Why Windows Is The Way To Go: A Microsoft Fanboy’s Perspective [Opinion]

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image13   Why Windows Is The Way To Go: A Microsoft Fanboys Perspective [Opinion]Everywhere I look these days, I see people proclaiming the wonders of Mac and Linux. Well, I’m a die-hard Windows user, and have been one ever since the days of Windows for Workgroups 3.11 .

One kind of blog post I don’t really see often enough is “why Windows is awesome”. I’m going to try to explain why exactly I stick with Windows, even though I can easily switch to Mac or Linux.

It’s Ubiquitous

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Windows is everywhere. In a time where everybody is so focused on the mobile space and on watching the tight competition between iOS and Android, it’s easy to forget that Windows is by far the most popular operating system in the world. Sure, there are some specific environments (colleges maybe, and graphic design houses) where Macs seem to be the order of the day. But most everywhere else, Windows is the prevalent OS.

It Has a Bazillion Apps

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As a result of being so commonplace, Windows has far, far more applications than anything else on the market really. If you’re looking for an application to do anything specific, chances are there’s a Windows version of that application.

In case you think “numerous applications” correlates with “low quality”, a quick stroll through our Best of Windows page quickly reveals the wealth of awesome apps out there. True, these are “only” the 117 best ones, but you can easily think back to your own Web browsing and try to recall; you will see that Windows applications are by far the most common applications out there.

It’s Backwards Compatible

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With Windows 7, Microsoft went to great lengths to make sure every Windows program out there could run. It went so far as to include a virtual machine running Windows XP (“Windows XP Mode”) so that even ancient applications could run. One of the common complaints against Windows is that it contains oodles of legacy code, and that’s true. But the flip side of this coin is that Windows has excellent backwards compatibility. You don’t have to take your pick only out of applications coded in the last year or two when those coded even ten years ago would still run just fine on any modern Windows PC.

It’s Reliable

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Ah, the venerable BSOD, that much-celebrated sign of Windows system instability. For the past three years, I got to see it maybe once – and this is when logging approximately eighty hours of Windows time per week on two different computers. Today’s Windows is an extremely reliable OS, with uptimes that easily compete with Linux (in a consumer setting at least, which is what this post is all about).

It’s Secure

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The battle-cry of many Linux and Mac enthusiasts is that “Windows is insecure”. I say a properly patched copy of Windows 7 is as secure as anything, especially if you don’t do anything dumb with it, like download potentially-infected software from dubious websites.

Microsoft Security Essentials is a very highly-regarded security solution, and is only one of many free antivirus tools for Windows. I’ve been using Windows for years, and installing numerous software applications in my role as a software blogger, and have never once caught a virus. Some would say those are famous last words – I say this is the mark of a secure operating system.

It Has Fantastic Developer Tools

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With tools like free Visual Basic Express, Microsoft makes it very easy to start developing modern Windows applications. You don’t need to spend any money to enjoy a fantastic IDE and debugging tools. If you’re trying to put a startup together for developing Windows software, Microsoft’s BizSpark plan would happily set you up with full, free licenses to a huge array of Windows tools, including a professional version of Visual Studio, and multiple versions of Windows itself.

The Apple Tax

Apple tax   Why Windows Is The Way To Go: A Microsoft Fanboys Perspective [Opinion]Outside of the United States and Europe, Apple computers are expensive. As a result of Apple’s commercial policy in Israel, there is just one exclusive distributor, and they set whatever prices they feel like setting.

As a result, an 11″ 64GB MacBook Air costs $1,386 here, compared to $999 in the online US Apple Store. Some would say this is an isolated problem, but I say this reflects Apple’s commercial policy in many small territories (and some which are not so small, too).

Windows Keeps Getting Better

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Microsoft is far from complacent these days, and is working hard to make Windows 8 a big success. Unlike Apple’s notoriously secretive development process, Microsoft is going out of its way to be as open as possible about Windows 8, with lots of official videos (such as the one embedded above) showing the OS far ahead of time, to get as much community feedback as possible and make it a hit.

Bottom Line

I’ve tried Linux before, and liked it, but not enough to stick with it. I’ve never tried using a Mac before, because I just don’t feel the need – Windows gives me everything I need, is far less expensive, and runs on any hardware I want to run it. I know I can build a Hackintosh on my own, but in Apple’s eyes, that would make me a criminal. So for me, it’s Windows all the way.

Now it’s your turn to say your piece about whether you agree that Windows is awesome; I won’t necessarily reply to every comment, but I can assure you I will be reading them all.

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Anonymous

What about performance?  While I agree that Windows can be used securely, it seems that it is bloated that always requires lots of resources and care to keep it in a safe and stable state.  For example, the need for constant monitoring for malware costs resources. 

