|Apple wants back into enterprise|
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 02:00
Apple`s early release of its latest operating system, Snow Leopard, will ship with integrated support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007.
Speaking at the official local launch yesterday, Apple product manager for the Core Group Greg Hill explained the latest iteration of Mac OS X will integrate natively with Exchange`s mail, calendaring and global address lists.
He said many office workers are bringing Macs into the office, and the need to have native support for its rival`s server mail system has become a necessity. The move is expected to bring Mac back into the workplace, he added.
Snow Leopard will only support Exchange Server 2007, which Microsoft released in 2006. Microsoft recently released a beta test version of Exchange 2010.
Most of the improvements in the new operating system are back-end refinements, and the company has spent a lot of time developing the OS to take advantage of increased consumer computing power.
According to Hill, Snow Leopard has been redeveloped to support 64-bit applications, which will increase the memory cap on the machines. “Apple has also included Grand Central Dispatch, which will help developers take advantage of multi-core threading without much effort.”
The OS ships with the latest version of Safari version 4, which seems to have been given its own overhaul. The upgraded browser has boosted its integrated Java performance and has sandboxed plug-ins, to stop a full browser crash.
Alongside all the technology improvements, Hill said Apple also included some user interface tweaks. Expose will now be included in the dock, and multi-page document scrolling is now added to the icon thumbnail versions within folders.
Snow Leopard will retail in SA at R329, with a family licence for multiple machines selling at R529. For those using older versions of Mac OS, there is a box set that includes Snow Leopard, iLife and iWork, which will cost R1 799.
Machines will need at least 1GB of memory and 5GB hard drive space free for the install.
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