I recently published an article about 10 ways Mac OS is better than Windows. However, Windows also offers some features that Mac OS doesn’t have. So, let’s take a look at 11 Things Windows Does Better Than Mac OS.
Microsoft has been continually improving Windows 11 with each update. The user interface has been revamped to feature a more uniform look and feel, with round edges and glass-like elements. Online surveys show that users are highly appreciative of these changes.
Apple recently released an update to their Mac operating system, macOS Ventura. Although there are few changes to the user interface, largely retaining the features introduced in macOS Monterey, it remains one of the most popular operating systems.
Windows 11 has a more polished interface, and its fans are ready to list the reasons why it’s better than macOS. This competition encourages innovation, leading to a better user experience. It’s important to take a look at the advantages of Windows 11 and discuss why it’s superior.
1. Better Multitasking
macOS was known for its limited multitasking capabilities, making it inefficient for users needing to juggle multiple tasks. Despite advances in tech, the OS still lagged competitors in this area.
With the latest macOS version, however, significant progress has been made in multitasking, with new features making it easier to switch between tasks and monitor windows. While not the most efficient option, it’s an improvement over previous versions.
You can open two apps side-by-side in a multitasking window in Windows 11, allowing you to work on multiple tasks at once. This can be incredibly helpful for those who need to work on multiple tasks, and even more so for those who need to keep an eye on multiple tasks.
Third-party apps can also enable multitasking with more than two windows, but Windows 11 offers a more efficient solution. It features Snap Layouts, with six layouts to choose from and a maximum of four windows at a time, so you can easily and quickly manage all your tasks in one place.
Accessing these layouts is easy. Just hover over the maximize/minimize button on any window and select a slot for the window. Windows 11 will then create the layout, and you can add more windows to the remaining slots.
This way, you can easily switch between tasks and keep an eye on multiple tasks at once. This is a great way to increase your productivity, as you can quickly move between tasks and keep track of everything you have going on.
2. Undisputed Gaming Experience
Windows 11 is taking gaming to the next level with easy access to the awesome Xbox Game Pass and two key upgrades. DirectX 12 support will provide better high-frame rate gaming, while Auto HDR will enhance visuals in a variety of games.
Xbox Game Bar
The other cool gaming centric feature in Windows 11 is the Xbox integration. For example the Xbox Game Bar, the customizable, gaming overlay built into Windows 11.
Xbox Game Bar works with most PC games, giving you instant access to widgets for screen capture and sharing, finding new teammates with LFG (Looking for Group), monitoring and closing resource-heavy applications, and chatting with Xbox friends across Xbox console, mobile, and PC — all without leaving your game.
Furthermore, if you have a PC that supports DirectStorage, you should enjoy much faster game load times, similar to the experience of playing on an Xbox Series X console. This is an invaluable advantage that Windows users have over macOS users, since macOS is still miles behind on gaming, with so many fewer titles available than Windows.
This Xbox integration is an incredibly useful feature that Windows 11 users will certainly take advantage of.
3. Touch Friendly
I understand why Apple doesn’t want to create a touchscreen Mac. It would be difficult to accurately tap the small icons and touch targets of macOS Monterey with a finger.
That’s why I applaud Microsoft for their Windows 11 interface changes when switching to tablet mode. For instance, the gap between the icons in the Taskbar increases, making it simpler to select the desired one.
Windows 11’s recent demo showed that tablet mode adds more visual cues and larger touch targets (buttons and corners of screens, the elements you’re trying to touch) to make it easier and more natural. This was a great improvement for those who prefer to operate their device with touch.
Though Apple could easily find a way to make macOS touch-friendly while still preserving the Mac OS functionality, this wouldn’t make the iPad obsolete. Some people still prefer to use a device completely dedicated to touch, while others want the flexibility of both options. Overall, Windows does a better job in this regard.
