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Windows 10 looks exciting. It reintroduces real desktop search, includes multiple desktops and adds a start menu with live tile “widgets”.

Unfortunately it’s not scheduled for release until the middle of 2015 at the earliest, but Microsoft fans need not worry. You can have all these features and more right now if you swallow your pride and buy a Mac instead.

Why View Tasks When You Can Control Missions?

In 2003 an awesome feature called Exposé was added to Mac OS X Panther. Its announcement was met with cheers, and for good reason; finally, someone had figured out how to handle multiple windows elegantly with the tap of a button!

Exposé was great, but for some reason the folks at Microsoft ignored it and never added a similar feature to Windows. Then Apple introduced a revision called Mission Control in 2011 which folded the operating system’s multiple desktops feature (Spaces) into Exposé. This lets users manage multiple windows organized across multiple desktops on a single machine. It’s awesome.

So awesome, in fact, that Microsoft has finally put effort into copying it with Task View Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview Windows 10 In Pictures - A Guided Tour Of The Technical Preview The Windows 10 Technical Preview is now available to everyone. Some bugs aside, it does look promising. We'll guide you through the new Windows one screenshot at a time. Read More , a new option in Windows 10 that provides an overview of open windows and adds support for multiple desktops. Microsoft is a mere twelve years behind Cupertino. It’s not (yet) as elegant as Apple’s implementation, but hey – it’s a start.

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Searching Your Desktop? Get A Mac

Okay, you’re right – Windows did desktop search first. Whether the version found in Windows XP was as good as the first version of Spotlight for OS X, which came in 2004, is debatable, but this is an area where Microsoft innovated more quickly.

The company destroyed that advantage with Windows 8, however, by turning desktop search into a weird sidebar tool How To Search Better & Faster On Windows 8 How To Search Better & Faster On Windows 8 Windows 8 search features are quite robust once you get used to them. You can use modern and desktop approaches to search your computer and the Internet. Find out more! Read More designed for use on tablets rather than desktops and laptops. The result was a search feature that generally provided less useful information than the version which preceded it. Apple took this opportunity to leap ahead of its competitor with a revision of Spotlight that turns desktop search into a prominent window that displays result from both the local machine and the Internet.

Microsoft is trying to patch the damage it did with Windows 10, but it’s now way behind the curve. Spotlight in OS X Yosemite (which will soon hit full release) is smooth, beautiful and so useful it can answer many of your search queries without opening a thing (or browser). Ask it how many ounces are in a pound, for example, and the answer appears instantly in the middle of the display.

I guess it’s possible that Windows 10 will fix desktop search and catch up with Spotlight, but why wait for a year to find out? You can enjoy Spotlight in OS X today.

Notifications Right Now

Windows 10 is rumored to have a notifications view. Whether it will or won’t is still unknown, but leaked screenshots show the feature in some stage of development though the Technical Preview does not yet include it.

There’s no need to worry about this feature with OS X. Notifications have been available for several years and, with OS X Yosemite, they can be viewed and dismissed in a well-organized Notifications Center 8 Tips For Making Great Use Of The OS X Notification Center 8 Tips For Making Great Use Of The OS X Notification Center With Mountain Lion came the introduction to the desktop of the familiar Notification Center, ported from its iOS origins. It’s brought even more unity between the desktop and mobile OS, and essentially replicates functionality that’s... Read More . This includes not only notifications from locally installed apps but also those from apps on a connected iPhone or iPad. You can view and reply to text messages or even return a phone call.

Personally I’d say there’s a 100% chance that Windows 10 will offer a similar features by the time it’s released. Even if it does, connectivity with mobile notifications will only be possible if you own a Windows Phone. Do you own or want to own a Windows Phone? For most people invested in the iOS or Android ecosystem, this will be a resounding “no”.

We’ve Got Your Widgets Right Here

Windows had a fling with widgets back in the Windows Vista era, but gave up on them entirely by the time Windows 8 rolled out. In theory this is because Live Tiles are basically widgets – they can display new information in real time, but they aren’t interactive and this reduces their usefulness.

OS X Yosemite, meanwhile, offers widgets through its Notification Center. These display and provide access to the calendar, weather, a calculator, stock prices, social networking services and much more once third party developers sink their teeth in. And because they are proper widgets – rather than just live tiles – they’re interactive in ways Windows 10 will never support.

