GUI Efficiency Comparison Between Windows and Mac

  • Eric McCary
  • Jingyaun Zhang
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 8016)


In present times, it is not uncommon to have a desktop with two or more monitors. How these operating systems perform in a multiple monitor environment is an interesting topic. In this work, we will evaluate the efficiency of and compare how two popular operating systems, Windows and Mac OS, perform in large and multiple monitor environments. In particular, we will evaluate the performance of menu bars in both operating systems as they serve a near identical purpose and have the same functionality while providing their offerings differently. It is well-known that Mac OS uses a menu bar at the top of the screen (global) and Windows uses a menu bar attached to the top of its respective application (local).  The conducted user study shows that the overall performance of Windows menu bar was better than that of the Mac menu bar implementation in the conducted tests.


Graphical User Interface (GUI) Menu Bar Title Bar Operating System Locality 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eric McCary
    • 1
  • Jingyaun Zhang
    • 1
  1. 1.Computer Science DepartmentThe University of AlabamaTuscaloosaUSA

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