Apple's Snow Leopard OS Pounces on Amazon's Top Spot
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.
The Expos??Â« feature allows
users to unshuffle overlapping windows on the desktop into an organized
thumbnail view, so users can quickly locate and switch to any window or get to
any file on the desktop. "Say you're a Photoshop maestro and often have up to a
dozen documents open at the same time. Expos??Â« makes finding the one you need
incredibly easy," Apple's site describes the feature. "With another keystroke,
Expos??Â« instantly tiles your Photoshop windows while causing the windows of
other applications to fade to gray. The clutter cleared, you can easily find
the document you need."
Apple said users will also notice
a more responsive Finder; Mail that loads messages 85 percent faster and
conducts searches up to 90 percent faster, Time Machine with up to 50 percent
faster initial backup, a Dock with Expos??Â« integration, a 64-bit version of
percent and is resistant to crashes caused by plug-ins. Snow Leopard also
includes a new QuickTime X with a redesigned player that allows users to view,
record, trim and share video to YouTube, MobileMe or iTunes.
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.