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Windows 8.1 vs. OS X Mavericks, upgrade cost and features

It comes as no surprise that Microsoft will run Apple’s OS X down, and Apple will run Windows down. Both have their good and bad points, but having made the switch to Mac many years ago, we know which camp we would rather be in.

Microsoft knows that its operating is lacking in terms of speed and efficiency when compared to Apple’s desktop OS, and so thought the best way to appeal to consumer and business users was to make Windows 8.1 free. They thought they did enough to ensure people would come back to the platform.

However, the OS X Mavericks upgrade cost is nothing, as it is also completely free – this will be a kick in the teeth for Microsoft because 8.1 is only free to Windows 8 users, whereas Mavericks is free Mac users who own Snow Leopard onwards.

Mavericks has much more to offer over its predecessor and even better, it's free
Mavericks has much more to offer over its predecessor and even better, it’s free

Microsoft will now need to rely on its Windows 8.1 features, but from what we saw during the event last night, the OS X Mavericks features outshines the competition.

We’ve come across a couple of articles that have pitted each operating system against each other, with one review showing Mavericks as the real winner. However, the other review is a little more in-depth, where it marks each OS out of ten, although the outcome is still the same.

As always there will be Apple haters out there who say that while OS X Mavericks will be free, the cost has been put onto their products from the start. However, with the new MacBook Pro now costing $200 less than the previous model, it does show Apple is prepared to give a little back – even if they are still a little more expensive than the competition.

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