Microsoft Windows Vista compared to Apple Mac OS X

“Gartner Group took a good look at Windows Vista, Microsoft’s next-generation operating system. The analyst reports back on some ten issues that stir mixed feelings among preview users. IT-Enquirer took the most spectacular and most interesting to publishers and compared with Mac OS X where appropriate,” IT-Enquirer reports.

IT-Enquirer looks at the following areas:
• Integrated Search With Document Orientation
• User Account Protection
• Full Volume Encryption With TPM 1.2 Support
• Inbound/Outbound Personal Firewall
• Web browser

Full article here.

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  1. “Did you know that Address Book contacts Apple servers even if you don’t have a .Mac account?”

    What does it contact Apple servers about?
    How does it do it if you’re not online?

    “Did you know with the recent 10.4.3 update the DOCK phones Apple?”

    What does the Doc phone Apple about?

  2. Windows sufferers want to know how it will compare to Mac OS X because Mac is getting so much respect. There appears to be real interest in the technologies now that Mac is once again so much stronger than Windows.

  3. Good lord what a crappy article.

    Basically it’s: Here’s a feature that might be in Vista when it ships… that sounds neato but we haven’t really seen any production level code. And guess what? OSX doesn’t have the same feature.

    Plus most of the features are dubious anyway. Desktop searching across the enterprise… Encrypting volumes w/ some onboard palladium type chip… some bullshit about dynamic user access control that apparently elevates processes’ privileges for the lifetime of the process. Which is just plain stupid so it’s probably just a typo. Assuming it is a typo then it sounds like there is going to be NO END of holes in the implementation.

    Don’t follow the link. You’re wasting your time and just giving them hits.

  4. To the “other” Mac Dude…

    Thanx for the info… I did not know that…


    Is there any way to set “Little Snitch” to stop ALL
    calls home (from everything) …. without having that annoying pop up asking me if this or that is ok ?

    And at the same time… not interferring with legit uploading ??

    (I’m a newbie with Snitch .. so go easy on me)

  5. It seems reasonable to provide some sort of view that will answer potential switchers or visters questions. “Do I wait for the next big thing or get something that’s better than what I have now?” That’s the question being answered here. Apple is very quiet about 10.5 and there is no reason not to be. Without question Microsoft has been photocopying and basing their feature sets on what Apple does. Without telling MS what’s coming Apple has a chance to compete. Vista is like a concept car: you see something that might become available, but it’s going to be about 3/4 of what was displayed. Leopard is like a spyshot of a production vehicle in testing: it exists, but before it hits the market it’s going to be rock solid and the only clue the competition has is that it is at least 25% different than any concept shown. With no concept except Tiger we are left with a stealth OS. Sure, there’s no hype…but then you don’t need to skip Beta 2 in order to release Leopard on time.

    The Dock calls home so it’s bad, but another Application is bad because it calls home and asks for the admin password. OK, except the OS asks for and knows the Admin password. The OS calls home w/ software update. Apple has been calling home for years and there hasn’t been an exploit (other than making things work on machines NOT running Mac OS X). As for a third party app that asks for your password…it’s a matter of trust. If you don’t know what you are buying or installing then don’t install the rm -rf * script that asks for your password. Otherwise stop trippin on the ‘Apple product that contacts Apple’ tip.

    Criteria for a firewall blocking outgoing connections? Idiot user or remote exploit that has not happened for OS X yet. It’s stuff you installed ok. It’s what you’re doing. If the OS has protections from what comes back (which is what incoming does) then the only thing that can be compromised is your privacy. Do you send email and type in browse the web? OK you’re sending out info. If you use gmail you need not apply to the paranoia club. The plain and simple fact is that MS NEEDS an outgoing firewall because there are tons of remote exploits for windows and the security controls allow any new machine to require trashing or reinstallation within 6 months. Not so Apple (not that it’s difficult for Apple to change the firewall and keep the same interface!!)

  6. Nobody cares. Even among Windows users there doesn’t seem to be any interest, much less excitment over Vista. Ask any Windows users you know about Vista odds are most haven’t heard of it and the rest won’t be standing in line for it because XP is “good enough.” I could be dead wrong but my bet there will be no mad stampede to upgrade (sic) to Vista from XP. Of course at its current rate Vista will be staggering into the marketplace about the same time we’re all upgrading to OS X 10.7 “Sabertooth.”

  7. This has got to be the millionth time someone wrote an article on this subject. When will these idiots finally stop having this terrific epiphany to write an article comparing operating systems?

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