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.
A nice take on folders
While Vista's Explorer is hardly a model of uncluttered efficiency, it does contain some nice touches. Many files appear with helpful thumbnails for icons, and folders display little piles of thumbnails that offer a quick visual clue as to what's inside them.
- 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