Windows 10 vs. OS X El Capitan: Why Microsoft Wins

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Microsoft says Windows 10 is fresh yet familiar, which is a nice way of saying it's a do-over for people who didn't like Windows 8. But what an impressive do-over it is.

In fact, Windows 10 surpasses Apple's upcoming OS X El Capitan in some key areas, like multitasking and personal assistance. It's not that El Capitan isn't a worthy upgrade for Mac owners; it finally offers split-screen capability, along with revamped apps and performance improvements. Windows 10 offers PC users just a bit more.

After using both the near-final version of Windows 10 and the public beta of El Capitan for a few weeks, we compared the two operating systems across nine categories on a 100-point scale. (Some rounds are worth more than others.) Based on our experience, Microsoft's platform is now the one to beat. Here's why.

Editors' note: This comparison does not include performance, as we evaluated the public beta version of OS X El Capitan. We also tested a near-final version of Windows 10, which did have some bugs. Once Apple releases the final version of El Capitan in the fall, we'll be ready to evaluate any performance gains and revisit this comparison.

Interface (20 Points)

Ah, this is more like it. Windows 10 delivers a Start menu you'll actually like to use; it combines the best of Windows 8 and Windows 7. You'll see shortcuts to the File Explorer, Documents, and Settings on the left, along with your most frequently used programs, and dynamic Live Tiles on the right for apps like Mail, Calendar and Photos. You can easily pin apps to this Start menu.

It's nice that you can resize the Live Tile side of the Start menu by dragging the slider to the right, but it makes the presentation look more cluttered. I do appreciate the prominence of the Search field in Windows 10 (bottom left), as opposed to the small magnifying glass in the top-right corner of El Capitan. Another plus for Windows 10 is that all apps are now treated the same, so you can click to close Windows Store apps just as you would any desktop app. Previously, Modern-style apps had to be closed by dragging them to the bottom of the screen.

OS X's dock is the same as last time around (modern and flat), and it remains easy to use.

Mission Control, which lets you see all of your open apps at once, now does a better job of positioning thumbnails so they're in a similar location to where they are on the desktop, without confusing overlaps.

Too bad you can't close apps from the Mission Control view. In Windows 10's similar Task View, you can close apps just by clicking on an X in the top right of the thumbnail.

Winner: Windows 10.
Though it's more cluttered than El Capitan, Microsoft's UI is more engaging, compelling and customizable.

Multitasking (15 Points)

Apple is playing catch-up with multitasking, and Microsoft is pulling ahead. The good news for Mac owners is that El Capitan brings a new Split View feature that lets you view two apps at once side by side. To enable it, you just press and hold the green full-screen button in the upper-left corner of a window. You'll then select another app from a view of thumbnails. You can resize the app windows using the slider in the middle of the screen or swap the position of the windows.

El Capitan also lets you drag windows to the top of the display to enter Mission Control and access the Spaces Bar. From there, you can drop the app onto another full-screen thumbnail to enter Split Screen mode. This seems like more work.

The Snap feature in Windows 10 is more robust, enabling users to have four apps on the screen at once. A Snap Assist view (which shows thumbnails of open apps) lets you pick the subsequent apps you want to snap. As with Windows 8, snapping the first window is easy; just drag the windows to the left or right side of your screen. That's simpler than the long press El Capitan requires.

Another benefit of Windows 10 is the automatic-snap feature, a carryover from Windows 8. For instance, if you click on a link in an email, the Edge browser will load and snap to the right side of the screen. That's convenient.

Winner: Windows 10. You can snap more windows at once, and you can automatically snap two windows at once.

Special Features (15 Points)

Cortana, a voice-enabled personal assistant that does more than just answer questions, is the star of the show for Windows 10. Like Google Now, Cortana provides cards that give you a quick glance at the weather, news, sports scores, restaurant recommendations and more. Cortana gets smarter the more you use it, but you can personalize it right off the bat via the Notebook settings. Where the heck is Siri for the desktop, Apple? It remains missing in action in El Capitan.

