Developer view on Panther: Mac OS X maturing An eWeek article holds praise for Apple's Xcode package included with all retail copies of Mac OS X 10.3, and notes that Mac OS X, in its fourth major release, is mature. "Other notable signs of OS X's increasing maturity are optional password-protected resume from sleep mode or screen saver, not to mention Panther's optional encrypted file storage?with an enterprise-essential master key capability. [...] We're just getting started on exploring Xcode's AppleScript development capabilities, as well as its facilities for importing CodeWarrior projects. But what we've seen already is a developer's suite that holds its own, running in a dazzling environment that we suspect will soon feel like second nature." More.
Is Panther "the one?" Another eWeek peice compares Mac OS X 10.3 to the Newton as a product trying to break into a larger market - Windows dominated networks. "Panther is better able to work in an Active Directory environment (and there are far more of those now then there were when Jaguar shipped); it will also work better in an NT Domain or Windows workgroup. Its built-in e-mail system works with Microsoft Exchange, and it continues to enjoy the support of Microsoft's Mac Office team. (I still think the Mac version of this product is better than the Windows version.)" More.
Another article notes that as Panther is rolling out, Microsoft is holding its Professional Developers Conference, presenting an early build of Longhorn to developers. More.