Early look at Windows 10 on new MacBook says it actually runs more smoothly than OS X

“One of the first people to try Windows 10 on the new Retina MacBook says that it actually runs more smoothly than OS X,” Ben Lovejoy reports for 9to5Mac. “The comment was made by Computer Science major Alex King, who tried upgrading his Boot Camp installation of Windows 8.1 to the preview of Windows 10.”

“Here’s the real kicker: it’s fast,” Alex King writes. “It’s smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It’s unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done. Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn’t completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth. It’s remarkable, and it makes me believe in the 12-inch MacBook more than ever before.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Fresh install. Give it a few weeks, as everyone knows, Windows gets worse and worse with wear. OS X doesn’t muck up like the passé Windows.


    1. … “Windows deteriorates over time quickly”

      But … if you run Windows on your Mac and leave the Internet off (or at least off most of the time except for some updates), most of the common problems Windows sees, simply do not occur.

      I have one Windows 7 install which has run for 5 years w/o problems or updates by keeping it totally off the Internet.

      1. This reminds me of the news story from the mid-90s that the DoD had granted Windows NT a C2 class rating for security, which Microsoft eagerly promoted in its news releases. Unfortunately, that news story fell flat once it was discovered the rating was for a WinNT system not connected to the Internet at all. Microsoft finally got a decent rating before 2000, sort of.


  1. I dunno MDN, Microsoft has consistently done a better job at working with graphics card manufacturers to provide faster frame rates across the board (especially in games). Hopefully Apple can step things up in the next release of OS X.

    1. Given that Apple doesn’t support any standard graphics cards, I can already tell you that nothing will improve.
      Apple should return to tower configurations with industry standard plug-in graphics cards. But Apple won’t do that because there is not enough money for them in it. They give you what is best for them; not what is best for you.

      1. You can’t upgrade graphics cards in a Mac Pro every year without actually buying a new Mac Pro every year.

        This is a real setback for scientific, engineering and graphics workers. I really want to go complete Mac but I still have to keep around a “Pro” Windows machine with quad graphics cards that I can upgrade.

        Another problem is the lack an nVidia option. All my customers depend on CUDA for their scientific computing which is nVidia’s popular GPU language. (There are cross platform technologies, but they don’t do any good as my customers do not use them.)

        A tiny MacPro with a single GPU but a special super-fast external bus to multi-GPU cases would be perfection.

  2. Or perhaps another reason MDN is Yosemite is not Apple’s best version of OS X. I am “still” using Mavericks and am very happy with the OS.

    I am hoping the next version of OS X focuses on fixing a lot of Yosemite’s shortcomings rather than adding new features. If so, I would be willing to upgrade.

    1. Agreed…Weren’t the newer OS X’s (the lions and newer) supposed to have seamless invasion of all available processors (including GPU’s) to increase performance of all apps? I can tell you that the High Performance Computing crowd are getting some amazing performance boosts by including GPU’s in their calculations.

  3. Been running Win10 under VMware Fusion. It’s the first version of Windows I have liked since Win 3.1. It runs smoothly and hasn’t licked up in two weeks. I like it but would not use it as my primary OS.

      1. Wow, i knew windows was torture, but to be locked up and then licked up actually might entice me to succumb….

        oh, wait, it hasn’t done either, so no dice

  4. Apple cares more about consumer products like the iPhone, Watch then it does about professionals, servers and the OS.

    But they do make most of their money from consumer products, so I guess I don’t blame them.

    1. If Apple really cares about linking up with IBM for more than a PR bump, they had better get UI consistency, stability and speed back to the forefront.

      1. They are mostly using IBM to push iPhones and iPads into enterprise. If that encourages Mac adoption, its a bonus, but I doubt they are pushing them.

  5. Of course it is fast, it is a preview version, just a basic installation. Just wait until you have to install the first batch of updates, the antivirus, the third party software and so on.

  6. Yosemite is definitely buggy and slow-ish, and the Finder has needed a major overhaul for years now – decades, even. They keep adding Finder gimmickry not many people use, thereby complicating matters, while leaving basic Finder stuff unattended and unimproved.

    One example:

    You have a folder with, say, 70 items in it. You open it up in list form, and size it to show as many items as possible, but you STILL have to scroll to see the hidden items. You can never see the whole list all at once. And yet there is all this unused screen space to the right.

    There ought to be multiple column list views that wrap according to how you have the window sized. Hello?

    And how about when you have a window sized perfectly for, say, a list of 7 items, and then you add another item. Suddenly you’ve got scroll bars. Why does the user have to resize the window? The OS should do that automatically.

    How about the ability to order the items in a list view not according to a preset criterium, but simply in the order I place them. You can do that in Safari bookmarks, but not in Finder windows.

    Why do I have to click to get the menu items at the top of the screen to pop down? I know there are plugins for some of this stuff, but it really ought to be native to the OS itself.

    The list goes on. Instead, their approach has been Finder gimmickry add-ons rather than fundamental improvement to what’s already been there for a very long time. Many things in the basic Finder operations have not really been fixed or improved since 1984.

    1. Who gives a care about stinkin’ filing systems? People like you would rather have the entire internet arranges by file folders if you had your way. I use spotlight for all my file finding needs and have never looked back. Why spend all your time organizing files into folders when you can simply just get them when you want without trying to remember where you put them? Computers are excellent at remembering but not so good at creating documents without human intervention. People should use computers for their great memory capability and stick to what we do best.

      1. Hey Luddite — Spotlight doesn’t work well either. Just because you don’t take the time to manage your files in a systematic way doesn’t mean that others don’t benefit from good organization. How obtuse can one be?

      2. I apologize so very deeply for having the unmitigated gall and temerity to approach the organization of my work differently than you do. I wonder, do you have the slightest idea what my work actually is, that you would presume to lecture me on the best way to go about it?

        As for your assertion that “people like me would rather have the entire internet arranged by file folders if I had my way,” I would invite you to support that straw man. If you cannot do that, then I think you have some explaining to do.

        Anyone with even so little as a 3rd grade level of reading comprehension would be able to see that I was, in fact, NOT talking about the internet, but rather about the freakin’ Finder.

        It is indeed a sight to behold experts like yourself who don’t understand simple distinctions and differences. Put THAT in your spotlight, hotshot!

  7. Windows doesn’t double buffer their window drawing like Mac OS X and Linux. So yeah, 60 fps is easy. Now start resizing windows and see controls go wonky as they redraw. Part of the reason why MS Office and Internet Exploder controls don’t ‘flicker’ is because they’re not using native Win32 controls – they’re drawn.

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