Jupiter Research VP: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘runs rings around Microsoft Windows’

“Want to see what the future of personal computing looks like? Don’t wait for Microsoft to show you; go out and get yourself a copy of Apple’s latest operating system release, OS X Tiger. It’s that good,” Michael Gartenberg, vice president and research director for the Personal Technology & Access and Custom Research groups at Jupiter Research, writes for Computerworld.

Gartenberg writes, “For the past few weeks, I’ve been using the final version of Tiger. There are a lot of nice things in it. For example, iChat2, Apple’s instant messaging client, runs rings around the stuff on Windows, and on a G5, you can run a four-way videoconference in seamless full-screen mode. Try that on a PC.”

“The Dashboard application, including the concept of HTML applets showing contextual snippets of information, is very useful, and like most Apple stuff, it’s just plain cool,” Gartenberg writes. “But what makes Tiger a big deal are two features that boost personal productivity in ways no PC operating system has ever matched (at least not yet): Spotlight and Automator.”

Gartenberg writes, “The real challenge for Apple is to make sure that the market understands what it has done. My advice to Apple? Turn up the volume on this release several notches so it doesn’t get lost in the checklist wars… There’s no doubt that a lot of similar concepts will be included in the next version of Windows. But Longhorn won’t be here for at least 18 months. It will be interesting to see what Apple has for us by then.”

Full article here.

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The Independent: Apple’s ‘faster, smarter, simpler’ Mac OS X Tiger ‘a must-have’ – May 04, 2005
Mac OS X Tiger review for a Windows PC audience finds Tiger’s ‘far, far better than Windows XP’ – May 03, 2005
Longhorn mentioned in nearly every Apple Mac OS X Tiger review to assuage Windows masses – May 02, 2005
Boston Herald: Mac OS X Tiger should compel Windows PC users to think about switching to Apple Mac – May 02, 2005
Mac OS X Tiger will likely improve performance of your Macintosh – April 30, 2005
PC World review gives Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger 4.5 stars out of 5 – April 30, 2005
Mac fans line up for new operating system as passberby asks ‘what is a tiger?’ – April 29, 2005
Forrester analysts: Apple should advertise Mac OS X Tiger on television and in movie theaters – April 29, 2005
Ars Technica: Mac OS X Tiger ‘at least twice as significant as any single past update’ – April 28, 2005
BusinessWeek: ‘Tiger bolsters Mac OS X’s edge as the best personal-computer operating system around’ – April 28, 2005
Associated Press: Mac OS X Tiger ‘provides another excellent incentive to switch from Windows’ – April 28, 2005
Mossberg: Apple’s Tiger ‘the best, most advanced personal computer operating system on the market’ – April 28, 2005
InformationWeek columnist: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘a compelling upgrade’ – April 28, 2005
NY Times: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger is the most secure, stable and satisfying OS on earth – April 28, 2005
Wired News: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘full of welcome surprises’ – April 27, 2005
Apple posts QuickTime movies of Mac OS X Tiger features in action – April 13, 2005
Why doesn’t Apple advertise Mac OS X on TV? – April 12, 2005


  1. I’m now with all those who’ve been demanding that Apple start advertising Tiger. In part to piss off those zits in Florida called TigerDirect, but more to capitalise on all this amazing press.

    Apple – get someone to start making your adverts – and make them at least as cool as you did for the iPod ones.

    Oh to watch Longinthetooth die a death before its even been born!

  2. OUTSTANDING review, especially the author’s denigration of Windows advocates’ “checklist” response to Tiger (i.e., “we have search, they have search”). This is the review to forward to others, especially business/office colleagues and IT departments. As Gartenberg writes, Tiger is “productivity nirvana”–business will get this, at least those businesses that are going to win in the marketplace, and those are the important ones.

  3. Long ago, I played around with QuickKeys. Then I played with RealBasic. Then I played around with AppleScript. Except for QuickKeys, I never had a good enough reason to get all that interested in them. So now OS X 10.4 has Automator. So, the past couple of days, I’ve been playing with it. Jeesh! Now, how come, all of a sudden (not really, I guess), I have loads of reasons for using it. I’ve created these little workflows that do all sorts of cool things for me. For example, for some reason Preview now saves screen shots in png format instead of pdf. I dunno why but, what I really want it to do is save ’em in jpg usually. So, now I got this little Automator workflow that batch converts all my little screen shots from png to jpg in one fell swoop. It took all of 30 seconds to create and it takes less time to perform the task. How cool is that?

    Apple should advertise Tiger features like that more. I agree.

  4. I doubt advertising about OSX features will have much impact. Most people buy PC, because that is what they use at work. I think Apple will do better giving PowerBooks with MS Office to CEO of Fortune 100 companies. Then attach a letter, “remember the last time your big deal went sour because media found out about it before deal was complete? With this PowerBook, you won’t have to worry about your computer leaking the information to the world”

  5. thanks mr. mertz. yeah, i read about grabbing screen shots like that in the new Preview. then I forgot! senior moment, i guess. but, then, my forgetfulness led me to play with Automator, which was cool in its own right, no?

  6. Has anybody successfully had a “oh my god that is so amazing, best quality ever” multi user chat with iChat AV? The discussion forums at apple and elsewhere all talk of disappointment. I read with skepticism the article comments about a seamless four-way full screen chat… comments appreciated.

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