Robert McLaws: Windows Edition

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The Feature Comparison Chart Team Windows Should Be Watching

Engadget has put together a side-by-side comparison of Vista vs. Leopard. It shouldn't be surprising to anyone that Engadget thinks Apple is better (the same as it shouldn't be a surprise that, I'd probably dispute that, if I had a copy of Leopard to try out), but it was a lot closer than I expected.

Vista beat out the Mac in media features (well, duh), but iLife still edges out the integrated Vista counterparts. Hopefully the Windows Live takeover of most of those apps will lead to greater improvements over a shorter timeframe.

If I were on the Windows team, I would be actively engaging with these people to find out what they can do to beat out Apple in the usability department (at least something a little more intelligent then "cuz Apple rulezors", anyways)



  • JoeM said:

    I agree,  some things like the Calendar, DVD, & Movie Maker can be improved.  I use Ulead Media Studio 8 Pro to edit Videos, and if Movie Maker could do something similar maybe a little more basic,  they could move up alot.

    October 27, 2007 8:43 PM
  • Paul Jenkins said:

    Jeff Atwood posted on his blog a few days ago his thoughts on feature comparisons ( which I think is well illustrated by Engadgets post.

    October 27, 2007 9:02 PM
  • Jono said:

    I had actually completely given up on Engadget the third (or was it fourth?) time they put up a whole post just because the damn Apple Store went down for 'maintenance', but it seems I was wrong. Apparently they actually are capable of posting news that's not completely aimed at worshipping at the altar of Jobs. Incredible.

    October 27, 2007 9:57 PM
  • dhan said:

    That comparison has some mistakes,

    - iLife is not part of OSX (only when you buy a new Mac)

    - They say that Windows search does not support boolean operators

    October 27, 2007 10:30 PM
  • October 27, 2007 11:28 PM
  • Chris Parker said:

    I think its a pretty fair comparison after using both operating systems. They missed out a few things from both sides but overall its pretty accurate.

    There are some areas where Vista really excels (file management, media center) and some where Leopard comes out on top (usability, interface design, iLife, price is about £150 cheaper than Vista)

    October 28, 2007 7:07 AM
  • n-blue said:

    For Sync, let's try WMP11 to sync your musics with Nokia phone. You'll see some magic.

    The comparision almost rather fair and acceptable, but the comments is something els. Yes, Mac is more to religion but here people will say Vista is fa better.

    I have tried Leopard on VMware but I don't feel any *specials*. Btw, there is no chance that Jops will get my money for Loepard whenever its OS must install ONLY on "bited friut labeled machine".

    October 28, 2007 10:43 AM
  • someone said:

    Yes, MS should not ignore the desktop side of apps, with Windows Live they've a nice opportunity.

    October 29, 2007 3:24 PM
  • redfish said:

    The point value comparison is hardly good though. They leave out items that would work in Vista's favor, add bias items like this "System Registry", and then the whole thing is tilted by this "NOTE: This chart is only for out of box features, and does not take into account 3rd party software. We realize that with a few choice apps this chart would look completely different -- but that's not what we're after here." ---strangely they consider Live Messenger an in-box app, but you have to download it through a link, while they consider Live Mail (desktop app) a 3rd party app so don't count RSS as a feature of the mail program and rate Apple's RSS better for including RSS in

    Also note that although I think the points if done honestly would work in Vista's favor I don't think it necessarily would reflect which one was better. Some people could argue Mac has usability benefits that won't show up in a feature by feature chart.

    October 31, 2007 1:29 AM