Roger Moum

I never constant monitor for malware, programs do that for me, all I need to do is be selective of what sites i visit. Mind you, in my 18 years as a Windows user i have only gotten a Virus once ;)

Anonymous

I didn’t mean human review for malware, I meant programs that are used to scan for malware (e.g., Windows Security Essentials, Symantec, Norton, Ad-Aware, etc.). Such programs use resources, and while Windows Security Essentials is pretty optimized, when it is performing a scan, you definitely see the performance hit.

My point is that Windows has a higher overhead to run as a result of the need for malware security tools.

Roger Moum

I can agree on your conclusion, all though with the resent spike of Mac users there is only a matter of time, if not allready, when you also need AV programs on your Mac :(

Anonymous

Panda Cloud Antivirus is a possible solution to this, thou it has to be “always” connected.
One of the lowest CPU usage (besides the old NOD32) i ever gotten from a antivirus software.
It has great reviews and catches lots of new viruses earlier than most others.

But just like what everyone said, good practice is the best defense.
You should use Chrome as sandboxing prevents infection (not data theft) from site scripts but doesn’t protect you from things you download.

ZaiN

Just be safe while surfing web and downloading unknown files. You won’t have to monitor yourself. This is the job of Antivirus programs – No operating system is smart enough to protect itself from malwares.

John Penland

Ironically enough, my computer seems to run cooler, and is easier on the processor in Windows, than on Linux. 

A lot of it is simply how you use the machine. Each one can become as bloated as the next in the hands of the average user. 

Andt

Not really that ironical. Got the same problem trying to use Linux on batteries. It seems that, by design, Linuc calles the HDD more often or smth similar.

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Roger Moum

Couldn’t have said it better myself :)
I have tried both Linux and Mac and after both tries i have returned to Windows simply because of lack of third party development.
When it comes to apps and programs generally Windows is the big winner and i don’t see it changing in the ear future, so for my home PC Windows will still rule my livingroom, allthough Android Tablet is taking over more and more my “everyday” surfing of just checking whats going on :)

My 2cent.

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ZaiN

FTW Windows!

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André Renault

Interesting piece. I’ve hardly ever used Windows; and when I do, it’s a stripped-down edition at school, so I can’t comment on specifics.

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Joe Carroll

Windows 7 is great.  Previous to that, no way.  I’d take ANY version of OS X first.

Key to avoiding the “Apple Tax” is to buy used.  Most of them are built like tanks.
You forgot to mention Windows Media Center.  That’s the kicker for me in the Win7 vs. OS X battle (haven’t used Lion yet).

Also don’t forget, if you choose a modern Mac, you can run Windows on it too. Parallels FTW!!! (and if you’re crafty, and you choose the right hardware, you can run OS X on a PC, but that’s not for a novice).

Erez Zukerman

I wouldn’t mind spending the time, effort and money for choosing the right hardware and running Mac OS X on a PC. 

What I would mind, however, is Apple calling me a criminal for doing just that (with a legally bought copy of OS X, mind you).

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Mango Wodzak

portable apps are one of the greatest things about windows too. Nearly every piece of software I use is open source, easy to find and download, and runs as a portable app. Pretty much all the programs I use daily run from one folder that I synchronise to a USB stick if I ever travel, and I have my whole suite of programs with me wherever I go, with settings intact etc etc. From a portable improved clone of explorer, to skype, to firefox. thus i never even have to type a password on a foreign machine! 

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Joe Carroll

Mac has been able to do that for years.  It’s not exactly what you are talking about, but I remember when you used to be able to copy Photoshop from one Mac to another (without an installer), and it would work !  Anyway, it’s easy to copy your “home” folder to an external drive, and use ANY Mac as if it were your own.

Roger Moum

Mac is not “protecting itself”.
Because so few use it, virus makers don’t feel like spending time making viruses for 5% of the world when they can hit 90% by coding their shit in windows code.

Christopher Wrinn

All hail the FUD machine. :) That’s not why. Virus Writers have been interviewed before and generally the answer is “Because I was bored” or “Because it is so easy to do” or that they wanted to show the world how insecure it was. Never has one said “because it has more users.”
Let’s expand your logic a little. Which is a more tempting target, 90% of stupid users and gamers, or 90% of bank and corporate servers? Only, the servers don’t have many virus woes. Oh, and that 90%… runs Linux.In the end… just use the tool that you feel gets the job done. OSes aren’t religions or philosophies, they are all tools. These squabbles are pointless.

