For most businesses, using a computer is a necessity, but while for some businesses it makes little difference what operating system is on it, it actually makes a huge impact in most cases. Depending on your industry and what you will be doing with the hardware, you should always choose appropriate software – especially when it comes to the OS. But which operating system is the best for business purposes?
It’s not that simple – each one has its downsides and upsides. Let’s take a closer look at some of them:
Over 75% of desktop devices all over the world use some version of the Windows system, most usually either 10 or 11 nowadays. With a wealth of security measures and productivity-enhancing features, Windows is also a popular OS for businesses. An overwhelming majority of all software is released on Windows, giving you access to a wide variety of solutions you might not be able to use on other systems.
Windows 11 and 10 are both available on a wide variety of devices – which one is better? That’s a difficult question to answer right now – Windows 11 has much better prospects for being a great operating system in the future, but reviews aren’t all that positive from people who already made a switch from Windows 10 to 11. Windows 10 will still be supported till 2025, and you can upgrade it to 11 for free.
There’s also downsides to Windows – it usually doesn’t perform well for content creation, especially computer graphics, and many apps used for these purposes are only available on OS X or Linux. There’s also less open-source software on Microsoft’s OS.
Apple’s macOS is the second most commonly used operating system for desktop devices at almost 16% worldwide and 27% in the US alone. MacOS is the successor of OS X and is even more intuitive and easy to learn. It also shares many features of systems like Linux, since macOS itself derives from Unix.
MacOS finds most applications in content design and creation. Both written and visual work is, in general, much better optimized on macOS, with a variety of useful and simple applications that offer a much cleaner user interface than Windows usually does.
The downside of macOS is primarily its price – Apple’s software runs only on Apple’s hardware, which means you’re going to need a MacBook, iMac, Mac Pro, or any of the other compatible devices. If your staff is used to Windows, it could also take some time for them to get used to macOS.
When it comes to free operating systems for businesses, Ubuntu is definitely the leader – it’s the most popular Debian-based Linux distribution. Ubuntu is not only free, but is also open-source, meaning it’s actively developed by independent experts from all over the world. It’s very lightweight and modifiable, and offers much better performance than most mainstream systems.
It also has very little virus activity, as most are created for use in Windows and macOS. Each change in the system requires a password, rendering most attempts at remote access almost impossible. The system also has a built-in firewall and virus protection measures to keep you safe. Tons of free-to-use open-source software is available for Ubuntu, including text editing tools, video editors, graphic design software, development tools, and more.
Choosing an operating system for business isn’t a simple choice – you need to consider a variety of factors and see which one suits your business needs most.
For graphic and video design, macOS might be a better alternative. It’s also much easier to get the hang of, meaning employee training won’t take long. It features a variety of intuitive apps and best-quality hardware. For all-around functionality, Windows is easy to use and features access to most available software and plenty of security measures. If you’re ready to sacrifice ease-of-use, Ubuntu might be a more customizable and cheaper choice.