Analyst: ‘Microsoft’s Longhorn is going to have hard time upstaging Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger’

“Well, as announced [yesterday] morning, Apple’s OS X Tiger will ship on the 29th and that’s the reason I’m in SF this week. I spent some time with Phil Schiller [on Monday] and got an in depth look at Tiger. I purposely held off writing anything until the vendor glow wore off a bit but this morning I’m still convinced that Tiger is a big deal and it just might be the the best OS on a PC I have ever seen for productivity use… The reason? Spotlight. Integrated search just works so much better at the OS level and when it’s integrated into everything. For the first time users aren’t constrained to or forced to learn the intricacies of a hierarchal file system. It doesn’t matter where on my disk the information is or even if its sitting in my email. Spotlight finds it and then lets me manipulate it,” Michael Gartenberg writes for JupiterResearch.

“There’s a lot more in Tiger, iChat2 runs rings around msn messenger for video chat and Dashboard is just plain cool. The real hit for me though is Spotlight and the integrated OS and application functions. Tiger is a real leap in OS functionality and Microsoft is going to have hard time to upstage Tiger with Longhorn,” Gartenberg writes.

“The real challenge that Apple has is to make sure people understand what they’ve done here. They need to turn up the volume on this several notches so that they don’t get lost in the checklist wars, i.e., we have search, they have search… There’s a real experiential difference here in what Apple’s offering and if you spend far too much time organizing your stuff or just can’t find it again, you need to take a close look at Tiger. What’s missing? Not much for me. I’d like to see RSS persistent so I can read and search offline and I wouldn’t mind seeing MSFT add Spotlight for Entourage. Otherwise, for the moment, this OS is nirvana for productivity,” Gartenberg writes.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: One teensy, weensy, little point: Longhorn is vapor. Of course Longhorn is going to have a hard time upstaging Mac OS X Tiger — Longhorn doesn’t exist! It’s a reality vs. fantasy kinda thing. Tiger ships on April 29, 2005 (in sixteen days), quite unlike Longhorn’s constantly slipping, literally year(s) away ship date. The obvious fact we’re about to unleash reads like the joke that it is: Microsoft’s competitor to Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger is Windows XP.

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30 Comments

  1. Longhorn is better. Unlike Apple’s OS, Longhorn exists only in the Magical World of Fantasy, where supermodels swarm adoringly around me, massaging my shoulders and whispering sweet little adulations to me.

    Tiger exists in the boring old Real World, a world ruled by Texas yahoos with billionaire buddies and corporate criminal cronies.

  2. Back in the early 1990s, I had some friends that worked for Novell. It was clear at the time that Novell was the defacto standard for enterprise networking. They saw no other company as a threat (yes, even Microslob at the time). In fact they laughed when you brought it up. Who was in a postion to dethrone them? Whether it was company pride, arrogance or short sightedness, the fact is they were an 800 pound gorilla and we were just not informed.

    What happened to Novell? Don’t get me wrong, Novell made, hell, still makes a great product. I told my friends to keep an eye on Microslob and they snickered. There was no great love for M$ mind you, just an observation.

    Now I talk to my peers in IT with great fondness for Apple. Sure, some laugh at me, some immediately get hot-headed and uber-defensive.

    There is no denying where the real innovation is taking place, and it ain’t Redmond.

  3. Anyone want to bet MS will have some “big news” about some “great new Longhorn features” around April 29th?

    “The all new MS OS, Longhorn, with a yellow screen of death (instead of blue), to be released in 2007. The new interface will be based on Matel and not the current Fisher Price interface of XP!” etc…

  4. mrw0lf: Yeah Apple is comming to the enterprise. NOT!

    “It was clear at the time that Novell was the defacto standard for enterprise networking”

    Yeah, For what? Im sorry dude, but novell sucks, always has, The best thing they “were” good for was network printing. Thats It. The Network Directory Service was pathetic.

    Knowone cares about Mac OS X, except for the crApple Bigots.

  5. >mrw0lf: Yeah Apple is comming to the enterprise. NOT!

    “It was clear at the time that Novell was the defacto standard for enterprise networking”

    Yeah, For what? Im sorry dude, but novell sucks, always has, The best thing they “were” good for was network printing. Thats It. The Network Directory Service was pathetic.

    Knowone cares about Mac OS X, except for the crApple Bigots>

    What grade are you in?

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