Here are three excellent Windows features we really want to see in macOS

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macOS, Apple’s working system for its Mac computer systems, has gathered a devoted person base due to components like its intuitive design, glossy aesthetic, fast efficiency, and clean integration with different Apple units and providers.

All of that components into what continues to be thought of a premium person expertise by many, however that does not imply that the working system does not go away issues to be desired. That is not distinctive to macOS, in fact, however there are areas the place the working system may enhance, and Apple does not even need to look that far for inspiration – it could actually take a few pages proper out of Microsoft’s Home windows e-book. 

Right here, we talk about three options and capabilities that may be present in Home windows, Microsoft’s desktop working system, that we would like to see in a future model of macOS: window snapping, a clipboard historical past, and (a reasonably large one) continued enchancment of Apple’s assist for gaming, the place Microsoft clearly stays a great way forward. 

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Window snapping for higher group

Window snapping is a characteristic that many Home windows customers have come to depend on because it means that you can rapidly organize and handle open home windows on the desktop. Microsoft’s OS offers you with predefined grid layouts that ‘snap’ home windows into place, and there are a number of snap layouts you can also make use of. These embrace: 

  • Facet-by-side, making it simpler to match the contents of two home windows
  • Quarter-view, separating your display screen into 4 quadrants that you would be able to populate
  • Customized layouts, in which you’ll be able to customise the way you divide up the display screen 

There’s additionally Snap Help which allows you to drag a window to the sting of the display screen and see a preview of the place it’s going to snap to, and Snap Teams, which group content material collectively based mostly on a number of home windows which might be open from the identical app. This makes it simpler to rapidly arrange home windows with out having to manually resize them. 

A screenshot of Clipboard History with text contents and expanded actions

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A silent hero that can assist you keep in mind: Clipboard Historical past

Clipboard Historical past is a giant hit with Home windows customers, because it means that you can entry the final 25 gadgets you’ve got copied (no matter whether or not you’ve got pasted or saved them elsewhere). It saves all textual content, HTML, and pictures that you’ve got copied most just lately, with new entries in the direction of the highest, and older entries being deleted as time goes on. Moreover, Clipboard Historical past resets every time you begin your PC, except you pin an entry – then it stays pinned on the high of the checklist,  so it may be accessed at any time.

You do need to allow Clipboard Historical past, and after getting, you may pull it up utilizing the keyboard shortcut Home windows Key + V. It is accessible for Home windows 10 and Home windows 11, and as soon as it is enabled, you may work together with the gadgets within the checklist, and choose any merchandise to stick it into an open utility. You can too manually delete gadgets you don’t need in your Clipboard Historical past. 

macOS does have its personal clipboard reminiscence, though it is extra restricted than that of Home windows. You possibly can view probably the most just lately copied textual content, or file identify of a just lately copied file, however that’s just about so far as macOS’s clipboard reminiscence performance goes. 

There are third-party apps and workarounds for higher performance, however it might be good to see macOS do that natively. 

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Making Macs higher gaming machines

There’s a Sport Mode on Macs that is designed to make gaming smoother and it adjusts your Mac’s efficiency to ship the most effective gaming expertise it could actually, however there’s extra that may be performed by Apple to assist meet up with the superior gaming expertise available on Home windows.

A number of sport builders will not even make a model for Mac (or make one a lot later) as a result of it is plenty of work to adapt to Mac {hardware}, so a standard criticism is the smaller choice of accessible video games in comparison with Home windows. Now, we have now M3 and even M4 Apple silicon (in iPads, and likely coming to Macs earlier than too lengthy), and this might encourage each Apple and sport producers to result in a greater gaming expertise for Mac customers. 

Apple’s been taking steps by way of each software program and {hardware} that might make it simpler for sport builders to port their video games to Mac, and I hope Apple extra totally embraces this course. Plus with the M4 chip incoming for Macs, as talked about, we must always see even higher efficiency by way of emulation for video games that may be run this manner.

The corporate just lately debuted the Imaginative and prescient Professional to large hype and many individuals have been impressed with its efficiency. If Apple develops the Imaginative and prescient Professional’s gaming capabilities (which might strike me as a missed alternative if it did not occur), maybe this may additional Apple’s experience in making units for gaming, which it may then apply to different Apple units like Macs. 

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Driving macOS momentum

There are strong the explanation why Apple units and macOS have loyal followings, however there’s room for enchancment that might enormously improve the macOS person expertise (one thing Apple prides itself on).

Gaming has turn into as a lot a mainstay type of leisure as the rest, and I’m hoping Apple will double down right here to make additional enhancements to usher in a greater Mac gaming expertise – which appears completely doable.

Apple has made spectacular strides each by way of software program and {hardware}, however it could actually do extra to encourage customers of different working methods like Home windows to undertake macOS and additional drive its momentum. 

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