Choosing the right operating system for you

Are you wondering what the difference is between Windows, Chrome, and Apple? All three of the main operating systems have their own advantages and the choice between comes down to budget, personal choice and the eco-system required by the school. Learn more about the benefits of each operating system and why they will work for you and your child.


BYOD Operating Systems – Windows

With Windows being the most widely installed operating system in computing devices, many schools prefer a Windows-device. Popular applications such as the Microsoft Office suite are also designed natively for the Windows systems. The range of Windows-based devices is plentiful, especially in hybrid and laptops varieties. Many Windows devices now also offer Tablet Mode, which allows your 2-in-1 or touchscreen laptop to scale apps smoothly and adapt on screen features for easy navigation.

Windows 10 is the latest release Operating System and the focus is on the ‘Creators Update’, including new innovations, features, and security capabilities. Children and teenagers will love the Paint 3D tool, allowing their creativity to go wild, and Books in Windows Store will ensure the book that’s needed is just a click away. As the most secure Windows yet, Windows 10 delivers comprehensive protection – including anti-virus, firewall, Windows Defender Antivirus and anti-phishing technologies – all delivered built-in at no extra cost to you.

Suited to:

  • All levels


BYOD Operating Systems – Chrome

The Chrome Operating System (OS) is an designed by Google and uses the Google Chrome web browser as the principal user interface. This means that Chrome OS BYOD primarily supports web applications, and make them perfect for primary students due to the focus on cloud-based projects and high security for users.

They’re fast, easy to use, and have access to the extensive library of apps in the Google Play Store. Chromebooks feature Google for Education accounts which are designed specifically for school systems and give students access to the apps they know and love across devices.

Plus, Chromebooks come with long-life battery so students never have to stop learning, and built-in antivirus protection keeps your child’s learning environment safe. Other key features include:

  • Sleek, lightweight
  • 2-in-1 options
  • Touchscreen
  • Software auto updates
  • Fast start up

Chromebooks are designed to be used primarily while connected to the internet, with most applications and data stored in the cloud, so they’re accessible anywhere, anytime, and from any device. Teachers and students use these to work collaboratively on documents live using Google Drive and Docs.

Suited to:

  • Primary


BYOD Operating Systems – Apple

Apple’s range of ultra-portable MacBooks are a very popular choice for Bring Your Own Device (BYOD). They offer simple syncing of documents and files with other iOS (Apple Operating System) devices such as Apple TV, iPads, and iPhones, so work can be shared and collaborated with effortlessly, plus all devices are compatible with Mac versions of Microsoft Office.

Apple’s latest iOS, High Sierra, has refined the features and apps of it’s devices which makes it more reliable, capable, and responsive than ever before. The Apple File System has been introduced to every Mac with all-flash internal storage to increase:

  • Storage capabilities: faster, bigger storage
  • Responsiveness find documents and complete tasks instantly
  • Safety and security built-in encryption, crash-safe protections, and simplified data backups

Suited to:

  • Secondary
  • Tertiary