same fingers apart presents your desktop. When you’re in an app with multiple open windows, a two-finger swipe down reveals all windows for toggling among them. Not only can you pinch with two fingers to zoom in and out in any window, a new two-finger tap lets you zoom in on a specific part of an image or web page.

Although these finger movements enable fluid navigation, you need to remember them. In addition, the default two-finger scrolling mode now defaults to mirror how iOS devices work, the opposite of normal Mac process. You can change this setting in Preferences.

Windows 7

Multitouch gestures on Windows 7 vary greatly based on the notebook and which company makes the touchpad. For our tests, we used a Synaptics ClickPad. In general, two-finger scrolling worked well, but pinch-to-zoom wasn’t as smooth on most Windows machines as it is on Macs. Three-finger flicking through photos was also hit or miss. However, assigning a shortcut to a three-finger press let us launch a program.

On newer Windows notebooks, such as the Samsung Series 9, you can perform four-finger gestures. Swiping down minimizes everything, and swiping up activates the Aero 3D window manager.

While gestures are customizable, making changes requires a multi-click drill down. In addition, some Windows notebook vendors disable helpful features by default.


Apple owning the hardware and software really makes a difference. Gestures just work better on Lion.

Search: Mac Spotlight Vs. Windows Search

Mac OS X Lion

Spotlight, the already-resourceful search bar on Macs, becomes even more productive in Lion. Activated by clicking on the magnifier icon in the upper right corner or pressing Command + space bar, Spotlight will search the entire hard drive, the web, or even Wikipedia. As you type characters in the search bar, Spotlight intuitively finds possible choices grouped by category (documents, music, pictures, etc.) and often finds your quest before you finish typing. You can reduce the search universe to specific types of data by customizing Spotlight in System Preferences.

In Lion, Spotlight now shows a preview of the item so you can double-check that it’s what you wanted to find. Dragging and dropping the item directly into e-mail, the desktop, or an application adds speed and convenience to what was once a Where’s Waldo? procedure.

Lion also supports searches limited to the contents of a directory folder, with a search bar located in the top right corner of the folder window.

Windows 7

Improved since its first appearance in Windows Vista, the Start menu search box will attempt to locate your query by suggesting results grouped by category (docs, e-mail, music, pictures, etc.) as you type. The search box is ready as soon as you press the Windows key or click the Windows button at the bottom left.

Searching in a particular folder or library can further pinpoint results limited to the folder’s contents. Users can apply context-sensitive filters using the search box’s drop-down menu. A resulting preview pane makes it a snap to see if it’s the right search result.


Both Lion and Windows 7 do an excellent job of helping you find what you’re looking for fast, but Apple’s OS goes the extra mile by letting you preview files from within Spotlight. Lion also works faster and lets you extend your searches to the web.

Native Web Browsers

Mac OS X Lion

Safari 5.1 evolves slightly in Lion, including more efficient browsing navigation with multitouch gestures and full-screen viewing capabilities. Gestures include double-tapping to scale up text or an image and swiping left and right to navigate pages.

A new Reading List feature lets you save articles for future reading. To do so, press Command + Shift + D, or drag the URL to the eyeglasses icon on the left of the toolbar. Or select Add To Reading List from the Bookmarks menu. Click the eyeglasses icon to open a sidebar with your list. Unfortunately, pages are not saved for offline reading.

The Reader icon in the address bar reformats any currently viewed URL page for easier reading and printing; you get clean text and all images and ads are stripped out.

Windows 7

Internet Explorer 9 is the LAPTOP Editors’ Choice winner among Windows-based browsers. Thanks to built-in hardware acceleration, pages load quickly, and text, images, and video are rendered rich and crisp. Smooth integration with Windows 7 lets IE9 exploit such OS features as Snap for viewing two web pages side by side. By right-clicking on the IE9 taskbar button, you can access Jump Lists to choose from recently viewed pages.

IE9’s completely renovated interface maximizes the browsing screen space by minimizing the formerly cluttering toolbars and making navigation controls easier to find and use. Adding page Tabs puts productivity into warp speed. Click the New Tab button to the right of the last page Tab and a new page opens showing a color-coded mini-history of previously opened pages and a refreshed address bar to type in another URL. Tabs can be dragged to the taskbar for offline access.

IE9 lets you pin sites, a feature that integrates directly with the Windows 7 OS. Once you pin a site to the taskbar, it can provide notifications, such as new messages. Users can also right-click the icon to access a Jump List of various shortcuts. When we pinned Facebook, right-clicking let us go directly to Events, Friends, Messages, and News.

WINNER: Windows 7

Thanks to Microsoft’s performance, cosmetic improvements, and taskbar features, Internet Explorer 9 beats Safari 5.1 as the better native web browser.

Multimedia Experience

Mac OS X Lion

The older, excellently equipped versions of iLife ’09—which include iDVD, iMovie, iPhoto, iWeb, and the music track creator GarageBand—remain untouched in Lion. But to upgrade to iLife ’11, you must either purchase the $49 suite at the Apple Store or download each app in the suite individually in the Mac App Store at $14.99 a piece.

The upgraded version adds some new features, including full-screen views and instant Facebook links plus some improved performance tweaks. But only frequent users of the older version will notice the differences.

