What is an Operating System:
An operating system is software that enables the computer hardware to connect and operate with the software. Without an operating system, computer and software programs would be useless.
A Mac computer runs on a Unix operating system, called the MacOS X that is designed and sold by Apple. It powers all Mac computers, like Windows on PCs. Unlike Windows, which is also available on Mac computers, MacOS is only compatible with Apple computers. It is one of the most popular products designed by Apple.
macOS receives regular security updates and one major Mac system upgrade the fall of each year. It was previously known as Mac OS X, and the first version debuted in 2001. The current version is macOS 10.14 Mojave, released in October 2018. MacOS 10.15 Catalina will be Apple’s next operating system, which will be launched in the fall of 2019.
Windows was first introduced to the world in 1985; it became immensely popular among personal computer users. The development of Windows had begun on two parallel routes. The development on one path was intended for personal use while the other was for professional use. The versions aimed at individual use featured more significant multimedia support and lacked networking capabilities.
The professional versions of Windows offered better networking and security features but lacked multimedia support. The current version running is MS Windows 10.
The Windows operating system is based on DOS, while Mac is based on Unix. Windows is the most used OS in the world, while MacOS can only be used on Apple-based devices. Windows is more vulnerable to being hacked as the majority of the population uses it. macOS is more secure as Apple Inc. takes its security very seriously.
Windows has less number of features as compared to macOS. Windows OS is less responsive to a more significant load of computing data. On the contrary, Macintosh claims that the entire framework is built on better and secure user experience. Windows focuses on office functions, MacOS concentrated on graphics and multimedia functions.