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Windows 10 vs macOS High Sierra Comparison: Similarities and Differences

macOS 10.13 High Sierra vs Windows 11/10: Interface, Multitasking, Assistant, Security, etc.

Apple is going to unveil new operating system software for its Mac computers this autumn, called macOS High Sierra. Every time a new OS comes out, there will be a flame war between the OS from Apple and that from Microsoft. So, it's time to compare Apple macOS High Sierra with Microsoft Windows 10. Which one is better? As a matter of fact, we can't say which one is the winner arbitrarily, because each has its own advantages. Now let's begin macOS High Sierra vs Windows 10 comparison.

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MacOS High Sierra vs Windows 10 Comparison Review

▶ macOS High Sierra vs Windows 11/10: Interface & Design

The interface and design of macOS High Sierra will be much identical to its predecessors. The biggest change is expected to be the desktop background. Besides, some design tweaks will happen to specific applications.

On the contrary, Windows 10 is much different with previous editions. It comes with a fresh, dynamic redesign, a built-in tablet mode, familiar and improved Start Menu, Start Screen, and so on.

▶ macOS High Sierra vs Windows 11/10: Supported Video Codecs

macOS High Sierra supports video codecs that its predecessors are compatible with, including MPEG-2, MPEG-4, H.264, Motion JPEG, and more. Plus, Apple has announced that macOS 10.13 will add the support for the new industry standard - HEVC, just like Microsoft did for Windows 10 in 2015. This codec can compress video up to 40% more than H.264 while keeping the same visual quality.

▶ macOS High Sierra vs Windows 11/10: Intelligent Personal Assistant

Both operating systems have intelligent personal assistant tools, macOS 10.13 High Sierra sporting Siri and Windows 10 armed with Cortana. In macOS High Sierra, Siri will become more intelligent. It will sound more like a person with a more natural voice and more changes in expression, intonation, and emphasis. It will act as your personal DJ, recommending music based on your preferences, making a weekend playlist, and so on. Although Cortana is also a powerful assistant that can do many things that Siri is proud of, it doesn't offer integration as deep as Siri which features better software optimization does.

▶ macOS High Sierra vs Windows 11/10: Multitasking

Multitasking is feasible on both macOS High Sierra and Windows 10. However, there's a difference. The former one allows users to deal with up to two apps in its split screen view at once, which has been available since Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, while the latter supports up to four windows to make you perform more tasks easily simultaneously.

▶ macOS High Sierra vs Windows 11/10: Security

Windows 10 is believed to be the most secure Windows OS ever, owing to the utilization of Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, Device Guard, Windows Hello, Windows Passport, SmartScreen, Edge browser laden with sandboxing technology, and so on.

Apple will apply Apple File System (APFS) into macOS High Sierra. This file system was initially made into iOS 10.3 update. In addition to bringing an advanced 64-bit architecture and a responsive design to cut down on the time it takes to do common tasks to High Sierra, it will bring built-in encryption, crash-safe protections, and simplified data backup on the go.

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▶ macOS High Sierra vs Windows 11/10: Web Browsing

Windows 10 Edge browser does a good job in separating what you're experiencing online from your personal information, data and Windows itself for security browsing, but it doesn't have a browsing experience as good as Safari provides. Besides, Edge supports extensions since the release of Anniversary Edition, while Safari supports them natively all the time.

▶ macOS High Sierra vs Windows 11/10: Price

Following years' tradition, upgrading to macOS High Sierra will be free forever for all supported devices. However, Windows 10 is free of charge for PCs running a genuine copy of Windows 7/8/8.1 for the first year only, and charges $119 after 29 July 2016.


author - Matthew Palmer

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Matthew Palmer is a seasoned content creator with over 10 years of experience in Windows at large. He has been specialized in almost any technology with Windows OS and written thousands of new articles, covering everything from in-depth features of new laptops, latest GPU/CPU PC hardware, games, to software related. While digging into new techs, he continues enjoying painting and comics.

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