Windows Has Long Way To Go To Catch Up To Mac

July 06, 1992|By Knight-Ridder News Service

Windows still has a long way to go before it is comparable to the Mac operating system.

What it really comes down to is that Mac is a more mature operating system. If you use only one program, you can get a handle on Windows. But the problem with Windows is the interface is not consistent. Applications usually are consistent to a point, but then they don't even use the same dialogue boxes. On the Mac you can build on what you know from one application to another.

The Mac may be more expensive, but it equalizes pretty fast. The basic advantage of the Mac is consistency. If you consider that your time is worth something, and it takes at least a few days to get up to speed on the PC, which is really cheaper? Of course, most price arguments get down to the fact that buying anything -- even if it's a PC rather than a Mac -- is better than nothing.

While upgrading to Windows has become easier over the years, it is still a complicated, several-hours-long, tedious task relative to the 20-minute, fully automated installation of System 7 on a Macintosh.

Microsoft might put some of the $300 million that it has made from Windows into improving it, perhaps making it a real competitor with the Macintosh operating system.

Steve Costa is executive director of the Berkeley Macintosh User Group Inc. (BMUG).

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