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- Mac computer with an Intel processor required
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard is built on a rock-solid, time-tested UNIX foundation.
- Improvements include a more responsive Finder, new look and features for Exposé.
- 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
- Mac OS X Snow Leopard includes built-in support for the latest version of Microsoft Exchange Server.
- 64-bit computing, multicore-optimization, OpenCL, QuickTime X, and more
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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.
Mac computer with an Intel processor
1GB of memory
5GB of available disk space
DVD drive for installation
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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.
The world's most advanced operating system. Finely tuned.
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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.
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
Now Exposé is integrated in the Dock, giving you a quick and easy way to see all the open windows of an application.
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.
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.
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.
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Expect another couple of years from Apple for support (Note: Sierra doesn't work on Mac Pro 1,1 or 2,1 - need SSE 4.0, which the Xeon CPUs don't support).
But sentiments like the foregoing may be sufficient to justify purchase of this latest edition, or "upgrade." I couldn't care less about the colorful toys (I never use Cover Flow or mess with a widget)--but it's impossible to ignore the times that you sit for minutes watching the wheel turn without a file opening or a letter being sent. Those seconds add up, often eating up a day's worth of valuable "living time," time best spent not at a computer screen but out in nature, perhaps trying to catch sight of the real deal (better, I say, catching sight of a feral neighborhood cat in your front yard or, as happened to me the other day, a red fox nonchalantly walking past my house than staring at computer images). What I've noticed about Version 6 is improved speed. Internet sites that were formerly loggy, slow and snowbound seem to snap into place with zest and efficiency. It feels like my iMac has been rejuvenated, been given some Geritol, maybe a testosterone implant.
Now the challenge will be not to load it up with all sorts of buggy software programs (many of which simply haven't caught up with the potentials of the hard-wired gear). I'm beginning to see even Microsoft Word as a cooperative companion for this cat instead of experiencing the momentary twinge of hesitation preceding use of the slow behemoth. In fact, thanks to the improved metabolism, it now seems as good a bet as TextEdit for some of those smaller tasks.
I realize that these are highly subjective impressions early in the game, but for twenty-five bucks I don't see how you can NOT make the switch. It's all about putting that spinning wheel out of its misery and getting your machine to do the work you paid it to do in the first place.
After many research I found this retail Snow Leopard is the way to go with minimal cost.
As a precaution, I carbon copied the entire hard disc prior to installation. Installation was seamless and Snow Leopard kicked in immediately. What was a pleasant surprise is that it also retained all my personal files such as pictures and document. I thought the installation of a new OS would have wiped out everything. I do have to individually download and install several updated applications that no longer supported by Snow Leopard, but it is to be expected.
It gives my old imac a new life.
By "refinements" to Leopard I mean that Snow Leopard brings:
- more speed
- better overall organization
- the ability to talk to "Exchange" servers (common in a Corporate environment and a must nowadays)
- New QuickTime Player
- Better for laptops (will adjust time zones when traveling, will pick up hotspots easier, trackpad can be adjusted to multi-tap)
- Better accessibility for those who are visually impaired
There are other features as well ... but all of these things are tweaks. You may look at the GUI and wonder what has changed ... not a lot. But what has changed is under the covers and matters.
I would recommend a companion book if you are new to Leopard (Snow Leopard more specifically) and the Mac platform in general is new for you. David Pogue's Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual is a useful adjunct resource that can help you get the most out of your new OS.
5 Stars. I still wish Mac would have offered it as a free upgrade though.