Apple's new Mac OS X 10.4 'Tiger' operating system is attracting positive acclaim from across the world's major media networks.

Features such as Spotlight and Dashboard are attracting widespread praise, as recognition spreads that such features place Apple years ahead of competing operating systems currently available on the market.

CNN reports "Tiger roars into stores" in an article which begins: "Tired of waiting while your computer slowly scours its hard drive for a document you stashed somewhere six months ago?"

"Despite a much smaller user base, Mac OS X has been steps ahead of Microsoft's Windows on key fronts since its first release in 2001."

Praising the company for a host of innovations, this report concludes: "The onus is now on Bill Gates & co to see if it can one-up Steve Jobs' shop."

Windows XP sees Tiger's dust

Respected Wall Street Journal columnist Walt Mossberg also spreads the news, declaring that "Tiger leaps out in front". In another Spotlight-focused review he remarks: "Spotlight could spark a major change in the way people use computers".

Overall, Tiger is the best and most advanced personal computer operating system on the market, despite a few drawbacks. It leaves Windows XP in the dust.

It also adds to the Mac's general superiority over typical Windows computers as the best choice for average consumers doing the most common computing tasks.

Mossberg notes that despite a host of improvements in the application, Mail runs slower than before.

Despite this he concludes: "Tiger is a beautiful and powerful operating system that advances personal computing. It is a big gain for Mac users right out of the box. If Apple can wring out the delays, it will be a home run."

18-month lead

The Daily News agrees, calling the, "new Mac OS X years ahead of current, upcoming Windows".

This report points out that Windows users will have to wait at least 18-months before they can indulge in the kind of computing experience Mac users will enjoy from this day on.

CBS News chimes in with the same tune. "Mac users don't have to wait 19 months" for the innovative features of Tiger to appear - unlike Windows users, it points out.

The Mac - attractive choice

Spotlight and desktop search tools remain in the frame in this report: "Because Spotlight is integral to the Mac operating system, it is not only faster than those Windows add-on products (such as Yahoo or Google desktop search); it's also more elegant and easier to use."

"Installing Tiger was very straightforward, although it did take about an hour to upgrade the operating system and about another 40 minutes for Spotlight to index the contents of my hard drive," the report reveals.

In conclusion, the positive yet balanced report says: "For the typical consumer who does typical things with computers, the Mac is now a very attractive choice."