The choice of which operating system to use usually comes down to personal preference. But, it can (and should) also be based on actual functionalities like compatibility, speed and ease of use. Here’s a comparison of each system in terms of such qualities.
Having been introduced in 1985, Windows has the advantage of years of experience and the majority of market share on its side. For this reason, it provides a wealth of staff to handle technical issues and offer customer support both online and offline. It’s also highly compatible, and is used across many industries.
Virtually every program, application, and even games will operate on a Windows device, or else there will be software available in compatible versions. In addition to this, it’s also very user-friendly and has ease of functionality on its side. However, it can run quite slowly on your machine or device as it requires a significant amount of memory/disk space in order to function, which can slow it down immensely. It’s also quite expensive to purchase a Windows license, but it may be worth it in the long run.
Contrary to popular belief, Apple’s Macintosh IOS is actually older than Windows (but only by one year). The best thing about IOS is that it is almost impermeable to viruses, which means there’s no need to pay for anti-virus software or go to the hassle of finding a free one. However, it is only compatible with Apple computers and devices, so there are some limitations there.
This means in order to use IOS, an Apple computer must be purchased, which can be costly. In addition, not every program or game will run on this operating system, so there’s less flexibility for use. However, ease of use may trump this, and a highly effective customer support team is readily available and even provides free training for users.
Probably the lesser well-known of the operating systems, Linux was created in 1991 and is only just making its claim to fame. The number one driver of positivity for Linux is that it is absolutely free. It offers users flexibility without having to spend a cent, which is highly desirable. However, the downside of Linux is that it’s not actually a full operating system because it is open-source.
Basically, that means it needs something called distributions in order to function, and can therefore become quite confusing. Open-source does have its positives, however, because it means there is freedom to use it for whatever purpose, change it, and even redistribute it. This also means it’s more prone to viruses, but has little history of them. Since it’s fairly new age technology, it’s also less compatible than the other operating systems.
Basically, each system has its pros and cons, so it depends what it will be used for and what device it is being used on.