Mac OS X Tiger vs. Windows Vista

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  1. macrumors bot

    Jul 5, 2003


    Category: Apple Software
    Link: Mac OS X Tiger vs. Windows Vista
    Description:: In the battle for personal computing dominance, these systems go ten rounds to determine which OS takes the spoils.

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  2. macrumors P6


    Apr 1, 2005
    Space--The ONLY Frontier
    How Vista wins out on search and media is beyond me..:confused:
  3. macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2005
    They had to let it win a little bit. The only reason, they say, that Vista has a better search is because the search function is clearly labeled, whereas Mac OS X has only a little magnifying class icon in its search box. But, um, once you get used to the magnifying glass, as a novice user, how is that in any way a complication? Moronic.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    Red Sox Nation
    Had to throw Redmond at least a little bone :p I'm surprised that the article didn't mention Leopard at all. If OS X Tiger wins out this time around, how much better will Leopard beat up on Vista come October (or before)? :apple:
  5. macrumors 601


    Jan 13, 2002

    Doesn't matter, Tiger still wins. They had to give Vista some advantages, and it is not common knowledge that spotlight can be re-indexed using Onyx or TinkerTool, and ought to be re-indexed at least once a month. This dramatically improves search accuracy as well as speed. Other great improvements will be seen in Leopard.
  6. macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2007
    amen to that... media player is a freakin joke, and as if iPhoto doesn't kick butt compared to whatever windows named their "photo editor program"

    oh and i side note for them... you still need iTunes to use an apple TV on a pc...
  7. Retired


    May 16, 2006
    It did, in the Backup section :)
  8. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Kind of a weird article, but they do like Tiger despite a few oversights like saying Vista has parental controls and Tiger does not (it does). Vista only "wins" in 3 of 10 categories (and ties in 1). They actually seem to be grasping at straws to find anything nice to say about Vista :p

    That's OK, throwing the Vista fans a bone or two takes the edge off of the expected cries of pro-Mac bias :)

    They explain why Vista has better Search: because it's easier to discover the Search feature. The reasons for that:

    a) It is integrated into every folder window. (Ummm... wait--so is Tiger's. It's in Open/Save boxes too, and integrated with many individual apps.)

    b) Search is more clearly labeled. OS X just uses a magnifying glass icon, but Vista has a real text phrase, "Search the computer," AND a magnifying glass icon. (And yet... this is hidden until you click the Start menu, while OS X's search is always there all the time.)

    They also explain why Windows is better at Media, despite loving OS X's iMovie and GarageBand:

    a) Windows Media Player has a more intuitive UI than iTunes because it has separate categories for different media types like music and movies (wait, so does iTunes) and a fast search (like iTunes) and because it has Forward and Back buttons.

    b) Windows can access Microsoft's URGE music service, not just iTunes Music Store.

    c) Vista has few games of its own, but it has lots of XP games--although some have problems running.

    Vista also wins in Networking, because:

    a) The Airport app where you manage your list of preferred wireless networks takes a moment to open, while Vista's list opens instantly.

    b) Vista has all networking and sharing controls in one pane, while OS X has separate network and sharing panes.

    Here's the scorecard:
  9. macrumors 68020


    Jan 26, 2003
    That's true, but the "Find" menu option is still present in the Finder where it has always been and that seems just as clearly labeled as the search feature on Windows.

    In fact, if you want to split hairs, the interface for the Mac's find feature itself is far better and more straightforward than Windows. With Windows, you have feature overkill and have to click several options to get to the actual search. I think the idea that Windows search is better is a total joke.
  10. macrumors 68040


    Nov 26, 2003
    Let's see what's been cooking at Cupertino for the past 2 and a half years.

    MS do have a harder job on their hands getting Windows out (more devices, poorer architecture etc.) so it is good that Vista gets close.

    It will be interesting to see where the platform goes from here. From what I heard a lot more quality control went into Vista so they are starting from a better base next time around.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2005
    Red Sox Nation
    That's what I get for reading so quickly! Good call. :)
  12. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Don't forget--no matter how much better Tiger is than Vista--or how much better Leopard will soon be than both--Microsoft is working on their next OS after Vista. Around 2013 (if it takes them the same time Vista took) we will see what they come up with, and it might turn out to be really good, while Apple might not release anything new for six years after Leopard :)
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Nov 27, 2003
    Sarcasm I assume?
  14. macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Dubuque, Iowa
    I can see a couple points.

    1. Sharing on the Mac is not as intuitive as it could be.

    2. iPhoto is very good, but it could use a couple new features like finder integration and better light editing tools. There are many more things I can do in HP's photosmart studio than I can iTunes.

