While you could call the new Windows a course correction--with the re-introduction of a Start button and the ability to boot straight to the desktop--Microsoft is still very much on the path of converging laptops and tablets. Meanwhile, Apple largely stays the course with OS X Mavericks, embracing existing Mac owners and would-be switchers with time-saving features like Finder Tabs. At the same time, Mavericks continues to borrow features from iOS, including the new Maps and iBooks app.
Those in the market for a new laptop have two very distinct choices in Windows 8. So we decided to pit the two platforms against one another in 10 rounds of battle to crown a champ. This face-off is based on the developer previews for both Windows 8. We will update this article in the fall of once both operating systems have shipped to consumers. Interface Windows 8. But now there are more tile size options at your disposal.
You can also set the same background for both the Modern interface and desktop UI to provide a more seamless feel. Still, the Modern UI and desktop remain very distinct computing environments. Why are there still two IE browsers again? Fortunately, you can boot directly to the desktop if you wish. A more robust Modern settings menu helps, but tweaking some options requires digging into the Control Panel. Microsoft wisely revived the Start button in Windows 8. However, this button merely returns you to the Start screen and its Live Tiles.
It's actually kind of tease. And while Windows 8. Yes, Windows 8 has improved, but it still feels like work at times. How to Download and Install Windows 8. It's not fancy, but it works. Apple has modernized the look and feel of some of its apps, including Calendar and Notes.
Those old-school ripped page visual metaphors have a taken a back seat for a cleaner aesthetic. OS X Mavericks. Last time we gave this round to Mountain Lion because it offers a more consistent and unified UI.
While we appreciate the improvements in Windows 8. Multitasking Microsoft extends its lead over OS X with 8. You can't even snap two windows side by side on OS X Mavericks. Just as important, you can now snap two Modern apps side by side and have them both take up half of the screen. Multitasking on OS X Mavericks hasn't improved much, which is a shame.
Mission Control provides only a dashboard as to what's open. You can't close any apps from this view. Why not let users swipe up on an app to close it, as you can on the upcoming iOS 7? For the most part, OS X is best for unitasking because of its ability to run many apps at full screen.
However, we like the improved multiple display support, which lets you see the dock and menu bar across screens.
Windows 8. An improved Snap function makes Microsoft's OS the better bet for multitaskers. Notifications Windows 8. Our issue with Live Tiles is that you don't land on a specific message or news story that you see flashing in the tile, just the start page for the related app.
On the plus side, a new Quiet Hours feature gives users more control over alerts, letting them schedule when notifications should be inactive. You can reply to a message or email directly from within the alert, which helps save time and keeps you more focused on the task at hand.
You can also accept FaceTime invites on the fly. Mavericks will also support notifications from some of your favorites websites, such as CNN. While Live Tiles are more engaging, keeping track of notifications in Windows 8.
Search Microsoft has stepped up its search game in Windows 8. A new Search Heroes feature delivers sleek results pages with interactive multimedia content. For example, searching a city returns a map, the current weather conditions and attractions. Search Heroes also applies to music artists, offering sample tracks and videos via Xbox Music.
When we searched for our name, Windows 8. You can apply multiple tags to the same file, such as Family Budget or Big Project. Or just use the search field to find files based on tags or their color. Similar to a web browsing experience, you can open multiple tabs within the Finder to reduce window clutter.
You can also easily drag and drop files from one tab to another. Plus, you can preview your results by hovering over them. You can even drag and drop items out of the results view into an app, such as a photo into an outgoing email. That changes in Windows 8. The beauty of SkyDrive in Windows 8.
Only when you open a file does SkyDrive retrieve it from the cloud. However, you can right-click files to make them available offline. Microsoft also updated the Modern-style SkyDrive app to let you access files that are both stored locally and in the cloud.
Moving files could be easier, though. Another welcome new feature is iCloud Keychain, which stores everything from usernames and passwords to credit card info and Wi-Fi credentials stored in the cloud. Everything gets encrypted and pushed to your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. By the same token, the new Books apps in Mavericks syncs your progress and notes in books. Things will get more interesting once Apple launches iWork in the Cloud in limited beta now.
