Apple expects to deliver over two million copies of Mac OS X 10.4 “Tiger” by the end of this week, revealed Apple CEO Steve Jobs today.

This total, "includes copies sold at retail, copies delivered under maintenance agreements and copies bundled with Macs, making Tiger Apple’s fastest selling OS release ever", the company claimed.

Jobs also confirmed "hundreds of developers including Microsoft and Adobe" to have implemented Tiger support in their applications.

The company's appeal for Dashboard widgets also appears off to a flying start, the 3,800 developers gathered in San Francisco for the WWDC learned. Third parties have delivered over 400 widgets so far. These join 550 Automator actions and 40 Spotlight plug-ins available for download so far.

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“The response to Tiger is off the charts,” said Jobs. “Critics are raving, customers are delighted and developers are creating hundreds of widgets and applications that take advantage of Tiger’s incredible innovations like Spotlight, Dashboard and Automator.”

“With the new technologies in Tiger, we worked closely with Apple to ensure that Office 2004 customers would benefit by making it even easier to search, share and manage information,” said Roz Ho, general manager of the Macintosh Business Unit, Microsoft.

"The innovation in Tiger means Office for Mac users will be more productive now and in the future.”

“Tiger is an excellent release and will be relied on by millions of Adobe customers who, as creative professionals, change the way the world looks every day,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and chief operating officer at Adobe. “The combination of Adobe Creative Suite 2 and Tiger delivers a powerful design and publishing platform that will accelerate creative workflows worldwide.”