I especially like that Windows 10 lets you use your voice to dictate both emails and reminders. The reminders can be contextual, too. For example, I asked Cortana to remind me to ask Avram about our Windows 10 coverage plans next time I email him. Sure enough, a little alert popped up while I was writing the message in the Mail app.

If you own a 2-in-1 device, the Continuum feature in Windows 10 will ask you whether you want to switch to tablet mode when you detach the display or flip it around. Apps that were windowed will automatically switch to full-screen mode.

OS X doesn't support touch displays, but its Handoff feature will let you pick up where you left off in an app on your iPad.

Other special features in Windows 10 include DirectX 12 for better graphics performance, and the ability to stream Xbox One games to your PC.

Because OS X El Capitan isn't a major release for Apple but more of a fine-tuning of the features introduced in last year's Yosemite, it doesn't offer many special features other than Split View and some enhanced apps. Actually, most of the special sauce in El Capitan is under the hood. The biggest deal in this regard is the addition of Metal graphics technology, which promises to boost performance by allowing the CPU and GPU to tag-team. The result is up to 10 times faster performance, for smoother gameplay and more speed in pro-level apps. (We will wait for the final version in the fall to test these claims.)

Winner: Windows 10. Microsoft's latest OS simply offers more features for everyday users and power users alike.

Search (15 points)

Improved Spotlight searching is a "tent pole" feature of El Capitan, as it now delivers results for additional topics, such as sports, weather, stocks, transit directions and even Web video. For instance, if you type "New York Weather," you'll see the hourly forecast followed by the 10-day forecast.

And when I searched for "New York Yankees," I saw the final score of yesterday's game, along with the team's upcoming schedule.

Windows 10 offers similar functionality. Cortana gave me Apple's stock info and the current weather without requiring me to launch the browser. It also showed me the Yankees score (and I didn't even have to search for that one; it just showed up as a card after I entered my preferences during setup).

Another feature OS X and Windows 10 share is natural-language search. For instance, I could type "photos from 2013" in El Capitan and then see a list of results, although I had to scroll down to see them.

In Windows 10, I could type or say the phrase, and the Search Photos button would appear right up top.

The advantage that El Capitan has is that it starts showing and filtering results as you type. When I searched for "documents I worked on yesterday" in both operating systems, I could see the Word doc I was looking for right away in OS X, but in Windows 10, I had to click Search Documents first.

Winner: Tie. Cortana lets you search via voice or text, but El Capitan saves you time by searching for results as you type.

Web Browsing (5 points)

Sure, you could always download Chrome or Firefox, but both Apple and Microsoft are making a big deal about the improvements in their built-in browsers for El Capitan and Windows 10.

With the new Edge browser in Windows 10, Microsoft cleared away the clutter while adding clever new tools. These include a digital pen and highlighter for marking up pages (best with a pen or touch screen, but it works fine with a touchpad), as well as a way to insert typed notes on the page. You can then save the marked-up page, add it to OneNote or share it with others.

Another highlight is Cortana integration. For instance, if you're on a restaurant page, Microsoft's assistant will pop up in the address bar, alerting you that it can provide more info. This includes the address, phone number and Yelp reviews. Microsoft plans to extend this capability to other categories, but it hasn't yet announced which ones. Hotels seem like a good next step.

The address bar is smarter in Edge, too, allowing you to look up everything from weather and stocks to unit conversions without leaving the bar. However, Safari has similar smarts with its Spotlight suggestions. Plus, Safari offers a good selection of browser extensions (e.g., Pinterest, 1Password, Save to Pocket); it will take time for those to come to Edge.

Apple's browser stands out with Pinned Sites, which are essentially smaller tabs of your favorite sites that are easier to spot than regular tabs. Unlike Edge, Safari also lets you mute noisy tabs right from the address bar, which comes in handy when rogue video ads start playing.

