“PCs are better than Macs!” or “PCs don’t copy from Mac!” are two very common phrases used by the PC community, but it seems that Microsoft has let the cat out of the bag, and admitted copying the Mac OS for Windows 7.
A group manager at Microsoft, Mr. Aldous, sat down for a long talk with PCR. Blah blah blah was just about the just of it, until he was asked if Windows 7 was “really a much more agile operating system”. This is what he had to say:
“One of the things that people say an awful lot about the Apple Mac is that the OS is fantastic, that it’s very graphical and easy to use. What we’ve tried to do with Windows 7 – whether it’s traditional format or in a touch format – is create a Mac look and feel in terms of graphics.”
Afterwords he slammed OSX for stability issues (?) of course.
[Wake On Demand] is Apple’s name for a new networking feature that lets a Snow Leopard Mac go to sleep while a networked base station continues to broadcast Bonjour messages about the services the sleeping computer offers. The base station essentially acts as a proxy for the slumbering Mac. Advertised Bonjour services includes file sharing, screen sharing, iTunes library sharing, and printer sharing among others.
Apple TV benefits greatly from this.
According to them, user’s are required to have a 2009 Mac, and Airport base station, and a Mac running Snow Leopard 10.6.
However, I have Mac’s from 2008 which all have Wake On Demand supported. Readers have found that ANY Airport base station (Express, or Extreme) will work, and older Mac’s are also supporting the feature.
To check your Mac, click on “About this Mac” on the Apple drop down menu in the upper left hand corner of your toolbar, then click on “More Info”, then go under the “Network” tab, and click on “Airport” and “Wake on Demand” will be listed there as supported or not.
Make sure that if your buying Snow Leopard, that your everyday apps are up to date. [Compatibility List]
And check out every new feature for Snow Leopard here. [New Features]
Apple’s newest OS (10.8) Snow Leopard is ready earlier than thought, and it’s available for pre order. For only $30, you’ll get a massive upgrade as explained here from Engadget:
Apple wants you to know that Snow Leopard’s Finder is more responsive, Mail loads messages twice as fast, Time Machine will complete initial backups 80 percent faster, and a 64-bit version of Safari 4 is 50 percent faster than its predecessors. There’s even QuickTime X with a redesigned player that lets users view, record, trim and share video. Of course, this release also includes Grand Central Dispatch, a new way for devs to take advantage of multi-core processors as well as OpenCL support to accelerate apps with the help of that idling graphics processor. Oh, and out of the box support for Microsoft Exchange too. All in all, a worthy update, especially for the price.
Order by Wednesday and have it Friday morning when it releases. Just be sure to have a Mac with an Intel processor. Power PCs are not supported.