That’s because the Mac brings the best of all possible worlds together in a single device. Macs run OS X, Windows, Linux distros, and other Unix versions thanks to Intel Inside. Why would someone say that Windows runs better on a Mac than OS X?
‘Unequivocally Better’ Except
Alex King bought a new MacBook, the 12-inch Retina display model. He loves it. He also runs Windows and upgraded to the Windows 10 Insider Preview, which gets good reviews, even in a beta state.
What King found was astounding, though not so much to those of us using Macs with Retina displays. Running Windows 10 on the new MacBook is ‘unequivocally better’ than OS X on the same Mac.
Uh oh. Is Microsoft doing something right for a change? Or, is Apple doing something wrong with OS X on Retina display Macs? As it turns out, it’s a bit of both combined with a non-typical setup on King’s new MacBook.
Here’s the real kicker: it’s fast. It’s smooth. It renders at 60FPS unless you have a lot going on. It’s unequivocally better than performance on OS X, further leading me to believe that Apple really needs to overhaul how animations are done. Even when I turn Transparency off in OS X, Mission Control isn’t completely smooth. Here, even after some Aero Glass transparency has been added in, everything is smooth. It’s remarkable, and it makes me believe in the 12-inch MacBook more than ever before.
Now, before you run out and get Windows 10 to run on a new MacBook, note King’s details. The MacBook is not particularly compelling hardware device, especially for graphic intense applications. Screen resolution settings were somewhat non-standard for a typical Mac user, but his experience with screen stuttering is similar to my experience on a new 27-inch iMac with 5k Retina display. Moving windows around on the 5k display results in stuttering, not smoothness; more so when multiple applications are running.
My takeaway from this is simple. Microsoft, backed against the wall by Apple in the mobile device industry, is, and there’s no other way to put this– getting better. It shows in Windows 10, it shows in Office for Mac 2015, it shows in the wide array of very good iOS Office apps for iPhone and iPad.
UPDATE – Many readers and commenters appear to be skeptical of Apple’s seemingly inherent Retina display problems. A quick search of Apple’s Support Communities, Adobe support, and YouTube turns up plenty of other users with similar problems.