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.
Go back in time with Shadow Copies
This is one area where Microsoft was ahead of the game. The Shadow Copies feature built into Vista saves previous versions of your files, so you can easily recover deleted files or roll back unintended edits with a simple right-click. Shadow Copies don't require a separate drive, so they don't qualify as full backups, but they are incredibly useful. Unfortunately, few people know about the feature because Microsoft includes it only with the Ultimate, Business, and Enterprise editions of Vista, and because its bare-bones interface doesn't emphasize the feature nearly as well as Time Machine's.
- 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