Don’t Worry, It’s Always Free

Fans of Windows have spent the last week mashing keyboards in arguments about whether Windows 10 will be or should be free. Windows 8.1 was, but it was basically a Service Pack. Windows 10 is an entirely new version with a new name. This might mean it’ll be sold like previous editions, but if that’s true Windows 8 users will be bitter. Why pay money to restore features found in Windows 7?

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All of this worry can be avoided with a Mac. Apple has already announced that OS X updates are free and the company is following a once-a-year release schedule. Mac owners will be using the OS X 10.11 release preview (and perhaps even the release version) by the time Microsoft fans get their mitts on Windows 10 – and who knows what other features Apple will have unleashed by then.

Are You A Desktop User? Apple Cares About You

It’s ironic we’ve come to a point where Apple seems to care far more about desktop and laptop owners than Microsoft. Windows defined the PC and remains its most-used operating system, so you’d think Microsoft would focus on its core.

That’s not what happened. Microsoft instead neglected its most dedicated fans in a misguided pursuit of mobile marketshare. The Windows 8 project has been a total waste of time for users interested in desktops instead of tablets.

Apple has used this mistake as an opportunity. Instead of trying to build one operating system for everything, they’ve focused on the needs of their most dedicated users. There is one company with a desktop operating system that has never abandoned its most loyal users, and its name is Apple.

What do you think: Windows 10 or OS X?

  1. Tony
    January 5, 2015 at 8:59 pm

    To be honest, with every "upgrade" since Snow Leopard, which was without doubt IMO, the best version of Mac OS ever, using my Mac has reduced my productivity.

    This is due to "features" such as, breaking SMB in Lion so I could no longer access my NAS, introducing UI "enhcements" to make my Desktop function more like a tablet with full screen apps which make no sense in a multitasking workplace environment and tweaking widgets that broke the Rightzoom app for me.

    I've been a Mac user for over 20 years since I bought my first Mac, (an LC III) and have had dozens of Apple products over the decades so cannot be accused of being an Apple hater, but as Apple have started to make my experience less productive, I am seriously thinking of looking at moving to Linux next time I need to upgrade.

  2. dAsH
    November 11, 2014 at 5:07 pm

    After spending my entire professional career on Windows-based PCs, I recently decided to try a MacBook Pro. Why'd I do it? I was very unsatisfied with the build-quality of most of the major PC laptop makers as well as Windows 8, but more importantly I was exposed to the thoughtful and - frankly - holistic design of the iPhone, which is impressive to say the least.

    After a bit of nosing around, I can say that the Apple OS is efficiently and thoughtfully designed. The interface is intuitive and most applications work seamlessly, which has not always been my experience with Windows or PCs. I am certainly limited in my Tinkering on an Apple, but I will point out that most of my tinkering on a PC is to troubleshoot software and hardware issues or create a more fluid approach to some aspect of the system because the "stock" procedure is woefully inadequate or poorly integrated. No such problems with the Mac; the out-of-the-box system and integration is exquisite and there have been zero software or hardware performance, optimization, or compatibility issues. Let me say it again: zero.

    So...am I a "fanboy"? Heck yeah.

  3. Dreakris
    October 28, 2014 at 4:16 am

    Okay. You all are acting childish. I will say this. GNU/Linux, Mac, and Windows all have their specific features and downfalls. If you want a computer, get what best fits your needs. I use all 3 on a daily basis, thanks to virtual machines. Take a look into pricing and specifications before making a ruling. Have a nice day.

  4. Hyrum Graff
    October 26, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    ...Or you could use Linux, which has had all these features for significantly longer than Mac.

  5. eel
    October 15, 2014 at 7:55 pm

    Always interesting to see how very much M'soft windows fans absolutely HATE Apple (can I say "childish"?) but you do not ever hear that Hate for M'soft coming from Mac fans.....all you'll hear from me is that I had it up to "here" with Windows and their constant changes, and costs, and the fact that nothing came bundled anymore --- I and switched to a Mac and am pretty happy with it. After having an iTouch several years, then an iPad, and loving the ease of use and sensibleness of those Apple products -- I decided to make the final change. I am still not completely changed over to Mac and I use my old XP from time-to-time, but I'll eventually stop that.

