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What are the differences between Multitasking and Multiuser OS?

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Answered 2006-12-04 22:48:53

Multitasking OS can run multiple processes at the same time in short periods called a time slice for each process. Miltiuser OS allows more than 1 user to use the same processor (CPU) at the same time. (not exactly the same time but it's so small)

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