Software, such as the web browser, games and e-mail messenger are in a computer. First of all, what is the ‘base’ of everything on computers? That’s right, the operating system. It’s like the heart of a computer. An operating system will run any application that is compatible with it.
So what is an operating system? It’s basically a software that runs and manages the computer hardware resources and provides common services for various application software. Operating systems are sometimes called the ‘OS’. There are various types of operating systems that are available in the market. Microsoft Windows, OS X and Linux are some of the popular OS. Normally, there is only one operating system in a PC but you can install multiple OS. If you have more than one OS, you can use multi-boot options during startup. OS can also be found on other devices, ranging from mobile phones and video game consoles to supercomputers and web servers.
The most used OS is the Microsoft Windows. It was started by Microsoft in 1983 with the first system, MS-DOS. MS-DOS is an OS with just a command line interface, meaning that the OS only use a text command. If you go to your grandparent’s house, you might find an IBM PC with the MS-DOS. MS-DOS was used in IBM PC and compatible computers since 1981. Later on, Microsoft introduced Windows-based operating system, which used graphical user interface (GUI). The GUI, which was first known Interface Manager, was copied after the Apple’s OS X. Microsoft successfully launched their Windows OS to compete with Apple Inc.
Apple Computer, Inc. was an old corporation. It was renamed Apple Inc in January 2007 as part of rebranding and expansion of their business. Apple Inc is best known for the Macintosh computers, IPod, IPhone and IPad. Macintosh has good graphic cards and best sound systems. Apple Inc also has the best applications like iTunes, iLife, iWork, Aperture, Final Cut Studio, Login...