Mac OS X 10.1 could lure new users

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Mac OS X 10.1 should pave the way for an "autumn ripe with new applications and Mac user upgrades" and perhaps even lure new users to the Mac platform, according to a ZDNet News story.

"OS X 10.1 is a major upgrade and, as such, will correct most of the problems users have reported: overall speed, window redrawing speed, and DVD authoring, etc.," Doug Stanfield, a Mac user and technology coordinator, told ZDNet reporter Joe Wilcox. "For many Mac users who are using OSX -- myself included, and those in my office -- it will be the dividing line between using it some of the time and using it all of the time."

With Mac OS X 10.1, Adam Masri, a Mac computer consultant in San Francisco, can finally recommend the new operating system to many of his customers.

"I've told most of my clients to stay away from Mac OS X 10.0," he told ZDNet. Although Masri likes the operating system's power, his "customers need more polish. They want DVD playback; they want fast window resizing, and they want OS X-native apps. The release of 10.1 and Microsoft Office for (OS X) will allow many of my clients to make the move."

The article said that signs that Mac OS X 10.1 is coming soon (although it's not clear exactly when "soon" is) are everywhere. Dealers have started listing the new operating system in their catalogs, and testers report the recent beta is close to becoming final code, according to ZDNet. Apple had planned to brief industry analysts on the OS X upgrade last week but canceled the meetings after the terrorist attacks, the story added.

Some industry insiders told ZDNet that Mac OS X's Unix heritage appeals to some people looking for a Windows alternative.

"Many of my PC-using friends are asking lots of questions about 10.1," Masri said. "A few of them actually want to buy new Macs after 10.1 is released. The (lures) of FreeBSD Unix, an Apple authored user interface and Apple's hardware design (are) just too good to pass up."

Stanfield said that he thinks "major developers will also see it as the signal to get busy bringing OS X-native apps to market." What's more, he also told ZDNet that "he time is ripe for Mac OS X "to bring in a significant number of new users to the platform." Masri feels the same way.

"If there was ever a time when Apple could grab market share, this is it," he told ZDNet. "They're firing on all cylinders now, even if the economy isn't."

This story, "Mac OS X 10.1 could lure new users" was originally published by PCWorld.

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