Many presentation yesterday of OS X 10.11 Captain we knew a little. Operating system for desktops and laptops from Apple has gained in efficiency improvements, performance and changes in its management of tasks. Apple they spent very little time to this platform, and that Macs are still teams that sold very well in the market.
In many cases, in fact, features reminded options offering his great rival, Windows for quite some time. Window management that allows mount to one half of the screen – Snap on Windows – and even options split screen of iOS 9 which are also available in tablets with Windows 8/8.1 are grateful, but we expected more ambitious proposals by a giant like Apple. These are some of the features that the new operating system from Microsoft, Windows 10, going ahead of OS X.
A very ambitious convergence idea
Although last year could meet the Continuity and Handoff technologies that made that OS X Yosemite and iOS 8 worked more together that never, it is clear that Apple are very behind in this convergent ambition Microsoft has shown in Windows 10. The new operating system will be the same for all types of devices, when Apple is still committed to a different approach which separates its system for computers (OS X), mobile devices (iOS) and watches (watchOS).
This convergence that targets Windows 10 allows that the core of the operating system are common to all types of devices whatever your architecture – x 86/AMD64 and ARM are referred to, of course-, something which, among other things, impacts to another very important area which we discussed below.
An application for master them all (platforms)
Are the developers of Apple with a very strong ecosystem in terms of the economic return, but that advantage may be offset with the Microsoft proposal. While developers working on Apple devices have to focus on a single platform or double and triple efforts to reach the three major platforms available, Windows 10 only developers will need to program the application once.
And it is that new development tools convert to those applications in flexible solutions that it is adapted to each time hardware resources. A Twitter client for Windows 10 in mobile will have a seamless interface for that screen, but to connect the phone to a monitor, mouse and keyboard will give the jump to an interface of desktop thanks to Continuum. Again, more on this later.
A universal app store
The concept of the app store has been a runaway success of Apple, which launched this system in 2008 with the iPhone 3G. The App Store became reference in the world of mobile devices both on the desktop, but the results in this field have been unequal, especially for Microsoft.
That could change with Windows 10, which will unify the app stores now that these will begin to be universal. That will simplify – like everything else – search and distribution of these tools and games, but also centralize a catalog that above all could win many integers on mobile devices based on Windows 10.
Your applications from Android and iOS are also worth me
While Apple continues to maintain strong control over their different ecosystems, at Microsoft they have opted for a more open concept. They have begun to publish applications for other mobile platforms – Office for Android and iOS is the clearest case, and attention because even Cortana reach those platforms – but they will also favour the adaptation of Android applications and iOS in 10 Windows for mobiles.
Here Microsoft could go worse if these adaptations that now boasts are not as efficient as they promise in Redmond, but the truth is that it is an interesting alternative for developers who may thus take advantage of the code that have already made on iOS and Android to access a market of hundreds of millions of users. Because remember: these mobile apps already not only serve to 10 Windows Mobile, but also – well adapted – for Windows 10 PCs, laptops, consoles, etc..
Against Continuity continuum
The proposal that Apple presented last year in the area of convergence seemed interesting, but one year later there has been no news in this regard and it seems that in Cupertino they do not seem especially interested in strengthening that paragraph. The situation is totally different from Microsoft, which with its technology Continuum wants to go one step further.
This development had already shown its strengths in October of last year but then seemed relegated to tablets. His leap to mobile phones – but with special hardware requirements – is great news for all those who believe that our next PC might be our smartphone.
The games will be more
One of the few paragraphs in which Apple stressed in its review of OS X updates was in the introduction of Metal for Mac. This system that leverages the power of the GPU for various tasks much more intensely makes the leap from iPhones and iPads to Apple computers, and that should theoretically help that this ludic facet of the Mac Win integers.
In practice, we doubt that improvement to impact too much in the current situation. Metal could make a difference in efficiency and performance in intensive applications in the graphic field – Adobe talked about AfterEffects and the strong gains that are noticed by taking advantage of this application-Metal, but We doubt that the gaming industry bet for Mac. Especially when in Windows 10 come DirectX 12 and above all this great partnership between the Xbox One – which also this OS will arrive – and PCs and notebooks based on W10.
Touch support is still a great option
One of the issues that some Apple fans are criticizing is the lack of touch support in OS X. The company of Tim Cook appears to be clear that only touch interface is valid in iOS and watchOS, but denies that kind of option in your operating system for desktop Macs and laptops even if the alternative he presents interesting use cases.
Tablets are proving it and portable – as the Surface Pro 3 – convertibles that still appear everywhere in our catalog of Windows-based computers – soon updatable to Windows 10 – offering its users the advantages of working in laptop mode but also access to this touch interface that It can be a great alternative in different scenarios.
Cortana conquest Windows 10, Siri stays in iOS and watchOS
Another of the notable absences from the announcement yesterday was the Siri, the wizard’s voice that some were hoping that you made its debut on the Mac’s desktop and laptops from Apple. Although Spotlight is a great search tool and gained integers with natural language search, Siri options help desk would have been very interesting.
That is precisely what Microsoft will do on Windows 10 with Cortana, a particularly ambitious voice Assistant and it will dominate searches on all platforms which make use of the new operating system. Although Cortana continues in full swing – especially in its support of other languages – it is clear that having that possibility when it comes to interact with the operating system can be tremendously interesting.
The reality of virtual and augmented on the horizon
Hololens certainly was the big surprise of Microsoft in their Conference in January, and in the last event for developers, it became clear that the augmented reality and virtual reality they are two fields in which the Redmond company is investing time and resources to explore its interesting options.
In fact there is already a previous experience thanks to Kinect, a device that we believe that he deserved much more of what it has achieved. Either way those new forms of interaction that Microsoft is exploring speak very well of his attempt to prepare for the future. Apple seems not interested in this type of technology and there is no mention on solutions during the event for developers. Luckily, at least the virtual reality of Google comes to the iPhone through Cardboard.