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« American health care on (4) napkins | Main | Improved Microsoft Windows 7 Upgrade Chart »
Wednesday
Aug122009

Mac OS X Snow Leopard Upgrade Chart


In contrast here's my version of the Mac OS X Snow Leopard upgrade chart.  The comparison to the Mac was inevitable, and I couldn't find that anyone else had created this chart yet.

The $169 price for users that don't have Leopard also include iLife and iWork.

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If Microsoft were to have to be ashamed of anything, it's having multiple versions of their OS in the first place; Which, absolutely, is frustrating beyond belief and is the root cause of having such confusing (well, to some - we're not all techies) charts.

Although I agree that the first chart is overkill on information, you could otherwise argue that the ZD Net created version might have a user look on the left for their current product, spot e.g. the Home Premium version, and realize they can do an in-place upgrade. Case closed. But, oops, that's not true because they're running a 32bit Vista Home Premium and were hoping to upgrade to a 64bit Seven Home Premium; they have to look completely elsewhere in the chart to figure that out.
Also.. what happened to Vista Starter in that chart?

But getting back to chart cleanliness in general - well, OS X is OS X.. there's no multiple editions, therefore the upgrade chart does become a lot simpler. I suspect it could be even simpler if Apple were to allow upgrades from -any- previous OS X version for a single price. Shouldn't Apple be ashamed of charging $169 for older version upgrades? I realize the upgrade would include iLife and iWork, but those should be separately offered to keep the upgrade price down in the first place; perhaps to a single $49 charge.. that would reduce your chart to a single row.

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

http://www.cultofmac.com/windows-7-upgrades-chart-makes-brain-hurt-we-offer-the-mac-equivalent/14186" rel="nofollow">Windows 7 Upgrades Chart Makes Brain Hurt; We Offer the Mac Equivalent

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterslark

The upgrade chart is missing a line for the PPC.
"From PPC" upgrade line should read "I can't do that Dave."

I have both PPC and Intel Macs, and I am not amused.

August 12, 2009 | Unregistered Commentercjensen

I figure I do a clean install every year or two anyway so when windows 7 debuts I'm planning on buying a new 1TB hard drive and installing on a clean drive.

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnonymous

Thanks Stephen. The only issue I have with that chart is that it leaves off the prices. But you're right, there are other ones out there.

cjensen, The chart should include that PPC Macs have a dead end with OS X Leopard 10.5.

August 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRandy Krum

very nice blog

August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWOW GOLD

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