Roger Moum

There are loads of writers that make codes not only cause they are bored or “easy” as you state it, those that do don’t do interviews ;) and many of them use it as a simple way to show off what they can do, there is a reason why the biggest hackers get employed by IBM and such big corporations :)

But as you say, OS’s are tools, and most people will use the tool they sit best fit for the task at hand. I think the article was more of a: hey windows ain’t so bad as many say it is….if it was, Apple would dominate the market, cause people gladly pay more for the best tool they see fit their task.

Dan

Are those interviews ten years old? Cause malware programming has gotten big and rich due to organized crime. Indeed, most serious malware now are written to steal private info, credit card numbers, and control PCs for botnets; all for profit. In fact, show me a recent major malware that is written “for kicks”. Then I’ll show you that the top 20 malware infections of the past 5 years are crime-driven. You’re the one spreading FUD. 

Suhel

90% Stupid users thats rude :(

Yousuck

Look! pot calling the kettle black.

lithic

You OBLITERATED the head of the nail on that one

Arelatensis

I can say certain about Mac’s 5%. But what concerning amount of Windows viruses vs that of Linux, the figures will be about 40 000 000 vs about a thousand.

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Fn8824

i like the statement ” It’s reliable”
That’s the best joke I have heard .
Of all the OS I encountered, OS 2, OS X, Unix , Linux , AIX, Sun, Windows is the least reliable of all .

Michael J K

dam right windows gives 2 many bsod but i like it because 2 many ppl need there pc fixed ty Microsoft for a great pile of poo that i can fix and Linus travail for linux it makes fixing the pc so easy

Kratoyd

Clearly, you’re not treating your computer correctly and probably know very little about how it works.
Or at least, that’s what I’m getting from your spelling and grammar.

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Dustin Harper

I have to agree for the most part, except for the part that Windows beats Linux on the amount of free software. There are TONS of various programs available for Linux for many different functions. However, they aren’t as polished as Windows programs.

I love Windows, and agree with every other point. But, I’m not a fanboy to where I can’t see it’s shortcomings. It has faults just like the other OS’s. But, I’ll gladly take Windows over anything else for a desktop. I use Windows Server as a file server and VPN server. I use Linux for my web server, though. Happy as a clam.

Erez Zukerman

Fully agree with you on this! I too use Linux every day, in the context of a Web server and development machine (I SSH into it). But for my own personal work, well, you can guess my OS of choice. :)

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Paul

It’s good to finally see a post where someone is showing how good Microsoft Windows is.  All I ever hear is people complain about how insecure and how many viruses they get on their Windows machine.  That’s because they aren’t being careful with where they are going on the internet and are very careless with what they are doing.  I myself have tried both Linux and Mac.  I have only worked with a Mac, but I have found more issues with compatibility with a Mac than I have ever with Windows or Linux.  Even the simplest of things like email and webpages can have issues with Mac software.  As for Linux, I have installed it on my computer, dual-booted, worked with various versions, and I have always come back to Windows.  Linux was fun to play around with and try new things, but Windows was always that OS that if I had problems with my computer, it would always help me solve.  I just find it to be the best when it comes to everything that I have tried.

I’ve used every single Windows OS, from 3.1 to 7, and even though sometimes it was a resource hog, it always worked for me.  I have never received the BSOD for anything but hardware failure, and you can’t usually blame the OS for that kind failure.

Thanks for posting something that most people are afraid to say.  Windows is the best overall Operating System. 

Erez Zukerman

Right on!!! :)

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Collin Hoffman

I highly doubt that I will switch from Windows in the near future. I would consider switching to Linux (probably Ubuntu) if not for the fact that making the switch would mean leaving behind my large game collection.

I’ve never had any problem with viruses on Windows, a combination of keeping my system up to date and using a free antivirus.

I have found one program that didn’t work on Windows 7: Fallout 3. I don’t know what the problem was, but I probably spent upwards of 3 hours browsing poorly written forums for a solution, with no luck.

Sure, Windows has its quirks, and there a select few OS X utilities I wish were available for Windows, but I still think that the Windows platform offers the greatest flexibility. I know I won’t be switching to Mac OS anytime soon, despite working at an Apple Reseller. There are several things I don’t like about the interface. If game publishers made their programs Linux-compatible, however, I would probably make the switch.

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Terry Wayne Schneider

Windows is great for the business environment but for many home users it has gotten to expensive to upgrade to Win7 or even to WinXp as it requires many new resources or a new computer. If someone has Win2K or less it is no longer supported. For home users who only want email and the internet Linux would meet their needs. There are many people who can no longer afford a new computer or operating system.
A Pentium 3 or equivalent with at least 512 meg of memory is sufficient for the low budget client to get on the internet using a Linux distribution. 
As for the Mac. It is a different animal being it is not an IBM compatible PC.
There is a learning curve for Linux but there is a learning curve for each new version of Windows. As a repair person of computers I find it frustrating that MS always change the look and feel of the next version. 
Microsoft has never been an innovator they copy ideas or buy a third party innovator and then incorporate it into windows or a side product and call it their own.
Microsoft remind me how we got stuck with the NTSC color and VHS formats because of business politics. In other words, Windows is actually a mediocre OS.

