Windows 8.1 Vs OS X Mavericks

Windows and Apple OS are, without doubt, the leading operating systems in the world. As the years have gone by, the rivalry between these two giants has also intensified with the release of and upgrades in their operating systems. Both Apple and Windows have only recently launched newer versions of their operating systems.

Windows 8.1 And Apple OS X Mavericks – An Overview

Windows 8.1 is the upgraded version of the Windows 8 OS. Windows 8 users can easily upgrade to 8.1 by simply installing it from the Windows app store. After upgrading to 8.1, the users won’t need to re-install their applications, and the previously stored files will be left untouched. Windows 7 users on the other hand, will first need to upgrade to Windows 8.0 and then 8.1.

This latest version of the Windows OS provides its users with the facility of playing Xbox games, access files on SkyDrive, Skype with buddies, and much more.

The OS X Mavericks was launched on 22nd Oct, 2013, and is the tenth major release of Apple’s OS X. This upgrade can be installed on any Mac device that supports OS X Mountain Lion. It comes loaded with several new features, and is now designed to save more power in comparison to its predecessors.

Let’s take a look at this Windows 8.1 and Mac OS Mavericks review, which contains key insights into several new additions and flaws in both these operating systems.

Comparing The Two Operating Systems

Multitasking Abilities

Although OS X Mavericks possesses a dynamic user interface, Windows 8.1 has an edge over OS X when it comes to multitasking. Windows 8.1 enables users to execute up to four applications on the screen simultaneously. In Windows 8.1, the users can place their applications side by side, making them share half the screen, a feature that isn’t possible in OS X.

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OS X doesn’t allow users to close any application from the Mission Control, which just presents a list of apps currently running on the system. However, Windows 8.1’s task manager provides users with detailed insights into the apps currently running, with the amount of CPU, memory, disk, and network they’re utilizing. The users can also delete the apps from Windows 8.1’s task manager.

Security Options

Security is a crucial factor these days, with most computers operating over the internet. Windows has regularly faced attacks, in terms of malware, for several years, while experiencing no significant breakthrough from any kind of anti-virus software. Macs have been extremely secure up until a few years ago, but the OS has now fallen prey to Trojan attacks.

Apple has added an anti-malware detection application since the launch of OS X Mountain Lion. This application regularly searches for signatures and gets rid of malware.

Microsoft has also included the anti-malware application as a part of the Security Essentials in Windows 8.1. The registry of Windows 8.1 makes deletion of malware a difficult task; however, Apple makes use of discrete files and folders. This approach makes it much easier to get rid of malware, as the users can simply delete the folder comprising malware.

Security experts Trail of Bits explain that Apple’s OS X is significantly difficult to hack in comparison to the Windows operating systems. However, they also explain that Microsoft’s Windows Vista and later operating systems have plugged a number of holes that made Windows XP highly vulnerable to attacks.

App Stores

In the recent past, Microsoft reached 1,00,000 apps on their Windows Store. Further, the firm expects to release a vast number of apps that are presently only compatible with Android and iPad.

At the moment, the Windows Store doesn’t contain many desktop applications, resulting in less downloading and shopping. On the other hand, OS X has a number of apps that Windows Store lacks, such as Draw Something, Words with Friends, and Pandora. However, it can’t be ignored that Windows users have an upper hand, as several desktop apps are available for the OS from several other sources.

And when it comes to automatic updates, both Mac and Windows 8.1 have accommodated this feature.

Cloud Storage

In Windows 8, Microsoft did not include SkyDrive (OneDrive) on the desktop, while 8.1 has integrated this feature into Explorer. SkyDrive offers users with 7GB of cloud storage space and that too at no cost! SkyDrive users will feel like the files are stored locally on the system, as it displays the files in the form of thumbnails.

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In its latest OS, Apple hasn’t tweaked around with its iCloud application. However, it comes with several new features. The new Tags feature in OS X makes file searching easier when users log into their account from another Mac system. This OS also comes loaded with a facility called iCloud Keychain, which assists in storing credit card information, Wi-Fi credentials, usernames, and passwords in the cloud.

User Interface

The user interface of the Windows 8.1 OS is the same as 8.0, which is known as the Live Tile interface. This interface makes it very simple for the users to remain up-to-date with the latest news from across the globe, see regular weather updates, and keep track of events on social networking websites. Microsoft realizes that one of the biggest mistakes they made was to remove the Start button from the taskbar, which they have now corrected in Windows 8.1.

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OS X Mavericks’ user interface is pretty similar to that of Mountain Lion’s. It comes with a Launchpad for the apps downloaded from the store, a dock for favorite apps, and a Notification space for displaying alerts.

The Calendar app of Mac OS X has been modified, making it much more clean in its appearance. The Contacts and Notes features of this OS have also been modified greatly, to make it much more user-friendly. The Contacts section now includes a column that comprises names on the left-hand side of the screen and information in a bigger window, to the right. This makes Contacts resemble an email client.

The only goof-up, as it were, from Apple’s end is that they haven’t modified the icons in OS X Mavericks, which often makes users think that they’re using an older version of the OS.

That’s it folks. This Windows 8.1 and Apple OS Mavericks review is intended to give the readers a comprehensive overview of both these dynamic operating systems, before they decide to upgrade their PCs with one or the other OS. Go ahead and make your pick!