Apple’s QuickTime Player has been pumped up with interactive capabilities. Users can merge multiple clips into a single movie, export just the audio of a video to listen in iTunes or another player, and capture a still image of a region of the screen. Want to share a video? That’s handled in QuickTime via a one-button link to e-mail, Facebook, Flickr, iMovie, and Vimeo. And watching a movie in full-screen mode is splendid.

Unfortunately, Mac still does not support Blu-ray.

Windows 7

Microsoft loads Windows 7 with a cornucopia of seemingly feature-rich multimedia creation and playback tools. Included on many laptops and available as a free download, the Windows Live Essentials suite includes Messenger, Movie Maker, Photo Gallery, Windows Mail, and Writer (for blogging), all enabled for Microsoft’s cloud push. Add to these options Windows Media Player 12 for CD/DVD burning, music, photo playback, video.

To maintain consistency, these applications rely on the ribbon-style toolbar that first appeared in Microsoft Office 2007—and therein lies our major complaint. The powerhouse block of features appears as a labyrinth across the top of each screen. It makes users wish for a map to find specific functions.

Even in Windows Media Player, which does not use the ribbon interface, the user is met with a hodgepodge of columns and tabs for music, photos, video, and other media, which leaves a new user moaning in confusion. At least in Movie Maker, a step-by-step link can help you create and edit videos.


iLife for Apple’s OS is simply more polished, robust, and easier to use than Microsoft’s Windows Live.


Mac OS X Lion

For years, owning a Mac meant you went without playing the hottest games around. But the introduction of Intel-based systems and the release of OS X Snow Leopard helped to change that. Today gamers can get their hands on some of the best titles—just not all of them. The problem is that many of the hottest games depend on the use of Microsoft’s Direct X software, making them incompatible with OS X. To make them compatible, game developers have to substantially alter their games’ software.

That’s not to say that there aren’t some great games available to Mac users. Valve Software, for example, offers a variety of some of its most cherished titles, such as Half Life and Portal for Mac. Blizzard Entertainment, the maker of the smash hit World of Warcraft, has also made Mac-specific versions of its titles. The Mac App Store’s ease of discovery helps, but Apple simply isn’t as strong in gaming on the desktop as it is in mobile.

Windows 7

Windows has been the go-to operating system for game developers for years, and gamers know it. The vast majority of titles on the market are Windows exclusives, and this holiday season will add to that with the release of Bethesda Softwork’s Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Id Software’s Rage, and DICE’s Battlefield 3. Add to that the number of legacy games playable on Windows 7 and you’ve got a large enough game library to keep you busy for quite a long time. In addition, Microsoft’s Games for Windows Marketplace gives users an easy way to purchase games online and try demos.

To play the most demanding games smoothly, users will need a powerful system, and Windows 7 gamers have access to more affordable hardware than Mac users. A Windows 7-based gaming rig capable of playing the most graphically demanding games—such as Alienware’s 17-inch M17x equipped with a 2.2-GHz Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon HD 6970M graphics chip—will cost you about $2,000. An equivalent 17-inch MacBook Pro rings in at a decidedly higher $2,699. That’s a hefty chunk of change and a clear positive for Windows 7 users.

WINNER: Windows 7

The sheer volume of available games remains one of Windows’ strengths. Despite continued growth, Mac OS X’s game selection still lags.


Mac OS X Lion

 Apple’s OS has always been less vulnerable to malware—or at the very least less desirable a target because of its smaller market share. But as the recent Mac Defender Trojan proved, no software is completely secure. To help stay a step ahead of the bad guys, Lion includes new security features, such as application sandboxing and enhanced runtime protection.

Sandboxing is designed to reduce the impact of a given threat by limiting what an application can do. That includes accessing the network or opening documents that may contain sensitive data.

Meanwhile, address space layout randomization (ASLR) is now available for apps to make them more resistant to attacks. Basically, it’s a technique that continually changes the memory location of active system and application software. The idea is to foil attacks aimed at gaining access to a computer via specific software components.

Last but not least is FileVault 2 full-disk encryption, which allows users to encrypt their important files easily. You can even encrypt an entire drive.

Windows 7

Microsoft has fortified Windows 7 with enhanced security features to help minimize damage caused by viruses and other malware, but the OS works best in tandem with separate security software. A new Action Center tells you whether your antivirus software is up to date and whether your firewall is on. Windows Updates are automatic by default, but you can always change that. Unfortunately, these updates often occur at inopportune times, so you may want to tweak the settings so that your computer downloads updates but then lets you choose whether to install them.

To help protect your notebook, you can download the free Microsoft Security Essentials program, which can shield your system from viruses, spyware, Trojans, and more. And you’ll need some sort of security software because Windows continues to be the much bigger target for malware writers. Premium security software tends to offer more robust features, but we wish the free trials that came pre-loaded on laptops didn’t bug users to register so often.


Although Macs are becoming more interesting to hackers, Windows users are still much more susceptible to malware. In addition, frequent security software alerts and Windows OS updates are annoying.

Parental Controls

Mac OS X Lion

Thinking of letting your kid on your brand-new MacBook Air? Lion gives parents peace of mind by including a host of controls. You can limit which apps your child can access, which is huge because the Mac App Store makes it easy to download new apps. You can also prevent Junior from e-mailing people he doesn’t know and customize which contacts are appropriate for iChat.