    3. For the media center, I only other thing I can think of is a complete lack of a PVR in front row. I know Steve Jobs doesn't watch TV, I can buy eyeTV for $150 and blah, blah, blah, but I'm not Steve Jobs. I want a situation where I can have my Mac replace my VCR and have the Cubs or Bears games or one of my shows I have to miss streamed to my TV upstairs via AppleTV quickly and easily. Apple could buy Elgato for pocket change and have a better mediacenter solution than windows.

    The one major point I completely disagree with is vista winning the media center section because it can run iTunes. It can't in a full screen media center environment.
  15. Retired


    May 16, 2006
    CenterStage is an awesome looking up-and-coming app that is in Alpha stage right now :)
  16. macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2004
    Tallahassee, FL
    of course Tiger has the better interface. yes, vista's search is better than Spotlight, sorry to say.

    but i stopped reading when i saw that they made Vista the winner for media. that's ridiculous.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Jul 14, 2004
  18. macrumors regular

    Jan 18, 2004
    CenterStage has been in the alpha stages for at least a year or more, so I don't think it can be called "up-and-coming" anymore (depending on when you discover it, I guess). Same with iTheater. Both are more or less vaporware. MediaCenter is probably the best of the three, but I don't think any of the third party solutions are even close to being up to snuff yet. I just wonder how Front Row will be under Leopard...
  19. macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2006
    Not bad

    I do not think any of us would agree 100%, but in general, this is a fair assessment. BTW, I bet there are a lot of things regarding the way Media Player catalogs songs that I bet iTunes adopts, in it's next incarnation. I personally like the way it "handles" the music list.

    That said, keep somethnig else in mind. Leopard is 4 months away, while Vista is "cooked". This is going to give Apple a further lead, I expect. OS X beats Vista, wih a 2 year old OS (10.4). That is amazing!! Heck, 3 months is an eon in this business.
  20. macrumors 65816

    Genghis Khan

    Jun 3, 2007
    Melbourne, Australia
    tiger was always going to win...what's worrying for microsoft, is how much money they spent and yet still can't beat tiger...meaning they've wasted their time developing vista, while apple have been making leopard, oh i mean iPhone, leopard isn't as important apparently
  21. macrumors regular

    Kermit the frog

    May 30, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I've never owned a PC in my life. I'm a mac user 4 life. windows just scares me
  22. macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2006
  23. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2004
    That article appeared to me at first glance to be pro-Vista and anti-Tiger, but in the end they were actually struggling to find points where Vista would beat tiger. And Tiger's a couple of years older than Vista as well, give or take.

    Wasn't a similar thing done with XP vs Tiger - does anyone have a link to that?
  24. jMc
    macrumors 6502


    Nov 19, 2001
    London N8, Late-16th Century
    You may be thinking of

  25. macrumors 68000


    Jun 22, 2003

    Reminds me of a spoof video that compared Windows Movie Maker to iMovie. There truly is no competition. Not only does iMovie make importing footage, and making the movie eiser, but it has prefessional grade effects and integrated DVD burning that make WMM look like a lame duck.

    I also have to wonder how all you can eat access via URGE or whatever it's called can start at $9.99 a month? I mean, it's either all you can eat for $9.99 or it isn't their can't be varying levels of all you can eatness. If it's tiered with bandwidth limits, then that's just lame.

    I'm sorry, but given the absolute inundation of Widgets that are available for mac, there is no way that you can consider the Widgets category a tie. The widgets available for the Mac are of a better quality and more diverse.

    In the security section, the author needs to broaden the list of tasks for which the computer will ask permission to do, and while he's at it could also mention the list of tasks that it will proudly tell you that it's done.

    I hate Vista's new networking pane, I find it cluttered and almost unusable. Then again, maybe I'm just used to XP and using the command line to get things done, and all that graphical hoopla just pisses me off.

    I find Vista's secret weapons to be an annoyance. Windows needlessly loads visual studio into my memory when i have no intention to use it, it take up about 350 megs of RAM, which isn't a lot to me, but if I only had a gig, I'd be really pissed. And bragging about prioritizing foreground tasks over tasks in the background? ? ? This is considered a feature? Every *nix that I have used in the last ten years has done this. Nothing better than tooting your own horn I guess.

    Overall, it's just another brain dead comparison that draws the same tired conclusions. "It varies from user to user which operating system is best for you." Thanks for the tip. If this is the best conslusion that they can draw, then they need to start stacking the deck in someone's favor. How about, "OS X Tiger versus the Altair Z80?" At least there was an article a week or so ago that had the minerals to say, "Everyone should own a Mac. Everyone."

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