Tech pundit Enderle: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger’s main features ‘borrow heavily from Longhorn’

“On Friday Apple released its ‘Tiger’ operating system into the marketplace. Borrowing heavily from what we had seen in Longhorn (Microsoft’s next version of Windows) last year, Tiger is an impressive piece of work. I’m not one of those who thinks that using a competitor is a bad idea, particularly if you can get it out first. You play this game to win and, as long as it’s legal, in my book anything goes,” Rob Enderle writes for TechNewsWorld.

“Tiger has a number of features that appear to have been pulled from Longhorn’s preview last year. The biggest one is ‘smart search,’ [Spotlight] a feature that allows you to rapidly search a variety of file types to find what you need. With storage approaching a Terabyte now, this is an incredibly useful feature and one Windows users will have to get from a third party until Longhorn ships late next year,” Enderle writes. “Another is virtual folders [Smart Folders]. This allows you to group files virtually by author, topic, or other criteria making them a lot easier to find. Finally there is the use of widgets [Dashboard], something you can get in a third-party product called “Window Blinds” and also shown last year by Microsoft. This allows you to put little useful applets on your screen. This last is more eye candy than anything else, but I like it and it makes the OS look cool.”

“Tiger is well-integrated with hardware and provides a solid out-of-box user experience. The user interface is mature and it has a UNIX core that remains one of the most secure on the market… As an individual, if you can live on the platform, there really is no competition: Tiger would easily be my choice. But if you have to use Windows at work, moving between the two user interfaces is painful and should make you less productive on the Windows machine. This will be an individual call; if the fun of using the Apple platform is greater than the constant aggravation of the difference, then Apple is your path. If not, stay with Windows. Overall, I think Apple will grow its market with this OS and the Mac Mini. Maintaining it after Longhorn ships is a question we’ll address later,” Enderle writes. “What will I use? I’m a gamer, and I love to modify my hardware, but Tiger doesn’t support my favorite game and you don’t ‘mod’ Apple hardware. Apple has yet to come out with an OS I can use, and until they do, ugly name and all, I’m on Windows and waiting for Longhorn.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: We recommend reading Defending Windows over Mac a sign of mental illness as it explains, in part, why Enderle feels the need to pretend that Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger copied Microsoft’s vaporous Longhorn. Until Apple makes an operating system for insipid half-wits who have their lips permanently bonded to Bill Gates’ ass, Enderle will be waiting for an Apple OS he can use.

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94 Comments

  1. This is just the old Microsoft trick of getting enough people to say something that others start believing it.

    Metadata searches were part of BeOS. Did they steal them from Longhorn too?

  2. Ummm, yeah: they developed Spotlight from the ground up in less than a year?! If they can do that, I want Apple’s coders (well, heck, I’d like their coders anyway, but you get the idea!)…..

  3. funny thing [or sad really] is that here in the bay area he was spewing this same MS BS as local news stations used him and his delusiional jibberish as part of their coverage of Tiger’s launch on Friday, calling out Apple for copying MS & Longshort… what a knob!

  4. Longhorn? What is Longhorn? Went to my local CompUSA and looked but only saw Tiger. How can you copy some thing that doesn’t exist? ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”wink” style=”border:0;” />

  5. My PalmPilot III from 1998 would group search results into categories much like the results being demoed. (Address book, notes, etc..) I’m sure versions before that had it as well. It’s not revolutionary, it’s evolutionary; and long awaited on a computer OS. It’s just that Microsoft’s growth has stunted and Mac keeps flourishing.

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