As with Windows 7, you can set time limits for computer access, but Lion goes a step further by letting parents allow access only to specific websites. For parents with small children, this walled-garden approach will be especially welcome.

Windows 7

Microsoft’s parental controls keep your kids safe by limiting their access to only certain programs, as well as blocking them from playing games based on ratings. You can also block or allow any game by name. If you want your child to be able to access your notebook only at certain times on certain days, Windows 7 makes it easy to set up a schedule.

However, Windows 7 lacks Lion’s ability to customize which websites your child can use. To add this feature, you’ll need to have a notebook pre-loaded with Windows Live or download the software.


Lion edges out Windows in this category because you don’t have to jump through extra hoops to set web surfing limits.

Backing Up

Mac OS X Lion

Time Machine is a great feature in Mac OS X that gets better with Lion. It lets you back up your entire system (documents, photos, system files, etc.), and it’s easy to restore files by going back in time. The first time you connect a hard drive to your Mac, it will ask you if you want to use it as a backup drive with Time Machine. Time Machine also works seamlessly with Apple’s Time Capsule, a combination wireless network drive and 802.11n base station.

Now with Lion, Time Machine keeps a spare copy of the things you create or modify while you’re away from your backup drive or Time Capsule. That way if you delete something accidentally, you can easily recover it later. Lion also offers encrypted backups with FileVault 2.

Windows 7

Safeguarding precious files and folders is a cinch with Windows 7. You just launch Backup and Restore, then choose a destination for the backup. The straightforward interface guides you through the rest of the process, including deciding whether you want to let Windows 7 choose what to back up on a regular schedule or choosing the files or folders yourself. Too bad backing up to a network is only available to Windows 7 Professional and Ultimate users.

A separate System Restore feature in Windows 7 helps restore your PC’s system files to an earlier point in time should your system start to misbehave. It will help you undo system changes without touching your files. The OS regularly creates restore points, but you can also do so manually.


By combining file and system backups in a single program, Lion makes things easier. The OS makes things even simpler by inviting users to back up via Time Machine when connecting an external drive.

Special Weapons

Mac OS X Lion

One of Apple’s slickest moves was to integrate the Mac App Store into Lion. Based on the overwhelming success of the iPhone app store, the Mac App Store is built into the Dock for one-click access. Once an app is purchased (you need an Apple ID to get started), it instantly downloads and installs on the Launchpad for immediate use.

Lion’s resourceful Resume feature remembers all the open apps, docs, and web pages when the Mac is powered off and restarts them on reboot for users to continue where they left off. A related feature is AutoSave, which, like its name, automatically saves changes to a doc or any app developed with AutoSave even if you close the app without manually saving it. Return to your document, and those changes are there. And if you need to go back to a version before changes were made, the Revert command takes you there. The downside is that AutoSave deactivates the Save As function.

FaceTime handles video calls to other Macs, the iPhone 4, and the iPad 2, automatically adjusting from landscape to portrait formats depending on the mobile device you are using. Working in tandem with Lion’s full-screen viewing, FaceTime not only maximizes the image but lets you switch between a call and other full-screen apps.

Lion’s improved Mail app is also better than what you’ll find in Windows Live, thanks to a cleaner conversation view and super-charged search functionality. Last but not least is AirDrop, which makes it dead simple to share files between Macs over a peer-to-peer network.

Windows 7

It’s no secret that Microsoft has a huge lead in the number of programs that support Windows 7. Because of Windows’ larger install base, there are thousands of apps you either won’t find on Macs (beyond games) or that will come to the platform later. But that’s not all that makes Windows 7 uniquely compelling.

Shake, part of Windows 7’s Aero interface, is an instant de-clutterer. If you have a legion of windows open and want to concentrate on one, clicking the top of the pane you want to keep and shaking the mouse will make the other windows instantly disappear from the screen. However, the tabs will still be available from the taskbar.

Windows 7’s Jump Lists is a welcome feature to gain quick access to favorite sites, music, docs, and photos by merely right-clicking a taskbar tab. A menu of recently opened windows in the particular app takes you immediately back to the one you choose.

Device Stage is sort of a switchboard for controlling external devices plugged into the PC. Be it a multifunction printer, camera, or phone, Device Stage automatically loads and lets you handle tasks applicable to that device. Only those products with Device Stage firmware currently work with this feature, which will open automatically when compatible products are connected to your laptop.


It’s hard to beat not having to remember to save your documents in Lion. The Mac App Store/Launchpad combo is another big plus. On the other hand, Windows 7 still has a huge lead in the number of available apps.


Mac OS X Lion

Mac OS X Lion delivers a cadre of new, slick, user-friendly applications and hardware improvements for a bargain $29.99 upgrade. Considering that the Mac was already vastly efficient with swift boot times, well-honed software, and standout performance, Lion boosts this offering even more. Purchase a MacBook today and Lion will be included, but plan to spend at least $999 for the least-expensive Air.

Want something bigger than an 11-inch screen? You’re looking at spending at least $1,199 for a Mac. The average selling price of a notebook right now is about half that.

