Fortune has heaped praise on Apple's Mac OS X 10.2 operating system (OS).

The magazine describes the OS, also known as Jaguar, as "the most impressive new software so far this year" in an article authored by Peter Lewis.

The article refers in particular to the OS's ability to integrate into Windows networks. Lewis claims: "OS X makes it easy or at least easier for Macs to integrate into Windows networks."

The article continues: "And that makes it less of a barrier for people to try Apple's other innovative programs, like iTunes, iMovie, iDVD, iChat – which works with AOL Instant Messenger – and the new iCal and iSync, which work only with Jaguar."

As of next year, all new Macs will run on Mac OS X 10.2 as standard.

The upgrade features more than 150 new features and applications, and costs £99 (including VAT) from Apple Authorized Resellers and the online Apple Store.