    My only complaint about the Mac OS is that I want it to act more like the iPad, and I wish the Mac 2nd party apps were as inexpensive as they are on the iPad.

  6. s;d
    October 15, 2014 at 12:25 pm

    I agree that Macs are overpriced and Apple's hardware failures are a scandal, but under the hood Windows is an unstable, insecure piece of trash that should have been scrapped 15 years ago, just like classic Mac OS. While I support both platforms at work, I just install Linux on used PC's at home because I like bargains, independence & privacy. However, it sure is hilarious to see Windows users with fragile egos freaking out over this article as if they had been poked in the ass. They sure are sensitive since the Windows 8 fiasco! XD

  7. ZA
    October 15, 2014 at 7:30 am

    How much is Apple paying you to plug for them? Or are you whoring yourself out for free. Shameless

  8. sam
    October 15, 2014 at 5:01 am

    Matt Smith, you sir are a wanker.

  9. John Williams
    October 15, 2014 at 12:54 am

    For "make use of" you could add, "what you've got". I don't think many Apple users read MuO really, and if they did what could they actually use?
    Apple isn't really for tinkerers and twiddlers is it? You get it out of the box and it "just works" - exactly as Apple intended it to. You can't fiddle with it much, it's my (Apple) way or the highway.

    Nearly all the above comments are from practical cheapskate people who will squeeze the last drop of life out of an old Pentium on XP and still find a use for it after as a NAS box running Linux.

    The very idea of popping out to the Apple jewellry store and stretching a credit card on a new toy appalls me. It is the least green and eco-friendly purchase you can possibly make apart from, perhaps buying fracking shares.

    Anyway, I've not finished using Windows 7 yet - I haven't had my money's worth! Windows ten will be 3 or 4 years old before I'll be bothering with it.

    As for Apple, it may as well not exist. I can set myself and my partner up with a PC each for the price of one Apple product. All this technobling just isn't "making use of" for me.

  10. Alpa
    October 15, 2014 at 12:44 am

    Hello,

    All I can say is that for the last 3 years I decided to change from PC to MAC and the first 1,000 dlls that I spended when I bought my Air Book is the ONLY money I had to invest on it. Since I used PCs, since Windows 3.1 until Windows 7, at least, and only taken into account the investment in Antivirus and OS, I had to spend 200 dlls on each PC/Laptop I bought, so, let's make the numbers and you'll see that maybe Apple is not cheap, BUT in the long run, Microsoft eats your money. Thanks!

  11. Paul Brasington
    October 14, 2014 at 10:57 pm

    Sorry but whether Matt has been even handed in the past about mac v Windows this is just an ignorant article. It's never acknowledged by the mac community but in truth Win7 left all those spotlighty expose multiple desktop features in the dust. Actually I looked at multiple desktops on windows back in the 90s but found little point in them. The win7 taskbar made them even more pointless. The taskbar means you can see all your active programs at a glance - it means you can use mouse hover to move between all open windows, and it preserves a stack of shortcuts to recently opened documents under each program. Win8 was a mess in many ways but at least it preserved all these strengths in the traditional desktop environment. OSX is nowhere near any of this productive UI functionality, and that's not even beginning to talk about the problems with large screens or multiple monitors, where the mac ui is simply dreadful. As it happens for ideological reasons I don't like Microsoft much, and would happily move to Linux if I could, (if the apps were there, and sadly an OS which still doesn't have a decent email client ain't in the running) but I think we should give credit where it's due, and after the confusions of Win8 win10 looks set to redefine what's possible with UI design in terms I'm afraid Linux and Apple designers don't yet seem to understand.

  12. Douglas
    October 14, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    This mac vs pc thing used to be humorous, but seriously, i think most of you have your heads so far up your #$% that you can't smell reality anymore. I am a 20 year long power PC user, and a MAC user for the past 5 or so and there are no doubt benefits to both. But I'll tell you what, my next personal purchase will definitely be a mac. And for all those of you who keep spouting the total garbage that macs are 3 times more expensive, when was the last time you did ANY real comparisons. Discounting the overpriced mac monitor (which by the way, is by far the best monitor i have ever used, hands down), the pricing on similarly spec'd machines isn't that far apart these days. And hey, if I want to use some of my industry specific software (like AutoCAD Architecture), I just run parallels in coherence mode and everything works flawlessly side by side... mac and pc.
    sigh!!! give this childish bickering a rest people!
    Oh, and one final thing... I can't tell you how refreshing it is to buy a new OS at $29.99 vs $399.99. Need i say more...