Windows 7

Windows 7 laptop shoppers have a lot more choices at much more aggressive prices. You can get a well-equipped notebook with a second-generation Intel Core i3 processor, 4GB of RAM, and a 500GB hard drive for less than $600. If you’re willing to spend more, you can get a Windows 7 machine that caters to the needs of gamers, as well as business users looking for extra durability and security, all for reasonable prices.

So what about similarly configured notebooks in the Apple and Windows camps? Here’s a good comparison:

As you can see, the Dell XPS 15z delivers much better specs across the board than the 15-inch MacBook Pro—for $300 less. What the numbers here don’t show is that the letters on the Dell’s keyboard were a bit difficult to see from certain angles and that the MacBook Pro lasted about 2 hours longer on a charge on our tests. Nevertheless, the XPS 15z provides more bang for your buck overall.

WINNER: Windows 7

Yes, MacBook Airs and MacBook Pros deliver plenty of value—and it’s hard to quantify certain intangibles such as design and ergonomics—but there’s no denying that Windows laptops offer better specs for your money. The fact that you can’t get discrete graphics on a MacBook for under a grand will be a dealbreaker by itself for some shoppers.

Overall Winner: Mac OS X Lion

Our epic battle has come to a close, with Mac OS X Lion winning six rounds outright and Windows 7 winning four. Both platforms tied in the special features category. So the final score for Mac OS X Lion is seven versus five for Windows 7.

Where does Lion excel? It has a slicker and more inviting interface, superior touchpad/multitouch navigation, and more robust system-wide search functionality. Apple’s OS also beats Windows when it comes to multimedia (thanks to iLife), security and parental controls, and backing up your system and important files.

Although it’s the older of the two OSes, Windows 7 outshines Mac OS X in some pretty important ways. We find it easier to multitask in Windows, and it offers a better native web browsing experience via IE 9 by leveraging the taskbar. Windows 7 also pulls ahead in gaming and value, making this the OS of choice for both budget-conscious shoppers and the most demanding users.

Our overall winner though is Mac OS X Lion. Assuming you can afford the premium for a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro, Apple’s operating system simply offers a better user experience. Features such as the Mac App Store, better gesture support, Resume, and AutoSave—not to mention less security and stability issues—all add up to an OS that is now a step ahead of Windows. Now the pressure is on Microsoft to make Windows 8 great.

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  • Tim Cook Says:

    Windows 7 is clearly better than Mac OS

  • avatar Says:

    So did anyone figure out which is better yet? Apple Sauce or Broken Windows?

  • GG Says:

    Okay let us be clear here mac OS system they want buyers to think that it is safe, truth be told they are a hackers dream. Windows 7 however can be a nightmare if you don't have do the right things for security on the computer. How I know this is because I have grown up around computers since age 5 yrs old. So you can kinda of call me a computer tech here, what I know is this it is not the windows 7 or mac it is the users and the security software you use when searching the web. Apple's computers are way too much money for what they offer to me, now if you ask me about Bose that is another story know that is off topic just showing how views can change depending on the person. no really I feel like the windows 7 gets a bad rap each time these things are written and they always want us to think that Apple is king, well sorry to tell that is total BS. I own a Gateway notebook with Windows 7 and i have owned Apple, Dell HP computers as well I can say without doubt for me anyways Gateway is the best. but hey that is just me..

  • ghost Says:

    windows 7 is best

  • Josh Says:

    The only reason Windows 7 has so many viruses that can get to it is because 94% (give or take) use a PC. A person who makes viruses will want to have a mass outbreak. So, if on;y 6% (give or take) people use Macs, you don't make a virus for it. Microsoft's Windows 7 is my choice because of price, the Operating System is amazing, easy, you can play games, and more. Mac is great for everything else except for gaming. And weird enough, I actually really like Windows Vista.

  • Hamed Says:

    I never used ios or mac!
    But are you sure IE is better than safari?
    I use chrome and firefox on my win7.
    IE is for stupids.

  • Ethan511 Says:

    Ideally, they would have tied. OS X Lion and Windows 7 are both easy to use, have helpful features, and have many like features. This article is biased against Microsoft because many of windows 7's features (Media Center, Office ect.) didn't make it into the review. While the author went on and on about all the cool stuff lion has. I have to wonder if Apple paid Laptop magazine for this review.

  • indigobullet Says:

    hi everyone, I came to the conclusion that windows 7 wins. After using mac for a long period i just wanted to try windows. Then only i realized how a whole lot of mac fanboys are helpless. Though mac uses unix system, its success primerily depends on the hardware. But windows is like the big mom who can take care of all the children.

    Only thing that the truth is, they are all fooled by steve jobs' explaining talent. Bill gates may not speak much but he is the man. It took me more years to realize this...

  • ispaure Says:

    Internet Explorer being better than safari.....

    EXCUSE ME?! IE is the worst crap that exists in this world; I'd use Safari before IE anyday. It's more intuitive, faster and doesn't install the Bing bar and other shits.

    Using firefox or chrome most of the time though, except on my mac which I use safari

  • Gene Says:

    I tend to think it's not always a fair question to ask because people buy different levels of machines. My family loves macs but they spent about 200.00 on a used old pentium with 512 mgs of ram. Then they complain about how it runs. Then they see a mac that costs about 1500.00 bucks and save for it, buy it, then say WOW "once you try mac you never look back".

