“What is coming in Mac OS X 10.5, code-named Leopard? Does anyone outside the executive suite in Cupertino really know? Putting aside the half-baked rumors and hoax pages floating around Web, the truth must wait for Steve Jobs’ keynote address at the company’s WWDC (Worldwide Developers Conference) in early August,” David Morgenstern writes for eWeek. “But that shouldn’t stop us from dreaming.”

Morgenstern’s short list of improvements that he’d like to see in Leopard:

More support for small businesses: The Mac platform needs an application or an integrated suite that provides the functions of Microsoft Outlook on the Windows platform.

Improved Windows support through virtualization: Apple can’t afford to rile Microsoft right now (or at any time, really). Microsoft can see the advantage of Mac users running copies of Windows on Intel Macs. But something like Wine would set off fireworks in Redmond.

Make Automator fit for ordinary people: Automator is great stuff, but still too tough at times for everyday use by ordinary users. Most Actions are scripted by professionals. It must be made more accessible and easy to use.

Refine Spotlight searching: I don’t know if I can express exactly what must be done to take Spotlight to the next level, however, I know it must improve.

Fix the performance of the Finder and the networking stack: Finder is still acting erratic at times and it too much to ask that Apple fully test on Windows networks—any and all Mac OS X releases—before they ship?

Full article here.

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