Windows vs iOS


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Windows
Windows 8 is a no-alternative operating systems produced by Microsoft for use on personal computers, netbooks and tablet PCs. It features the Metro-style interface that is designed for touchscreen input similar to that in Windows Phone
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iOS
iOS is a mobile operating system developed and distributed by Apple. Runs on iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Authorized third-party native applications are available through Apple's App Store.
Comparing Windows vs iOS is like comparing apples to oranges. Because your business is unique and nobody except you can decide, which is better for your company. But we can add some fun to your research and suggest some new comparison parameters.

Let's start with videos. We think that iOS has better video than Windows



Ok, now let's compare the UI. Looks like iOS has more user-friendly interface than Windows because it's bigger. At least on our screenshots


To compare the popularity of the solutions we counted how many alternatives people search for each of them on the Internet. And it turns out that iOS is more popular than Windows

Now let's look at the recent activities of our competitors:

- Microsoft discontinues Windows Phone (in 2017)
- Microsoft drops support of Windows Phone (in 2017)
- iOS 11 gets windows and file system. Siri gets a translator (in 2017)
- Microsoft introduced subscription model for Windows 10 (in 2016)
- Apple announced iOS 10 (in 2016)
- Microsoft launches Windows 10 (in 2015)
- iOS 9 extends battery life, brings Proactive Siri and iPad multitasking (in 2015)
- Microsoft To Provide Free Upgrades To Windows 10 (in 2015)
- Microsoft promises managed enterprise App Stores with Windows 10 (in 2014)
- Microsoft Surface Pro 3 - the tablet that can replace your laptop (in 2014)

Looks like Windows was recently more active than iOS (at least in our news). We also found some news, in which Windows and iOS meet head to head:

2017 - iOS 11 gets windows and file system. Siri gets a translator



Apple unveiled iOS 11 with some Windows-specific features that focus on productivity. The first is a new app called Files, which brings desktop-style file management to iPad. The app brings together all your files and supports nested folders, tags, search, etc. Files also supports iCloud and third-party storage providers like Dropbox and Google Drive. Apple also introduced new windows-view and drag-and-drop support between windows. iOS 11 is bringing translation to Siri so that you can ask the voice assistant how do say a certain English phrase in a variety of languages, including, at launch, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish.

2015 - Microsoft To Provide Free Upgrades To Windows 10 to defeate iOS


Microsoft announced that Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be eligible for a free upgrade inside the first year of Windows 10. The free upgrade plan should allow Microsoft to lessen the current version fragmentation that Windows endures. Windows 10 is positioned as a service, instead of simply an operating system that a user installs. It means, that when you buy a Windows app, you can use it on desktop, tablet and phone and even more - these apps will sync data and settings. Windows 10 will have only one app store for all platforms, thus Microsoft wants to close app gaps that Windows Phone has. The new OS will contain a new browser Spartan, voice assistant Cortana and new touch-friendly Office apps. Security is also going to be a big feature of the new OS. Windows 10's new security features would have stopped a couple of the high-profile corporate hacking cases.

2013 - Windows Phone can be used as a presentation remote control to take on iOS



Microsoft invented one more reason why business users should buy Windows Phone (but not Android or iPhone). If you often go to business meeting and show presentation on projector, you can now use Windows Phone (8) as a remote control. For this you need to install this free app Office Remote and add to it needed PowerPoint, Word, Excel documents (in fact, this app can only remotely control MS Office documents and not the whole computer). For example, you can open PowerPoint presentation, switch slides and even drive the laser pointer (that follows the movements of a finger on the phone screen). Also, you can remotely open and browse Word and Excel documents. Phone is connected to computer via Bluetooth.

2012 - Windows 8: magic, confusing. It's the End, it's the Key - a new advantage over iOS


Today Windows 8 has officially launched around the world together with Surface tablets and Windows Store, that already contains almost 8,000 apps. Recall that the main feature of Windows 8 is that it's optimized for both computers and tablets. There are two versions of Windows 8: RT - which only works on tablets and supports only metro applications from Windows Store, and the x86 version, which works on both PCs and tablets, and supports both metro and regular (including legacy) Windows-programs. The second version has two interfaces - the Metro and the regular, and you can switch from one to another. It's noticed that Windows 8 is faster than Windows 7. Now, let's see what people are saying about Windows 8:

Microsoft chief Steve Ballmer said at the presentation that Windows 8 is magic, blah blah blah. The head of Apple, Tim Cook, said that he hadn't played with Win8 yet, but judging by what he saw and heard, it's very confusing and compromised system. It's like car that flies and floats, but does it poorly. Blah-blah-blah.

