Fulfilling the many rumors of a Mac OS-related announcement at WWDC in San Fransisco today, Apple [NASDAQ: APPL] unveiled a new version of its OS X “Leopard” operating system, dubbed “Snow Leopard,” that is big on pragmatic improvements but rather lacking in glamor. Apple is framing the new release as a collection of tweaks, many of which are meant to accomodate new hardware; Snow Leopard will involve omptimized support for multiple-core processors, as well as compatibility with up to 16TB — that’s terabytes — of RAM, and include support for GPUs, or graphics processing units. Apple is also boasting improved QuickTime multimedia software and baked-in support for Microsoft Exchange.
Perhaps the most telling addition to OS X’s suite of functions is its support for Exchange, which will finally enable Macs to operate holistically in a Windows-centric enterprise setting. While Apple does not presently have a corporate sales staff, the company has seen increasing interest (and dollars) from business customers in the last several years — and the addition of Exchange functionality may be a sign that Cupertino is finally actively courting that sector.CD