Difference between Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Windows 10

Diana Joan

Apr 23, 2015 09:08 am / Posted by Diana Joan

Mac OS X 10.10 vs Windows 10 comparison review

The war between Mac and Windows devotees has been raging for decades. To occupy more market share, both Mac and Windows has debuted their updated new operating system in 2014: Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Windows 10. Following is a side by side comparison between the above two operation system in the areas of new features, release date and price of upgrading.

Yosemite VS Widnows 10

Features comparison of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite and Windows 10

New features of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite:

The new update brings a number of performance improvements, bug fixes, enterprise features, support for the new Force Touch touchpad, a new Photos app, improvements to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth performance and more racial diversity with emoji. Additionally, 10.10.3 expands the number of supported Macs that can use 4K, 5K and Ultra HD TVs.

New features of Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite

New design

Its graphics replaced skeuomorphism with flat graphic design and blurred translucency effects. Some icons have been changed to correspond with those of iOS 7 and iOS 8. And it has maintained the OS X desktop metaphor. Other design changes include new icons, light and dark color schemes and the replacement of Lucida Grande with Helvetica Neue as the default system typeface.


Increased integration with other Apple services and platforms such as iOS and iCloud. The operating system can integrate with iOS devices over Bluetooth LE and Wi-Fi, users can place and answer phone calls using their iPhone as a conduit, send and receive text messages, activate personal hotspots or load items being worked on in a mible app directly into their desktop equivalent.

Notification center

The notification center features a new “Today” view which can display information and updates from various sources along with widgets.


In OS X 10.10 Yosemite, Photos replaces iPhoto and Aperture. It uses iCloud Photo library to upload all the user’s photos across their devices.

New features of Windows 10:

New Start Menu

The new start menu looks somewhat like the old start menu and brings some features such as live tiles from the Windows 8.1 Start Screen.

New Task View

The Windows 8 task switcher has been unceremoniously dumped. The new Task View in Windows 10 enables users to switch between virtual desktops.

New Snap Assist

The new Snap Assist feature helps users to work out which way is best to snap apps to. You can snap Windows into new screens and tile Windows.

Command Prompt with new feature

The command prompt is now getting keyboard shortcuts, so that you can parse in your commands.

Windows Explorer Improvements

There’s a new home location in the new default view in Windows Explorer. A share button is also located on the Windows Explorer taskbar.

Continum-the Best New Thing

The continum is an on-the-fly mode for 2 in 1 devices that can automatically change mode when it detects there is suddenly no keyboard attached.

Multimedia and gaming

Windows 10 will provide heavier integration with the Xbox ecosystem and allow users to control and play games from Xbox One console over a local network. Windows 10 also adds support the FLAC and HEVC codecs, MKV container format to allow them to be opened in Windows Media Player.

Release date comparison of Mac Yosemite and Windows 10

The OS X Yosemite has been announced and released to developers on June 2, 2014 at WWDC 2014, public beta testers on July 24 and consumers on October 16, 2014.

While Windows 10 will launch in late 2015, likely by the end of July.

Price comparison of upgrading to Mac OS X 10.10 and Windows 10

Mac OS X Snow Leopard(v10.6.8), OS X Lion(v10.7), OS X Mountain Lion(v10.8) and OS X Mavericks(v10.9) can upgrade to OS X Yosemite for free.

Microsoft’s Terry Myerson announced that Windows 10 will be free for Windows 8.1 users for its first year. While there’s no word on pricing for users still on Windows 7 or an older version, Microsoft confirmed a while ago that the two most recent Windows versions will be able to upgrade to Windows 10 directly.

Additional Information:

Whether you are going to upgrade your Mac computer to Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite or enhance your PC with the upcoming Windows 10, just enjoy yourself with all the distinctive features on the new operating system. If you encounter some media playback problems on Windows 10, you can have a try at Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate, which supports to convert various formats files with optimized profile for playing on all your desired devices on Windows 10. For Mac users, Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac will be the all-in-one solution to digital media entertainment on Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite.

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