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MAC Versus PC, which do you support?

MACVersusPCThere has been always a war between Mac and Windows PC devotees and the MAC Versus PC debate will never end. PC which stands for Personal Computers generally refers to those computers which run on the Windows Operating system whereas on the other hand, Macintosh which is commonly known as Mac is a brand name that covers several lines of computers designed, developed and marketed by Apple Company. In this blog, we are comparing between Mac and Windows PC to help you get a clear vision to both of these brands.

 

Hardware and cost

MAC: The cost of Apple’s hardware is much higher compared to windows, there is justification for this expensive price. The top-tier support, higher quality hardware and its attractively designed features justify the heftier price. But MACs have certain hardware limitations such as no HDMI ports in laptops, no removable batteries and no Blu-ray drives. The starting price for Mac laptops are £850 and for desktop is £500.
PC: With Windows PC, you are provided with plenty of options in specifications, design and prices. You can find vast array of ports and accessories in the market. There are multiple options on your Windows hardware ranging from topnotch to poor. The starting price for Windows laptops are £250 and for desktop is £200.
If you are in need of desktop or laptop to perform basic functions such as web surfing (browsing) or word processing, then it would be more cost effective to go for Windows rather than a Mac.

Software/Apps

MAC: When compared to PCs, MAC hasn’t captured larger share of computer market because it lacks software written for its operating system. Though it provides a better product, the shortage of specialized business software remains to be the main points of concern. The apps availability is not very flexible and huge as compared to PCs. Though for this point MAC users might make quality over quantity argument, but it’s a matter of personal opinion.
PC: There is no doubt that there are plenty (tons) of apps and software available for Windows PC. Diehard gamers are more gravitated towards PCs due to the wide selection of recreational software offered by Windows OS. Beside that it offers more options whenever it comes to bigger apps like music players, IM clients and many more.

 

Flexibility

MAC: MAC compared to PCs are not that flexible. You cannot upgrade whatever you like from a hardware point of view in MAC. From software point of view, you’ll find MAC drops compatibility with old applications far faster.
PC: Most Windows PC lets you upgrade to whatever you like because windows users have the benefit of everything being made specifically for them. It’s more flexible in regards that you can run everything from the latest games to the ancient DOS Payroll software. Pre-built PC with Windows can be bought from different vendors and you can even build your own from scratch as there are numbers of different parts available in the market.

 

Viruses and Maintenance

MAC: It’s not true that MACs are free of viruses; however, far fewer viruses exist for it. Most MAC users are safe even without the use of any antivirus.

PC: Windows suffer various viruses. An antivirus is must and you should always stay on top of driver updates and security patches. Windows PCs are easily cut down with bloatware, clutter and memory munchers.
Hope this MAC Versus PC article added some value on your decision making point between MAC and PC. They have their own Pros and cons. Depending upon your need and specification, make a smart decision and enjoy the OS of your choice.

 

 

 


Windows 8 review

Many of us have come across this update to Windows. After the upgrade to Windows 7 from XP, it is another achievement of Windows –Windows 8. Windows 8 in fact represents the biggest change to Microsoft’s operating system since the launch of Windows 95.

Most of us are familiar with the previous operating system of Microsoft, Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Though the improvement on this series of operating system is seen, they’re fundamentally the same as Windows 95. It does not take much effort to switch between these platforms as the options have moved around a little.

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Below are some big changes you may want to look at which Windows 8 has encountered.

  • The Windows 8 interface acts as the Start menu now instead of appearing as columns of small icons that used to pop up when Start button is clicked
  • All applications show up as tiles on the Windows 8 Start screen.
  • You can also search for an application by typing its name when you’re in the Start screen; the results list auto sorts as you type more characters.
  • A new programming interface, DirectText, which offloads text rendering to the Graphic Processing Unit (GPU). Text-rendering performance in desktop programs and in Windows 8 apps is double than that of Windows 7—often better than double.
  • A new file system called ReFS (Resilient File System) is integrated which adds features to improve data integrity. ReFS continually scans the file system, including rarely used older files, to ensure they haven’t become corrupted, repairing bad disk clusters and moving data as necessary.
  • Windows 8 provides multiple levels of system repair.
  • SkyDrive cloud-storage is the Windows 8 app which is the default storage for many applications, but you can change that on a per-application basis.

With these major changes and many others, Windows 8 offers performance improvements that include a new file system, easier recovery from system problems, better cloud integration and other enhancements. Windows 8’s Start screen seems much more polarizing.

Regardless of everything, Windows 8 is leading in a new era of cloud-connected Microsoft services with quality features as unified user interface, and more-robust social media interaction. In comparison, young users will find Windows 8 more attractive than old users. We can take it as a risk that Microsoft needed to try to remain relevant in today’s mobile connected – mobile world.

According to the Review of Windows 8 posted in PC World, Windows 8 isn’t for everyone. The user will be comfortable Windows 7 if he/she is mostly a desktop PC user and upgrading to Windows 8 will not probably be worthwhile. But, if you’re a mobile user who is in need of easy access to complete Microsoft ecosystem including SkyDrive, Windows 8 is definitely a good fit. However, if your needs lie somewhere between these two extremes, try giving Windows 8 a close look; you might find an interest in the new OS. And of course the cost is low, but you’ll need to learn your way around the new Start screen and make sure that your existing software runs well in the new OS.

For more information or help on how you can upgrade to Windows 8 you can contact us at 020 8293 0100 or simply email us at support@wavehill.co.uk.


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