Whenever Apple rolls out a new release of its Mac OS X operating system, it always seems to cram in a few useful applications and interface features that eventually force their way into Windows. Now Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard is here, let's look through its key features and see how Windows Vista measures up.
In pictures: Mac OS X 10.5 vs Windows Vista
Stacks of files
Here's a feature with no real Windows equivalent: Leopard's pretty new stacks feature lets you drag a folder or a group of files to the Dock for easy access. Click a stack icon, and the files fan out neatly if there are fewer than ten of them or pop into a small list menu if there are 10 or more.
- Step into the Time Machine
- Go back in time with Shadow Copies
- Safari and Web Clippings
- Easy dashboard 'Apps'
- Firefox's best marketing tool: IE 7
- Gadgets and Sidebar
- Leopard's Finder takes a cue from iTunes
- A nice take on folders
- Quick Look: Live Previews in Leopard
- Previews through small apps
- Automatic listing of shared folders
- No more Network Neighborhood
- Searching Leopard with Spotlight
- Enhanced searching in Vista
- Stacks of files
- Too many apps for one screen?
- XP's multiple desktop PowerToy
- Task switching the Mac way
- Vista's Flip 3D
- Windows Vista: the definitive review
- Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard: first review