Apple's Snow Leopard OS Pounces on Amazon's Top Spot
Pre-sales of Apple's OS Snow Leopard take the software to the top spot on online retailing site Amazon.An avalanche of pre-orders for Apple's operating system Snow Leopard has catapulted the product to the top of Amazon's bestseller list days after the e-tailer listed the operating system, officially called Mac OS X 10.6 on its Web site. Amazon is offering five versions of the software, including a family pack box set for $229 (including iWork and iLife), a standard version for $29, a five-user family pack for $49 and Mac OS X Server version 10.6 Snow Leopard, which retails for $499. Apple is not planning on releasing the software until September.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard, introduced at this year's Worldwide Developers Conference and built on a UNIX foundation, includes improved features such as a more responsive Finder, new look and features for Expos??Â« and Stacks, quicker Time Machine backup, faster common tasks and installation and a smaller install footprint. Snow Leopard includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, so consumers can use Mail, iCal, and Address Book at home and at work. Snow Leopard is also half the size of the previous version and frees up to 6GB of drive space once installed.
Up until Apple's listing on Amazon, rival Microsoft had the latest version of its operating system, Windows 7, holding the top position on the Amazon rankings. Microsoft is offering the Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade for $119.99, while the professional addition is listed on Amazon for $199.99.