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The Battle for the Best Laptop OS: Mac OS Sierra Vs Windows 10

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Apple and Windows both have a sizable following, and the debate of whether MacOS or Windows is the better laptop operating system has been going on for years. For fans of Apple, MacOS Sierra is the latest iteration of the operating system for the MacBook, while Windows 10 is operating on laptops running on Windows.

Now, which one is better for personal use and corporate use? Here are some features worth mentioning, and how each one fares in terms of functionality:

Virtual Assistant
For both personal use and corporate use, a virtual assistant is now the standard feature that many laptop buyers are looking for. Both the MacOS Sierra and Windows 10 deliver, with MacOS's Siri and Windows 10's Cortana easily accessible from the desktop. They differ in the way the virtual assistants work, however. Cortana is easy to access and offers information based on previous queries you've made. You can also operate it using both voice and text command. Siri, on the other hand, needs to be activated and only processes voice commands. Results from your Siri queries can be dragged and dropped into the app you're working on, though. Both are able to understand natural sentence construction.

Touch-Screen Integration
This feature certainly goes to Windows 10, because MacBook devices currently do not support the feature. MacOS Sierra does have an improved trackpad, however, that displays several choices depending on how hard you are pressing on it. The trackpad also supports multi-touch gestures, which are quite handy if you want to switch from one application to another.

Handheld Device Integration
These days, the market is saturated with customizations on a regular laptop, so speed is mostly dependent on how much money you have for additional RAM and core processors. What really sets the tone is how useful your OS is when it comes to finishing your tasks. Windows 10 is able to integrate some of its features into a Windows phone now, allowing users to send SMS messages from the PC. Sierra does this better, however, as MacBook devices are able to answer calls from your phone. The Apple operating system also allows projects started on the iPhone to be continued on the MacBook.

Speed and Productivity
Both OS variants offer tablet mode, which is a way to help users concentrate on their tasks. For corporate use, a bigger screen using Windows 10 would be perfect paired with its ability to snap four windows in place at once. Sierra only allows for two full-screen apps placed side-by-side. When it comes to the subject of speed, MacOS is a clear winner for personal users, because it offers a simple start-up and does not get easily bogged down by pop-ups and malware. When you do your work on a MacBook, your full-screened window will not feature any distractions.

MacBook devices are not cheap. Admittedly, Windows laptops aren't cheap either, but they often offer more storage than MacBook for the same price point. Those who frown at the idea of having to pay an additional amount to upgrade their OS will consider Sierra as the clear winner. It's free for life, just as all other Apple MacOS iterations have been in the past. You get to update on your own time. Windows 10, however, has been offered free for its first year, but after July 29, 2016, the upgrade will cost the user $119.
So what's the overall winner? It depends on what you prioritize in your laptop. If you want power and speed to help you finish tasks easier, go for MacOS Sierra. If you want power and speed and need to work on several tasks at once, try Windows 10.

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