Operating Systems are obviously, the most used software on Earth. From Personal Computers to Supercomputers all of these computers have an operating system installed in them. Today we take a look at 5 of the best operating systems for personal computers. I also would like to emphasize that we would take a look at the operating systems by three giants—Apple, Microsoft and Google because these are the only companies having substantial market share. Apple as we all know sells its operating systems under the brand name of Mac, Microsoft goes under the name of Windows and Google sells its operating systems under the name of Chrome OS. Before I start, I want to make it clear that Levotron has no relation with the above mentioned brands and we have tried to be as impartial as possible.



5. Chrome OS

CHROME OS

Chrome OS Screenshot

Probably one of the best innovations in the operating system industry, Chrome OS has much to offer. It is one of the few Operating Systems that are completely web based. One of the advantages of buying a Chrome book is that you do not pay for the Operating System while doing that. Only pay for the hardware and you’re done. This is one of the reasons that the Chromebooks can be purchased for as little as $149 or for Indian readers, nearly Rs. 12000. Though Chrome OS is a completely web based Operating System you may still do a lot of things. You may use the document applications offered by Google under the brand name of Google Docs. You can easily access the Internet. Chrome OS is good for those people who do not use a high end software every day. Also it was Chrome OS which probably incited Microsoft to integrate web based applications into Microsoft Windows.

  • Design 60%
  • Usability 60%
  • Software 50%

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4. Windows 8/8.1

Windows 8

Windows 8 Screenshot

The first attempt by Microsoft to integrate Internet applications with Operating Systems was Windows 8. Though it didn’t receive the reception as expected by Microsoft, it still is pretty good. I will consider Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 as one operating system as I consider 8.1 as just an update to Window 8. Like it or not, a vast majority of the computer users are acquainted with Windows so well that they couldn’t tolerate the removal of Start Menu from the Operating System. Due to Windows 8 and the versions ahead Windows users didn’t have to open their browser to check their mails and other little stuff. Windows 8 was indeed light years ahead of Windows 7 by its features but it still didn’t manage to appeal to the users. Hence I have placed Windows 8 at fourth place. With a market share of around 10.39% for Windows 8.1 and 3% for Windows 8, these two operating systems still command respect in the industry.

  • Design 60%
  • Usability 40%
  • Software 90%

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3. Mac OS X

MAC OS X

Mac OSX Screenshot

Every Apple fan and brand conscious person knows that using an Apple product is plain fun for no particular reason. I don’t know whether it is the branding campaigns by Apple or the quality of their products, Apple products are considered to be superior in the competition, then why not it’s Operating System. The Mac OS X is the only major operating system in the world that is not licensed to everybody. If you like Apple hardware then you would have to buy its software and if you love the Mac OS you can’t use it in any other computer without playing around with the hardware and software. The Mac OS is probably the most secure computer operating system world has ever produced though it is changing day by day with hackers and virus cropping up even in Apple products. Apple after releasing Mac OS X in 2002 has not released a single operating system since then only supplying the necessary updates to the operating system. It is speculated that Microsoft is going to have a same approach with Windows 10 because Microsoft is no longer only relying on licensing to fulfill its revenue goals. Coming back to the point Mac OS X is just to use but Macs are too expensive as compared to Windows PCs which is also the reason why Windows dominates the operating system market.

  • Design 80%
  • Usability 60%
  • Software 80%

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2. Windows 7

Windows 7 Screenshot

Windows 7 Screenshot

Don’t be surprised because I have placed Windows 7 ahead of Windows 8. The reason that I have kept Windows 7 ahead of 8 is the reception that Windows 7 got as compared to Windows 8. The Microsoft Windows 7 is still used in about 44% of the computers. Yes you read it correct, about half of the world’s desktop computers still use Microsoft Windows 7 because of its familiar interface. It was the second most loved operating system in the Windows line up after XP with Vista failing pathetically.

  • Design 85%
  • Usability 90%
  • Software 90%

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1.Windows 10

Windows 10 Screenshot

Windows 10 Screenshot

No surprises here, Windows 10 is destined to be the next Windows XP like signature operating system in the Windows line of operating systems. This operating system doesn’t seem to be removed from the market for years to come just like XP enjoyed a decade of unstoppable successes. As the personal computing industry grows in emerging markets Microsoft will continue to earn a lot of their revenue from this signature operating system. Combining the accessibility of Windows 7 with the internet oriented apps of Windows 8, the Microsoft Windows 10 is the gem of the desktop operating systems. Microsoft also played a smart move after the failure of Windows 8 to provide a free upgrade to Windows 7 and Windows 8 users and kept a huge chunk of the operating system market. There are also speculations in the operating system industry that Microsoft will not be releasing any more operating systems after Windows 10 but will support the existing users by providing Windows updates just like it provided service packs for Windows XP. This strategy seems to be borrowed from Microsoft’s arch rival the Apple Inc. which has not released a single operating system after the Mac OSX years ago.

  • Design 90%
  • Usability 90%
  • Software 90%

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