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Microsoft announced its Windows 10 OS one year ago, but until July 29, it was available only as preview builds, via the Windows Insider Program. After the final version was released, the users who had licenses for Windows 7, 8 or 8.1 were able to upgrade for free, while a those who bought a copy of the Home edition were charged $119 and those who wanted the Pro version, paid $199. Mac OS X 10.11 or El Capitan was unveiled in June, at Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, but it was available at the end of September, as a free upgrade. Windows 10 and El Capitan are very different from each other and we’ll compare their interface, browsers and other features.

User Interface

Windows 10 is Microsoft’s way to apologize for the failure with Windows 8, which lacked the Start menu. Now, this menu is back and it has a larger and tiled design, which can be customized. Windows 10 still reminds us of Windows 8, but it’s oriented more to the traditional desktop interface.

El Capitan received a small makeover and an enlarged cursor which is seen when turning on the computer, which means that the users will easily notice it and won’t struggle to find it with the trackpad.


Safari allows now the users to pin sites, so that they can see a small icon on the tab bar to easily access them. And if any tab is making noise, there is a sound-killing feature which comes in handy, because with it, the users can mute the sound of that site, without even switching to it.

The Windows Insiders have been testing Microsoft’s new Edge browser for months, since it was known as Project Spartan. The developers wanted to replace the obsolete Internet Explorer and they worked on a faster browser which benefits from a better security and which has a feature called Highlights, with which the users can take notes onscreen, or save Web pages in order to read them later, in offline mode.

App Updates

El Capitan brought the Split View feature which will allow the users to run two applications, side-by-side and in full screen mode. The Mission Control has been improved and now, the applications can be accessed by swiping up with four fingers on the trackpad. Mail and Notes have been updated and a new feature simplifies the way a user can search for messages, for example from people they ignored.

Microsoft improved the Snap Assist in Windows 10 for a better productivity. When an application is snapped, it will occupy half the screen and the users will get suggestions for other applications, through windows that are placed on the other side.

Personal Assistants

Microsoft integrated Cortana, after it was introduced on the Windows Phone 8.1, and it’s working across all supported devices: smartphones, tablets and desktops. This way, the users can set reminders on their smartphones, and they will receive the alert on their computers.

Apple updated the Spotlight search feature and now it can provide information related to the weather, stocks, it finds applications, files and it has natural language capabilities.