Upgrading to Snow Leopard
  • Upgrading to Snow Leopard

    Looking to upgrade your Mac to Snow Leopard? Go right ahead! Snow Leopard (OS 10.6) is the latest version of Apple’s operating system OS X. There is a plethora of new features and enhancements in OS 10.6 that can bring out the full potential of your Mac. Snow Leopard is designed to bring out the best in the hardware and software that you are already using.

    Snow Leopard includes many notable features and upgrades such as faster performance from the Finder, up to 80% quicker Time Machine backups, scrollable stacks in the Dock, and up to twice as fast startup, sleep and shutdown times. System applications have been rewritten to take advantage of 64 bit technology and multiple CPU cores, which is the new standard in computing and allows the Mac to access more memory and run more quickly. This version takes up half the disc space as previous versions, saving you precious hard drive space for music, videos, and documents. Snow Leopard also comes with built-in support for Microsoft Exchange Server 2007. This is the first of its kind for any Mac or PC. You’ll be able to use Mail, iCal and Address Book to access Exchange email, calendar, and Global Address Lists. Snow Leopard also natively supports VPN connections so you can work from home more easily. Smaller enhancements include the ability to view wireless network reception in the Network preference pane, ability to sort by Kind in the Save-As dialogue box, and Verizon Aircard support without the use of Verizon’s VZAccess Manager.

    The upgrade takes about 45 minutes and we suggest doing a full backup prior to it. We’ve run into some issues where programs need to be reinstalled in order to work properly. Besides that, the enhancements outweigh any of the unlikely potential quirks or bugs. Plus, Apple constantly releases updates. As issues are resolved you’ll be able to use Software Update to install and fix them. Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard is available online at Apple.com or in stores and is very affordable. Online stores like Amazon.com have it in stock for a little cheaper at $24.99. A full list of enhancements is available at http://www.apple.com/macosx.

    From all of us at HouseCall, have a happy Thanksgiving!