4. More Widgets
Windows 11 has taken inspiration from macOS to improve its Widgets. While Widgets are not a new feature to Windows, the new Widget tray that appears on the left side of the screen is similar to the way Widgets and Notifications appear on the right side of a Mac.
Widgets are a tool that has been designed to provide users with important information quickly and efficiently. Despite this, Mac users are limited to options such as a calendar, clock, news and stocks, which is in stark contrast to the expansive range of Widgets available on iOS devices.
If there were more useful Widgets available, people would be more inclined to use them, making them a more valued feature of macOS.
Additionally, Microsoft may offer more Widgets, though this will depend on third-party developers creating them. Microsoft will most likely include news and stocks in this section, similar to what Apple has done with their Widgets.
However, if there were more Widgets available, it would provide users with an even more efficient way of accessing the information they need quickly.
5. Messaging Integration
Granted, Teams is not ideal for casual communication, as it was designed mainly for business use.
However, I’m impressed with Microsoft’s decision to integrate it into Windows 11, particularly its placement. It is conveniently located on the taskbar, and when expanded, it reveals chats and options to start video calls.
Although macOS has its own set of communication tools, such as Messages and FaceTime, which are much better and popular than Microsoft Teams for personal communication, they are presented just like any other app on the platform.
This means that users have to manually visit the Messages app or FaceTime app to check on their messages and initiate new conversations.
While this can be done quite easily, it still lacks the convenience of having a centralized location or dropdown window where users can easily access all their communication tools.
If Apple were to introduce such a feature that suspends from a Menu Bar icon, it would make it much easier for users to message or call someone with a single click, while still allowing the option to disable the icon if they choose.
Such a feature would certainly make communication much smoother and more efficient on macOS.
6. Smarter Recommendations
I have spent a lot of time testing Windows 11, and I have come to appreciate the often overlooked recommended apps section in the Start Menu.
It provides quick access to recent and suggested files, so you don’t have to waste time searching through the File Explorer for the one you need. This helps you get started quickly and efficiently.
That said, macOS also offers a roster of recently used files that you can jump back to by clicking on the Apple logo in the Menu Bar and choosing “Recent Items”.
But unfortunately, this list is limited to only the files that were accessed in the recent past and there is no way to customize it according to your usage habits.
Even though this may be a bit of a letdown, it is important to remember that macOS is designed to make it easy to access your most used files quickly and efficiently.
If you need to find a file that you haven’t used recently, there are a few other options available, such as using the Finder, or using the integrated Spotlight search feature. With these options in place, you’re never too far away from finding the file that you need.
Apple could use its on-device machine learning capabilities to suggest files and folders tailored to individual users. This would be a great way to make the user experience more personalized.
7. Start Menu
I find the macOS Launchpad to be one of the most inconsistent parts of the entire operating system. When you just want to quickly see a list of installed apps and BOOM, Launchpad fills the entire screen with its vastly oversized icons. It might make sense if Macs supported a touchscreen, but let’s not go there as it would be an unwelcome change.
The redesigned Windows 11 Start Menu on the other hand is like a Launchpad Lite. It has a similar, scrollable grid of icons to choose from, but it doesn’t dominate the entire screen like Launchpad does. It achieves much the same task without the jarring switch to an iPad-like existence.
If Apple wants to take inspiration from this idea, I would not be the least bit upset. In fact, I think it would be a great opportunity for Apple to improve the user experience on its Mac computers.
Adopting this idea would make the Mac operating system much more consistent, allowing users to quickly access their installed applications in a much more efficient way.
8. Well Designed Context Menu
Windows 11 introduced a new context menu (the one that appears when you right-click anywhere, especially on the desktop) with rounded corners as a part of its visual overhaul. It now features icons beside actions making them easier to comprehend at the first glance.
The icons are more visible and intuitive, allowing users to quickly locate and select the desired action with ease. This has made the context menu more user-friendly and easier to navigate, thus providing a more enjoyable experience for users when interacting with their device. In addition, the rounded corners of the context menu add a more modern and sleek look, giving Windows 11 a more attractive and updated appearance.
