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Windows 10 vs. OS X El Capitan: Why Microsoft Wins (Part 1)

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  • Windows 10 vs. OS X El Capitan: Why Microsoft Wins (Part 1)

    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.

    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.In the next episode we will dive into the world of multi-tasking.

    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.

    Last edited by kwikaz2016; October 18, 2016, 02:29 AM.

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    Great comparison. I don't know why didn't u got likes?

    I also thought about installing Hackintosh but I went to Win10 route and so far so good.