PC Mag: Apple’s Mac OS X 10.5.2 Leopard is strongest case yet for Windows PC users to switch to Mac

“Apple recently released its second update to OS X ‘Leopard,’ and the latest version of its shiny operating system is now numbered 10.5.2. When I reviewed Leopard two days after its initial release I called it the best operating system ever made for the vast majority of users. I think that’s even more true now that 10.5.2 fixes some of the first-release glitches that annoyed me in 10.5 and in Apple’s first, quick, bug-fix update 10.5.1,” Edward Mendelson reports for PC Magazine.

“The biggest change in Leopard is that the Stacks features finally works the way it should—with custom folder icons and an option to display a list of files,” Mendelson reports.

“I buy a computer to run programs, not an operating system, so for me the most useful operating system is the one that runs the programs I need to use. The Mac has the advantage over Windows in just about every software category except word processing and spreadsheets. Word for Windows is smoother and more powerful than Word for the Mac, and for the times I need WordPerfect, Windows has that, too. The same applies to Excel: The Windows version outclasses the latest Mac version, which loses support for Visual Basic for Applications macro. If you’re a Windows user who doesn’t care much about word-crunching or number-crunching, though, it may be time to switch,” Mendelson reports.

Full article here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “klapka” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Take: It’s been time to switch for quite some time now. If you need a certain Window application, you can always slum it and run Windows on your Mac either natively or via fast virtualization. No other PC sold today offers what an Apple Mac can offer.


  1. Word? WORD?

    A ghastly program that should never have been born – smart enough to interfere, stupid enough to slow you down.

    My daughters loathe it as much as me, but have to plod on because their schools run the hideous thing.

    Give me Textedit (simple) or Quark (sophisticated) anytime.


  2. Upgraded to 10.5.2 a few days ago. No real major improvements. Maybe a little quicker, but I do like being able to display stacks as a folder icon and not the annoying parade of pictures.

    Although, a tiny little topless Milla Jovovich staring at me all day sure kept me working.

  3. PC user reads this story, buys a powerful Mac Pro.

    Finds it more different than he thought, but cool.

    Installs Photoshop Elements, uploads family photos, starts to improve the washed out complexion of aging Uncle Fred.

    A beachball shows up, screen freezes, neither the mouse or keyboard is working any longer.

    Calls Apple Care – they tell him to pull the plug from the surge suppressor.

    Result: former PC user wonders why he got so excited, logs onto MDN to say he was lied to.

    Result: bunch of other PC users considering switching conclude – why go to all the expense and trouble, sounds like the Mac ain’t much different from his Dell that he bought at half the cost of a Mac.

  4. @theloniousMac,
    I agree 100% with you about the OS. Steve Jobs even said it a few years ago at the end of a keynote – “because it’s more than the hardware, it’s more than the software, it’s the OS that is at the heart of a Mac.” Or, something to that effect.

    However, I don’t think that Apple will ever license the OS. I think they see the potential nightmare it would create. Microsoft will get scared long before Apple would consider it. They’re probably scared already.

  5. I have personally witnessed more switching in the past 3 months then in all the time I have been using Macs.

    What I find more curious about switchers then anything else is how the majority of them become staunch supporters of Apple and it’s platforms.

  6. @Typical Scenario

    Why would you buy a Mac Pro for Photoshop Elements? If you did, you probably don’t have the brain power to use the Mac Pro reliably and much less configure it. Funny, I have been making my living using a Mac for more then 20 years. Sure I have had problems, but since OS X came out, I mostly work productively with no issue. I actually use Photoshop every day, not elements, but its professional big brother, with out a problem. Day in and day out.

    Actually you know how we trouble shoot Windows PC output files here, we convert them to a Mac friendly format, then they work.

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