Mac OS X 10.7 Lion vs Windows 7
Operating system is the system software that manages the computer’s resources and accommodates their communication needs. Operating systems are one of the most rivaled products in the IT market. Windows and Mac OS X are two of the fiercest competitors of operating systems. Microsoft develops the Windows operating system. Windows is intended for personal computers (i.e. home/business desktops, laptops, netbooks, tablePCs and media center PCs). Windows 7, which was released in 2009, is its current version. Mac OS X is developed by Apple for their Macintosh machines. Its latest release Mac OS X 10.7 Lion was released in July, 2011.
What is Mac OS X 10.7 Lion?
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (also known as OS X Lion) is the current major release of the operating system developed by Apple for their Macintosh desktop and server computers. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is the 8th major release of Mac OS X, which was released on July 20, 2011. It is estimated that Apple sold more than one million sales on the first day of its release. Mac OS X 10.7 Lion requires x86-64 Intel CPUs, Mac OS X 10.6 or later version, minimum 2GB memory and 7GB free space on the hard drive. Developers claim that Mac OS X 10.7 Lion comes with more than 250 new features including improved accessibility features (such as built-in voices in 22 languages), improved user interface (such as the Address Book with the new look), Airdrop (to send files wirelessly), Automator (for automating workflow etc.), improved Auto Save feature, support for full screen apps, better recovery tools, Mission Control (bird’s eye view of everything happening on your computer), support for rubber-band scrolling, image/page zoom and full screen swiping. A digital copy of Mac OS X 10.7 Lion can be downloaded directly and conveniently from Mac App Store.
What is Windows 7?
Windows 7 is the current version of Microsoft Windows Operating system. It was released in late 2009, just only two and a half years after the release of its previous version, Windows Vista. The server version of the operating system called Windows 2008 Server R2 was released around the same time. Windows 7’s current release is 6.1, which was released in February, 2011. Although Windows Vista introduced lots of new features, Windows 7 was intended as a more focused and stable incremental update. It was compatible with applications and hardware already compatible with Windows Vista. Windows 7 introduced several changes compared to its previous versions. Standard applications like Windows Calendar, Windows Mail, Windows Movie Maker and Windows Photo gallery have been rebranded as Windows Live products and are now offered with Windows Live Essentials applications. Superbar (an improved Windows shell), HomeGroup (a new networking system for home networking) and multi-touch support were introduced with Windows 7.
What is the difference between Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Windows 7?
- Mac OS X 10.7 Lion and Windows 7 have many key differences between them.
- Although, Windows 7 supports IA-32 and x86 architectures, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion only supports X86-64.
- Windows 7 requires a lot more free hard drive space compared to Mac OS X 10.7 Lion (16GB vs. 7GB respectively).
- Another major difference between these two operating systems is that (similar to previous Windows versions) Windows 7 comes in multiple editions (Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Professional, etc.), while Mac OS X 10.7 Lion is sold as a single edition.
- Previously, Mac OS X server edition was sold separately (similar to Windows), but starting with Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, there is no separate server variant (i.e. server apps are sold as add-ons through Mac App Store).
- Developers of Mac claim that it has better security compared to Windows 7, thanks to ASLR (Address Space Layout Randomization), sandboxing for applications and revamped FileValut encryption.
- Launching Applications is easier in Mac OS X 10.7 Lion thanks to its new LaunchPad.