Anonymous

“As for the Mac. It is a different animal being it is not an IBM compatible PC.”

Not sure what you mean… if you have an intel mac you can install Windows and boot directly from with with no extra software. You just use bootcamp to install it, select it as the boot OS and you are back to windows.

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Raulcristian

Oh, you never tried a Mac, but you tell the world how superior Windows is. Great journalism.

I tried my first Mac two years ago. I wish I had done it years before. I replaced all the software I used with much better, more elegant, and more reliable apps. Just try it.

Joe Carroll

It does very clearly state it is an “opinion” piece.  Not a very informed opinion, but an opinion none the less ;)

Mike

As a Mac administration I have seen more applications crash for none traceable reasons than I have software installed on my Windows machine.

I assure you that on a large scale no operation system is better than the other. You probably just do less stupid things using a Mac.

Here is a fun thing to try:
Delete the Library folder within your home directory “because you want to keep it clean in there” and restart your Mac – I have heard and seen it on various occasions.

Anonymous

I never thought anyone would be… “uneducated” enough to do that.

Now I know why it is hidden in Lion (10.7).

Mike

It’s the same reason why the first things you are being asked is whether you plugged in your device, turned on the printer or made sure the network cable is connected… 

And even if the answer was yes you should never rule them out… 

Erez Zukerman

As I explained near the end of the article — due to Apple’s marketing policies, I have to pay a very high premium to even try out OS X (or else, be an “outlaw” by building a Hackintosh). 

If the barrier to entry weren’t quite so high, I would gladly try it out, just like I tried Linux (and just like I use Android over Windows Phone 7 or any other mobile OS).

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Robert Cotterman

I am a MAC user since 1982 but I will admit that W7 is a good system. I have all the software I need for my MAC including lots of AV and a lot of it free. I teach computer classes and recentle bought 5 MAC minis and run OS X & W7 on the same computer and match up programs on each computer as much as I can. All I can say is that it is much easeier to teach OS X than it is W7. 

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Joe Carroll

Don’t know where you’ve been for the last 6 years or so, but Mac is IBM compatible now. It’s all Intel, and you can run Windows on any modern Mac.  You can also run Mac os on most modern PCs, but like linux, you may run into driver problems (called .kexts in Mac OS).  If you build or purchase a PC that has identical components to any Mac made in the last 6 years of so, it’s pretty easy to get Mac OS running on it).  Tri-boot machines are not out of the question.

Terry Wayne Schneider

Sorry that does not make it an IBM compatible. There is more to it than the CPU. If Steve Jobs did not pull the plug on the Motorola Apple CPU development he would not had to use Intel. No other chip manufacture would touch the project to develop a CPU after this. Motorola was stuck with all the development cost that was put into the CPU. Thus Jobs had to go to an off the shelf Intel CPU. Even Intel said no to developing a special chip for Apple. Can you blame the industry after what he did to Motorola?  Like Microsoft OS and software Intel is not the best. They are mediocre. 

Joe Carroll

Uh, yeah it kinda does.  All their chipsets are pretty much standard off the shelf components.  They get limited exclusives on a few things from time to time, like Thunderbolt, and they work closely with Intel on designs, so there are some VERY minor differences, but if you can install Windows or Linux (or even DOS if you wanted) straight from the install disc, without using any special utility, it IS IBM compatible (which is a misnomer these days anyway).  You only need Boot Camp if you want to dual boot between Mac OS and Windows.  It’s nothing special, just a boot loader & there are alternatives if you don’t want to use it.  Point is, you don’t need virtualization to do it.  Buy a Mac, put in a Windows Install disc, boot up w/ “C” pressed down, and install it.  From that point on, you have a 100% compatible Windows machine, designed by Apple.  No different from a Dell or Toshiba or Lenovo, other than quality and ascetics. 

Foanaumann

And price. You really can’t dodge the price of Macs. Straight from Apple, they’re way over priced.

Anonymous

Apple Tax… well see here is the thing. If you compare component to component in a computer that you are purchasing, you will find in almost all cases that if you attempt to find a Windows box with the same specs as a Mac… It
costs just about the same.

And another side of it to look at… Used
Macs almost ALWAYS have a higher resale value when compared to a Windows
PC.

Fems_pogi

Nice to hear that Mac machines can now dual boot with Windows.  Mac might not consider Windows superior – but it surely consider it (Windows system) worthy to run in their “venerable” machines.  If it was deemed inferior, it would not have been there.  Or was it simply done to bite into the bigger chunk of pie that inferior Microsoft machines now presently enjoyed? 

