Windows 7 is a huge improvement for Microsoft but they aren’t quite there yet. According to various analysts, its release will have no effect on Apple’s sales. I tend to agree with this statement. Despite all the new features and performance improvements over Vista, here’s 10 reasons why OS X Snow Leopard is still better than Windows 7.
1. Create and Mount ISO Images:
New to Windows 7 is the ability to burn a CD or DVD from and ISO image. Unfortunately you still can’t mount an ISO or create one without a third party tool. OS X has been doing this for years now.
2. Native Support for common technologies:
Speaking of ISO image support, OS X also supports out of the box the following commonly used technologies: Cisco VPN, Exchange, Printer Drivers and their updates, PDF reading and printing, Image capture from Digital Cameras, Scanning, File Sharing via AFP, Samba (Windows), and FTP, VNC Screensharing, Bluetooth, AIM / AOL / Jabber, SSH and Telnet, and much more. Also, QuickLook can open up and display Word Documents and Excel Spreadsheets without Office being installed. New for Windows 7 is the striking ability to natively play DVDs.
3. OS X is Multilingual:
OS X can run in 18 different languages and your keyboard can be adjusted to type in any other. It’s also quite easy to switch around. Bidirectional text in languages such as Arabic and Hebrew are no problem. Multi-touch trackpads can be used to input Chinese characters. Spellcheck is also multilingual (supported languages only).
4. QuickTime X:
QuickTime, Apple’s Media Player can do so much more. Broadcasting audio and video, recording from the on board camera / microphone, basic audio / video editing, file format conversion, and the ability to create screencasts are why QuickTime X is a huge addition to Snow Leopard.
5. Image Manipulation with Preview:
Like QuickTime, OS X’s Preview does much more than just show images and PDFs (Did I mention that Windows still won’t support PDF viewing out of the box?) Basic image editing and tweaking, directly importing from scanner, rotation and resizing will ruin your need for Adobe products if you’re just an average user.
6. Find Anything with Spotlight:
Yes, Windows 7 includes a search feature but it’s nowhere near Spotlight. From searching inside PDFs, documents as well as file names, you just type what you want and if it’s on your drive, it appears. Power users can create Smart folders with custom search options. With Spotlight plugins you can expand Spotlight to search inside formats like .DjVu, .MXF, .Tar, .Jar and Python scripts.
7. The Compatibility of Boot Camp:
Boot Camp, the last refuge when something just doesn’t have an OS X version and won’t work virtualized. With OS X and a Windows install DVD, you can run Windows on your Mac. Natively, not virtualized. For free.
8. Productivity with Mail and iCal:
Support for Exchange 2007 – mail, calendars and contacts, included with OS X. In addition, it handles POP3 / IMAP and plays nice with Gmail, AOL and Yahoo. iCal is a powerful calendaring solution that has grown better and better over the years. In addition to Exchange, you can also easily sync with Google Calendar and other CalDAV standard formats.
Yes, there’s Outlook and as wonderful as it is, it comes with Office – not with Windows. Believe it or not, the fact that Office isn’t included is still a surprise to many purchasers of new PCs.
9. 64Bit included, not optional:
It’s true, by default the kernal won’t load 64 Bit by default but that’s a quick change to a preference file or just hold down to 6 and 4 keys at boot. It’s not like you’re forced to install either the 32Bit version OR the 64Bit version….. In Windows 7, they’re even on separate DVDs. At least Windows 7 gives you both DVDs without having to purchase a new 64 Bit license, but you’ll still have to reinstall – it’s only one or the other.
Even running 32Bit kernal, OS X Apps will see your 4+ GB of Ram and take advantage of 64Bit processing. One reason why Apple does this is for driver compatibility. Windows 64Bit users know what its like to have some funky piece of hardware or software that just won’t work in 64 Bit.
10. The Choose Your Version Game:
With Windows, unless you buy “Ultimate”, you’re not getting all the cool features that Microsoft likes to talk about when competing with OS X. As the average Windows 7 user will most likely be using Home Premium, they won’t be getting – Bit Locker encryption, Windows Backup, Multilingual abilities and the Windows XP mode to run old apps that won’t work in 7.
There’s only one version of OS X. No cheap, cut down, crippled “Home Premium”, “Professional, or “Starter” versions. One price gets you everything. Time Machine, FileVault, Multilanguage Support, Active Directory Binding, Boot Camp, and much more.