Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Seek, OS, Seek!

Apple Computer, seeking preeminence in the computer world yet again, has announced that it will borrow technology from its iTunes service for its Tiger Operating System upgrade (due in the first half of 2005). This software will allow users to quickly and easily find information on their hard drives. Steven Jobs said, "It's easier to find a document in a million pages on the Web using Google than it is to find a document on your hard drive." How Steve Jobs got to look at my hard drive mystifies me, but I see his point. The Apple announcement is said to leapfrog developments in the Microsoft's "Longhorn" Windows upgrade and beat it by 1-2 years. Whoever wins the OS wars, the user should benefit. Seeking, finding, organizing and using information is what it's all about.

Apple Putting More Focus on Simplifying Searching, by Laurie J. Flynn. The New York Times, June 29, 2004, p. C2.