By the way, is there an IBM compatible laptop which I can dual boot with any OS from Apple?  If so, that would be very interesting because I can “benchmark” both systems on one AFFORDABLE machine.

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Raj S

After having used Windows since the last 9 years (XP, Vista and 7), I got myself a Macbook pro this april. If I can help it, I’m never going to use Windows again.

Joe Carroll

Generally I agree, but I made the switch in 2000 from XP to Mac OS 10.1.  But Windows 7 Ultimate has greatly changed my level of respect for Microsoft.  I write this from my Mac, but you’d have a hard time convincing me to give up my Win7 laptop.  I actually sold my MacBook after I got it (mostly because I wanted to get as much $$ for it as possible before it depreciated & I had other Macs I could still use).

However, I think I can honestly say, as good as Win7 is (esp compared to previous versions), if it didn’t have Windows Media Center integrated into it, I’d probably wouldn’t have given it a chance.

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Harrys2kool

lol man seriously if you just wanna use windows for menial applications like watching videos or photos or browse the web it is the best suited os . ill be plain and bland. windows is not secure, it will and keep getting viruses. it is resource hungry, ram and other hardware are a doomed on windows. uptime ur talking about try 2 months without shutdown. cost ? it will cost you a fortune to buy windows and an other fortune to buy other software like the famous IDEs u were talking about. it is not scalable it has no secure file management systems. not suited for programming. the list of 117 softwares you were talking about half of them are open source. its developement is not transparent. i can go on and on your lame windows cannot ever read never can beat the power of open source and linus and other unix derivatives are awesome and wanna know the best part about them they are free and are developed by 100s of ppl around the world and they many times as many applications as windows has check out the package list from any of the distros and virus just relax i can go into any kind of dubious site and comeback fine. its like you are advocating ppl to buy $4000 ford car when we have a lamborghini with us for free. 
the server your website is hosted is on linux. android kernel is linux. the network thru which you are connected works on linux man. get a real prospective 

Joe Carroll

and Mac OS is based on BSD.  Linux FTW!

You have a point.  I can run Leopard on a G4 Mac with/ 512MB of RAM, it’s smooth as butter.  You need a good video card for Flash, but other than that it’s a perfectly serviceable machine for 75% of anything you’d want to do.  Windows is definitely more of a resource hog.  The same applies with Linux (though newer builds with all the fancy graphics need more power…however that’s what’s nice about it – you can customize it to what hardware you have)

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Mark Anthony Cianfrani

Note to self: write about why Windows > Mac. generate flame war. ???. profit.

I mean, everything else aside…. The developer tax is a great point.
On viruses and security, if you’re still getting viruses in 2011, good game. Learn tk be smart and repair your computer.

(I’m writing this on an iPad)

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metazai

Preach it!  Excellent piece.  Haters gonna hate, but every point in this article was spot on.

Erez Zukerman

Thank you! :) I’m glad you liked it!

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Darcman442

Despite all of the negative comments, I STILL use Windows and have been since 95. I have had more viruses using Norton and McAfee and many false positives using others but when I discovered Avast, I fell in love.
I dont use a Mac because it’s expensive even though its so called virus free, its onlt a matter of time before that would no longer be true.
Simply put, I use Windows because IT WORKS

Joe Carroll

Avast has worked great for me too.

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Darcman442

Everybody has their preference but based on what I know on a consumer stand point, I’ll say this. Linux is better TO YOU THE POWER USER as no average consumer has the time or the patience let alone the know how to deal with Command Line installations of their favorite programs unless they have made a version of Linux that’s that much like Windows that I don’t know about. Mac may be better TO YOU but it’s expensive and why spend $900-$1200 when you could get a computer that costs less than that and it does what you need it to do. Resource hungry depends on what’s running in the background and all u have to do in stop them except for the Critical ones. Not a fanboy but the bottom line is WINDOWS WORKS for most. We’re in a recession and that’s why Mac will always be number 2, COST!!!!

Fems_pogi

Agree.  Secondly, there are plenty of pirated programs (as one Russian contributor would attest) on Windows platform. If Mac systems were not so expensive, I would have probably tried on it.  LINUX being free, might be a better alternative.  But when I bought a laptop two years ago with only LINUX system to boot, it appears that I would communicate with the machine and software via CLI.  That made me end up on Windows – again. 

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kratoyd

One key thing (at least, for me) you’ve overlooked: Except for the small trickle of games Steam is converting and Unreal Tournament, Macs have NO games. If you want to game, you get Windows, no questions asked. Sure, you could use WINE in Linux, but that’s ridiculous in my opinion.

