If you think that epos have their own built-in operating system to run, we should say you are wrong. To clear things up, let's see what an Operating System or OS is first.
If you have a PC, laptop or a smartphone, you need to have an OS installed in your device in order to run it. An Operating System is the first software which is run in your device and acts like a host for your other software and programs installed in your device, which are considered as guests.
Remember that the OS is the first who enters and the last one who gets out of your system.
Below is a list of the most popular Operating Systems in the world:
- Microsoft Windows: Microsoft Windows also called windows is an operating system created by Microsoft Microsoft Windows was introduced in 1983 and kept upgrading up to now. It provides a graphical interface through which the users can manage their folders, files and programs in a friendly way. According to recent statistics, Windows share of the global market is about 70 percent of all computers.
- macOS: Macintosh Operating System is designed by Apple corporation and is operated on the mac computers. It has a Graphical User Interface and provides similar capabilities like other Operating Systems including Windows and Linux. macOS is famous for being super secure as it is protected by strong privacy and security technologies. At the end, iOS is also the mobile operating system installed on iPhones & iPads etc.
- Linux: Linux is the most popular open-source operating system and is free to use. Many users love this feature about Linux since they can modify the functionality of this open-source OS according to their technical needs. Linux is similar to other operating systems like windows and has a graphical user interface. So, the only main difference is that it is open-source.
- Android: This OS is the masterpiece of google as the most popular Operating System for about half of the world’s smartphones, which is mainly used for touchscreen devices. It is developed in a way that users can interact with devices by their fingers like through swiping and tapping. Android developers are able to create mobile apps mainly using Java language, and then they can publish them on online app stores, such as Google Play etc.
The EPOS software is installed upon the operating system you are using in your epos till. All POS software are OS-dependent, and it means you must always check the compatibility of your POS software with the current OS installed in it in order to avoid any possible software conflicts. Windows is mostly used in epos, but the number of the iOS & Android based eposes are getting increased every day. Windows is recommended for large stores while iOS/Android are better choices for smaller businesses. We hope this article was helpful enough to give you some insight about different Operating Systems and their features & functionality. Definitely choosing the right OS for your epos depends on many factors, so you must take it seriously and spend much more time to get a better understanding about it.