While there are a bunch of different brands of computers to choose from, there are only two real operating systems the average user can choose between: Windows and Mac OS. Linux is also out there, but that is usually only chosen by people with advanced computer skills or businesses. When you have to buy your next computer you will be well served to look closely at what both Mac and Windows can offer you and we are going to be checking out some of the respective advantages offered by both in this article.
For anyone concerned about security, the best choice is not Windows. If you are a Windows user, then you already know about computer viruses. Part of this is due to way more people using Windows, but Mac users are also less vulnerable, for some reason. The things are just as true for malware and spyware. If you choose to get a Windows OS, then it means that you will be needing to have anti-virus software that always needs to be updated, which will cost you time and money. No matter what kind of computer you have, threats are real and precautions should be take, but there are less concerns with a Mac. When you reveal your own data to a scam artist or hacker, you are causing security issues by your own actions, and you should always remember that. So you have to use common sense no matter what kind of computer you’re using.
If you follow tech news, you might be hearing quite a lot about Windows 8, which is the next important upgrade to the Windows OS. For some, this might make a difference in the whole Windows vs Mac debate, as with this new release, Windows is going to be introducing some radical new features. Most importantly, Windows 8 will give you the option of using your computer as a tablet, with a highly functional touchscreen. You’ll also have the option to use a traditional mouse or keyboard. Of course, as of this writing, Windows 8 has not yet been released. The earliest release date we can find is sometime in 2012. And by the time that date rolls around, Mac will have developed something to give it a run for its money.
If you regularly use computers at school or at work, it’s very likely that they are going to be running the Windows OS. If this is true for you, then selecting a Windows based computer for your home computer is the smart thing to do and the more convenient thing to do because you can be sure that you have all of the same programs downloaded. For one thing, it can be hard to share files with PC users if you’re on a Mac. It’s easier than it has ever been to move between Macs and PCs because there is more software compatibility than ever and because if you have a Mac you can use Bootcamp to help your computer run like a Windows based PC. Of course, if you primarily work with programs and files that are Windows based, there isn’t going to be any advantage to choosing a Mac. Macs are more popular than they have ever been, but the truth is that most schools and corporations and major organizations employ Windows.
You are better qualified to decide on either a Mac or Windows, because you know some of the differences in the two operating systems. A Mac or a reasonably good PC will serve your needs for most tasks you will do each day, such as watching videos, chatting, running typical programs, and whatever else. After all of your research, you should limit your choices to several computers, any one of which will work for you, and then choose the one that you like best or has the best price.