Guide to a Comparison Between macOS and Windows 10

You’re probably reading this to learn what Windows has that macOS does not or what qualities macOS has that Windows does not. In reality, the two operating systems are increasingly close in terms of features over time.

If you’re a Windows user transitioning to the Mac, we believe you didn’t lose anything, and vice versa for macOS to Windows. However, one of the most frustrating aspects of such a switch is discovering a new operating system. The advantages must outweigh the disadvantages of being unfamiliar.

With over 800 million users, Windows 10 is now the most widely used computer operating system in the world. Its main competitor, macOS, lags further behind in market share, and while Apple is usually tight-lipped about publishing precise numbers, we do understand that the operating system had around 100 million users in 2017. 

macOS, formerly known as Mac OS X, has been available on Macs since 2001. Apple releases minimal updates regularly, but major changes occur only once a year, generally in the autumn. Over time, the operating system has become more and more similar to iOS. The current version is Big Sur, which was released on November 12, 2020.

User Interface

The Dock, which can accommodate shortcut keys to your favorite apps and frequently visited folders such as the menu bar at the top right of the screen, the Finder file browser, and Spotlight search, which are the primary ways you interact with your Mac.

Other widgets you can use include Mission Control, which allows you to see whatever is open at a glance, and LaunchPad, which displays all of your apps. If you want to activate an app, you can do so by clicking on its icon in the Dock, searching for it with Spotlight, opening it with LaunchPad, or asking Siri, Apple’s voice-activated assistant to do so. 

macOS also has great storage facilities, though you might still encounter problems with free space on the drive, and taking care of the problem that other storage and different files cause will still be necessary. 

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Whereas macOS has Finder, Windows 10 has File Explorer. This allows users to search and enter all of the files on their computers. Quick Access is a beneficial system that automatically generates frequently accessed folders and latest files; you can also instantly pin items to it to quickly access things. 

In Windows, the Taskbar is the band at the bottom of the page that contains shortcuts to your favorite programs, the Start Menu, and Search. It’s similar to the Dock on a Mac, as well as the Mac menu bar.

Tiles are also used in Windows 10. These are similar to shortcuts to different app elements. Dashboard Widgets in Mac OS or Glances on the Apple Watch are examples.

Windows 10, like macOS, has a Full-Screen mode, but it also has the option to “Snap” up to four apps for every screen, each inhabiting a fraction of the screen. When you snap an app, you’ll see a tab vision of a few of the remaining open apps, allowing you to fill your screen.


A Mac is generally thought to be safer and better than a PC. Apple has implemented a lot of security measures that make hacking a Mac especially challenging. These include Gatekeeper, which prevents software that hasn’t been digitally endorsed by Apple from operating on your Mac without the user’s permission; built-in anti-malware security in the form of its malware scanning tool, Xprotect; software that is Sandboxed, which separates apps from the key equipment of your MacBook, your information, or your other apps, so they can’t access anything that might permit them to do any harm.

The Fall Creators Update for Windows 10 added anti-ransomware as well as controlled folder access, which protects your files and folders from unauthorized changes by unfriendly applications.

This implies that if unapproved software tries to access a guarded Files, Photos, Films, or Desktop folder, it will be obstructed, and you will be alerted. Individual programs can be whitelisted to connect controlled folders, and you can individually protect folders that aren’t guarded by default.


macOS is a free download for anyone who owns a suitable Mac, and it will remain so for the duration of the product’s life.

Windows 10 was also a free update (from Windows 7 or 8) until July 29, 2016, but it is now £119.99 for the Home version and £219.99 for the Premium upgrade.


Many PC users have expressed dissatisfaction with Windows 10, owing primarily to Microsoft’s aggressive push to upgrade. Because of the tight cross-device integration, the new features combined with the familiarity of Windows 7 make it very appealing. 

On the other hand, there are also plenty of loyalists who are faithful to Apple and macOS.

Ultimately, it comes down to personal preference. If you can, try both operating systems and decide which one suits you the most.

Written by Jamil Parvez

Jamil Pervez works as a Network Administrator, based in Kuwait with a Primary focus on Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Certified MCSE, MCTP, MCITP, CCNP, CCIP, CCVP with 18 years experience in administering Windows Servers, Exchange, VMWare, Veeam B&R, Veritas BackupExec.

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