    Did they try an i7 quad with Windows 7? No. Do they care to. No.

    Both machines and when comparisons are made they need to be made on equal systems. When that is done, advantages are slight and the gap is still closing. For example, Sony Vegas is hands down the easiest pro editor to use, but from what I've heard Vegas is going to Mac in time. But who the hell cares.

    You'll pay money either way to get a machine that doesn't give you headaches. If you pinch and buy a cheap celeron, you'll pay the price later.

  • Mr. X Says:

    Believe it or not:

    Macs r for simple basic users
    Windows OSes r for both Basic & High End Users

    Have both of 'em but i prefer to use W7 only.
    I hate microsoft for privacy issues.
    And hats off to Mr. Steve Jobs. He was a really a great guy

  • varun Says:

    I have never met any guy who has mac and is not satisfied with it. Yea I agree that there is certain kind of shortage. But I can't prefer windows just because I can play high profile games. The user interface with operating system in Mac OSx is seemless. I myself have shifted to mac from windows about 2 3 months or so and I am amazed why the hell I wasn't using it much earlier. Actually lots of rumors and high priced system has led the backfall in popularity of Macs.

  • freekeygensrelease Says:

    I totally agree Jase. All this is childish … people need to realize that what’s best/work for them, isn’t best or work for others. And there’s no need to judge others for what they use. Enjoy what works for you & let others do the same. Peace!!!

  • Gekodax Says:

    The most of the guys above show you why Windows 7 are by far better.
    I just want to add that mac are much more expensive because they are "MAC".
    Who the hell wants to pay 500-1000 more to have an bitten apple on his destop back ?!?!?!
    Also to upgrade a PC you have to buy only the parts you need
    To upgrade a MAC you have 2 choises
    1) Buy a new MAC (about 2000 more than PC)
    2) Buy only the parts you need which, must be Apple's (200 more than a PC)

    Now, think twice before buying a new MAC

  • Handsup Says:

    lol macs suck

  • Nuclear_Crystals Says:

    Windows rocks because, of the latest and demanding games are best and compatible with it. Especially, the Fps-shooter games of 2011-2012 like, Battlefield 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter. "They're some of the AWESOME games ,IMO."

  • Aaron T. Says:

    I like windows

  • bob Says:

    THEY ARE BOTH WACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Tim Says:

    Why has no one mentioned that when you attempt to unarchive a 100mb zip file on a mac it takes over an hour to complete, whereas in Windows 7/8 it takes 30 minutes for me to unRAR a 6gb rar file?
    Performance people, performance.

  • Khalid Says:


    Come on guys..... You will have to buy a Mac machine for a huge amount of money. Why u people don't understand. Windows 7 is totally free. All u need is to get the Windows Loader patch and get it for free. Now tell me which one wins?
    Of Course Win7

  • Evan Says:

    IE9 beats Safari 5.1???
    Worst Joke of rhe Year..!!!!!!!

  • SM Says:

    I am a medical professional (surgeon) and computer hobbyist. I've always loved computers. I do a lot of web surfing, some word processing (I use MS office and Google Docs, tried Libre/Open Office), some multimedia (occasional movie watching and music), and no gaming.

    I use Win XP, Win Vista, Win 7, Snow Leopard, Ubuntu 10.04 & other linux distros on various computers.

    I have an old Compaq laptop that runs XP (dual monitor), an HP desktop with Vista (dual monitors), HP laptop with Win 7, and an old MacBook Pro w Snow Leopard (dual monitors 30") and a magic trackpad. I've retired an old igloo iMac Power PC G4 w 768 RAM. I also have access to Mac Minis in our University library. I previously owned other desktops that ran Linux distros.

    There are good things and bad things about each OS, and it really depends on what one's needs are.

    I like Win 7 and Vista a lot (believe it or not). I think Vista is beautiful, and the layout is fine. The Windows taskbar is fine. I don't really care for the dock in Mac OS. I haven't suffered any slowdown. I have had a BSOD a couple times on my Win 7 machine. I defrag and use CCleaner regularly, and I don't load a bunch of junk on my HD. I haven't had any viruses infect my system, as I have setup an admin account, but generally run as a limited user. MS security essentials is my antivirus for all my Win systems. Native support of browsers isn't an issue because I like using Opera or FF on either the Win or Mac systems. Although there is a trackpad and a magic trackpad on my Mac, I use a Logitech wireless mouse on my HP desktop. I prefer this over any trackpad, multifinger gestures, etc. To me, nothing beats the precision of a mouse. I have back and forward buttons on my mouse that makes things very efficient. Multitasking on either is fine on my Win Vista/7 systems. MM also works well. I have Windows Media Player and K-lite codecs installed. Between Win and Mac, MM isn't much of an issue because VLC is a download away on either. Parental controls is a non-issue for me.

    I like Mac OS, but I didn't find it to be a vastly superior to Win. Mac OS is beautiful, too. With dual monitors, one thing I don't like is if I open a browser on the 2nd monitor, the taskbar is on the first monitor, and I have to navigate my mouse across my huge screen to the 1st monitor. On my Win dual monitor setup, I can access the menu bar/task bar on the same screen. I've had one security breach when I clicked on a MacKeeper ad, and downloaded/installed it. Big mistake, as it shut down my wireless, and I had to reinstall Snow Leopard. Another thing that I don't like about Mac OS is, as opposed to Win, is that I can open 2 Win explorer windows to drag and drop files between 2 storage media for example. With Mac, I'm not sure if I can do that. I have an iPhone 3G, but an Android tablet, so I'm invested heavily in the Apple system. Macs seem to be the best as far as battery life, and probably aren't as resource hungry as Windows.

