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.

35 Comments

  1. @Ferf Muckmeyer,

    “Anyone notice that PC Magazine is getting thinner and thinner each month and Macworld is getting thicker? Just an observation. Obviously not much good to report on the PC side of things.”

    I like to look at the articles listed on the covers. All of the PC mags have “How To Wipeout Viruses!” and “Trouble-shooting Vista!”. The Mac magazines have articles like “How to Get the Most Out of iLife” , “10 Amazing Things You Never Knew You Could Do With Your Mac!”, and “Ridding Yourself of Winblows For Ever!”.

  2. << ” 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. ” >>

    @Scenario
    Don’t you and your PC boyfriends have some virus & spyware updates to download?

  3. Photoshop Elements?
    Do they still make that puppy?
    Pro App. Geez… Is it still the dark ages— darkroom?
    Where is the print paper and the gel filters?
    Crap i left my fingerprint on the print again!!!?

  4. theloniousMac and Cubert, I have felt and said for years that Apple IS OS X and OS X IS Apple.

    What you’re buying when you buy a Mac versus what you’re buying when you buy a PC is the user experience. The user experience is NOT the pretty hardware (although that’s nice, too; just look at PCs). The second thing you’re buying with a Mac versus a PC is capability, which is an offshoot of the user experience. The third thing you’re buying in a Mac versus a PC is security. Because of it’s (now certified) Unix underpinnings, any Mac is inherently more secure than any PC, period.

    User experience, capability, and security are all functions of the OS which, for our purposes, means OS X. For those reasons and more, just like Cubert, I don’t see Apple licensing all of that functionality to ANYone.

    If you’ve noticed the last few years, the players on the other side have been dropping like flies: Compaq got swallowed whole by HP, Gateway is a shadow of its former self, IBM sold out of the PC game altogether to Lenovo, Dell should just STFU, shut down the company and give the money back to the shareholders, and M$ is rearranging deck chairs as we speak, even as they prepare to hit the sunken iceberg called a hostile Yahoo takeover.

    Give it another year or two and who would be left for Apple to even license OS X to?!?

    Food for thought.

    Peace.
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  5. I received the following email from our IT department in response to my request to be allowed to use my 15″ MBP as my primary system at work.

    I Encourage you to pick holes in it for me so I can draft a response.

    “In relation to you email seeking approval to use your Mac OSX laptop on the network I would like to inform you of the following:

    · Currently QR’s Standard Operating Environment platform is Windows XP SP2. This has been customized to suit the needs of the QR business and has been branded as SOE version 7.
    · A major component of the SOE is the backend server infrastructure that is used to support and maintain this SOE. Such services include patch management, File and folder redirection to name a few.
    · I also agree that MAC OS X is a more secure operating system than windows XP SP2 in un-patched form. I disagree with you statement that no virus’s or malware have been seen for OS X at all. Currently there are at least 16 major vulnerabilities and exploits circulating the internet at this point in time. This is primarily due to the increased usage of OS X. By that I mean, as more users start using this platform the exploit writers start to take more of an interest in finding vulnerabilities and then developing exploits.
    · QR has invested heavily in protections for the SOE and to this date network outages with this platform has been significantly lower than what other corporations of our size have experienced. (In the last 6 years we have only experienced 4 small outages due to security exploits with the greatest outage being a MS exchange outage of 5 hours)
    · The work that you are performing on your Mac is QR work. All QR work should be performed on QR supplied equipment.

    So based on the above I regret to inform yourself that your request to use you Mac laptop on the network is denied. Should you continue to use this laptop for QR work purposes and connect this to the network and it is detected actions such as disabling your user account will be performed.”

  6. Why would the average consumer buy a Mac Pro & Photoshop Elements when an iMac w/iPhoto will handle 99% of what a consumer would want?

    I just did that about a month ago and I don’t regret dropping my PC a bit. The iLife suite is amazing consumer-level software. Since getting the iMac my wife and I have uploaded tons of photos to flickr & done a bunch of editing & organizing with iPhoto, recorded & edited video in iMovie that we then uploaded to YouTube & made several DVDs for family members using iDVD. Which they were amazed by.

    I don’t know of a single PCwith that capability out of the box.

  7. When I bought my current Intel iMac (last November) I paid to have the machine downgraded to Tiger because I can’t afford the time and hassle while Apple gets a new operating system optimally running. So I actually still have the Leopard installation disc(s) that came with the computer.

    Now over the last three months I’ve been waiting for a time to upgrade to Leopard. At this stage I still don’t think the time is quite right. Maybe a little longer to see how this latest upgrade pans out. And that’s the advice I’ve given yo my half a dozen switchers. They’re all running Tiger (as I am) and the last thing they need is any operating system led instabilities. That’s what they had with Windows and they don’t need any reminders of that situation.

  8. Most pro guys don’t upgrade as long as what they have works.

    Our designers run G5 towers with Tiger and will do until the benefits of upgrading justifies the cost. Their systems run Ps CS2 on PPC just fine. I did the Leopard thing myself because I have 3 systems worth of backup.

    If you are a pro, you first ensure that everything is supported and usable before making a move up. Small case in point, I have 3 wedding albums to design, I’m not about to touch 10.5.2 until I get the all clear. Ps CS3e is 100% stable on 10.5.1.

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