Difference Between Mac and Windows

Mac and Windows are very popular among every age group whether it is the age group of 18-30 or the age group between 30-55.

Counting from all the technical experts to kids of this new generation, almost every individual is obsessed rather with the Mac or Windows.

If we talk about Windows, we all know the latest version of Windows is Windows 12 whereas the latest version of Mac is macOS 11.O Big Sur.

Mac vs Windows

The main difference between Mac and Windows is its interface. Mac has a simple and subtle interface whereas Windows is a feature-rich but complicated interface. You can run Windows on Mac OS but you can’t run macOS on Windows yet.

Mac vs Windows

Comparison Table Between Mac and Windows

Parameters of ComparisonMacWindows
DevelopersMac or Macintosh is developed and designed by Apple Incorporation.Windows is developed and designed by Microsoft Incorporation.
Launching YearMacintosh was launched in the year 2001.Windows was launched in the year 1985
Compatible DevicesMac is designed to be specifically used only for Apple products.Windows is designed to be used for every PC in general.
Latest VersionThe latest version of Macintosh is 11.0 Big Sur.Windows 10 is known as the latest version of Windows.
Type of KernelMacintosh has a Hybrid type of Kernel.Windows also has the Hybrid type of Kernel.
Package InstallerThe package installer for Macintosh is MacOS.The package installer for Windows is MSI (Medium Scale Integration )or any other custom package installer.
Software UpdateThe software update package for Macintosh is Software Update.The software update package for Windows is Windows update.
Native APIsMacintosh deals with Java, Cocoa, Carbon BSD-POSIX as the Native APIs.Windows deals with Win32 and NT API as the Native APIs.
Supported FilesMacintosh supports APFS, HFS, and HFS+, UFS, AFP, ISSO 9660, UDF,NFS,FAT, SMBFS,NTFS, FTP, WebDAV and ZFS etc.Windows supports NTFS, APFS, ISO 9660, UDF, HFS+, FATX, and HFS.

What is Mac?

Mac is developed by Apple Inc and its OS family is Unix, Macintosh. macOS is written in c, c++, c-objective, and swift assembly language. Mac is available in 39 languages currently.

Mac has a hybrid kernel and Aqua (Graphic) User Interface. Earlier macOS was also known as Mac OS X.

The initial release of Mac was on March 24th of the year 2001 which is approximately 19 years ago. The latest release of Mac was on November 19th of the year 2020 which is macOS 11.0 known as Big Sur.

The latest beta release of Mac was on 17th November of the year 2020 which was a beta version of Big Sur.

The older updates of Mac are:

  1. 10.15 – Catalina
  2. 10.14 – Mojave
  3. 10.13 – High Sierra
  4. 10.12 – Sierra
  5. 10.11 – El Captain
  6. 10.10 – Yosemite
  7. 10.9 – Mavericks
  8. 10.8 – Mountain Lion
  9. 10.7 – Lion
  10. 10.6 – Snow Leopard
  11. 10.5 – Leopard
  12. 10.4 – Tiger
  13. 10.3 – Panther
  14. 10.2 – Jaguar
  15. 10.1 – Puma
  16. 10.0 – Cheetah, etc.
Apple Mac

What is Windows?

Windows is designed, developed, and created by Microsoft, Inc. The initial release of Windows was released on 20th November of the year 1985 which is approximately 35 years ago.

The latest release of Windows (20H2) is Windows 10 which was released on 30th November of the year 2020.

Windows is available in 138 languages which comparatively more than that of Mac availability in languages.

Windows family comprises of Windows IoT and Windows NT and earlier it also included members like Windows 9x, Windows Mobile, and Windows Phone which are not in use currently.

Windows is mostly used for personal computers as well as business criteria and more seen in offices.

Earlier versions of Windows are:

  1. Windows XP
  2. Windows Vista
  3. Windows 7
  4. Windows 8
  5. Windows 8.1
MS Windows

Main Differences Between Mac and Windows

  1. Mac is created by Apple Inc. whereas Windows is created by Microsoft Inc.
  2. Mac has its security system which is an inbuilt feature whereas for Windows we need to buy separately.
  3. Mac is mostly used for graphics and multimedia whereas as Windows is for business purposes approximately.
  4. Macs are costlier than Windows.
  5. Applications are more in Mac than in Windows.
  6. Mac is a long-term investment, where Windows may cost you a penny after some years.
  7. Windows is available in more languages than Mac.
  8. Troubleshooting in Macs is an easy process compare to Windows.
  9. The updates of Windows are less compared to the updates of Macintosh.
  10. Windows stand first in the most used operating system whereas Mac stands second in the most used operating system.
Difference Between Mac and Windows


Macintosh and Windows both completely work differently and yet it is easy to choose one from both. Mac uses macOS as an operating system whereas Windows uses Windows OS as an operating system.

Mac users have one more benefit which is they can buy a mac and uses windows on it whereas windows users cant run mac on its system.

Mac and Windows have their own features and are unique in their way. If we look at business purpose then windows are chosen more compare to mac whereas if we are talking about social status and signature mac is preferred more.

Macs are designed mostly and prominently for graphics, Macs were preferred for people who do photo-editing, animation, etc which is one of the reasons behind Photoshop was first available for Mac rather than Windows.

Whereas, Windows is prominently designed for office suites which is why it is mostly preferred for business purposes.

If we talk about prices, Mac is costlier than Windows even after both of them have the same specifications. But one key feature of Mac is it comes with a built-in security feature that Windows lacks and Windows Users need to buy separately.

Mac tends to have more applications than Windows.

Mac works finer for long-term stability because it always runs the latest updates whereas Windows eventually at a certain point stops updating because of the old model and sometimes costs you buy a new one.


  1. https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-1-4302-3343-5_6
  2. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0098300402000389
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