OS X Lion or Windows 8?

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Windows 8 - OS X LionOh god what is happening to me?  Is my the bad things happening in my home life spinning me toward madness?  Let me explain what I mean here.  As you read before, I’m not too keen on either the new Windows 8 or OS X Lion for certain reasons.  However, I’ve spent the past two days with unexplained muscle aches and a strange fever, yet no cold or flu symptoms to speak of.  So when I wasn’t taking pain relievers and sleeping, I did some research as sitting still to play games hurt.  At least I could pop on a video and lay in bed and absorb info on the upcoming OS’s.

Before I go too much further, as an über geek and computer tech, I will be buying both Windows 8 for my current home Desktop PC and OS X Lion for my newly acquired MacBook Pro so that I can have the latest technology to better help my customers.  However, my thing here is it seems like OS X Lion may have more to offer than Windows 8.  At least for the everyday computer user.  For computer gamers, not so much.  Though, Macs seem to be gaining ground in that too.

While Windows 8 appears to be coming up with OS X like features with their new fluid movements, sorting and other capabilities…  I wasn’t necessarily wowed by the changes.  I hate the new blocks on the proposed new start screen.  Their new “Swipe” technology is meant for a touchscreen.  So if you don’t have a touchscreen, you are basically boned and seems that the features are kind of useless.  You can see the first Microsoft Video on Windows 8 below.

Yesterday I re-watched the Worldwide Developers Conference for Apple.  I was absolutely blown away with the upcoming features the showed off for the new OS X Lion.  Granted, I’ve always been one for saying people need to learn how to use a computer properly if they plan to own one.  Just this morning I dealt with a backwoods good old boy who just couldn’t explain anything to me, and it was a nightmare just to get him to tell me he was running Windows XP (and had been for years), let alone getting any kind of error message.  He was stuck on “it’s not workin'”.  But I digress.

Shown here below, it’s like everything I ever wanted for myself in working with my computer.  Yes OS X Lion has swiping and gestures too, but this can be done via a touchpad which comes on all MacBooks as well as they have a magic mouse or touchpads for desktops as well.  Much cheaper than buying a touchscreen, though I imagine they can do touchscreens as well.

Looking at it, Launchpad is handy to find any application rather than scrolling through endless drop menus in Windows start menu.  Mission Control is handy to work on multiple things at one time.  The new mail is actually useful to me.  Granted, Gmail did conversations first, but Mail 5 will present it better and make it easier to find messages.  Autosave will “save” everyone from the dreaded “I forgot to save, and now that the power has gone out I’m doomed…” feeling.  And Multi-Touch Gestures is just freaking cool!  Not too mention $29 for an OS?  That’s simply unheard of!  (Not sure if that’s just the upgrade or if that’s the full price, but either way it’s still unheard of!)

Even if none of this works out, looking at Apple as a company.  Makes me want to buy stock right now.  If only I could afford to do so.  Just looking at them in the past years.  They’ve had a 28% growth rate while PC’s have actually lost 1%.  Apple has gained substantial ground in market shares for the past few years.  Granted, this does not mean that the world is saved by OS X and life is peachy and virus free.  However, it does appear that Apple has got something going on and I think it’s time for folks to take a serious look.

Oh my god… I’m becoming a fanboy…  sort of…

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