    • Col. Panek
      October 15, 2014 at 12:18 pm

      Even more refreshing is paying NOTHING for a fresh OS, and running it on cheaper generic PC hardware. Best of both worlds! And don't tell me you can't spend a half hour installing Linux. Try Zorin or Mint just for fun.

  13. Larry
    October 14, 2014 at 9:36 pm

    What Windows 10 has (so far and its far a way from being complete) is what MAC has, then MAC is already behind. Windows 10 is potential and a preview and MAC now is all there is. So MAC may be good but do you want only what you can get today or be on board for the future?

  14. Jerom
    October 14, 2014 at 7:31 pm

    Is this an Apple advertisement? Lamest article ever read!! Shame.

  15. David Whitmyre
    October 14, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    "But remember folks, Macs are way more expensive. Never mind they include great bundled software that’s often better than Windows alternatives, and they provide free operating system updates" Says Matt.

    A Mac does not come bundled with:
    - Adobe Creative Suite (4 copies)
    - Corel Draw
    - Microsoft Office
    - Impostrip - Imposition Software
    - XMPie Variable Print Software
    - Fusion Pro Variable Print Software
    - Alien Skin BlowUp

    So, no, Matt, a Mac does not come with all of that. And, all of that would cost me 10's of thousands of dollars to replace, just because I thought some of the features on a Mac were cool. You are really not thinking this through per a user/work oriented viewpoint. It's almost as if you expect people only to use the software that comes with a computer and nothing else. Start thinking outside the box, Matt. And look at the comments on this article. Is there even one person that agrees with you?

  16. don
    October 14, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    You guys do know that in linux these features existed for quite a while now? Right?

  17. John Smith
    October 14, 2014 at 11:03 am

    People build their self-existence around many ideas. Those that do it around All Things Apple have a frightening tendency to go on "non-believers" the way Talibans do. Every ocassion must be used to pump out crap about how good Apple is.

    Man, if you only knew how annoying you and your religion are...

    MakeUseOf, good luck letting "journalists" like this individual spray out their lame propaganda.

    • Justin Pot
      October 14, 2014 at 3:13 pm

      We have some people on staff who love Apple just the way you describe; Matt isn't one of them. Seriously, check his backlog of articles – it's almost entirely Windows tutorials.

  18. PlaGeRaN
    October 14, 2014 at 7:26 am

    l0lz

  19. Zaid
    October 14, 2014 at 6:01 am

    So you want me to throw away at least $900 for a closed down system when I can get all the features you suggested now on my existing Windows PC for FREE with third party apps.

  20. Suresh K. Volam
    October 14, 2014 at 4:08 am

    Mac is almost 3 times the cost of a Windows PC. Why would I buy a Mac?

  21. lol
    October 14, 2014 at 3:29 am

    GNU/Linux obviously

  22. David W
    October 14, 2014 at 2:46 am

    One thing that most "just buy a Mac" articles fail to take into account, is the fact that many people who use their Windows based machines for production work in their place of employment, have hundreds, and more likely, thousands upon thousands of dollars invested in software that will not run on a Mac. I would have to buy almost all new copies of the software I use on a daily basis. We're talking somewhere between 15 to 20K. Now tell me it's a good idea to switch for some "nice" features I can replicate with a handful of inexpensive, if not free, third-party tools.

    Also, let's take into account that the Mac machine I would have to buy would probably cost twice us much as the Windows machine I need. I do production graphic design and I use three computers at my desk throughout the day. Also, I have a duplicate machine at my house that I would have to replace if I was so determined to get these nice little features.

    Sorry, this article is shallow and does not take into account people who use computers for real work day in and day out. Of course, this is just my opinion.
    So, there you go.