Bill Gates said that Windows 8 - is a key step towards a bright future, it's the beginning of a new era, that he likes the system, blah blah blah. But Marc Benioff (from Salesforce) said that this is the end for Windows, that companies will not upgrade, because everyone is already using tablets/smartphones, but not computers/tablets, blah blah blah. It should be noted that Mark is not interested in the Windows 8 success of Windows 8. First, Salesforce mainly competes with Microsoft, and secondly, they don't need the headache of supporting yet another platform in all Salesforce services.

2012 - Microsoft unveils the iPad-killer - Microsoft Surface tablet


Probably everybody already knew that this fall Windows 8 and tablets running this OS will appear. But the surprise is that Microsoft will produce Windows 8 tablets itselt and sell them under its own brand Microsoft Surface. Today Steve Ballmer introduced the tow first models of Microsoft Surface: one is based on ARM-architecture, and the second (Pro-version) - on Intel-architecture. For now we don't know much about these devices. The Microsoft Surface is more business-style tablet (than the iPad). It's very thin, light and equipped with a cool cover, that also serves as a keyboard with a touch-pad. It's very important, because the Windows 8 tablets will support the usual desktop applications. Another difference from the iPad - is USB port and microSD slot. The price of the Windows Surface is still unknown, but it's expected to be around $400 - $600 for ARM-model and up to $1000 for Intel-model (in US).



And the main question: is it smart move by Microsoft - to compete with its partners (HP, Dell, Asus, etc.) that are also going to produce Windows 8 tablets? On the one hand, long ago Microsoft had become successful (and won Apple) thanks to partnering with computer manufactures. But on the other hand, the recent history shows the different example. Thanks to the harmonious combination of software and hardware iPad is sold like hot cakes. While Android-tables, that are produced by every other computer-manufacturer haven't achieved much success yet. And according to the rumors, Google also plans to release the own tablet this summer.

2012 - Samsung Galaxy and iPhone call Windows Phone - the best smartphone. iOS is in panic


Looks like Windows Phone is gaining popularity step by step. Last month, all Internet was laughing at the fact that for the question "What is the best smartphone ever?" Siri (the voice assistant in iPhone) responded Nokia Lumia 900. But today the same question has been asked to the voice assistant S-Voice (that lives in the best Android-smartphone Samsung Galaxy S3). And it responded that the best smartphone ever is another Windows Phone - HTC Trophy. Both voice assistants base their responses on information from the certain online sources. Siri was basing on the data from Wolfram Alfa portal, and the S-Voice looked directly at the Best Buy’s user rating, which now lists the HTC Trophy as the top smartphone (while the Lumia is now #4 on the list). Thus, even in the US (where Apple is the king) Windows Phones are selling quite well.

2011 - HTML5 becomes mainstream thanks to iPad - a new advantage over Windows

iPad vs laptops
The Apple's results, published this week are just impressive. First, look at the chart above - it's comparison of iPad sales vs sales of major laptops manufacturers. This is IDC's report and it can't be ignored. Thanks to these crazy tablet sales this week Apple passed by Exxon Mobile and became the most valuable company in the world (worth about 350 billion). And mostly thanks to iPad HTML5 is gaining momentum much earlier than was planned. Recall that Steve Jobs so disliked flash that forced HTML5 implementation in iPad's browser. And the largest web services (YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Pandora, Amazon ...) in order to be fully available on iPad have already implemented HTML5.

Following the consumer Web services, business applications are also deploying HTML5. Only during the last few days several vendors, including Box.net, Zoho, DimDim announced HTML5-apps. Even Microsoft has abandoned its own technology Silverlight and transferred its SkyDrive to HTML5. And Adobe (the owner of the flash) is already promoting its HTML5 development tools.

Recall that the HTML5 implementation will allow to create cross-platform business applications with rich interface and offline mode, and not stuck in the creation of multiple clients for variety of platforms and devices.