Computerworld pits Mac OS X Snow Leopard vs. Windows 7: It’s not even close, Mac has the better OS

“In terms of pure interface, Microsoft has raised the bar for Windows users. Windows 7 is the best-looking OS out of Redmond, Wash., yet. But let’s not confuse that with ‘innovation,'” Michael deAgonia reports for Computerworld.

“Many of these features aren’t new at all, and many have been available on Mac OS X for years. While Windows 7 closes the gap with Snow Leopard, it does so only at a superficial level. At first, I was impressed with the interface changes and got caught up in the beauty of the Aero themes and sleek look. But after a few weeks of use, reality began to set in. After a Registry issue prevented me from installing an app, I realized Windows 7 is still Windows. Prettier, a little snappier than Vista, perhaps more stable,” deAgonia reports. “But at some point, you still face many of the underlying issues that have made Windows a pain to use in the past.”

“If you’re still using XP or are finally fed up with Vista, by all means check out Windows 7. It’s certainly the best version of Windows yet — just as it’s equally true that Snow Leopard is the best version of Mac OS X,” deAgonia reports. “That’s why you’d be well advised to check out Snow Leopard before shelling out money for Microsoft’s latest.”

deAgonia reports, “As an IT professional, I support both operating systems at work. But I have Macs at home; after all, who wants to troubleshoot computer problems on their own time? My final verdict in this smackdown? It’s not even close: Snow Leopard is the better OS.”

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43 Comments

  1. Early adopters have reported significant increases in start up and shut down times after a few weeks of using 7ista – sometimes double – as well as a creeping slowdown in GUI responsiveness.

    No surprises there.

  2. Microsoft stole many features of OS X to put into Vista/Win 7 (Dock, Expose, Widgets, Sidebars). Now that Apple has streamlined OS X and added new technologies such as Grand Central Dispatch and OpenCL, I hope they surprise us with new features in the next version of OS X.

  3. “Some people do need to say more.”

    Too true. Many out of sheer ignorance of what Mac OS X has offered since 2001 will simply believe the MS ads claiming true multi-tasking, no freeze-ups, updated Taskbar, etc, are new breakthroughs that MS developed at the request of PC users claiming it was “my idea”.

  4. LOLZ
    When you drop the bar so low, the raising takes very little effort, hence Windows 7.
    It will be a success simply because everyone is sick of XP.
    Nobody used Vista.
    What a cluster…

  5. @cubert

    Exactly! That’s what my husband keeps telling his PC friends… It looks great and it looks fast, but give it a couple of months. Looks like it didn’t even take that long.

    I’ve been running Tiger for almost 2 years on my Powerbook G4, and other than having to occasionally repair some permissions when things start screwing up a bit, that’s all the maintenance I’ve had to do. That or a restart takes care of the problem. And the start/shutdown hasn’t really changed in 2 years. Go figure!

  6. “As an IT professional, I support both operating systems at work. But I have Macs at home; after all, who wants to troubleshoot computer problems on their own time?”

    Amen! This quote deserves to be repeated as often as possible, as it’s a clear and accurate assessment of the support burden which still remains on the Windows side of the fence.

  7. But I have Macs at home; after all, who wants to troubleshoot computer problems on their own time?

    This is THE unstated point in world of corporate IT support. Given a free choice, these ‘professionals’ would go Mac particularly when their own time or money is at stake.

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