Best Operating System

The operating system (OS) allows users to perform the basic functions of a computer. The OS manages all software and peripheral hardware, and accesses the central processing unit (CPU) for memory or storage purposes. It also makes it possible for a system to simultaneously run applications. All PCs, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and servers require an OS. Developers may use specific operating systems that are more conducive to programming and application development, while the average employee will likely use a proprietary system for more common, everyday usage. The most common operating systems are Microsoft’s Windows, Apple’s OS X, Linux distributions, and mobile operating systems for smartphones.

Windows 7 vs Windows 10

Android vs iOS

Ubuntu vs. Linux

Mac vs Windows 10

Windows 8 vs Windows 10

Ubuntu vs Windows 10

Linux vs. Windows 10

Windows Phone vs. Android

Windows 10 vs. Linux

Mac vs. Linux

Windows 10 vs. macOS Sierra

To qualify for inclusion in the Operating System category, a product must:

  • Manage a device’s software and external hardware
  • Allow for simultaneous use of applications
  • Connect with the central processing unit for memory and storage allocation

Operating System Grid® Overview

The best Operating System products are determined by customer satisfaction (based on user reviews) and scale (based on market share, vendor size, and social impact) and placed into four categories on the Grid®:
  • Products in the Leader quadrant are rated highly by G2 Crowd users and have substantial Market Presence scores. Leaders include: Apple iOS, Android, Windows 7, Ubuntu, Windows 10, Apple OS X El Capitan, and macOS Sierra
  • High Performers are highly rated by their users, but have not yet achieved the market share and scale of the Leaders.
  • Contenders have significant Market Presence and resources, but have received below average user Satisfaction ratings or have not yet received a sufficient number of reviews to validate the solution. Contenders include: Windows 8 and RedHat Enterprise Linux
  • Niche solutions do not have the Market Presence of the Leaders. They may have been rated positively on customer Satisfaction, but have not yet received enough reviews to validate them. Niche products include: Apple OS X Mountain Lion, Fedora, CentOS, and Chromium OS
G2 Crowd Grid® for Operating System
Leaders
High Performers
Contenders
Niche
Apple os x mountain lion
Apple ios
Android
Windows 7
Windows 8
Redhat enterprise linux
Fedora
Centos
Ubuntu
Chromium os
Windows 10
Apple os x el capitan
Apple macos sierra
Market Presence
Satisfaction
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