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Leopard vs Vista: operating systems compared

In pictures: Mac OS X 10.5 vs Windows Vista

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.

Leopard's Finder takes a cue from iTunes

Finder

Leopard wouldn't be much of a Mac OS update if Apple hadn't significantly altered Finder. The updated Finder includes the iTunes Cover Flow interface, which lets you scroll through thumbnails of your pictures, videos, documents, and folders. It's an interesting addition, but it could use some tweaking. Performance on older systems isn't exactly swift; and all folders use the same icon, regardless of the files inside them.


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