    • Matt Smith
      October 14, 2014 at 3:49 pm

      "One thing that most “just buy a Mac” articles fail to take into account, is the fact that many people who use their Windows based machines for production work in their place of employment, have hundreds, and more likely, thousands upon thousands of dollars invested in software that will not run on a Mac."

      But remember folks, Macs are way more expensive. Never mind they include great bundled software that's often better than Windows alternatives, and they provide free operating system updates.

  23. mnabaa
    October 14, 2014 at 2:14 am

    With the direct Comparisons, I think Matt has done a great job pointing out how Microsoft is slowly integrating features that have been integrated in Mac OS since Mavericks (more than a Year ago). For a software based company like Microsoft, that is a shame, specially that a Hardware Based Company (Apple) has done a great advancement in OS technology and its direct impact on the user. Thumbs Up!

    • saumyakanta
      October 15, 2014 at 5:50 am

      wow!! ...... please visit a psychiatrist immediately!!

  24. Drew
    October 14, 2014 at 12:31 am

    Wow, biased much? So to me, this article basically read like this:

    Windows 10 has this feature, so does a Mac (and so has Windows since forever ago).
    How about this feature? A Mac has it (and so has Windows since forever ago).
    Now this feature, you'll love it on a Mac (and on a Windows PC from forever ago).

    You know what? I think I'll stick with Windows (the first OS to come out with most of these features), and spend a third to a half as much as I would on a Mac with similar specs, and keep enjoying the heck out of my touch screen. Thanks for the laugh though! It's been a rough day and I needed it.

    Really, if you wanted to be more helpful and get less flak from your readers, why not show people how to partition a drive or install Windows 10 on a VM (like I did)?

  25. Matt Smith
    October 13, 2014 at 10:37 pm

    Microsoft reaaalllllyy did ruin search with Windows 8. It runs in that tiny Charms bar. Then opens full screen to show expand results. The worst of both worlds. It is terrible.

  26. Tulos
    October 13, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    This is absolutely awful click-bait flamewar drivel. Again, i get that you guys need to make money - but please try to do it in a more professional manner.

  27. aaflack18
    October 13, 2014 at 9:46 pm

    Sorry but a Mac setup will never be as epic as this:
    http://www.faqingames.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/maxresdefault.jpg

    You're telling me to murder my wallet now when I can wait until 2015 to get these features FOR FREE.

  28. techmeIN64
    October 13, 2014 at 9:44 pm

    An operating system isn't free if you have to buy specific hardware to get it.

  29. Matt Chapman (@TheMattChapman)
    October 13, 2014 at 8:36 pm

    So Mac has added the SNAP feature?

    It's 2014 and there is no shortcut on a Mac to even full screen a "window" that you are working on (the equivalent of double clicking a window in Windows 95, XP, and on and on), let alone SNAP.

    Seriously Mr. Smith, have you no shame?

  30. Sam
    October 13, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Mac OS ain't free, you are paying 2 to 3 times the price for the same hardware, so it's obvious the Mac OS is what is costing the extra coin. Same deal with iOS, similar hardware with Windows Phone or Android on it cost significantly less than Apple's phone. Replacement parts for Mac cost as much as a brand new PC. Thanks to the gullibility of Apple users, Apple is laughing all the way to the bank selling less for more. Apple is bling, it's there for mostly for show. Almost everyday at work people would come by and ask for help fixing their Apple phones or tablets, I tell them go to the Apple store.

  31. Ivan
    October 13, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Great advertisement! Unfortunately I thought this was an unbiased tech site, so I'll be going somewhere else for that. You know, where you can read articles written by actual journalists.

    • Steve
      October 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

      If this article focused on Windows then you would have said "What a great article Matt. These features make Windows the best OS ever."

      He never told you to switch to Mac, he just said that if you want Windows 10 features and don't want to wait for 1 year, then you "may" consider switching to Mac. He never gave any verdict that this OS is better than this.

      And still if you consider this as a biased site then feel free to find your so called "unbiased" site.

  32. Trey
    October 13, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    This article is actually gross lol. Made me sick to my stomach.
    - Windows XP is obsolete because it's over a decade old. And FYI: $899 is pretty expensive for most average people, especially when you can buy a Windows device for half the price with the latest OS.
    - Microsoft didn't ruin desktop search at all. You still got the exact same results when you searched as you did with XP, Vista and 7.
    - Windows may be behind OS X in terms of multiple desktops, but OS X is still terribly locked down and hardly usable compared to a Windows machine. Windows 8.1 made it better and Windows 10 will unify all Windows products giving Apple's stagnant OSes a run for their money.

