Apple Vs. Microsoft Operating Systems Comparison Essay by Nicky

A comparison of the Apple Macintosh and Microsoft Windows operating systems.
# 145814 | 1,462 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US


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Description:

The paper explores the fundamental differences between the Macintosh and Windows operating systems, and their implications for specific uses by business and personal computer users. The paper analyzes how each operating system seeks to optimize performance for the microprocessors they are developed for, and assesses their graphical interfaces. The paper also offers a price/performance assessment. The paper clearly illustrates why each operating system is best suited for a specific set of tasks.

Outline:
Introduction
Evaluating Operating Systems' Performance
Assessing Each Operating Systems' Ergonomics and Usability
Comparing Operating System Pricing
Recommendation

From the Paper:

"The basis of any operating systems' performance and unique strengths are defined by their approaches to making full use of the microprocessors they are developed for. The implications on operating systems performance for both the business and personal computer user of the decisions Apple and Microsoft have made regarding the use of microprocessors are critical. First, there is the issue of backward compatibility of applications based on the byte ordering of the processors themselves (Mossberg, 2007). This is an area that many analysts called a weakness for Apple since the introduction of their closed-architecture Apple Macintoshes during the 1980s and throughout the 90s. Apple has since gone to a more open architectural strategy and this is reflected in their defining an operating system platform that can take into account Motorola, Intel and Intel hybrid microprocessors."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Columbus, L (2002). The Microsoft Windows XP Professional Handbook . Owings Mills Maryland: Charles River Media. Pp 17 - 21.
  • Columbus, L (2000). The Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Handbook . Owings Mills Maryland: Charles River Media . Pp 33 - 40
  • Dan Frakes (2006, November). Mac Pro versus Dell PC. Macworld, 23(11), 18-19. Retrieved December 31, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1140157801). Source: http://www.macworld.com/article/52381/2006/08/macproprice.html
  • Darius Hedgebeth (2007). Gaining competitive advantage in a knowledge-based economy through the utilization of open source software. VINE, 37(3), 284. Retrieved December 31, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 1332903581).
  • Douglas B Holt (2003). What becomes an icon most? Harvard BusinessReview, 81(3), 43-49. Retrieved December 30, 2008, from ABI/INFORM Global database. (Document ID: 293576641).

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