PC World names Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘Best Operating System”

PC World today announced the winners of its annual World Class Awards. The “100 Best Products of 2005” in the July issue features the finest products and services of the last year, from advanced digital cameras to workgroup printers, from ACDSee 7 to ZoneAlarm Antivirus.

This year’s list of World Class winners is unique in that it contains a wider range of products for work, home, and everywhere in between. The editors’ picks reflect the changing world of technology, with revolutionary products in various categories, such as ultraportable notebooks, handheld gaming devices, HDTV, and satellite radio. The 2005 Product of the Year is Mozilla Firefox, in the Web browser category. Editors noted, “This open-source program is streamlined, customizable, and just plain better [than the competition]. No wonder it has attracted millions of users in just a few months.”

The complete list of ranked winners follows; editors made their selections based on exemplary design, features, performance, innovation, and price. The honorees were selected after editors reviewed hundreds of products, including those that have appeared in the magazine over the last 12 months.

Apple Computer, Inc. scored in PC World’s 2005 World Class Award Winners in the following categories:
Operating System: Apple Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger)
Media Player: Apple iTunes
Small PC: Apple Mac mini
Database: FileMaker Pro 7
Music Downloads: Apple iTunes Music Store
Large Capacity MP3 Player: Apple iPod photo

Interestingly, also listed as winners (categories can contain multiple winners, denoted with *) were:
Flash Based MP3 Player: iRiver iFP-895
Midcapacity MP3 Player: Rio Carbon
*Media Player: Microsoft Windows Media Player 10
Performance PC: Alienware Aurora 5500
All Purpose Notebook: Compaq Presario V200
Desktop Replacement Notebook: Dell Inspiron 6000
All Purpose PC: IBM ThinkCentre A51p
*Small PC: Shuttle Computer XPC i8600b
Ultra Portable Notebook: IBM ThinkPad X41

The issue will be on newsstands June 14, and the article is now available at http://find.pcworld.com/48080.

Related MacDailyNews articles:
Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘is the most advanced operating system on the planet’ – May 31, 2005
TrustedReviews: After using Mac OS X Tiger ‘going back to Windows XP is something of a joke at best’ – May 18, 2005
The Butler Group: ‘Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger the best desktop operating system in the world to date’ – May 13, 2005
BBC News: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘the most stable and reliable OS, well ahead of Windows XP’ – May 10, 2005
Windows users show strong curiosity about Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger – May 09, 2005
Windows tech writer Thurrott: ‘In many ways, Mac OS X Tiger is simply better than Windows’ – May 07, 2005
EarthWeb: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger is a ‘serious enterprise operating system, a pivotal release’ – May 06, 2005
BusinessWeek: ‘Tiger bolsters Mac OS X’s edge as the best personal-computer operating system’ – May 06, 2005
The Guardian: Mac OS X Tiger a powerful solution while Microsoft’s Longhorn remains on drawing board – May 06, 2005
Chicago Sun-Times: Mac OS X Tiger shows ‘there’s never been a more compelling time to switch to Mac’ – May 05, 2005
Dan Gillmor: ‘With Mac OS X Tiger, Apple is plainly in the lead today’ – May 05, 2005
Jupiter Research VP: Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger ‘runs rings around Microsoft Windows’ – May 04, 2005
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
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
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


  1. “Don’t worry, PC folks. Longhorn will win in 2007.”

    Yeah, and Steve Jobs eats meat. ” width=”19″ height=”19″ alt=”tongue rolleye” style=”border:0;” />

  2. The ONLY Microsoft product to hit the list was Windows Media Player.

    To add insult to injury, several of the products were security related products or utilities needed just to get XP to work..sort of.

  3. Oh wow. What was the competition? MS didn’t even release their product.

    Way to go Apple! You finished first because you were the only entrant this year!

    Apple zealots. LOL

  4. Well Stan,
    There are multiple media players in the market. Products like RealPlayer, Winamp, Musicmatch. So Apple wasn’t the only entrant by any means. Maybe the only one that is usable, but not the only one.

    PC idiots. LOL

    MW:needs. Stan needs to get a clue.

  5. I am the real stantheman. I do use exclaimations, if necessary. You mac trolls are trolling with my name now.

    What is this, 3rd grade? What did I expect from people that get one button mice by default. Even Apple doesn’t trust you Macheads to be able to use more then one mouse button at a time.

  6. stannieboy …

    isn’t this what MS submitted this year?

    Déjà Vu All Over Again
    … Flash forward to this year’s WinHEC 2005. Longhorn is in complete disarray and in danger of collapsing under its own weight: Since WinHEC 2004, Microsoft hasn’t shipped a single public beta release of the product, which is now delayed until late 2006. Now, we get a new build of Longhorn, finally, but it’s surprisingly similar to the version we got last year. In fact, it’s almost less exciting, because it looks more like the existing Windows version—Windows XP—than the year-ago version did. You can literally see the backtracking. …

    tra la la la la

    it’s not like I really care, stannieboy … but I just know you’re going to have something sparkling to say in return.

  7. Whats so pathetic is the MS guys yelling “Longhorn isn’t even out yet!!!”

    Like that’s Apples fault. Listen up guys, you are getting spanked. Until Longhorn is released you are going to have to sit and TAKE IT. It won’t help crying like little babies about something that DOESN’T EXIST.

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