This, ultimately, creates a much smoother and more efficient experience when it comes to navigating, allowing for a more intuitive and less confusing experience. Additionally, it leads to a speedier navigation, allowing for faster access to the desired location.
macOS, on the other hand, has a context menu that is limited to only text. While this is perfectly functional, it could benefit from the addition of icons that would make the individual items easier to interact with.
This is because icons are easier to recognize than text, making them a great way to access and use options quickly. Moreover, the presence of icons can provide a visual cue to the user, indicating the action they are about to take. This could help make the user interface even more intuitive and user-friendly.
9. Smarter Ways to Dock
Whether you’re working from home and you move from room to room or you’re in an office setting, many of us are constantly docking and undocking our devices. It can be a bit of a hassle to get back up and running again after a disconnection, but Windows 11 has some features that make the process much smoother.
With the introduction of new features like Snap Groups and Snap Layouts, Windows 11 is designed to make it easier to switch between different tasks and plug and unplug from a monitor.
Snap Groups and Snap Layouts are collections of apps that you can use at once, and they sit in the Taskbar so you can easily access them. When you unplug a laptop from a dock and move to a different room, the windows will minimize in Windows 11.
When you come back and re-connect to a dock, all of your open windows will be exactly how you left them — this makes it much simpler to resume your tasks. This is an incredibly helpful feature for those who need to switch between different tasks quickly and easily.
10. Android App Integration
Windows 11 now lets you download Android apps to your PC, making it a huge deal for Android device owners as they can now use all the same apps they’re familiar with on their Desktop.
There is also the Phone Link app that allows you to sync all your messages, calls and media, including real time notifications, to your PC without needing to check your phone every few minutes.
Windows 11 also supports touchscreens, making it easier to interact with the Android apps natively. Apple, on the other hand, has struggled with its iOS apps integration as they were not designed for mouse and keyboard input.
Fortunately, Android apps are now available for Windows 11 through the Microsoft Store, or via the Amazon Appstore. Additionally, users can sideload any Android app they’d like, giving them more control over the experience.
This was something that was possible on M1 Macs, but Apple quickly shut it down. With Windows 11, users will have more freedom to explore the Android platform on their PC.
11. More Customization Options
In general, both Windows and MacOS allow users to customize their desktop backgrounds, themes, and colors, as well as the layout and appearance of their menus, icons, and other user interface elements.
Windows may have more customization options when it comes to installing and using third-party themes, skins, and other modifications. You can even change the bootup logo or sound and the login screen. This means that you can make Windows look entirely different from what we expect it to look like.
MacOS, on the other hand, is generally more restricted in this respect, and users may have fewer options for modifying the appearance and behavior of the operating system. Currently, the system is pretty limited to dark mode or light mode, a system color, and a wallpaper. Despite this, there is still a large number of wallpaper images available to choose from, and the option to use custom images as wallpaper is also available.
Something else to note is that you can make Windows 11 look like Mac OS, but you can’t do the reverse. This is due to the more advanced customization options available on Windows, which are not available on MacOS. This means that Windows users can have more control over the look and feel of their operating system, while MacOS users are limited to the options available.
In conclusion, Windows provides a myriad of advantages over Mac OS that can’t be overlooked, especially for gamers and users who want more control over their PC. From a gaming perspective, Windows offers a robust platform and more customization options than Mac OS.
With Windows, users can take advantage of superior multitasking capabilities, and can customize their PC in ways that Mac OS doesn’t allow. Furthermore, Windows offers a wide range of user control options that allow users to tailor their PC to their exact needs. While Mac OS does have its own strengths, Windows is a great choice for many users, especially those who are into gaming and want to have more control over their PC, both software and hardware wise.
Of course, Mac OS has advantages over Windows. I already published an article about that, you can find it here.