Both Edge and Safari offer an ad-free, distraction-free reading view for articles, but Edge tended to strip away too much, including some embedded tweets in a CNN story on the feud between Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift. With Safari, you can even change the font and theme. Both browsers also provide a Reading List feature so you can save articles to read later, though I found Safari's method for adding articles easier.

Winner: OS X El Capitan. The Edge browser is better for sharing, but the Pinned Sites feature and ability to silence any tab makes Safari more compelling for everyday surfing.

Phone Integration (10 points)

One of the best reasons to get a Mac instead of a Windows PC is how seamlessly the iPhone works with OS X. Introduced in OS X Yosemite, the Continuity feature allows you to make and take calls from your phone on the desktop, as well as send and receive text messages. Windows 10 doesn't do that.

Another key feature of Continuity is Handoff, which lets you start a task on your iOS device and finish it on your Mac, whether you're composing an email, reading a Web article or working on a document. This also works in the reverse direction, so you can pick up where you left off on your iPhone or iPad. Last but not least is AirDrop; although it can be glitchy at times, it enables you to share files from your iOS device to the Mac and vice versa over Wi-Fi.

For the few Windows Phone owners out there, Windows 10 does have some tricks up its sleeve, starting with Cortana. For example, if you create a reminder on the desktop, it will follow you to your Windows Phone. Things will get a lot more interesting when Continuum for Phones debuts with Windows 10 for Mobile later this year. This smartphone OS will enable Windows Phones to deliver texts, apps and more to your PC or other big screen. Unfortunately, this perk will require new hardware.

What won't require new hardware are Universal Apps for Windows 10. Windows Phone owners can essentially download the same app once for both desktop and mobile, and it will work in both places. Examples include Twitter, Netflix and Adobe Photoshop Express. Alas, OS X and iOS remain separate, even as Apple's operating systems pick up more of the same features.

If you own an Android phone or an iPhone, the built-in Phone Companion app in Windows 10 will help you sync your files to the desktop.

Winner: OS X El Capitan. iPhones and Macs just work better together.

Built-In Apps and App Stores (10 Points)

Microsoft offers a lot more apps for the desktop than OS X does, but for this face-off, I'm focusing on built-in apps and the respective app-store experiences. Microsoft is highlighting six key apps in Windows 10: Photos, Maps, Groove Music, Movies & TV, Mail, and Calendar. Photos is a particular standout because it automatically creates albums of photos you take around the same time. The Photos app also offers a robust set of editing tools and filters, although I don't like how the image shrinks when you go to edit the photo. This doesn't happen in Apple's updated Photos app.

Apple Photos does a great job of automatically backing up your iPhone photos to the app via iCloud Photo Library. The interface looks a little too bare and iOS-like at first, but once you start editing, you'll see all sorts of options, including Enhance, Filters, Adjust (for light, color, etc.) and Retouch. The Smart Sliders make it easy to adjust your pics, and Apple uniquely lets you make photo books from within the app. But the best is yet to come with Extensions, which will enable shutterbugs to integrate filters and editing tools from other apps.

Both Windows 10 and OS X El Capitan have built-in Mail apps, with Microsoft focusing on adding Word-style formatting and touch gestures. I also like that you can quickly switch to the Calendar app. Mail in OS X also adds gestures, such as swiping on messages to trash them, but it pulls ahead of Windows 10 by suggesting new contacts and events based on the content of messages. If you're composing more than one message at the same time, you can juggle them in multiple tabs when you're in full-screen mode.

As far as the Maps apps go, Apple's Maps app looks cleaner and is easier on the eyes, thanks to the color-coded points of interest.

The Microsoft Maps app looks monochrome and low-res by comparison. Both apps offer transit directions, but Apple Maps includes features Windows 10 doesn't, such as place cards for stations, as well as the ability to send directions to your iPhone or Apple Watch.