  33. chnklr
    October 13, 2014 at 7:19 pm

    ot just download any linux distribution, you know...

  34. Rajat
    October 13, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I hated one thing most in Windows 7 and that was gadgets. Now Mac OS adding them as widgets. LOL. Mac OS if you want compete make yourself available for all systems atleast. Not for Apple costly laptops. Else Ubuntu is there to give Windows a tough competition in future. Even Ubuntu may be the future top OS. Mac OS will not be counted in competition.
    I don't like anyone forcing me to buy their hardware for their software or use their software with their hardware. Why would I buy new hardware to use one OS. When I can switch to any OS at any time I feel for it with my laptop.

  35. Darryl Gittins
    October 13, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    The idea of an operating system is a platform on which you can install apps or programs that you want to run. There are apps or programs available to do pretty much any of these things on any Windows operating system. Do I want an operating system that has them all built in? Some people might be happy with that, but personally, I'd rather pick and choose what I want, and there's the beauty with a Windows operating system - there's a multitude of apps or programs available to choose from to do these things. On a Mac operating system, the selection is limited - you get what Apple gives you and that's often your only choice. That's fine, either way. Whatever works for you, but to suggest you should buy a Mac for the reasons you list in this article is just silly. Windows 10 or OS X? Get the operating system that suites you best. They are both fantastic.

  36. Smithing
    October 13, 2014 at 6:33 pm

    It looks nice but under the all the eye candy it cant compare to Windows. OSX still isn't user friendly as Windows 10. I will never use another Apple device again.

  37. Dominic C
    October 13, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    I have to agree that Spaces and Expose from mac is long overdue for windows. That's basically why my browser of choice is firefox (tab groups). Not sure if you can do that on other browsers though? Actually I have to say that the features mentioned above are all nice to have, the biggest drawback though is the massive price tag. I mean I can always buy software to perform those functions as they are essentially software designed into the OS, and they won't cost me an arm and a leg I hope.

  38. Davin Peterson
    October 13, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    Hey, stop trying to get everyone to switch from PC to MAC. Windows PCs give you more options since the OS can be installed on many different models wheres Apple does not allow it's OS to be cloned or installed on non-Macs. Plus Macs way too expensive.

  39. Meena Bassem
    October 13, 2014 at 4:12 pm

    why not just use Ubuntu?

    • Darryl Gittins
      October 13, 2014 at 6:35 pm

      Available selection of cool software you can run on it? Lack of support for an OS that is very difficult to configure?

    • siabost9deas
      October 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Ubuntu - really easy to configure. Easier than a Windows install (and I know Windows generally come pre-installed... with a lot of bloat).
      Contrary to the generally held Win/Mac opinion, there's lots of cool software for Linux, the vast majority of which is free.
      It would be even cooler if more commercial software producers supported Linux, I grant you, but I wouldn't go back to the mess that is Windows nor lock myself down to a Mac (even if I had the money).
      I'm running Ubuntu 14.04 + Unity on my main PC: c/w HUD (Head Up Display) menu search, Dash combining internet/desktop/cloud storage search & Multiple Workspaces (since the year dot).
      Current favourite is Manjaro Linux, Gnome 3.12 variant which is so modern and cool it makes both Windows & Mac OSes seem as quaint as the Steam Engine. It it is also a "rolling release" which means I get system and program updates when available absolutely free.
      But hey, whatever floats or sinks your boat... :-)

    • Col. Panek
      October 14, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Darryl, last century Linux was "hard" and had "no drivers or applications". I'm 67, and both me and my granddaughters have no problems with Linux. I've tried Bodhi, a couple Ubuntus, Mint, Puppy, Zorin, openSUSE....all better than Windows. How did I get along without multiple desktops??

  40. likefunbutnot
    October 13, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    You can pretty much make any desktop OS do any non-gaming task you want. The "new" virtual desktops in Windows 10, for example, has been available through (Microsoft-owned) Sysinternals Desktops for ages.