    Initially, I wasn't impressed with Mac OS X as with my iMac G4, I often had the spinning beachball despite maxing out the RAM. This was from the start even when the computer was new. I have a colleague who has a circa 2007 Black Macbook that has slowed down considerably, so no system is immune to slowdowns.

    Linux is great and fun to use. I use a lightweight distro that is lightning fast, faster than any other OS. It loads into RAM. Linux distros can be a little buggy at times, and I haven't yet explored dual monitors yet (which I love to use). I like using Compiz, and there are a lot of cool visual effects that you can't get with Win or Mac.

    Again, it boils down to what works best for the individual.

  • Marco Says:

    The problem with this article is that it misses many points of both systems.
    The superior operating system is the one you know how to use.
    For me that would be windows or Linux, and apple devices for my mobile.

    The major strengths of windows is that it supports so much hardware, nearly everything.
    The Mac on the other hand can't, but you can always give it to a customer support, who will help you and windows you can do that as well, you just need to give it to the right people.

    If you are a power user, you know how to manage a system, use windows, its for anything that is processor intense, like gaming, also good for business because of its compatability.
    Mac treats you like a newb, which is good for those of us who have no idea how to use a computer. Thumbs up for apple, though you should let the ones who know what they are doing work.

    And the blue screen of death. That feared thing of a windows user. Let me tell you something about that blue screen. 99% of the time, it's not windows that does it, it's the hardware you bought that is failing you, you bought cheap pieces of equipment and expected no repercussions? What did you think would happen?

    And the registry bit of windows, Mac has it as well, it is just managed differently. And if you are having registry problems, what were you doing in the registry in the first place, does it not say in the windows manual, to not touch the registry unless you are absolutely, 100% sure you know what you are doing. You are just messing up your own machine and you have to blame windows for it, look at the truth it was you.

    End effect, windows is for gaming, good for development, good for normal day to day business.
    If you just want to use it for browsing and music, then most of the time, I would say, use Mac. Video playing its controversial, depending on what you want to play, vlc media player is basically the thing to use.

    Hope you make the choice that us right for you.

    *and to the article writer, RESEARCH the topic you are going to write about, do not just write about the top,but everything around it and don't give an overall score you cant do that for an Operating system, each is designed for a different type of users.
    Good luck on your next article, author
    And thanks to the other people who bothered reading this.

  • Rudi Says:

    What a load of horse...t! Let me perfectly clear... the reason why some people have problems with Windows is because they fiddled with stuff they should not have. I have personally installed numerous networks, servers and workstations which lasted years before it was eventually upgraded. If you do not fiddle with stuff you know nothing about you won't have an issue. I cannot see the point of using Macs due to price, compatibility, and functionality... not to mention connectivity to other devices... since its not apple you can't connect it??? what a load of crap. Besides that the vast majority of users use Windows, so in case you are looking for a new machine trust the leading operating system, you know there will be something you can't do on your Mac, but there is nothing I can't do on Windows. I have never in my live seen one day where I needed a Mac over a Windows PC, why change now. Apple will continue to loose market share in the rest of the world... PCs are evolving quicker than Macs can keep up to and android is in my opinion already superior to the IPhone... don't waste your time with inferior, overpriced equipment like apple products.

  • Sami R Says:

    "Mac only for play
    and windows 7 for
    play, business, work, and etc……."

    I use windows only for games, Mac for heavy 3D and graphic work

  • Bryan Says:

    Well I may not be tech wavy or anything, but for the average individual, Macs are easier to use and less of a hassle to keep up. My mom has windows and she has gone through about 3 computers since I've gotten my iMac nearly 10 years ago. My iMac still functions perfectly fine. And as for it's use with photography purposes, it's amazing! I am a photographer and I am able to do things on a Mac much easier than if I were to function on a PC. Apparently from all the comments, PC is better at technical things. I guess I can agree on that, but that means nothing to the average user like me. I have never purchased any software to keep my computer safe from viruses. Which keeps me from a headache in the end. The large price for a Mac is well worth it in the end. It's easy to use, looks nice, and don't have to worry about buying software to keep a virus away. And for photography, the coloration and resolution are amazing!

  • AuntyMac Says:

    I am 12 years/old kid, and this is why i do not use Mac.

    1) I hate the dock on mac. Looks like older windows version of display.
    2) Mac is used for easy/not heavy work, play games and watch movie. Windows is all over round, where you can do what ever you want. The hardware depends on how you tweak your pc / how you used it.
    3) Mac is build with limited usage of the hardware and controlling how to used the OS. it's like prison..
    4) Each time you open a new program, the setting/file/exit etc is at the same place, and i always get confused how to maximize the program width to full screen, and return to normal.

    I am going to follow my father step after i sell my mac pro. Windows is the best..

  • Aziz Vohra Says:

    Mac only for play
    and windows 7 for
    play, business, work, and etc.......

