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The Choice between Windows and Mac 1The Choice between Windows and Mac Operating SystemsProfessor Alex LazoPersonal Computer FundamentalsJanuary 30, 2017
The Choice between Windows and Mac 2People’s loyalties are sharply divided between Apple’s Mac Operating System (OS) and the Microsoft’s Windows OS. These loyalists would not be caught dead using the competitors OS. Loyalties are often rooted in people’s initial experiences with personal computing. Both Apple and Windows have established their presence in American schools so it is no wonder that many loyal followers of each OS have stood by the brand they have been most accustomed to using since childhood or adolescence. Others have their loyalties rooted in a culture closely linked to a profession or workplace where personal computers are either Apple or Windows but not a mix of both. The subculture is shared among coworkers and friends and often extends into one’s personal life. Due to their differences, there are good reasons for choosing one operating system over the other despite the fact that Mac and Windows share many similarities and Windows has a vast selection of online training and troubleshooting resources.Although it is not the similarities or compatibilities that attract users to either operating system, it is still important to note them since users often work together on projects and intermittingly use each other’s computers, especially at work. The Mac and Windows operating systems share many similarities. They both OSs run personal commuters geared toward business and personal use. Both systems have multilingual options readily available. Intel processors can be used to run both systems. They are both compatible with Linux operating systems. For repairson either system, “Any knowledgeable person can perform repairs and upgrades. Local computer-help stores can also be contacted for repairs. AppleCare can extend the warranty” (Mac). In terms of virus attacks, both systems are susceptible to malware but both are compatiblewith the Linux operating system to minimize the risk. Voice commands, maps, application stores and internet browsing capabilities are available on both. Mouse, keyboard, trackpad, other peripherals are nearly identical to operate both OS.

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