Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 8th Jun 2009 18:02 UTC
Apple At the WWDC today, Apple has lifted the veil on a number of features of its upcoming operating system, Snow Leopard. Most of the work on Snow Leopard has gone into under-the-hood technologies and optimisations, but there are also a number of interface tweaks. The company also updated some of its laptops, while also lowering their prices. We got all the news from
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"Besides, this is not being pushed as a Pro user product...

Yes, it is -- at least Apple concentrated on features for pro users. Exchange is for pro users. How many "normal" users have an Exchange server at home? Probably none.
The second big set of features is related to HPC: fully 64 bit kernel, better programming of multiple cores and GPGPU programming.

The remaining new features are mostly tweaks. They are nice to have for home users, but not mandatory. Whoever feels to like those tweaks can pay those 29 bucks -- it's not a fortune.

In your estimation, is Apple going to start pushing a Business edition like Windows now?

No. This particular update is targeted towards pro users, but it's as suitable for normal users as plain Leopard.
New Macs will bundle Snow Leopard, but existing Leopard users are not forced to upgrade, because there are no API changes for home user-related stuff.

Even Apple is pretty open about that. Their own Snow Leopard web site has "Refined, not reinvented." as headline.
It's totally different from their "more than 300 new features" approach from previous Mac OS X releases.

Apple is courting the power users and prosumers. The big problem we have is that certain things are just excluded, like AD and Exchange without extreme measures and they're necessary for a Mac to be taken seriously you need to share exchange calenders and play nice with all the "LookOut" .msg attachments.

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