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The interaction gap between win10 and Mac OS

via:驱动之家     time:2021/4/25 1:38:41     readed:748

Microsoft will officially launch win10 21h2 in the second half of this year. In addition to bringing some functional improvements as usual, UI and interaction will also become a major focus of this adjustment.

As the two operating systems with the highest market share, the related topics of win10 and MacOS have been constantly updated and compared all day.

But objectively speaking, the difference between win10 and MacOS is very huge.

Win10 interaction has been tucking for years, so what make complaints about macOS interact? I believe this article can answer your doubts.

1. UI design style

The issue of UI design style has long been a commonplace. If Microsoft before win7 can barely draw with MacOS, then the following years will basically be the era of Microsoft offline.

I believe you have heard about the confusion of win10 UI. Let's just take the simplest icon. Can you imagine three groups of icons with different appearances appearing in the same picture? Even these three groups of icons have different styles?


The peak of Microsoft's design should be Windows Vista in 2005. The famous ground glass special effects started from that version.

Although MacOS also has the side of aesthetic fatigue, its design is unified and integrated, which lays a good foundation for the follow-up development.

At the same time, Apple's design is generally cool, which often causes many small manufacturers to imitate.For example, the famous fliqlo (imitating MacOS screen saver) and WOx (imitating spotlight search) both imitate a certain function of Apple system, and the market response is generally good.


2. Touch interaction

As early as in the win8 era, Microsoft was acutely aware that the future will be a touch screen era, so win8 is responsible for the enlightenment and win10 is responsible for the promotion.

However, in the past few years, the legendary multi terminal integration has not appeared. Instead, what we see is that Microsoft has broken its arm again and again, leaving only win10 to linger there. The experience of win10 cooperating with the touch screen is still not good.


In contrast to MacOS, its interactive transformation of multi terminal integration is much more thorough.One of the most obvious examples is the huge icons and the full screen app list that looks like a mobile OS.

These designs can not only meet the different needs of keyboard and mouse users and touch screen users at the same time, but also greatly reduce the difference between desktop system and mobile phone system, so that users at both ends can quickly start.


Speaking of which, it's natural to mention Mac's touchpad gestures. Although MacOS does not support touch screen, the touch pad is very easy to use, and even the mouse has become the existence of soy sauce in MacOS.

Although win10 has been enriching its touchpad operation, it is always a supporting role compared with its mouse.


In addition, it seems that MacOS has not given up the research and development of touch screen interaction design. We can see the clue from the iPad OS.

Recently, the new interaction design of the iPad OS is very eye-catching. It takes into account the accuracy of the mouse and the high efficiency of touch control. Many people think that this is the optimal solution for compatible mouse and touch screen. Will MacOS introduce this interaction mechanism? We can expect that.

3. Night mode

It is impossible to know when the night mode will be popular. But the night mode of win10 is still a waste, which is an indisputable fact.

There are many problems in the night mode of win10. As a new feature,Night mode was originally tailored to the shape of modern UI.

However, due to the imperfect ecosystem of win10 and the fact that modern UI is mixed with Win32, the actual value of this function has been greatly reduced.

One of the most obvious examples is that the resource manager after night mode is turned on. Instead of having any eye protection effect, it is more dazzling than before.


In contrast, there is no such problem on the MacOS side. Due to the more perfect ecosystem of MAC, all kinds of applications have already adapted to the UI specification of the system. It not only makes the whole system look uniform, but also makes the system level operation such as night mode more effective.

At the same time, MacOS also adds a lot of humanized small functions, such as the night mode that automatically turns on with sunrise and sunset, the dynamic wallpaper that automatically switches over time, and so on. It not only improves the appearance of the system, but also improves the humanization of the whole system.


4. Multi terminal integration

With the increasing popularity of intelligent devices, the coordination and synchronization of work also began to be raised to a new height. As early as the birth of win10, the concept of multi terminal fusion and information flow synchronization was proposed.

One of the simplest examples is that when you do something on one device, you can switch to another device at any time. Let's hope that the future returns to the vision and the reality is the reality.

Now win10 has been on the market for nearly seven years, countless functions have been cut down, and most of the rest have no chance with multi terminal. Coupled with the huge turbulence (tablet, mobile phone) in the mobile market, win10 has obviously gone away from its original intention. Even recently, it has been revealed that the task view's timeline multi platform synchronization is about to be offline.