Windows 10 MapsApp
It's clear that Microsoft has made the Windows Store more desktop friendly, but it's still best experienced with a touch screen. You scroll vertically to see different categories and swipe left to right to see options within them.

The Apple App Store fits more information into the same area, which makes it a bit easier to use.

Winner: OS X El Capitan.
Apple's built-in apps are better designed and, in many cases, more capable.

Sharing and Social Integration (5 points)

These two operating systems take different approaches to sharing. With OS X El Capitan, you get Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn included, in addition to Messages and Mail. You can also share to Reminders or Notes. However, if you want more social sharing options, you can't add them.

Windows 10 is more open in this regard. If a given app you download has a sharing "contract" with Windows, you can share via that app. I had no problem adding Facebook and Twitter, but there's no LinkedIn app, so I couldn't add that. However, there are lots of other third-party apps that will let you share via Windows 10, including Tweetium (an alternative Twitter client), Tubecast (YouTube) and Pouch (a Pocket client, formerly Read It Later).

Winner: Windows 10.
Even though you have to work a little bit, Microsoft's social sharing approach is more open.

Settings (5 points)

Microsoft deserves kudos for Action Center in Windows 10, which combines notifications with several quick-settings buttons on the bottom right.

However, there are two separate Settings menus: a simpler one and the more traditional desktop menu. For example, under Power & Sleep, you'll see just two timers for turning off the screen: one for battery power and one for plugged in. If you want to create a power plan or choose what the power button does, you'll need to click Additional Power Settings.

OS X El Capitan doesn't really have a Quick Settings menu, which would have been nice, given that iOS has a Control Center. I also don't like that the Notification Center is separate. However, El Capitan's settings are more streamlined because all of them are in one easy-to-understand System Preferences menu. There's no digging required, whether you want to tweak the trackpad settings or customize notifications.

Winner: OS X El Capitan.
One settings menu is better than two.

Overall Winner: Windows 10

The choice between OS X El Capitan and Windows 10 isn't just about software. Some people choose MacBooks because they prefer the design, or they like that OS X is less susceptible to malware (although it's out there). On the other hand, there are plenty of great Windows laptops and 2-in-1 devices available, many with touch screens and at lower prices. Based on these new platforms and the experiences they offer, the edge in this battle goes to Windows 10.

Microsoft's new OS makes it easier to multitask compared to OS X, and it's more dynamic and personal without being overwhelming. Even if you don't like the idea of talking to your PC, Cortana is a very useful assistant, whether you want to set reminders, compose emails, search or just see who won the game without Web surfing. I also prefer Windows 10's Task View to OS X's Mission Control, because you can close apps using the former.

Where OS X El Capitan excels is in its integration with the iPhone, and its beefed-up apps (especially Mail, Safari and Notes). The enhanced Spotlight search feature is also quite good, and Safari's Pinned Tabs are convenient. Overall, though, Windows 10 is a more ambitious and satisfying release.


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  • danie Says:

    MS should fire their UI team, or move to Silicon Valley to learn how to produce user-friendly interface.

  • timrich Says:

    I don't know if developers are "power users" or not, but OS X is vastly preferred because of its unix underpinnings. It offers a real shell, native ssh and is much easier to do modern development on. Plus it has better power management, which is pretty big thing to miss in this review, for all users. You also didn't mention HiDPI; OS X is still noticeably better. The OS X App Store is much better too.
    Anyway, I am sure that OS X will continue to grow in market share. Windows is a damaged brand now.

  • Michael Says:

    Seriously ?.... you left our one if the elementary facts windows is the most insecure and open system out there with millions of Spyware, Viruses and what not and not to mention constant poor performer when it comes to "real" multi tasking that a Unix based OS like OSX does naturally, common Users are not stupid, I was a windows user for since its first Versions, once you go Mac you never go back

  • Ian Carter Says:

    I really enjoyed reading your article, that was one thorough comparison and I also loved how you ended it,without putting down any of the OS. That said the comments were funny,I hope you had a blast reading through the comments like I did, even if some were rude please ignore them.

