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OS X El Capitan vs. Windows 10 – A Tough Battle Between The Best Operating Systems For Desktops

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Microsoft and Apple are continuously improving their operating systems, adding new features and functions. Windows 10 will be the last OS, because Microsoft intends to release only updates for it, Apple will come with new versions every year. El Capitan will be rolled out to all the Mac users, but before taking the decision to upgrade, they should find out more information about this version and if it has more advantages over Windows 10.

Interface

Windows 10 has a fresh new Start Menu which is a combination between Windows 8 and 7. On the left, you’ll find the shortcuts to the File Explorer, Documents and Settings, while on the right were placed the most frequently used programs and the dynamic Live Tiles for the following applications: Mail, Calendar and Photos. The Live Tile side of the Start menu can be resized by dragging the slider to the right, plus you have the possibility to pin apps to the Start menu.

El Capitan comes with the same dock – modern and flat and very easy to use. In the Mission Control you can see all the open applications, but you can’t close them from the MC view. Windows 10 has a Task View from where every application can be closed by clicking on the X from the top right of the thumbnail.

Multitasking

El Capitan comes with new Split View feature which allows you to view two applications side by side, at the same time. This feature can be enabled by pressing and holding the green full-screen button located in the upper-left corner of the window. The users can also drag windows to the top of the display and this way, they can enter Mission Control and have access to the Spaces Bar, from where they can drop an application onto another full-screen thumbnail. It’s kind of complicated, because there are too many steps to take.

In Windows 10, things are simpler, and the users can add up to four applications on the screen. The Snap Assist view allows them to pick the important applications they want to snap and to snap the first window they will drag the windows to the left or right side of their screen.

Additional Features

Microsoft added Cortana, the voice-enabled personal assistant which answers questions and provides cards with information about the weather, sports scores, news etc. Apple’s Siri isn’t available for the desktop, so this is a big plus for Windows 10. Continuum is another feature which allows the users to switch to tablet mode when they are detaching the display or if they flip it around.

El Capitan has only the Handoff feature which allows the users to continue from where they left off on their iPads.

Web Browsing

Windows 10 introduced a new web browser – Edge, which has Cortana integration and clever new tools such as a digital pen and highlighter which can be used for marking up pages. The users have the possibility to insert notes directly on the page, or to save the marked-up page, share it or add it to the OneNote app. Edge has a smarter address bar and the users can check the weather or convert units etc.

El Capitan’s Safari browser has some extensions such as Save to Pocket, Pinterest, 1Password etc, which won’t be available for Windows 10 too soon. In El Capitan, the users can pin sites and mute noisy tabs from the address bar.