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The main difference between Windows and macOS is that most users of the Microsoft operating system do everything to avoid accidentally updating to a new version. In the end, I did not see a single person who would look forward to an update and install it. But I was not lucky: I recently bought a laptop on Windows 11 (I would like, of course, on Windows 10) and noticed that the fresh operating system has something in common with macOS. Today I’ll tell you what features Microsoft spied on macOS and adopted.
Continuity in macOS
We recently told you how to start a call on an iPhone and continue on an iPad, or open a page in Safari on a smartphone and continue using it on a MacBook? So, now this feature is officially in Windows 11: it is available for smartphones, tablets and other devices, but so far only applies to files from Microsoft Office. However, it appeared much earlier, but as branded add-ons from different manufacturers.
For example, I have a similar feature on my Windows 10 Huawei laptop called Huawei Share, which allows you to attach your phone to the NFC tag on the case and display the smartphone display on the laptop screen. But it is only available for Huawei phones. Microsoft has also attempted to pair a PC with a phone using the “Phone” setting, but synchronization can only be used on an Android smartphone, although an iPhone is also listed.
Widgets in macOS
Another feature, which is not very clear who “borrowed” from whom, is in both operating systems. The main similarity is that widgets have been returned to Windows and are now displayed on a separate panel, which is very convenient. They can be edited and resized.
Outwardly, they really look like those from macOS, although Microsoft has never had problems with them: Windows 10 has pretty cool tiles (not to be confused with widgets) in Start with working Weather, music and many other applications that still and turn over from time to time, giving out more information. This is where Apple clearly has a lot to learn.
Start in Windows 11
Microsoft encroached on the sacred and treacherously moved the “Start” to the middle of the taskbar. The similarity with macOS is almost the maximum, except that in the MacBook all the icons are in the Dock and look more natural. In addition, the Start menu itself has become very incomprehensible: unlike Windows 10, it now sticks out “Recent” and “Recommended” applications instead of pinned tiles. Fortunately, for retrogrades, they provided the opportunity to return everything as it was through the settings – only after that the soul becomes a little calmer.
Windows 11 File Preview
In early April, there was news that Microsoft Power Toys developers were actively working on the Peek chip (not to be confused with Aero Peek, which makes open windows transparent on the screen). This is a clean copy of Quick Look from macOS – the ability to view a large number of files without opening them – the same photos.
On macOS, to launch a preview, just select the desired file and press Space, but on Windows, you will additionally have to press Shift. True, they say that on Windows, the preview will only work with transparency turned on, so owners of weak PCs will have a hard time.
Searching for files in macOS
Spotlight search is built into macOS – simple and straightforward. But Microsoft clearly likes to complicate: in Windows 11, there is also a search, like in the top ten, but somehow complicated with pinned folders, applications, and recommended files. Unlike Windows 10, in which there is nothing superfluous, the search opens by default in the middle of the screen.
However, in this situation, again, the advantage is on the side of proprietary laptop add-ons. Huawei, for example, has AI Search – a search string that pops up on the screen when you press F10: it searches for files instantly and opens a small window where search results are displayed.
Add to this other similarities: for example, Microsoft Teams instead of FaceTime – the application is pinned to the taskbar by default, as well as rounded windows and a blurry design similar to macOS , although we also saw this in Vista and Windows 7. In fact, this design is instant catches the eye after clear straight lines and corners in Windows 10.
What chips did Microsoft still peep at Apple? Share your observations in the comments!