Erez Zukerman

Very, very true! I forgot about that because I’m not much of a gamer, but it’s a very valid point.

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Jeffery Fabish

I’m here on behalf of the Linux community to point out the flaws in this post (don’t shoot the messenger).

#1 : It’s Ubiquitous
There is a formal fallacy named ‘argumentum ad populum’, that sates simply because something is popular that it is good. This is obviously not true, death is everywhere, is that good?

#2: It Has a Bazillion Apps
While this point may very well work in another proprietary operating system, it certainly doesn’t fly in the open source community, where products are developed out of innovation and not financial gain. These products may not be as sophisticated or reliable sometimes without the strong financial corporate background hounding on them, for every one Windows app, there are three open source alternatives (which means it can run in Linux, it just requires more work.)

#3: It’s Backwards Compatible
Those of you who have ever attempted to run anything more than a Hello World application for a Windows XP computer on Windows 7 know this point is obviously incorrect.

#4: It’s Reliable
Make a note, it is at this point you’ve lost all credibility.

#5: It’s Secure
It’s secure after adding very many additional applications and well implemented user training in the field of security. Yes, Windows is secure as driving is safe. It depends on who uses them and what they use it for, this isn’t a strong point in the least.

#6: It Has Fantastic Developer Tools
This infringes on your second point. Again, it has fantastic proprietary tools, sure.

#7: The Apple Tax
Yes, the Windows can be a better operating system than Mac. You’ve got me.

#8: Windows Keeps Getting Better
In what sense? Certainly not in the field of security or flexibility. I agree that the GUI and built-in tools are getting better, but another weak point…As if they weren’t getting better, they would go out of business, of course they are going to do better.

On a related note, Mac users get an enormous rep boost for having a common ancestor with Linux, that is they are both derivative of Unix (whether explicitly or not). However, the Mac community can be coerced into purchasing a $300.00 pile of dog shit if it were shinny and for that, they still rank lower than Windows.

Why Linux Is Better

Mike

kind of aggressive tone… don’t get me wrong I like Linux, I am a Mac administrator but I still root for Windows.

As for #3 
Is it possible you have mistaken the “Windows XP Mode” with the Windows compatibility mode? 
Windows XP Mode is a full virtualization using Virtual PC – it’s pretty much like using Vmware or VirtualBox except you get a ready to use image from Microsoft and don’t need a valid XP licence. Therefor anything that runs under XP can be used within Windows 7. 

As for #5 
As you implied malware finds its way onto the system because of the users fault – that very same statement applies to Mac and Linux. The only difference here is that the opportunities for those users are seldom.
I bet if someone put a “rm -rf /” into some 10.000 lines of code for Linux the victim count would be pretty high too – with most Linux stuff happening as root (hello Sudo) permissions won’t be much of a problem either.

I agree that Linux can be “the most secure operating system” if you put time and knowledge into locking it down.

Yousuck

Linux really dont know how to choose their messengers. Your right, if i had a gun, ill shoot linux instead of you.

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Rhtaran

Agreed. However I still enjoy playing around with linux. It’s great for fixing friends/families PC’s that aren’t so secure.

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Fems_pogi

I started from DOS 6.22 last 1989.  At that time, I have only heard of Mac and Linux machines. I have not even seen ones.  But IBM compatible machines are plenty.  When I had my first machine (80286), Macs were introduced in my place.  But the price is SKYHIGH!  When I would want to learn Linux, I found out that most commands are CLI just like the old DOS when Windows was already well into GUI.  So I can only guess that Windows rules the OS world for the simple reason that most machines used this operating system whether they are stupid users, gamers, or corporate bank servers.  If other OS was “better” and even free?, then it would have overtaken Windows by now since it is NOT TOTALLY FREE.        

Dan

That’s impossible, DOS 6.22 was released in 1994. I should know, cause we had an Epson 486DX PC that came with the DOS 6.2 installer (six 3.5 floppy disks), which my mom bought in early 1994, before 6.22 was released. I still have the floppies somewhere in the house…

Dan (mas pogi)

Fems_pogi

your correction dan is well taken….yes i agree that it was not DOS 6.22 but of a lower version…but i have started on a PC running on 8086 machines (the ones which have only 640 kilobytes of RAM….we don’t have any hard disk by then but only floppy disk which has a capacity of only 360 kilobytes….at that time (1989) we don’t use any mouse…all commands are done thru the keyboard…..anyway thanks for the correction….