    I don't like the overwhelming majority of software Apple packages with OS X, so I wind up doing just as much if not more work reconfiguring Macs to my purposes than I do Windows computers.

    Also, for a company that cares so much about desktop users, Apple is awfully bad about its one size fits all mentality in its lineup of un-expandable, un-repairable set top boxes, all-in-one systems and workstations.

    • Matt Smith
      October 13, 2014 at 6:50 pm

      The one-size-fits all mentality is the point. Most Windows never actually upgrade their systems. So why not have something that's simpler from the start?

    • likefunbutnot
      October 14, 2014 at 12:14 am

      @Matt, There's a difference between simple and being left with no appealing options because no consideration was given to the possibility that a user's needs might change over the life of a computer. Raise your hand if you've ever seen an iMac with all its USB ports filled up with crappy external drives, for example.

      And Windows *is* simple. File operations and user-land configuration tasks are no more difficult in one versus the other and users who are stymied with one will almost certainly continue to have issues on the other. I can tell people all day long "just hit open apple and space to go to the thing you want" or "hit the Windows key and start typing the thing you want" and if they don't get one, the other isn't going to be better.

    • Steve
      October 14, 2014 at 12:55 pm

      Every software that Apple packages with Mac is extremely useful, that cannot be called as "bloatware".

      "And Windows *is* simple"
      You forgot to add one line, i.e, Mac is the most simplest OS. Windows may be simple but not the simplest.

    • likefunbutnot
      October 15, 2014 at 12:43 pm

      @Steve,

      I'm not sure you can quantify "simplest" and further, I'm not sure that's a race that has a winner.

      I'm comfortable on OSX entirely because I have a background in operating Unix systems. If I want to do something and Apple didn't provide an interface for doing it, I can still figure out how using the terminal or by finding some appropriate *nix tool for my needs. That's the exact opposite of simple and I'd be the first to admit it. If I had to deal with a Mac solely on the level of GUI tools that Apple provides, OSX would be a constraining, unfriendly place in my opinion.

      Further, past a certain point, "simple" is not a virtue. It's a short step from "I can do anything that I want" to "I can only do these few things because those are the only options that I have."

      As far as Apple's included software: iTunes is very probably the single worst piece of software shipping with a modern consumer operating system and I am including all of Windows 8's modernUI applications in that statement. Message is only useful for homogenous Apple environments. iBooks, Safari and Apple Maps are all apparently made for people unaware that there's such a thing as Google. I don't know why Apple thinks Photobooth or Facetime need to be front and center on the Dock; if I actually want to video chat with someone, I'm almost certainly going to wind up using Skype or Gchat since neither of those things actively exclude the 95% of users that aren't on Apple devices.

  41. MCh
    October 13, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    Still comments? They must have all been deleted like mine. That tells a lot.

  42. José
    October 13, 2014 at 3:12 pm

    Mac will be never productive and simple like windows. Even with those features.

    • Darryl Gittins
      October 13, 2014 at 6:37 pm

      That's just silly. Of course a Mac is productive. Both OS's may or may not be productive for you specifically if you haven't decided on the OS that is best for you.

  43. MCh
    October 13, 2014 at 3:11 pm

    Wow, what a terribly biased article. Wow, how much money or device review privileges did you get from Apple for this?

    • Matt Smith
      October 13, 2014 at 6:46 pm

      I'd have to check but I think I received 4,659.28 (in bitcoins) along with a hot tub.

  44. stevedude
    October 13, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    No doubt OS X is a nice operating system, but truth be told, each company steals ideas from one another and from the open-source community. Windows 7 debuted Aero windows that OS X uses, Both OS X and Windows are using search features that Linux has had for years and most recently Ubuntu's Dash using "scopes" for local and Internet results. There is very few true innovations, just a repackaging of what a competing system is using.

    • Jack
      October 14, 2014 at 7:45 am

      I definitely agree with this statement. To be honest, you should always keep on eye on Linux since there are multiple environments (not just one) doing many interesting things in different ways, so you're sure to find something you like.

      It's not often that we get a huge shift like the original OS X, OS X Leopard, or Windows 8. On Linux, there's always something new and refined around the corner.