  • Simon Says:

    Any system can be hacked it doesn't matter which is more secure , vulnerabilities are found every day on every OS , unless you can custom build your own like Google :) nobody is 100% secure so its a pointless argument.

    I have used every OS from Linux , WIN7 and OSX and currently enjoying OSX Snow Leopard if you paranoid about web security just run Wire Shark and check the out going packets. Having used windows for a long time I have to say Malware , Rootkits and all the other updates was a frequent problem , I personally don't like the windows file structure or registry which can be easily exploited in previous versions.

    If your running a network use WIN7 , If your a gaming nerd use WIN7 and if your neither use OSX :)

  • Cedric Says:

    Windows is really not good at all. OS X is much much better.

  • Josh Says:

    The writer of this article simply doesn't know anything about computers. He's just someone who had nothing to do and so he wrote the article. Windows doesn't have backup? Don't make me laugh.
    First learn something about computers, and then teach others stuff that they know better than you.

  • hex dA3m0n Says:

    Me and my crew sinply love Windoze 7 "security".

  • schizo440 Says:

    How the heck did MacOs win...i have both windows 7 and mac osX lion installed in my pc and i have to say i prefer windows for most of my tasks .... Mac is just a showpiece on my PC... u can check email and but for most part it is crap with so less softwares..

  • Tom Says:

    It appears you wrote exactly the words in the order that they appeared in your head minus a few. I tried to understand what you were saying (no humor intended!), until I realized you didn't even write a run-on sentence. I saw you use the period, ".", once, but I don't think you meant to. It would also help if you researched your information, the price examples are inaccurate, as well as the storage space you state.

    I was able to figure you are likely pro (for) Windows, therefore, you as well as many other posters made Windows users look not as educated. Sorry! (There are plenty of educated Windows users, they just don't appear to post here.)

  • Tom Says:

    Interesting that the better posts are usually by Mac OS X users. Many (but not all) posts favoring the Windows platform appear to be written by children, or people who used to text with numbered keys in the 90's.

    It is also interesting that there are very few posts favoring Windows from those who have already used OS X.

    I tried three times over 4 years to find people who switch to Windows from OS X, I really couldn't find any such people. This is a large clue. (True, there are more Windows people to convert to OS X, but still, is there no one that has given up on OS X completely after using it for years? As there have been for former Windows users.)

    Also, Safari 5.1 has some problems, but Safari 6.0 is incredible and has me converted back from Chrome. They should compare Safari 6 to IE 10 if anything. Both are major improvements, but Safari is likely to win there. (It's actually better than Chrome again.)

  • Shawn Says:

    Why even mention IE and Safari? You're comparing software that is completely optional on both machines. It's a little irrelevant, especially since anyone using IE or Safari probably doesn't even know what a freaking web browser is.

  • ddd Says:

    just wait the os is about choice and compatibility i know windows has its flaws but sometimes price plays agreater role 95% desktop share means something and about apps windows has a billion of apps just in case you surf the net easilyafter every 3 years you have to change a mac machine ihave 10 year old computer running windows 7 all that stylish stuff doesn't mean substance os x lion has released 3 years after windows then why its desktop share is still a bare7% you say that mac upgrades are cheap but what about the machine if security is an issue than mac is a big loser because of intel based transition the risk of mac being exploited has increased manifold i have used both the os's extensively . you can buy a basic windows pc as cheap as 400$ and a high end one at 1400$ with 1 tb space but a mac even the basic one is at 1300$ with a bare 120 gb disc space navigation is uch easier in mac then what about spotlight problems just because microsoft is generous in giving macs the right to install both os apple is not that generous you say vista was a failure for your information it was a huge success than mac os x snow leopard os x lion has also failed in many aspects any thing that looks glossy and cool doesn't mean it contains substance why the hell steve jobs introduced itunes for windows because he know that pcs are highly successful windows phone 7 has been given many awards and when windows 8 comes Apple will know who's the boss

  • RILEY Says:

    people say mac may not be secure but its safe. i think of course it is because 95% of pc s use windows whether 5% percent of boxes contain mac os x... all over the world not usa only lol

  • Phil Says:

    I'm completely fed up with microsoft "windblows" and HP laptops and will probably make a switch to a macbook air soon. I thought that windows 7 would be a big improvement, but NOT. Microsoft "exploder" is a joke. It's slow and subject to frequent crashes. I always get the stupid "internet exploder has stopped working" message, and Microsoft outlook "Lookout" is also a joke. It crashes alot and is slow, and none of the micrsoft office tools are at all user friendly, and just when you think you have all the complexity figured out, they completely change everything around in the next version. The touchpads of most laptops are a joke also, and I think the macbook airs have a much better one. Also, trying to find the setting for anything on a stupid windblows computer is also a joke. And of course the stupid microsoft "help" feature is completely useless. For example, trying to find the settings for the touchpad is difficult at best. I have one HP laptop that has 2 different ways to turn the wireless on and off. The obvious button and the not at all obvious "windows mobility center" which is not at all obvious, and of course doesn't show up in a help search. And of course, the wireless can randomly decide to turn itself off on its own during sleep and not automatically come back on when coming out of sleep, so you have to go to the windows mobility center to turn it back on. No thanks HP and Microsoft, I'm ready to make the switch to macbooks and OS Lion!