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Ip Khera

i agree 100% especialy with win 8 coming out i have the developers preview and that thing is super fast no lag what so ever windows all the way

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Suhel

WINDOWS is great, simple and userfriendly :D

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Anonymous

First I want to point out that I own 4
Macs and 3 Winboxes. I prefer my Mac running OS X, I have far fewer issues that
I run into when using one of my OS X machines vs. a Winbox. However, Win7 has
made me a believer in the MS brand of OSes… Win7 is a MUCH better OS than
they have ever produced in the past.

Now onto covering what you have pointed out that makes you prefer the Windows
world…

1. I am not sure where you are going with Windows being the more in-use OS.
Yes, there are far more Windows machines out there than there are OS X, but
what does that have to do with Windows being a better OS? I have never had any issues with my Mac talking to a Winbox or vice-versa.

2. Having a “bazillion apps” is not a positive thing all the time.
The quality of the apps is what makes a difference. Now I am not saying that
none of the apps out there for Windows are of high quality, there are quite a
few that are. BUT… I have yet to not be able to find an app to do what I
wanted to do for OS X.  So if Windows has a bazzilion apps and OS X only
has a fagnoogahlikle (1/10 of a bazillion) but I can do all of the different
things I want to do with the fagnoogahlikle that are available for OS X….
does it really matter that there are fewer?

3. Windows does not make it as easy as you are suggesting to use older apps. If
you want to run something from XP you need to have Win7 Professional otherwise
the XP emu is not included ($90 upgrade). Also, if you are talking about going
as far back as Win 2k, 98, 3.1… A LOT of those apps no longer work properly
or at all. I figure that if you are making an OS and you support applications
for 10 years (rosetta has been around since the release of OS X and was just
dropped at Lion) I think the ground has been covered.

4. Stability…  OS X and Win 7 are both pretty
damn stable… I have hit a few small problems here an there on both (a couple more with Win 7). But there
I would say they are equals or very close.

5. Being secure is a tough one to compare… If you are an experienced user,
both Windows and OS X are very secure. You don’t put yourself in the position to
get a virus, you don’t allow everything that comes up with UAC… then you are
pretty much safe. But the greater portion of users out there are NOT
experienced. That is where OS X currently having no Viruses in the wild, at
this time, makes for a more secure experience.

6. XCODE, the development tool for OS X, is free as well. NEXT COMMENT!

7. Apple Tax… well see here is the thing. If you compare component to
component in a computer that you are purchasing, you will find in almost all
cases that if you attempt to find a Windows box with the same specs as a Mac…
It costs just about the same. And another side of it to look at… Used Macs almost ALWAYS have a higher resale value when compared to a Windows PC.

8. “windows keeps getting better” I would not argue that point one
bit! I agree 100%. The thing is… So is OS X.

Now that I am at the end, I want to remind people that I really like Win 7. It
is a great OS. I prefer the flow and lower upkeep on OS X, but that doesn’t
take away from my opinion that Win 7 is a top quality OS.

leeloo

This isn’t just for you, but for the Linux advocate above, who has deliberately provided misleading information about backwards compatibility.

3) Most programs compatible with Windows XP run perfectly on any version of Windows 7 if you run the installer in “Compatibility Mode.”  (Right-click on the program installer and choose “Troubleshoot Compatibility.”)  I’ve only run into one program that didn’t work at all: Nero 8.  Some games might require a little tweaking due to DRM issues, but I’ve never run into anything that outright didn’t work.  I have never once used XP Mode and the attendant VM, even if my edition of Windows 7 allows me to download it.

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CnCMaps .com

want the latest hot game, you might have a 20% chance it will be ported to the mac. Any serious gamer would never go near a mac because of the extremely limited selection of games that have been ported to it, and that is what you will get a ported game not one that was developed for a mac. The whole but you need antivirus on a pc is pretty lame argument you actually should have it on your mac. Got to admit though if you are a virus developer why waste your time on such a small target audience as mac users,they sure are a easy mark though cause they are naive about security.

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Guest

Nice joke post… great amusement reading this!

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Randy Blake

“In the end… just use the tool that you feel gets the job done. OSes
aren’t religions or philosophies, they are all tools. These squabbles
are pointless.”

Agreed, I use Linux because it suits me, Windows or Mac doesn’t ! I’ll only say that the way Linux is built makes more sense to my brain than either of the other two.

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Ericssonfan2

Great article, I love Windows, and also take into account that it runs brilliantly on millions of different hardware, when OSX is often said to be running less and less reliably on a dozen…

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GA_Wolf

I recently (2 months ago) upgraded from XP to 7 at the office, dual-boot 7 and Ubuntu at home for the past year, have a Win 7 media server running my TV for the past year or so, and manage my wife’s macbook. (I am actually OS agnostic at home. Almost everything I do is in the cloud. For aps outside the browser: I play LOTRO, which when I use Linux, requires Wine. I currently use iTunes, which I can only run in Win 7 on my box, but I’m planning to drop it, because iTunes sucks. Then it won’t matter. If I could manage my podcasts and old ipod effectively with a cloud ap, I would.)

