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Mac OS X Snow Leopard Family Pack (5-User)

by Apple
Mac OS X
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews) 11 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard is built on a rock-solid,
  • Time-tested UNIX foundation that provides unparalleled stability as well as industry-leading support for Internet standards
  • And Stacks, quicker Time Machine backup, faster common tasks and installation, a smaller install footprint, and plenty more
  • Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server..
  • So you can use Mail, iCal, and Address Book at home and at work
  • 64-bit computing, multicore-optimization, OpenCL, QuickTime X, and more
  • Faster common tasks and installation, a smaller install footprint, and plenty more
  • Improvements include a more responsive Finder, new look and features for Exposé and Stacks, quicker Time Machine backup,
  • New core technologies unleash the power of today's advanced hardware technology and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation:
  • With virtually no effort on your part, Mac OS X protects itself--and you--from viruses, malicious applications, and other threats

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  • Platform:   Mac OS X
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 5.2 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B001AMPP0W
  • Item model number: MC574Z/A
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 2, 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (163 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,514 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

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Mac OS X Snow Leopard is an even more powerful and refined version of the world’s most advanced operating system. In ways big and small, it gets faster, more reliable, and easier to use. New core technologies unleash the power of today’s advanced hardware technology and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation. And Snow Leopard includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server, so you can use your Mac at home and at work.

Family Pack License

Install and use one copy on a maximum of five (5) Apple computers in the same household.

The world's most advanced operating system. Finely tuned.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard

Top Updates in Mac OS X

Mac OS X is the world’s most advanced operating system. Built on a rock-solid UNIX foundation and designed to be simple and intuitive, it’s what makes the Mac innovative, highly secure, compatible, and easy to use.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard Dock
The next-generation media technology, QuickTime X powers the audio and video experience in Snow Leopard.
Mac OS X Snow Leopard Video
Now Exposé is integrated in the Dock, giving you a quick and easy way to see all the open windows of an application.
Better, faster, easier.

Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes hundreds of improvements that will help make your Mac faster, more responsive, and more reliable than ever. Installation is up to 50 percent faster than with Mac OS X Leopard; wake from sleep is as much as two times faster; shutdown is up to 80 percent faster; and initial Time Machine backups to Time Capsule are up to 80 percent faster than in Leopard.2

Dock.

Now Exposé is integrated in the Dock, giving you a quick and easy way to see all the open windows of an application.

Finder.

The Finder has been completely rewritten to take advantage of the new technologies in Snow Leopard. The familiar Finder interface is unchanged, but you’ll discover that the Finder is faster and more responsive. It also includes an enhanced icon view with live file previews, so you can thumb through a multipage document or even watch a QuickTime movie.

New core technologies.

New core technologies in Snow Leopard unleash the power of today’s advanced hardware and prepare Mac OS X for future innovation.

QuickTime X.

The next-generation media technology, QuickTime X powers the audio and video experience in Snow Leopard. It debuts a completely new QuickTime Player application with a clean, uncluttered interface as well as an easy way to record, trim, and share your media.

Out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange.

Snow Leopard includes out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007 in Mail, iCal, and Address Book, so it’s easier than ever to take your Mac to work.

Safari 4.

The latest version of the blazing-fast web browser delivers up to 50 percent faster JavaScript performance2 and is more resistant to crashes than ever.

Universal Access.

Every Mac comes standard with a wide range of assistive—or Universal Access—technologies that help people with disabilities experience what the Mac has to offer. Snow Leopard continues this support with a variety of innovative features that advance accessibility even further.

Product Description

Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard, a simpler, more powerful, and more refined version of Mac OS X. It delivers a wide range of enhancements, next-generation technologies, out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange Server, and new accessibility features. It's the world's most advanced operating system, finely tuned from installation to shutdown.


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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, but not essential... August 28, 2009
Great, but not essential

Is Apple's latest operating system, Snow Leopard, a strong, reliable OS that demonstrates the versatility of Macs? Yes

That being said, is Snow Leopard an essential upgrade? No, not exactly.

THE DIFFERENCE IS NOT THAT DRASTIC
The differences between Apple's "Tiger" OS (10.4) and "Leopard" (10.5) were very noticeable, and there were many improvements that made the upgrade worthwhile. Such as Time Machine, Boot Camp, Quick Look, and many more The bulk of changes between Leopard (10.5) and this latest release, "Snow Leopard" (10.6), are "under the hood" so to speak, and therefore the average user might not notice as much of a change as they'd expect with an OS upgrade. But then again, why fix a bone that's not broken? Leopard was a success, and Snow Leopard improves on it, without radically altering the user experience. The majority of improvements affect system reliability, speed, and resourcefulness. There is also Microsoft Exchange support, which is great for those who need it.