  • James Says:

    Macs are overpriced, copied, and behind its time. Windows 10 hands down, wins apps and app store (because seriously most things can be found online to download). So to all of you Apple Fanboys out there, keep waiting in that 24 hour line for your "new" iMac for 1.5k, when you could just get an MSI all in one for the same price, with a GPU 9(mobile one) bout 3 years ago,

  • Lasse Says:

    I dont agree with interface and multitasking

  • Kevin Zhang Says:

    Before any windows hater or isheep comments, lemme make something clear here. This comparison is technical.
    It's not the author's personal preference.
    Use what you want, but don't force it down someone's throat.

  • Kappy Says:

    I love the author's sense of humour :)
    I wonder though if he will also make a serious comparison between both OS anytime soon or if this was really it :D

  • JRC Says:

    Sad how windows users continue to live in denial. OSX is lite years ahead of windows in just about every respect. Most of the best parts of windows 10 are straight up rip offs of OSX.

  • Frank Says:

    You forgot to mention stability in this article. Windows has always been a problematic OS as it suffers from the famous "slowing down" issue after using it for a while. If Microsoft can fix that issue then I can clearly say that it is comparable to OSX or even better.

  • Doug Akers Says:

    I am a big Windows fan, and just recently got a Mac mini. I really like it a lot. I like Windows and OS X.

  • Summer Says:

    How come windows win? Windows is for stupid poor people in the third world. Period.

  • Fred k Says:

    So you really believe that Windows 10 has something better than Final Cut Pro to edit video?

    Or something better to edit photos than Apple Photo or Affinity?

    Or better free apps than Numbers, or Keynote, or Pages?

    Maybe it is better for just fooling around, but not an interface I want to work on.

    Really you want me to run Adobe CS on this cluttered mess?

    And where is the iMessage and AirPlay?

  • Jerkface Says:

    This is an apples (no pun intended) and oranges comparison to 2 betas that haven't even been released. You can't really compare the 2 like that. Besides, they are betas.

  • Jack Says:

    Is this author a comedian ? Windows 10's interface looks so much uglier than mac.

  • Tony Says:

    have a mac pro, it is running android linux and windows all in the apple Yosemite 10.10.4 operating system and i can run them all at the same time, let windows do that, and one thing at least apple Yosemite works all the time and never screws up, i think this article is full of crap

  • jaymz69 Says:

    Amen Pete Z Says:

    Though I do like some of Win 10 and see they are finally integrating OS X functionality (multiple desktops! That is the best to me from OS X) into Windows OS... Best of both worlds - that is why I have a loaded MBP 15" and Parallels.... LOL

    And YES, you do get what you pay for people, at least for the last 10 years in my experience between Windows 3rd party vendors to Apple's Box, it was hard at first for me too, but Apple has the right idea....

    Enough said before war breaks out - LOL - not a hater just believe in can't we all just get along...?

  • Craig Says:

    I always LOVE coming to articles like this JUST to see how pissed Apple fanboys get. Whenever you have a product with a fanbase that believes religiously that their product is 100% far superior than ANYTHING else bar none, it's always entertaining to see them try and use anything and everything they can to defend the brand they're so loyal to. Like this guy below, compare it to a machine that does "real work"? What does that even mean, "real work"? You think that this operating system is incapable of running programs like Photoshop, After Effects, Vegas Pro, etc? Lmao, Apple fanboys.

  • JerryAtric Says:

    The one category not on the list is stability. When did a Windows product not suffer from blue screens of death? Answer: Never

    A computer OS should provide the user with helpful features but most of all it should be stable. That category should be worth 50 points. OS X will win every one of those battles.

