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.
Gadgets and Sidebar
Widgets, Gadgets... whatever you call them, practically every OS now ships with a framework for tiny, low-impact desktop applets. Vista's are called Gadgets and come from the Windows Sidebar. Gadgets are easy to create, but they're not quite as simple as Leopard's web clippings. Still, you can use IE 7 to subscribe to RSS feeds, which will then appear in the Feed Headlines gadget.
- 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