Windows 8 vs OS X Mountain Lion
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The traditional fight between Mac versus Windows has now expanded to include OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8. The developer preview of both these operating systems is out and now Microsoft has even raised the curtains to give consumers a glimpse of Windows 8.
Microsoft’s bold “one Windows” strategy – As we know, Microsoft has been making some major product changes and shifts in strategy as of late. Windows Phone at its conception was already a major change from its predecessor, Windows Mobile. And this year, Microsoft are expected to release the major Windows Phone 8 ‘Apollo’ update, which will be based on the NT kernel, just like its desktop counterpart (i.e “one Windows”). Not only this, but Windows Phone 8 apps will be built using the same technologies as they are on Windows 8, making cross-platform ports far easier (though current apps are rumored to work just fine). To wrap up this tidbit about Windows Phone, as we recently covered, a slew of additional new features are also expected with the Apollo update, such as multi-core support, additional screen resolutions and form factors, NFC support, and a bunch of additional software-side improvements.
Apple’s gradual introduction of iOS-inspired functionality to OS X – When the iPhone was released in 2007, Apple had already taken a bold move which reshaped the entire mobile phone industry. With that in mind, what they’re doing this year with Mountain Lion is far less bold than what Microsoft is doing with Windows 8. Rather, it is a far more calculated move; Apple are carefully introducing more and more features (and apps) that we’ve come to know and love in iOS – which is a very successful mobile operating system – to Mountain Lion. They’re not necessarily gunning for a “one OS fits all” approach like Microsoft; rather, there’s a careful cross-pollination in place, in which they’re bringing the two OSes closer together, with a respectable distance maintained in the process.
As the year comes to an end, it will definitely be interesting to see how consumers take to these new products when they hit the shelves.