  • Harsh.V.R Says:

    What a comparison...its compared with all its features properly and the point scheme was very well distributed..with this comparison i must say that windows 10 has an apprehend over OS X El Captain

  • Richard Says:

    While the Split View features might seem to be similar in OS X and Windows 10, they are actually quite different. In Windows 10, the split view is a means of organising windows on the desktop. In OS X, entering split view places the two windows onto a new space in Mission Control, associating the two apps / windows with one another until the user actively decides to separate them. So, for example, in Windows 10, if you position windows side by side, then jump to another app, this app will appear OVER the two side by side windows. In OS X, this won't happen. I prefer the OS X approach, personally.

  • Pat M Says:

    Looks to me like quite honest content but with predefined scoring? Especially in respect to useability, doing more is not, will never and was never doing better. Example: I'm glad OS X does not bother me with a quite senseless 4plus windows snapping feature, but an easy side by side view with the possibility to easily adjust their proportions...

  • Abdul Mannan Says:

    Great article!

  • Mxx Says:

    Most websites like to clothe their bias with a bit more humility but this author is padding scores and citing some rather pathetic reasons to give Windows 10 the edge.

    I think the Social and Sharing comparison was the most egregious. Looking at Windows 10's sharing options none of them, save for OneNote, is a name brand service.

    I can't help but think the author is selling AirDrop extremely short. With AirDrop not only can you share information with an iPhone, iPad or MacBook in Bluetooth range but you can also share local files even if there's no internet connection. It basically replaces the need to share files via USB. So you could be on a camping trip or some place that doesn't have internet and you could still share a local file with all the Apple devices in range of your computer. That's powerful stuff but for some reason the author feels that while it's a bit more work Windows 10's sharing approach is "more open".

    What a crock.

    I'm not saying OS X is sooo much better than Windows 10 but it's pretty clear this so-called comparison was rigged from the beginning.

  • Steven Luce Says:

    I have never seen a more thorough, yet utterly arbitrary comparison! Absolutely nothing in this article qualifies as anything more than one guy's preference. LOL

  • Tom Ace Says:

    Wow, You obviously chose the biased outcome and then assigned the points. Disgusting.

  • Tom Ace Says:

    You obviously chose the biased outcome and then assigned the points. Disgusting.

  • Keith Says:

    I think one thing that might be overlooked in your comparison of OSX's Mission Control to Window's Task View is the ease of access to Mission Control. When using a MacBook or Desktop with a Magic Trackpad, a simple 4 finger swipe up brings up mission control. Four finger swipes left and right quickly switch between desktops and full screen apps. I'm not sure Windows has anything that compares to the gestures available with Apple's trackpads. I'd love to see someone write a good Windows driver to work with Apple's trackpads for similar functionality.

  • John Says:

    said the captain is calling and messaging integration, well some do not know but the windows from the view has that role at least I got to match an iPhone, xperia, Lumia through bluetooth function is activated that much to see videos or listen to music from cell

  • Miguel Says:

    Cortana on Windows 10? What the hell ? What the hell are you doing Microsoft? Do you think any Windows computer will use its computer while cycling, driving a car or even walking down the street? What a pathetic waste of features...

  • Miguel Says:

    I must disagree, not mostly but partially, with this topic. First thing I want to ask is: Are you an idiot fan boy of Windows? You really look like one...
    Second, "Sharing and Social integration" is quite good to have 5 points on OS X, interface is better than Windows so far (the trash can looks like the first trash of Windows OS, is not so pretty as it might be) and dock, oh the dock of the Windows, it's really, really, really horrible! Special features, Mac has tons of amazing features and why would apple bring touch displays to a Mac? Honestly I hate computers with touch displays, is it a computer or a tablet?!

  • Guy Says:

    Not a bad comparison. More fair than I thought it would be, but I do take exception to the comments on Multi-tasking. IMO, OS X's Spaces feature deserves a higher mention as it allows for multiple windows with single apps for clutter-free computing and if you need to use something else? A keyboard click away from seeing all your available Spaces at any time.

