Unmet Expectations, No Switcher Equation

Leopard Review

Another problem with Leopard is the unmet expectations. Apple, like Microsoft with Windows Vista, promised more than it delivered with Leopard, and even went so far as to promise secret new features that never materialized. It’s one thing to explain, as Microsoft did repeatedly with Vista, why certain features are being dropped; that’s just disappointing. It’s quite another thing, however, to brazenly promise secret features to a giggling crowd and then not deliver them and pretend the promise was never made. That’s pathologically dishonest and disillusioning.

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But the biggest problem with Leopard is that it doesn’t really offer enough of an advantage over Vista to make anyone want to switch. For all the baloney news stories about Vista’s supposed problems, Microsoft’s latest operating system is actually a solid effort that finally closed the gap with Mac OS X. Leopard was Apple’s chance to once again leapfrog Windows, and given the five years of delays Microsoft put us through, it should have been a slam-dunk. That Apple was only able to come up with something that’s roughly as good as Vista is both surprising and telling, I think. Leopard just isn’t better than Vista. And it should be.

No matter. Leopard is an excellent product. Mac users will upgrade immediately or purchase new Leopard-based hardware with no regrets, and that’s just fine. But if you’re a Windows user sitting on the fence, Leopard doesn’t change the switcher equation at all.

→[Paul Thurrott’s SuperSite for Windows: Apple Mac OS X 10.5 ‘Leopard’ Review

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