Windows 11 vs. MacOS Monterrey

August 16, 2022
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It says that Windows 11 has entered the market as a strong competitor of the macOS with its new features and visual changes that resemble the macOS Monterey appearance. Even one of the Microsoft team members said in the video conference that there was no plan to develop another Microsoft Windows update. Still, when they realized that macOS was acquiring a massive market share, they planned to create a Windows 11 update.

Windows 11 vs. macOS Monterey

If you are willing to upgrade the existing PC or Mac or planning to buy the new one, you must read this comparison to make a wise decision.

1. Compatibility

This one is known as the Mac operating systems are compatible with Apple devices only. Yet the macOS Monterey is compatible with specific models of Mac that are officially listed on the website. Before upgrading to macOS Monterey, you must check your Mac’s compatibility.

On the other hand, if we talk about Windows 11 compatibility, it is compatible with all PCs with a TPM 2.0 chip, an Intel 8th-generation or AMD Ryzen 2000 processor, and newer versions. It is also compatible with Windows 10 on ARM PC and a newer Qualcomm processor. Moreover, the update is free for users having valid licensed Windows 10.

Windows 11 wins the comparison battle because it has a broader compatibility scope.

Ease On Multitasking

2. Ease On Multitasking

Windows 11 has revamped the way Windows tiling and multitasking used to work. Thanks to the Snap Layouts, if you try to maximize/minimize the window, it will show six layouts in which you want to adjust all your windows <ahref=”https://nerdalert.com/everything-you-need-to-know-about-windows-11/”>

Unlike Microsoft, macOS does not have any update in the multitasking feature. It is as it was in the earlier updates. So upgrading to macOS Monterey is fine if multitasking is the concern. In Mac, you must still expand or contract from the green maximize button to adjust the window. Thus, multitasking works better in Windows 11 than in macOS Monterey.

3. Web Browser

Where Windows 11 still endorses Microsoft Edge with no such upgrades, Apple has modernized the Safari layout and its features to stay updated with the modern culture requirements.

Safari is now cleaner, the buttons are more streamlined, and the tabs float. Other features include the ability to sync tab groups across different devices. Moreover, the updated features include advanced privacy and anti-tracking features.

However, all the above features are already in Microsoft Edge but are less compact than Safari. Thus, the significant difference is visual and performance-focused. Before we forget, if you still prefer Microsoft Edge, it can be installed on the Mac, but Safari cannot be accessed on any PC.

4. Taskbar And Docks

Windows 11 changed the taskbar’s look, followed by all Windows updates until Windows 10. Now in Windows 11, the toolbar is at the center of the screen, just like Apple Mac. This is not a coincidence but rather an intentional change to make it look more like an OS update, as the visual appeal of the Mac operating system influences people. Moreover, the windows are rounded from the edges with a translucent background giving them a more subtle look. The Start Menu button is more circular and no longer features Live Tiles. Also, the Windows open and close animation resembles the ones in macOS.

Whereas macOS Monterey has no such change in the taskbar and the docs. The dock’s color changes per the opened window to give the screen a synchronized look.

5. Messaging App

Where macOS has FaceTime and iMessage, Windows 11 offers Microsoft Teams, which allows video conferencing and chats. However, Teams is mainly used for professional chores rather than as a personal messaging and video calling app. After launching Windows 11, Microsoft is trying to market Teams as a messaging app for friends and family. Yet there are no specific changes or updates in the Teams.

On the contrary, FaceTime has developed a new feature called SharePlay that allows sharing a screen with friends over a video call and watching movies, videos, or live streams. Also, some Mac models support spatial audio and voice isolation during calls.

Thanks to the macOS Monterey features, anyone can now send FaceTime meeting links to anyone with an Android or Windows phone.

Thus, if you want to broaden your social network, Mac models have better features to offer.

6. Performance

Microsoft claims that Windows 11 updates the processor 40% faster than the previous updates. Moreover, it is the most secure Windows ever as of now. Meanwhile, Apple has not shared any official statement about the better performance in the macOS Monterey than macOS Big Sur, and there is no such review from the users’ end.


We have yet to see Microsoft being too inspired by the Mac while delivering an entirely new Windows update. However, Windows 11 and macOS Monterey have considered the users’ end perspective, so they have notable features. You must go for a macOS update if you already have a Mac. Whereas, if you have a choice, Windows 11 is a viable option too.