“There is no question in my mind that the Mac OS already beats Windows Vista, and Leopard will widen the gap. It already incorporates 3-D graphics to make a better user interface. Leopard’s desktop interface is easier to use,” Dean Takahashi reports for The San Jose Mercury News.

“Leopard is simpler than Windows Vista because it’s a single operating system with just one version that sells for $129. Microsoft has subdivided its operating system into cheaper or more expensive versions with different features available. Leopard can handle 64-bit applications just as easily as it can handle 32-bit applications, while Microsoft’s operating system again uses different versions,” Takahashi reports.

MacDailyNews Note: Related article: Apple’s Mac OS X Leopard is 64-bit done right, unlike Microsoft’s Windows Vista kludge – August 14, 2006

Takahashi continues, “The Mac outperform’s Vista’s ‘gadgets’ feature with an enhancement to ‘widgets.’ With this, you can go to any Web site, highlight a feature of something that changes, and build that into the ‘dashboard’ of the Mac. So you can see sports scores for your favorite team just by pressing a key that brings up the dashboard feature. The ability to personalize this looks like it gives the Mac the leg up.”

“Another cool feature is ‘core animation,’ which allows you to automatically animate things. Jobs showed off this feature by demonstrating a program that allowed him to search through hundreds of videos using standard search terms. If you type “fish,” it will find all of the videos with fish in them. Beyond these cool things, there are enhancements to the way the Mac handles chatting, automatic backups, running Windows and keeping multiple environments for doing different kinds of tasks open at the same time,” Takahashi reports.

“I think these features are great. But I don’t know if they’re going to make a difference to the vast majority of users. Will people pay more for Macs? Vista has some stability problems that are still being worked out. But by and large it works. It’s like the difference between a Ford and a BMW. You know which one does the job better, but which one is good enough?” Takahashi wonders.

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Most people spend hours and hours with a personal computer each day. Why would anyone settle for inferior when you can have superior – often getting much more for a similar or even better price?