All these clearly show that Microsoft has suffered setbacks in the field of multi terminal integration. Although a series of multi terminal functions such as cloud clipboard, nearby sharing, onedrive and DLNA can still be seen in the system, they are no longer comparable with MAC in terms of operation convenience and function integration.


For example, you can edit an email on your computer and then move it to your tablet with one click. Or the photos and web pages in the mobile phone can be sent to the computer or TV for processing.


Mac's multi terminal synchronization function has been perfect


Simultaneous reminder of multiple telephone terminals

5. Disaster recovery

But as you can see, all modules are in one place, and the operating threshold is very high. Moreover, they do not seem to meet the expectations of users, and the lost files are still difficult to recover.


In contrast, the time machine of the Mac OS is much more.

First of all, it is a single point of existence, whether it is system recovery or file retrieval, as long as an interface can be done. Secondly, the operation process is more intuitive than win10. Turn on the time machine, find the time stamp, and then find the file you lost, and click recover. All the processes are completed in one go.

In addition, it also takes into account part of the app backup function. If the upgraded app is not stable enough, as long as you turn on the time machine, you can quickly return to the old version without worrying about the loss of user data.


6. Intelligent search

Win10 deploys the search bar to the taskbar and the upper right corner of each window, which is convenient.

But the error of win10 is that its search is too limited. It only supports three categories of files, programs and system settings. Meanwhile, the search performance of the hips is also the most common point of the daily users. The slow, bulky and unsatisfactory results make complaints about Win10 search the most.


In contrast, MacOS's search is almost God like, not only the way to call out is not limited by the use environment, but also the search results cover almost all aspects of life, such as files, websites, settings, apps, geographic information, weather, navigation, stocks and so on.

It's no exaggeration to say that no matter what you need, spotlight can meet almost all of them, making it the search center of MAC.

In addition, Apple has developed a lot of more interesting new features on the voice search engine (Siri), such as automatically reminding you to pick up a package when you arrive near your home.


7. Ease of use

If we say some of the above, then the ease of use is a bit more metaphysical.

In fact, the evaluation of an operating system is not based on its functional design.


Relatively speaking, apple is more prominent in ease of use design. On the one hand, its design is more perfect, at least people can see that it is a company's product at a glance.

On the other hand, we have been saying that Apple's ecosystem ensures the perfect matching and compatibility between systems and programs, software and hardware.

Just like a designer, his ideas can gallop freely without any constraints, which is the biggest difference between apple and Microsoft.


Mac OS notification Center


Secondly, its window layout is also a headache. Even for a long time, MacOS did not support window maximization. At the same time, as a Windows master, the window layout can be arranged according to the user's needs, but it can only exist half screen in Mac OS.

In addition, it also has a more important problem, that is, the software of windows is really super rich, especially the professional tools such as finance and Internet of things. There are few versions that can run on Mac.


Write at the end

At this point in the article, in fact, it has been very clear. The strength of win10 lies in its multi window processing and countless software resources. In particular, windows and resource managers, which have been tested for decades, are almost as comfortable as Macs.

But from another point of view, these are also the functions of the operating system. To put it bluntly, they are the old capital that Microsoft has saved for N years.

As for the more modern UI design, multi terminal synchronization, intelligent search and other interactive design that users can intuitively experience, it is obviously far behind the competitors.

Here we have no intention to evaluate what happened to Microsoft, but for an old operating system, maybe it's time to think about it carefully.


In addition, detail processing is still one of the highlights of MAC. There are not only comfortable touchpad gestures, but also a lot of cool functions such as automatic night mode and dynamic wallpaper changing. In addition, the high-definition screen is always a little clearer than windows. All these just captured the hearts of young people!


Of course, as the world's top two operating system manufacturers, the strength of Microsoft and apple still can not be underestimated.

Whether it is win10 or MacOS, the operating system has been developing in the direction of intelligence and humanization. Both apple and Microsoft have made major mistakes in their history.

Therefore, in the face of some small problems, we should give them more patience, after all, the market is the real referee!



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Link to the original text:Pacific computer network

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