Apple to update Mac OS software Aug. 28

Highlights include support for Exchange and native 64-bit apps

Apple plans to release the latest version of its Mac OS X operating system on Friday, according to the company's Web site.

The updated OS, code-named Snow Leopard, will enjoy a number of new improvements. Chief one for the enterprise is that the new OS will have out-of-the-box support for Microsoft Exchange, meaning that the calendar information and e-mail can be accessed from Macintosh machines in an Exchange environment. Instead of Outlook, Mac users would use iCal and Mail.

This will also be the first version of the OS where the built-in applications, such as iCal and Mail, will be native 64-bit versions. The OS also introduces a new application called Grand Central Dispatch, which can spread application threads across multiple cores of the computer's processor, making the program run faster.

Other new performance enhancements include a faster Finder and the backup feature, Time Capsule. A number of improved assistive technologies have been added as well.

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Joab Jackson is the senior technology editor for Government Computer News.

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