Back thirteen years ago, in 1997, the dominant computer designer was indisputable: Microsoft. With billionaire and near-genius Bill Gates, Microsoft thrived as a company, completely destroying the rest of the computer market. They were by far the most popular computer out there. By that time the internet was just starting to catch on, and almost everyone had a computer in their office. Microsoft saw only success ahead, and even a antitrust lawsuit was just a minor in Microsoft’s journey.
Little did they know that on November 10th, 1997, their company and success would be changed forever. That was the day Apple released the Apple store, and on August 15th, 1998, released their new, greatly improved computer: The iMac. In 2001, the vastly popular iPod was released. Microsoft’s stock had already greatly from it’s 1999 high.
Fast forward to present day, 2010, and the debate between the Microsoft and Apple computer’s is raging. For consumer’s, it’s difficult to decide whether your next computer should be a Microsoft or a Mac. Luckily, I’ve had great experience with both, and I’d like to share with you some differences between the two. In my opinion, there is no clear winner, but certainly there are advantages and disadvantages to each of them.
The Microsoft computer is one that has deep flaws. It commonly has to reboot because many programs are open, it often freezes, it breaks down extremely frequently (Usually, after about a year, they’re pretty much gone). But above all of this, there’s one discreet advantage Microsoft computers have over Apple’s: They can do much more. Mac’s simply don’t have the memory capabilities that Window’s do. Using Microsoft, I’ve found they have a lot more feature’s and do a lot more things that Apple computer can’t.
Apple computer’s are designed with pretty much the exact opposite approach to how Window’s are. Instead of trying to do too much, they simply refuse to do too much. When using Mac’s, I’ve found it incredibly convenient that they just don’t break down. However, I’ve always massively felt the restriction from them, because I just can’t do a lot of the things that I want, because if they did try to do all of those, the computer would break down.
What Does it All Mean?
Here’s what it comes down to:
- Can do almost anything
- Breaks down too much
- Very limited in what you can do
- Virtually never breaks down
What would I recommend? Personally, I use both, but for my predominant computer, I use Microsoft, because what I do on the computer cannot be done on a Mac. For basic, simple, easy users who don’t really use their computer for much besides writing document’s, surfing the web, reading e-mail, and a few other non-complex things, Apple all the way. But if you use application’s that take up a lot of memory (like bridge builder’s, or chess engines, for example), then you’ll go with Microsoft’s product. Maybe you could have a Mac laptop for doing more mundane tasks because for those, there is just no comparison.
So, I hope this helped, and I hope you make the right decision.