EXPECTATIONS
I bought the Snow Leopard upgrade knowing full well it wasn't going to be a drastically different OS, so I was by no means disappointed. I've been following the tech news regarding Mac and Windows operating system upgrades very closely, and am well aware that August's release of Apple's Snow Leopard and October's release of Microsoft's
Windows 7 are meant to provide additional stability and implement greater resourcefulness, rather than completely overhaul the user experience. This isn't a bad thing, since greater system reliability is more important than adding bells and whistles that ultimately take away from the user experience (i.e. Vista).
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41 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than meets the eye August 28, 2009
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The most remarkable thing about Snow Leopard is simply that it can be installed on a Mac running Tiger. You do not need to pay the money to buy the boxed set to upgrade if you never upgraded to Leopard. This means that you can upgrade a Tiger computer to Leopard using this disk. It is up to the user to determine if they have an ethical problem with that; Apple certainly knew that this was possible when they released the software: they understand and use DRM effectively and always have. The fact it is missing here tells me that they are primarily concerned with getting Snow Leopard unto as many computers as possible as fast as possible. I am sure part of that is the desire to have Snow Leopard outperform Windows 7 which debuts in October. If you are updating from Leopard, Apple has continued to make it inexpensive for a family using more than one machine by pricing the upgrade at about $10.00 a machine (assuming you use all five). Not bad.

So what do you get with Snow Leopard? The answer is largely performance boosts, although many of those are not really applicable (yet) since few (virtually none) third party applications use the performance gains offered by Snow Leopard. Similar to Windows 7s ability to load share between CPU and GPU, many of the changes in Snow Leopard will take several years for developers to really start to use and write programs for.

Relying on 64-bit architecture through the entire OS, Snow Leopard is essentially an upgrade for the future: as developers write programs that take advantage of the new, higher ceiling, end users like you and I will benefit. For now, most of the performance increases are only applicable to Apple's own software.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Careful, As Always August 31, 2009
It's always a good idea to wait until software has been out a little while before installing it, especially a new operating system. I bought the family pack and started installing it on four of our Macs. The first one went flawlessly, the second one had issues with reinstalling settings from a Time Machine back up and the third one went well until I tried to install Parallels, at which point some of the software running under Parallels didn't work.

So, I went back to plain ol' Leopard on that machine and will wait until some updates come out for Snow Leopard from both Apple and the other software manufacturers from whom we've bought stuff (like Parallels).

There's really no reason to rush into Snow Leopard anyway, honestly there aren't really any new features in it, it's just a refinement. Although for $29 bucks it's a deal, but not one most users should take just yet. Give it and your other software vendors a while to catch up and it'll be a bargain and a half but, until then, just watch goofballs like me pull their hair out.
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36 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How dare Apple September 2, 2009
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How dare Apple come out with an operating system that..

1) Doesn't require you to buy a new computer to run it
2) Doesn't require a service pack to make it stable
3) Makes old hardware run better
4) Has all I need in an OS
5) Only comes in one flavor
6) Cost me ~ $15/machine

I was planning to add bigger hard drives and more memory to my 3 macs. Now that each has 10+ GB more disk and they run cooler and quicker than before, I have nothing to upgrade. The US economy will directly suffer as a result of Snow Leopard.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good software
Published 1 month ago by courtney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
thank you
Published 1 month ago by victor f.
4.0 out of 5 stars OK
Typical upgrade but it wouldn't support all the functions of my old printer. Finally bit the bullet and got the new iMac
Published 6 months ago by Bruce B Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice software
I bought another one because I lost one so I bought it for re-installed it for new updated hard drive.
Published 7 months ago by D. Shaw
4.0 out of 5 stars Works good!
This installation worked without any problems. I am not thrilled with the new operating system as they have redone all of the old home pages that we have gotten used to using;... Read more
Published 10 months ago by alaskajon
5.0 out of 5 stars Has been a very stable OS, still in use.
Snow Leopard has been a very stable OS. I am running it on a mid-2007 iMac and have not upgraded to Lion or Mountain Lion. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Brett
5.0 out of 5 stars Needed Upgrade
This upgrade allowed me to use the new iPhone5 that I got for Fathers' Day. Not much functionally different other than that compared to Leopard which is what I had before. Read more
Published 13 months ago by TomPF
5.0 out of 5 stars Good DVD for updating older computers
I got this for a person owning two computers that needed to run a newer version of the Mac OS X operating system. Great price for two systems.
Published 14 months ago by M. Winchester
5.0 out of 5 stars Update
I only bought this so I could use TurboTax ths year. I thought it was a little bit curious that I couldn't do one without the other.
Published 15 months ago by C Frisco
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 pack of a great operating system
If you haven't upgraded then i suggest that you do. This is a great deal on a great operating system.
Published 17 months ago by Alessandro Zuniga
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