Mac OS® stands for Macintosh operating system, the operating system developed specifically for the Apple Computer line of Macintosh Computers. There are several editions of the Mac OS, and each addition is denoted by a number after the title of the program, such as OS1, OS2, and so on. The Mac OS is well-known for its GUI, graphical user interface, meaning that you open and launch all software programs through a graphic environment using a pointer device called a mouse, rather than typing in text commands. Like all other operating systems, the Mac OS has the basic responsibilities of acting as a platform from which other devices and applications are controlled. That is, the Macintosh operating system is in control of receiving input from the user and displaying it on the monitor, organizing and monitoring files, and managing the operation of peripheral devices such as a printer. Also, the Macintosh operating system provides a platform to launch other software programs, called 'application programs,' which cannot run unless they're supported by an operating system. The Mac OS is often considered one of the most user-friendly operating systems, and as such is a favorite of schools with young students who are just learning how to use computers, and with businesses that want to make sure all their employees can quickly set up and use their computers.
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