Analyst: Tiger proves ‘Apple is light years ahead of Microsoft in developing PC operating systems’

“I spent some time over at Apple yesterday taking a closer look of their new OS known as Tiger or Mac OS 10.4 I had seen it at MacWorld in January and was pretty impressed with the demo then, but seeing it up close and personal yesterday made it clear to me that Apple is light years ahead of Microsoft when it comes to developing PC operating systems,” Tim Bajarin writes for Technology Pundits. “There are a lot of new features in Tiger, including a much more powerful Safari Browser, a much better email client and something called the Automator, which is a simplified scripting system that quickly and easily can automate repetitive tasks. But, its real value is in three key components that really sets it apart from any OS on the market today.”

Bajarin writes, “The first new feature is their new desktop search engine called Spotlight… The second new feature worth pointing out is something called Dashboard. This is a new UI navigation tool that lets a user activate what Apple calls Widgets. Widgets are little programs that are mostly utilitarian in purpose, such as clocks, calculators, metric and currency converters, flight trackers, dictionary, etc. These little tools are extremely helpful and since they can be created in HTML, anyone who knows how to create a Web page could create additional Widgets of their own. This is the area where third party developers could be very creative and deliver all types of Widgets to sell to Mac users over time… The third feature I really like is their newest version of iChat. It now supports up to 10 people in audio conferences and up to four people in video conference mode. More importantly, the way they allow a user to see the other video conference participants are really innovative. It literally allows you to view the others in a 3D like environment where each person in the conference is framed as if they were sitting right in front of you at three different angles. And, you can even see their shadows on the virtual conference table in front of them, creating the illusion of all four people in the conference sitting together at a table having a chat. This alone is worth the price of the new OS.”

“Apple has created a really powerful new OS that will clearly make the Mac faithful happy and will also help them attract more new users to the Mac platform,” Bajarin concludes.

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29 Comments

  1. I’ve been sending links of Tigers to my PC using friends about Tiger and links to the Mac mini, and all of them are intrigues. Most are especially impressed with Tiger’s features.

  2. Educational discounts are helpful for teachers on a tough salary.
    For those of you “non- teachers or students” who use it to cheat a few a bucks out of Apple, shame on you. It’s going to be criminals like you that spoil it for the rest of the honest educational system workers.

    I hope Apple legal goes after you with a vengeance.

    Macs Suck, PC’s Rule!

  3. MDN: that must be the most “stating the obvious” headline ever. But would someone (especially one of these “Macs Suck, PC’s Rule!” trolls) explain to me how Microsoft, with all their money and resources and huge market share, are totally unable to produce a half-way decent piece of OS progamming in a timely manner, while a small company in Palo Alto seems to be able to do so consistently.

    Is it a case of “if you want to go there, you shouldn’t start from here” reliance on DOS/Windows, or is it because they don’t have the balls to say (as Apple have twice, with the PowerPC and with OSX) “the past is past, start anew”? Or is it just because they’re incompetent?

  4. Perfusionista-

    Their market share is too big to just tell everyone all the thousands you’ve spent on software and hardware is now worthless. We’ve suddenly decided to change platforms and you’re going to pay to come along.

    That’s why the mini isn’t as good an offer as most people think for switchers. Sure if you’re Mac already, adding a mini to the house or office is just $499. But if you now have to buy The Adobe suite ($1200) and Quark ($899) Macromedia MX ($799) that mini just cost me $4,000. It’s great that all the files are cross platform, but you still have to pay for the Mac version of the programs.

    MW- serious. As in that mini costs a switcher serious dollars.

  5. Jerry T —

    You should try actually calling those comapnies — Adobe, Quark, Macromedia, etc. — and inquiring about cross-platform upgrade pricing. Almost every company will do this — to the best of my knowledge. I know that Intuit certainly did it with Quickbooks for me. I believe Adobe also has such a policy.

    Those “switching” costs that you mentioned then become a whole lot more reasonable.

  6. Jerry T —

    If you are using Adobe Suite, Quark, and Macromedia MX, then the Mac mini is not what you should even be considering. You should really be looking at a PowerMac. Those are professional apps and should be used with a professional system. The Mac mini is fine for most users but I don’t think it should be considered if you want to run those apps.

    Its obvious that you are interested in a Mac otherwise why would you even be on this site? Mac-envy? Come on, take the plunge. You won’t regret it.

  7. My question Jerry, is why are you buying both the Adobe suite AND the Macromedia suite right out of the gate? And for that matter Quark on top of it? Im not saying they are all not useful, God knows I have used them all, but man pick a set and stay with it especially if your getting a new system too. InDesign CS can open most Quark 5 and previous files, as well as Pagemaker doc. and GoLive can definately fill Dreamweavers shoes, the only thing you may need is Flash. but if you already have these programs, get a cross-platform upgrade and save yourself $3000, and spend it on a PowerMac or PowerBook.

    I cannot wait till I can get my firm to upgrade me to a G5 (now with TIGER!

  8. All-

    Thanks for the response. I know the mini isn’t right for me. I need the Power Mac. I used to be Mac, my last one was an 8500. But a few years (1999) back several of my clients required me to be PC. So I’ve been stuck ever since. Now I’ve got so much software to replace that it almost isn’t cost effective to switch back. Even with the cross-grades plus the type libraries etc. on top of the $3000 Power Mac it makes it very hard and expensive to just switch on a whim. And despite what many of you say, Windows isn’t that bad. It’s ugly as hell though. Who came up with that Fisher Price look?

    Jeff-

    Of course I have Mac envy. Who wouldn’t?

    Buffy-

    Unfortunately I have clients that require me to use the different programs. Though I am seeing more of a consolidation onto the Adobe suite as of late. Plus I’m a long time Freehand user. I prefer it to Illustrator. Mostly out of habit though.

  9. Jerry T – hehe, charge your clients accordingly. Cross grading is definitely the way to go – but why won’t the type libraries migrate over?

    The Fisher Price look of Windows XP looks great. C’mon – it had Apple working hard to compete. Just look at the metal interface. Of course, you can turn XP’s kiddy look off and go back to a more “classic” windows look (eg. circa 2000); which also takes less screen real-estate and is faster too (ask anyone running XP in VPC – turning off certain interface “nicities” speeds things up quite a bit.)

    <Hagrid>Shouldn’ta said that.</Hagrid>

  10. Tim Bajarin mentions some of the great new pieces of Mac OS X that come with Tiger. But he forgot to mention the one that blows Microshit’s offerings away – security!

  11. Whoa! Tim, baby. I remember you from the old days. We’re talkin’ Computer Chronicles, here. You remember, don’t you? Doom. As in Apple is doomed. Gloom. As in Apple will go away soon.

    Thanks for the insightful analysis, though.

    perfusionista:

    Two genuinely small points. The company in question is in Cupertino, and it is not small. Forbes reckons it is the 442 biggest company in the world. MS is 52 iirc. However, you basic point is well taken. There is not question that Microsoft is beleaguered.

    Mike

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