  45. Tim
    October 13, 2014 at 2:41 pm

    iFanboy alert! Still hurting from all the "innovative" iPhone that came out with the new iPhone I see...

  46. Otto
    October 13, 2014 at 2:24 pm

    Hell no!
    Am I really to only one who likes Windows 8. I like the visual representation of you're programs in the metro interface. The windows 8 specific apps on a desktop/laptop suck but then you just don't use them.

  47. techguy001
    October 13, 2014 at 2:23 pm

    It's just to bad that Mac OS X is extremely unintuitive to repair, ridiculously expensive to obtain, limited in scope of operations, locked down to specific hardware, obsolete as an operation system iteration in 4 years or less, and run by a greedy company that believes it owns your hardware as well as its licensed software.

    • Matt Smith
      October 13, 2014 at 6:43 pm

      Repairs: Have you seen an ultrabook or Windows AIO lately?
      Expensive: Starting at $899 for a MacBook, plus you don't have to buy OS upgrades. Unlike Windows...
      Locked down: For a lot of people, that's a benefit
      Obsolete: No more so than Windows XP. And some systems receive OS updates for longer than that.
      Greedy: All companies are greedy. Welcome to capitalist society.

    • Drew
      October 14, 2014 at 3:51 am

      @Matt
      Yeah, $899 for a MacBook, but with specs that are in a $499 Windows laptop and without a touch screen. MacBooks are good for what they are good for, but if you want to compare prices, spec for spec, you're gonna lose that one badly. Also, I have Windows 8 running on my 6 year old $300 eMachines laptop and it runs just fine. I will agree that locking the system down is better for some people. Also, yes, almost all companies are greedy, but Apple takes it to a new level. People are happy to enable them, spending twice as much money on their toys as they have to.

    • zeeighty
      October 16, 2014 at 1:13 am

      This was a phenomenon years ago in the mainframe world... some IT managers blood ran blue. IBM was all there was because IBM was first to market a zillion years ago. Microsoft has lost touch with core users. They always have played catch up... to themselves (they are so far behind os X they may never catch up).
      This from a guy that makes his living supporting about 1 dozen Macs, 80 iPhones, 75 iPads and over 550 Windows 7 Enterprise machines. Yep, over 550 Windows machines.
      I have a MBA with Thunderbolt display to my left and my corporate Dell laptop to my right.
      After more than 30 years in the IT industry I have learned a thing or two. Mac OS X is a far superior OS to Windows and Techs that don't want to acknowledge that are living in a shell. I give credit where it is due and if a single tech support professional can tell me just what they think that makes Windows 8 is a superior OS to Mac OS X I will listen, compare and test.
      We are chest deep in dot Net and it pains me. But I hope we don't switch 100% to Macs as that would put several of my technicians out of work. I just would need them.
      The article is funny. It is honest and shares several features of the OS that are outstanding and I am shocked that the gurus at MS have not copied at least a few of them. Take Spaces for example. Swipe the screen and I have a clear desktop to work on... awesome!

  48. OnlyGeek
    October 13, 2014 at 2:13 pm

    As a computer nerd and a Linux/Windows user for longer than I care to think about it... this is one of the lamest articles I have ever read in MUO. It feels more like you're trying to start a flame war than actually try to convince me to switch platforms.
    Seriously, Matt, you're either miss or hit in your articles.
    Sure, this is my opinion but I really dislike embedded YT here, instead of adding content it just feels like you're being lazy :/

    • Matt Smith
      October 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm

      I think embedded YT is a good way to elaborate on the features for those who don't know about them.

    • Rocket Scientist
      October 13, 2014 at 7:39 pm

      If whatever he wants to communicate to is already available in parts elsewhere, what's the problem in using them? Why to take pain screen capturing certain features of mac, windows etc and then sharing it via Youtube if it is already there in the first place.

    • OnlyGeek
      October 14, 2014 at 12:53 pm

      Because some networks just won't allow video streamings.
      For instance, while I'm allowed to browse news and IT blogs at work - due to, obviously working with that - I can't open streaming websites or embedded videos due to network restrictions at my company.

    • Super Awsome Windows Dude
      October 22, 2014 at 10:29 pm

      That's like saying I might not get a girlfriend for another 6 months so I better go gay...

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