What Windows 8 can Learn from Mountain Lion OS X


Windows 8 is the latest operating system for users of PCs from Microsoft. According to operating system’s press releases, it is designed to be a complete re-imagining of the entire user experience. It will include a new interface designed to accommodate touch screen capability, and it will also support the ARM processor and x86 microprocessors.

On the other hand, OS X Mountain Lion, Apple’s operating system for the Mac, will included features side graded from the iOS that runs on iPhones and iPads. These features include Reminders and Notes, which will allow users to easily send messages to other Macs running Mountain Lion or later, as well to iPhones, iPads and iTouches running iOS 5 or later.

The Apple update is just that, a refinement of a fully functional operating system. The goal during its design was primarily to improve the existing operating system, making it more user-friendly and compatible with Apple personal devices. iMessage, iChat and Messages will cease to exist, while MobileMe will be replaced completely by iCloud. These and other adjustments were designed to make the software stronger.

Windows 8, on the other hand, is a complete operating system overhaul. The last version, 7, was essentially an attempt to redefine and focus on improving the operating system; Windows 8, however, is intended to replace all previous versions. Yet, Mountain Lion and Windows 8 are compared, there still appear to be paths that Windows has yet to explore to really bring their operating system up to cutting edge standards. However, these missing features appear to be standard operating procedure for Mountain Lion.

AirPlay Mirroring

PC to TV is the next big thing in personal computing. Yet, while Microsoft is planning to release SmartGlass which is supposed to allow the Xbox 360 to receive content, it has supplied very little info to users and appears to be putting little effort into the program’s development. Meanwhile, Apple’s Mountain Lion features AirPlay mirroring to Apple TV boxes, a far more robust and fully fleshed-out program.

Voice Dictation

Mountain Lion allows easy access to voice dictation. Virtually all of the operating system’s applications allow you to simply hit the function key twice and begin speaking. Windows 8 does include a version of this feature, but it is buried deep in the menus and is relatively difficult to access and use.

Text Messaging

Mountain Lion uses the iMessages app to easily send or receive text messages. Windows expects its users to continue using tiny dialog boxes on full sized screens, instead of offering more in-depth syncing between PC and Windows phones.

Reminders and Syncing Notes

It is assumed that the Windows Store will offer third party apps to support notes and reminders at some point, allowing users to sync data across personal devices. Mountain Lion, however, includes this support built-in, which allows users to automatically update any Apple device. Microsoft has created OneNote, a well-received note-taking app, but it is odd that they have chosen not to include something similar in Windows 8.


: Both OS X Mountain Lion and Windows 8 include unique capabilities. However, OS X comes with several features that it would be nice to see in Windows 8. It will be interesting to see how the competing systems change and develop over time.

Author Bio: Guest post contributed by Nick Myers on behalf of mackeeper.zeobit.com. Nick is software engineer and a freelance technology writer. He writes for various online publications where he likes to keep his readers up to date on the latest technological advancements.

Nitin Agarwal is a Spritual Soul from India. He is a Windows and Windows Phone Expert and Blogger by birth. He has been awarded as Most Valuable Professional (MVP) for three times by Microsoft in Windows Expert category. People often calls him a Geek, techie, gadget freak and A Crazy Heart because of his passion towards doing things differently. Immensly inspired from Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and APJ Abdul Kalam.

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  1. Windows 8 is the best in the world.But it need lot of improvements.I wish to add Remainder ,sync ,time machine on Windows 8

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