Microsoft’s Windows Vista will attempt to incorporate many features from Apple’s Mac OS X Tiger

“When Windows Vista ships in late 2006, Windows will mimic many features of Apple’s Tiger and go beyond it. But while Microsoft introduces the world to Vista, Apple is keeping mum about its next version of Mac OS X, which Steve Jobs has said will ship at about the same time as Vista. It is the Intel-ready Leopard, not Tiger, that will be Apple’s answer to Windows Vista,” John Rizzo writes for eWeek.

“With the first Vista beta, Microsoft seems to have taken many cues from Mac OS X with the user interface and features, right down to some of the terminology. Even some of Vista’s icons are amazingly similar to those in Tiger. For instance, there’s the interface names, Apple’s Aqua and Microsoft’s Aero,” Rizzo writes. “In Vista, ‘My Documents’ and ‘My Computer’ are now ‘Computer’ and ‘Documents,’ as they are in Mac OS X. The search icon in the Vista beta is almost identical to Tiger’s Spotlight icon, except that the magnifying glass turns the other way. Vista buttons and other interface details have a shiny bulbous look similar to those in Mac OS X.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Rizzo’s article contains mistakes, for example, “The Vista icons are scalable to different sizes, but can scale up to 128 by 128 pixels, compared to 64 by 64 in Tiger.” Tiger’s icons can scale up to 128 x 128 pixels (since Mac OS X beta, no less, which debuted in September 2000). Rizzo’s contention that Vista will be more secure than Mac OS X is somewhat laughable at this early “Vaporous Vista” juncture. Sorry, but Microsoft has a long way to go on the security front before anyone will swallow that line. Rizzo seems pretty ecstatic that Vista icons will have thumbnails of the actual document, but fails to mention that in Mac OS X’s Column view, clicking on a document will automatically show its thumbnail view just as Vista is supposed to do in late 2006 (or use Get Info on a document). We’re sure you’ll be able to find more errors, but it’s an interesting article that highlights how hope springs eternal in the Windows camp that someday Windows will be able to adequately replicate what Apple Mac had years ago. The part about Mac OS X Leopard vs. Windows Vista is also somewhat interesting.

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30 Comments

  1. Looks like he can edit the article after people read it.. The icon size comment has been changed in the last hour to read:

    “The Vista icons and previews are scalable to different sizes and can scale up to 128 by 128 pixels.”

    What a tool!

  2. He forgets that Microsoft claimed that XP was going to be more secure. Look what happened. What fantasy island is this guy living on to think Vista will be more secure than OSX of any version. If they do they will probably break compatability with everything else.

  3. “Certainly, Windows is a target of more malware than is Mac OS X, and security in Vista is more sophisticated than in Tiger.”

    So because Windows is targeted more it has to have more sophisticated security? How about OS X has more sophisticated security and thats why no visuses affect it! That guy is such a tool!

  4. One more feature of VISTA will be the replacement of the wizard with a take-off on the long featured Clippy character. Instead, the Windows help wizard will be an animated dancing sweaty Steve Ballmer. He will run around in circles inside this little box on your screen yelling “I, love, this, company yeahhhhhhh”

    mw ‘men’ as in “It is not a world of men Machine. It’s a world of clockwatchers and beureaucrats.”

  5. “And the Aero interface – what, it looks like it’s made of delicious bubbly chocolate?”

    Hmm how appropriate… Vista is a load of BS, right down to the interface. Something’s brown all right, and it ain’t chocolate!

    As for the main article, so what. A bozo writer comments about MS copying Apple stuff in the next (and long overdue) Windows version. Yaaawn. Twenty-plus years of this song & dance aren’t getting any more exciting.

    Anyway let MS copy the eye candy, the world knows their game. We’ll see how MS matches Apple in areas that can’t be copied (like security and user satisfaction).

  6. Question for you guys in the know:
    Seeing that Apple won’t abandon PPC users like myself in the near future, would I be wrong in thinking that future OS’, starting with Leopard, will be tweaked so as to run <better, faster, smoother–take your pick> on Macintels?

  7. “…the Windows help wizard will be an animated dancing sweaty Steve Ballmer…”

    Don’t forget that users will be able to choose between the animated dancing sweaty Steve Ballmer, and another crowd-pleaser version that licks its own ears then screams “Give it up for me!!!”

    Vista’s top-secret weapon will be a Blue Screen Of Death that comes in five (count ’em) five new colours!

  8. MDN, you are always correcting other people, so you should correct yourself. The following statement is false:

    “Rizzo seems pretty ecstatic that Vista icons will have thumbnails of the actual document, but fails to mention that in Mac OS X’s Column view, clicking on a document will automatically show its thumbnail view just as Vista is supposed to do in late 2006 (or use Get Info on a document).”

    In my version of Mac OS X 10.4.2 Tiger, clicking “Get Info” on a Word document does not generate a thumbnail image of the document. It only shows the icon. I believe what Vista does is show an actual miniaturized version of the document instead of a generic icon. In other words, you see the document like it would be if it had been minimized to the Dock in OS X.

  9. Oh flaps, I agree except perhaps to elaborate

    “… then again it looks like xp with a bit of crap stuck on it”

    I suppose that should read

    “then again it looks like crap (i.e. xp) with a bit of crap stuck on it”

    or more succinctly

    “then again it looks crap”

  10. Max:

    I did what you said, but all my Word files still show up as generic icons. They do not show a preview of the actual document, as Vista does. OS X only has this capability for images.

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