In my opinion, many of the people that dump Windows for Linux on a home machine, do so for philosophical reasons, not performance reasons. 

Windows 7: So much better than their previous OS’s. I have a Dell at work and occasionally the dock causes a BSOD. One of Windows’s strengths is also its partial downfall. Working with so many different hardware manufacturers that each program their proprietary driver and other software in different ways. It creates instability that may not be the direct fault of Windows. Being ubiquitous is another Windows problem. It tries to be all things to all people with sometimes comic results. The limitations from Home -> Professional -> Ultimate are silly. Windows 7 is also the first time that Microsoft finally almost gets UAC right. Finally, the registry. Horrible implementation that they can’t fix because of backwards compatibility concerns.

Mac: Their ads, “it just works”, are mostly true. That’s something you can promise when you have absolute control over the entire ecosystem. The other advantage: when you buy a new Mac, copy your Home folder from one to the next, and you are ready to go. (I don’t know how easy this is with the newest OS, and the AppStore…) Anyway, try that with a Windows box. Also, UAC has been easy and effective there since OS X.

Linux: I have trouble seeing Linux on the desktop advancing past a small subset of geeks, which includes me. There’s a chicken and egg problem. They can’t get a user base without apps and get can’t get apps without a user base. Linux, however, is awesome on almost any other device, outside of the home PC. Supercomputers, Tivo, Roku, Android, and the list goes on. Linux is really ubiquitous, just not on the home PC.

This turned out much longer than I’d planned. Enjoyed the article, as overall, I do agree that Windows 7 is solid. The only news you tend to hear about Windows, comes from Microsoft haters, and it’s good to get a Windows fanboy perspective.

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Arelatensis

“Outside of the United States and Europe, Apple computers are expensive.” It is true,in Russia Win 7 has a price $360, MacOS X about $ 1000, but this is relatively full functional system for common goals. But Windows? What it provides out of the box: MS Player without codecs,  simple Imege viewer, WardPad,and so on. It must be equipped with additional software, so it works. How many  it will be cost? Once I count price for the software that is installed in my XP may costs. It ware about $ 3000. I,indeed, paid only 300 Russian RUB ($10) Because I live in country with developed software pirates industry, and no legal liability for this. I think that only this two factors bear a domination of Windows in Russia,not technical advantage of this system, that is entirely middle . I know that in Israel legal situation isn’t so.

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M.S. Smith

I agree with most of your points, Erez. I own both Windows 7 and OS X machines, and you know what? The Windows machine actually crashes less, has a better interface, and has access to more apps. 

Once my MacBook dies or becomes too slow to use I’ll go back to a Windows laptop.

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John

I had a long serving Micosoft Office keyboard, but had to run a near enough Microsoft patch driver, which didn’t give 100% functionality when I upgraded to Windows 7.
Yeh, Windows is just dandy.

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Sagism

Funny you should mention the price of Apple computers in Israel as an argument in favor of the superiority of Microsoft’s products… I’m from Israel as well and as I’m sure you know, Microsoft products in Israel are overpriced as well, and this includes Windows and Office, and it’s the same for the MS hardware such as mice, webcams etc.

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Jim from Milford, PA

I dual boot Win7 and Ubuntu linux on all my 10 home machines. I find I spend 90% of my time on Linux and 10% on Win7. Both are good, but I find the Windows machines perform faster and have better driver support. Where cost is a consideration Linux wins. If you receive Win7 on your new PC, this is not an issue. For linux there is a longer learning curve. I think just having options is a prudent and wise strategy. If you ever wind up with a crashed Win7 hard drive partition, Linux can read the drive and save your old files offline. So both have their strengths. The Apple OS and Android OS are both rooted in Linux and Unix. So the linux market is growing because of its lower cost. Each have to decide for themselves….But choice is always a good thing.

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Cooldarmc

windows: just great you know, ive been using it a long time, i admit that it might have its flaws, but its the best, and its never let me down before, its the best in everything
osx: far too confusing
linux: its not cool

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Nilprakash

I totally agree on each point laid down by the author :) and hey I am serious

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Michael

Sometimes you don’t even think about some of the great things on windows that some of us take for granted. I frequently play games from well over a decade ago (half-life, homeworld, warcraft, starcraft diablo etc) and even in windows 7 its easy to get them running flawlessly. This is one of the biggest things I hate about macs, and apple in general – they’re quick to throw “old” things under the rug because there’s seemingly no need or no use for older programs, especially when you buy a new mac every few years because of shitty planned obsolescence they bring in with their software.

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