The omnipresent Charms menu lets you share everything from web articles to photos with a swipe in from the right, but the social networks are an extra tap away via the People option. And even then only Facebook and Twitter were an option in the drop-down menu, not LinkedIn. Worse, you can only share via the People app if you use the Modern version of IE 11, not the desktop browser. LinkedIn updates can also show up as notifications.
OS X continues to support Facebook and Twitter integration as well. If you want to post directly to Facebook or Twitter, you can do so at any time right from the Notification Center.
With Windows 8. Neither Windows 8. Although Windows 8. Built-in Apps Windows 8. We continue to like appreciate the Bing News, Travel, Finance and Sports apps, with their sleek panoramic designs and customizable interfaces. You can also pin favorite items to your Start screen, as we did with the New York Yankees. Creative types will dig the new Fresh Paint app for Windows 8, which includes oil paints, graphic pencils and watercolors and lets you paint via touch, stylus or dedicated drawing tablet.
The hands-free mode lets you wave your hand through recipe steps a smart idea but on our Yoga 11s the gestures were inconsistent. You can literally point to where it hurts. Top 25 Windows 8 Apps Although it was not available on our preview build, a new Mail app borrows liberally in a good way from Outlook. A power pane on the left side lets you filter mail by important contacts, while separate newsletter and social update views minimize clutter.
We also like the ability to view image attachments in split-screen mode with the Photo app. Speaking of the Photos app, you can now auto-fix and fine tune photos with a few taps. In addition to a cleaner design, the Calendar app now offers an Event Inspector feature that will autocomplete meeting locations as you type; the app will show the cross-street on a mini map and even the weather forecast for that appointment time.
The Windows 8. We also like that points of interest include Yelp ratings and photos. However, while Apple's Maps app looks better and is easier to use, only the Bing Maps app includes transit directions. Although we prefer Apple's Calendar app to Microsoft's, Windows 8.
App Stores From Microsoft: Microsoft recently passed the , app milestone for the Windows Store, and the company claims that the majority of top iPad and Android apps will be available for Windows 8. Those will include Facebook and Flipboard. The Windows Store in Windows 8. Microsoft also cut down on the need to scroll by letting you see all categories by right-clicking or swiping in from the top of the screen.
However, the Windows Store continues to stock only Modern-style apps and not desktop apps, which results in a fragmented downloading and shopping experience.
But this face-off is between Windows 8. The Mac App Store stocks thousands of choices, ranging from photo editing apps and social networking tools to games. Apple's store also presents more information on the screen at once, making it easier to find what you're looking for. We appreciate the easy access to Top Charts and Categories at the top of the screen.
Aug 1, - Download Windows evaluation version from Microsoft if you don't The evaluation only lasts for 90 days so you want to buy a copy instead. Jul 8, - Windows is supported on most Macs made between and , with some exceptions. Windows 7 is supported, for the most part, only on Macs made in and earlier, and you'll need an even older Mac to run Windows Vista or XP. How to install Windows 8 on a Mac with Boot Camp Easy Version . answering so fast:) hum last question: is.
Windows 8 Your files, desktop apps, user accounts, and settings come with you. If you create installation media to install Windows 8. To keep files, programs, or settings you must install Windows 8. Make sure you're using the latest version of Parallels Desktop. See KB to learn about backup options.
How to backup virtual machines https: If your virtual machine is running in Coherence mode, simply right-click the Windows Start menu icon and choose Exit Coherence, or click on the Parallels icon in the menu bar at the top of the screen and choose Exit Coherence. My virtual machine is ready to be upgraded. What should I do next?
Run the downloaded file and follow the onscreen instructions. On the first screen, choose whether you want to keep your Windows settings, personal files, and apps. All options might not be available; see the compatibility table at the beginning of this article. It is also sent to your email. Click Next to proceed to the download. Install Now, Install by creating media, and Install later from your desktop. If you want to save your applications, be sure to choose Install now.
Choosing Install by creating media will not give you an opportunity to keep files, programs and applications. On the next screen, accept the Microsoft Software License Agreement: Click Install. You're almost there. You may switch it to the Windows view mode by right-clicking the Windows Start menu icon and choosing Exit Coherence or by clicking the Parallels icon in the menu bar at the top of the screen and choosing Exit Coherence.