  • Mygic Comm Says:

    Let's be honest, you can clearly tell this article is pro-Windows 10. In all truth, there is no "better" operating system, it's just which suits one more and what one seeks to find in a OS. Windows suits gaming, Mac suits ecosystem continuity and work. Best answer would be: Buy an iMac and run Windows 10 on Parallel Desktop or VMware, so you'll have the best of both worlds.

  • CorrectPerson Says:

    Oh my god you're an idiot

  • Mark Says:

    Seems like you chose the outcome then set the points.

  • Nicole Says:

    I agree that Windows 10 is superior, but you guys (in my opinion) got some points wrong. Windows 10 should've won more of those categories than it did, especially with things like phone integration. Yeah, OS X works great with iPhones...but ONLY iPhones, and that doesn't bode well for...well the majority of the world, basically. Windows 10 is friends with all major mobile operating systems, and Continuum (when it's released with Windows 10 Mobile) will bring more than just the features restricted to flagship devices. Windows 10 Mobile will have more complete integration than you suggested in this article. I'm also much more a fan of Microsoft's application than Apple's, even if they're not complete. Actually, they'll never be complete. That's kind of the point of Windows 10 as a whole. It will never be a "finished" product because it's not really a product, it's a service. Anyways, not important. Point is, you guys are right, Windows 10 rocks. But OS X El Capitan doesn't even come close, as you seem to think it does.

  • AnonGuy Says:

    Few things:

    OneNote is basically a component of Windows, similar to Notes in iOS. It's basically integrated into the OS now, there's even button in Action Center to create a Quick Note with the application. That should be considered when comparing the built-in apps.

    OneDrive in Windows 10 gets rid of Smart Files, but it brings back Fetch! That actually compares well with AirDrop, except instead of pushing files, you fetch them from that device at the other end.

    I think Microsoft made a mistake by releasing the OS without the new integrated Messaging apps. Those would have been worth waiting another month, IMO, and they could have done some more polishing in other areas of the OS in that time frame.

    You Neglected to mention that Microsoft's Maps app allows you to download full maps for Offline use... How could you miss such an important feature?

    Extensions aren't really something that matter when comparing Microsoft PHotos with Apple Photos. The reason why Apple needs Extensions is due to the way it stores Photos in their own segregated Library. This makes working with them in external programs a PITA due to the workflow (export, edit, import, deal with duplicates, etc.). Since Microsoft Syncs photo OneDrive, the files can be accessed directly by external applications eliminating the need for something like "Extensions." They're quite unnecessary on Windows, IMO.

    Cortana's search is fine, but I do think her window should be bigger when searching so that more information can be presented to the user, in a better format. Cortana does more than Spotlight, but Spotlight's UI is superior, IMO.

  • Pete Z Says:

    More lipstick on the Windows pig. The Windows 10 interface is crazy cluttered, and, in keeping with MS past efforts, requires a ton of time to get rid of the crap you don't want or need to see all the time. On 2-in-1 small screen touchy type devices Win 10 might be bearable, but on larger "actual work" screens that you don't touch (and, let's face it, people don't do any REAL work touching big screens - even photo stuff - it's a gimmick that gives good demo from the Blue-Shirted Orcs at Best Buy) it's way too opaque and brightly colored and DISTRACTING. Four screens at once? Even Ritalin-laced teens can't multitask to that degree. Another "just cause we can" gimmick. Do a comparison on a 27-inch Retina display doing real work.

  • Patrick Says:

    Good article. I agree with all but the phone integration. I do agree with your point that Apple has very strong case here yet Windows 10 should win that battle. The reason is that it is easier to integrate Android, Apple or Windows Phone to Windows 10 than it is to OS X. Which means regardless of your phone you are able to keep everything up to date with Windows 10. You cannot do much, in regards to the article, with a Mac and and Android phone . At least Microsoft is trying to be agnostic with it's apps and OS.