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. @Walter Chillum
    wait awhile longer if that suits you

    But the vast majority of people , doing normal things , have no problem with leopard.

    with any upgrade, do a full clone back up, so if you encounter problems, you can go back

    If you are using a laptop, spaces is great!!

  2. @HotinPlaya,

    I’ve been burned by early adoption of OS 8, and OS 9 and I’ll only recommend a switch when it’s absolutely safe to do so. OS 10.5.2 looks the goods but it’s still early days. Twice bitten once shy. My apologies for the misquote.

  3. Stuart:

    If you’re still checking this thread, good luck with this. I.T. people, in my experience, are inflexible powertrippers.

    •Customization of the operating environment is irrelevant; they can optimize your computer to work within it as they would any other computer they would add to the environment if they know how (they probably don’t and won’t admit it) and aren’t too busy chasing viruses and crashes and other Widows issues.

    •This is I.T. speak for setting up the network drives and so on. They make it sound like magic, but it’s just what I.T. people do. See the point above.

    •There may be 16 exploits and vulnerabilites for OSX; there is actually only one known piece of malware, and it’s a trojan that the user has to actively load and approve. Your I.T. person is being disingenuous or is ignorant. An exploit or vulnerability does not equal a virus the way a match does not equal a forest fire. Mac OSX is inherently more secure than Windows; it’s not just that there are fewer users. Unix in not invulnerable but it is difficult to crack and even harder to hide malicious code in because it’s folder structure is transparent. Everything that runs in it has to be in a folder the administrator can easily see. Mac OSX ships completely closed and is invisible and virtually impenetrable on the net unless the user opens it or someone uses one of the aforementioned exploits. Meanwhile, there are constant new threats to XP SP2 despite the many patches to its spaghetti string of code. According to wildlist.org there are typically about 600 pieces of malicious code for Windows in any given month. These are fresh, updated pieces of malware and don’t count the tens of thousands that are old but still floating around.

    •The fact that the company has spent a lot on the infrastructure is irrelevant to the discussion. If a Mac can work on it, and that’s the tool you want to use, you should be allowed to use it. Carpenters, bakers, teachers, business people, should be empowered to use the tools that work best for them. In my opinion, a computer is like any other tool in any other industry. Telling employes otherwise is to hinder their work.

    •If this is company policy, you’re only hope is to get higher-ups to change the policy. Slip them articles like “Winn’s MacTel Total Cost of Ownership Analysis” or other articles found here at MDN about the superiority of the Mac hardware, OS, and XServe. It’s highly unlikely things will change (they haven’t in my district), but I’m pulling for you.


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