Snow Leopard to Offer Improved Speed, Stability

Lora Bentley

The first mention of Snow Leopard here at IT Business Edge came from blogger Rob Enderle last week. Since no one had even seen the previews at that point, he couldn't say much, except that the anticipation was building and that the operating system market has drastically changed since Windows and Mac first went head to head:

Then, it was all about what you could run on the desktop. Now, with more and more things running in the cloud, it is about building compelling products fronted by easy interfaces that people want to buy. In short, the market has fundamentally changed from one that clearly favored Microsoft's model to one that appears to favor Apple's.

According to InformationWeek's coverage of the Snow Leopard preview at Apple's World Wide Developers' Conference on Monday, the focus for the Mac OS X 10.6 is not new and stunning features, but perfecting Leopard's speed and stability. To that end, writer Thomas Claburn says, Snow Leopard's system memory limit will increase to 16 terabytes and, among other things, the OS will include a JavaScript implementation that will help applications "run 53 percent faster."

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