Apple Previews Next Version Of Mac OS X

Apple’s search technology, which it calls Spotlight, lets Mac users find any file, document or information created by any application on a Macintosh by entering the query in a search at the upper right hand corner of the desktop.

Simplifying the search process on a PC’s hard drive has emerged as one of the major goals of both Tiger and Microsoft’s next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, which is due out in 2006.

“What they’ve (Apple) done with search is a key element of Longhorn,” said analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies, adding that Apple’s next version of OS X, code-named Tiger, will be available to consumers at least a year or more before Longhorn.

Tiger will be available in the first half of 2005, Apple Chief Executive Steve Jobs said, and will cost $129.

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