"It's easier to fund something from among a billion Web pages with Google than it is to find something on your hard disk," Jobs said. Microsoft is working to include more natural, text-based searching of a PC's contents in its next version of Windows, code-named Longhorn, but Jobs said Apple will deliver similar functionality first. "We think we are years ahead of Longhorn," he said.
Jobs also said that half of Mac users now run OS X, and he pointed to new applications that run on the platform, including Oracle's 10g database, PeopleSoft's business apps, and Sun Microsystems' Java development tools. Other recent applications that have appeared for OS X include Microsoft Office 2004, Quark's QPS desktop publishing system, and Borland's Java development tools. Sun this week is sponsoring a Java developer conference that's being held across the street from Apple's conference.
Apple also said it will ship three new flat-panel displays this summer, including a 30-inch LCD monitor that's scheduled to go on sale in August and will be priced at $3,300.