The historic fight between Microsoft and Apple has taken new turns with both of them announcing their respective versions of beta operating systems. While Microsoft’s ‘Windows 8’ employs a totally new approach towards operating systems, Apple’s ‘OS X Mountain Lion’ has far fewer changes. Though both are trying to bring down the gap between their desktop and mobile operating systems, there are many more features that deserve a quick comparison.
Cloud Storage Services
Cloud storage is a technology that allows users to store data in online servers. With the integration Apple’s ‘iCloud’ in the iOS, cloud storage has become a key feature of all Apple operating systems. Even the OS X Mountain Lion is no different. It offers an online storage capacity up to 5 GB. However, Microsoft seems to be the winner in this race. Unlike Apple, they offer a storage capacity up to 25 GB (5 Times) through their cloud technology – Skydrive.
Applications and User Interface
Though a couple of new applications like iMessage, Notes, etc have been added, there are no significant changes in the user interface of Apple OS X Mountain Lion. On the other hand, Windows 8 has a completely new user interface called the ‘Metro’. Thus users are more likely to adopt the former easily as compared to the latter. However, both Apple and Microsoft have incorporated the new features to be used in their tablets also.
Windows 8 is compatible with both PCs and tablets that support the same. But, Apple OS X Mountain Lion is designed exclusively for Apple gadgets and devices. Still, it may be interesting if Windows comes up with Windows 8 supported smart phones.
Application Stores allow users to download/buy a range of software. While Mac App Store is not a new thing as far as Apple operating systems are concerned, the Windows Store is a new built-in feature that allows users to download/buy software using desktops with Windows 8 operating system.
Though Mac OS was less vulnerable to viruses and malwares once, they are not fully protected nowadays. To counter this situation, Apple OS X Mountain Lion has come up with a new security feature called the ‘Gatekeeper’. Simply speaking, it blocks application from unknown sources. However, it is still not strong as the sanctioning certificate can be procured online. Unlike this, the ‘Windows Defender’ is one of the best antivirus/antimalware/antispyware programs offered absolutely free of cost. Windows 8 also incorporates a new feature called ‘Secure Boot’. It loads the operating system in a secure way before the malwares take control of the same.
While OS X Mountain Lion employs the same Apple Safari, Windows 8 comes with ‘Internet Explorer 10’ – the updated version of Internet Explorer 9.
Though OS X Mountain Lion introduces new interface elements and applications, it is moreover the same as previous version. Thus users may find it easier to use the new OS X Mountain Lion as compared to Windows 8, which incorporates a totally new user interface itself. However, there are also speculations that the new OS X Mountain Lion may not appeal to the users as expected. Being the masters of innovation, an Apple product without much change can even damage their brand image. So, whether Windows 8 will take on OS X Mountain Lion or OS X Mountain Lion will take on Windows 8 is yet to be ascertained.
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