  • Mohamed Says:

    Well i own both macbook pro and a windows PC and both of them are just great, and i just can't imagine living without anyone of them because each of them has it's use.

  • mickonabike Says:

    what am i doing on here???? what a bunch of twats

  • mickonabike Says:

    get a life its only a computer OS system you aint had your arm or leg blown off, oh and get an anti virus.

  • David Says:

    Gaming alone got me to prefer win7 :P

  • Wolfy Says:

    Just one thing
    Mac has better security because the conventional viruses don't work. It is impossible to make a self replicating virus. Only other forms of malware can affect Macs like Trojan horses or spyware. This whole argument is silly anyways. I use windows because I am a gamer, but for non gaming purposes I like to use Mac.

  • Robert Says:

    After 18+ years of building and buying PC's I resisted the Mac. I thought the Mac was just for snobs. Well I wish I had converted earlier. I finally broke down and bought an Ipad. I was so impressed I started thinking about other Mac products. and did some research. The last straw came when I knew I had to replace my sons computer which he uses mostly for gaming. It had a I7 with Windows 64 and a graphics card that could handle most games easily. I gave it to him and took the plunge and bought a high end Imac 27" with I7 processor. I was so impressed by this I bought an Iphone 4WS. Next to come is Apple TV.

    It all works together well and frankly I'll never go back. The ICloud is super and I now have all my music collection available across all my Apple machines. I use a lot of Engineering programs and unfortunately I'll have to run them in VM Fusion.

    I am looking forward to Mountain Lion as I believe the Safari browser has some shortcoming in Lion but it looks like they will be addressed in Mountain Lion.

  • Ron Says:

    Joe has some good points.

    Ug, I hate Safari's tab handling where when you have many multiple tabs (which I often do when researching), it puts the latter opened ones in a drop down list at the far right. In order to access them, you have to click the drop down menu and pick the tab you want and that tab replaces the tab to the furthest right. You have to do this every time you want to access a tab that isn't showing. You can't just scroll left-right through the tabs like Firefox, Chrome & Camino. I'm surprised I haven't heard complaints about this. Anyway, this isn't a dealbreaker for the OS itself.

    I still want to hear from someone about Windows 7's stability and workability. Can anyone with both Windows and Mac experience attest that "it just works" now as much as mac or at least close? Or do you still find yourself having to constantly debug things, troubleshoot, reboot, reinstall, etc.?

  • Joe Says:

    Safari is a better browser on Windows than IE in my humble opinion and so is Chrome.
    But then Chrome is based on the webkit engine that Safari uses Hee Hee

    the safari reader feature on iDevices and PC/MAC is very useful too.

  • Joe Says:

    I forgot to mention how with windows you cannot do this.
    Because a MAC uses Cmd C to copy etc I can do this
    Be in app one go Cmd C to copy (note my little pinkie finger doesn't get sore because big strong thumb has the Cmd key from its position).
    OK I Cmd Tab through say 10 apps (the whole time i never released the Thumb from the Cmd key).
    If I see an app I don't want hit Q (remember the thumb is still resting on the cmd key) to kill those apps along the way when I hit the app I want Cmd V to paste and note if that was a terminal window Cmd V still will paste not like Windows using Ctrl C for all apps but of course in a command window it kills the process so you have to do a Shift Insert thin gee instead.
    I love swapping between apps (note Cmd is in same position as Alt key on windows) and just using C and V or whatever instead of all the dexterity required for my left hand to go from pinkie C and pinkie V and Thumb Tab I hope you get my drift.
    Moving files is better too instead of deciding up front in explorer (Ctrl C or Ctrl X) in a MAC you decide when you paste. Thus you can Cmd C a file and then Cmd V it to three different USB drives and a network drive or whatever and on the last one if you want to change your mind to a move you just Option Cmd V to move rather than copy the last one how cool is that?
    Many windows users playing with MACs for five minutes don't realise the Option Key can change many menus and other actions with alternatives that are very intuitive alternatives to the original.
    But windows 7 i still more stable :-)

  • Joe Says:

    A pox on the apple spell checker for changing many of the words in my article so that is reads like partial gibberish :-)

  • Joe Says:

    I like MACs because they have illuminated keyboards, single action keyboard shortcuts for the most obvious things you need to do quickly, the packing system for apps (with resource forks) is so elegant and self contained makes adding and removing programs a breeze. Spotlight does find things faster.
    Why are people hung up about full screen and the green zoom button? My counter approach is why doesn't windows have a maximise button that makes the window just big enough for best viewing and so I can still access other stuff around it?
    Imagine having a desk with pieces of paper as large as the desk so you cannot see the other papers underneath it? This is not natural to me? Apple full screen apps? As crappy as an idea as windows maximise button I make only one exception and that is playing videos, something glide that and perhaps photos make sense to be full screen.
    Groan on security - MAC OS9 with less than one percent market share had hundreds of new virus every year. Mac OSX with nearly 10% market share has had nearly nothing in more than ten years? What does this say?
    But sorry even though I am a MAC lover windows 7 and 8 BETA are far more stable the problem is if you have a network.
    The coloured pin wheel of death is a common reality whenever you access network shares only Linux has a proper multi-tasking kernel.

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