I am a MacBook Pro user, but both macOS and Windows are running on my laptop.
Keep it to yourself because it’s going to upset people on both camps and I don’t want to spend the day sending angry tweets, but I don’t think there is a big difference between Windows and macOS. Both are strong, reliable, and mature operating systems that have different strengths and weaknesses. They have also “borrowed” a lot of features from each other over the years.
Recently, I ran the official Windows 11 beta in a virtual machine on my MacBook Pro and there are several new features in Microsoft’s upcoming operating system that I would like to see in macOS.
Note: I’m not saying Windows 11 is better than macOS, or vice versa. There is little value to be drawn from such comparisons and it’s too early to make a final judgment on Windows 11 anyway. However, here are four areas where I think Windows 11 currently has the edge over macOS.
1. Window management
If macOS has one big weakness, it’s window management – juggling the different windows you may have open or minimized on your computer at all times.
Windows 11 takes a step ahead of the Mac here with two new features – Snap Layouts and Snap Groups. When you hover your cursor over the maximize window icon in Windows 11, a variety of screen layouts are now displayed, allowing you to “snap” the window to the left side of the screen, for example. , or in a small neighborhood. This makes it much easier to organize windows when you’re trying to work in two or more windows at the same time – when copying information from a web browser to Word, for example. (PS. Journalists never do this.)
Snap Groups is the perfect complement to that, letting you switch to a full screen app and then go back to that group of windows you just carefully organized, all left in the same positions you left them. So, in the above scenario, if you wanted to check the emails and then go back to the browser / Word combo, you can do that easily by selecting the Snap group in the taskbar.
By the way, if you’re looking for something similar to Snap Layouts in macOS, I recommend Magnet, which you can find in the Mac App Store. Speaking of what …
2. Free the App Store
The Windows Store (now called the Microsoft Store) has received a lot of fully justified criticism over the years. Its selection of apps is small, the prices are often more expensive than those purchased directly from the publisher, and the research is dismal.
However, the Mac App Store isn’t much better. The only way to improve the Windows Store reviews above is if the search engine actually works.
Microsoft is making a big change with Windows 11, which could – and I insist could – make a huge difference. Microsoft has decided to forgo its cut if publishers use their own payment mechanism. This means that there is now no good reason for apps to be cheaper when you buy direct from the publisher, because Microsoft is not taking a percentage of the profit.
Already, several famous apps that were not previously listed in the Microsoft Store have now appeared. If that makes the Microsoft Store a one-stop-shop for installing apps, saving you the trouble of finding apps in various online stores, with all the malware traps along the way, it could be a big win. for Windows.
It’s also going to put pressure on Apple to do the same, though Apple isn’t easily ashamed when it comes to downsizing apps. See the Epic Games vs Apple case for proof.
3. Multi-screen manipulation
Hot-desking is likely to become a much bigger thing in the post-pandemic desktop of the future, and a new feature in Windows 11 will make that much easier.
Currently, in Windows 10 and macOS, if you have windows open on multiple displays and pull the cable to the second display, all open windows on your large screen monitor will jump onto the laptop screen, creating a little mess. Worse yet, these windows stay the same size as on the external display, which means they often run off-screen and can be difficult to move or close.
Windows 11 solves this problem by minimizing open windows on an external display that has been disconnected, so you don’t have that clutter of windows if you need to quickly leave the desktop or go to a meeting. Better yet, it remembers the location of those open windows on the external display, so if you come back to your desktop half an hour later, you can pick up where you left off.
4. An application launcher that does not consume the screen
I find the macOS Launchpad to be one of the most incongruous parts of the entire operating system. Want to see a list of installed apps and BOOM, Launchpad fills the entire screen with its massively oversized icons. It might make sense if Macs supported touch screens, but … let’s not go.
Windows 11’s redesigned Start menu looks like a Launchpad Lite. It has a similar, drop-down grid of icons, but it doesn’t dominate the entire screen. It pretty much does the same without going in a jarring fashion to an iPad-like existence. If Apple wants to steal this idea, I wouldn’t be upset in the slightest.