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Tech Talk Radio Show 35 of 2009
Transmission date: August 31, 2009

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Ep 35: Windows 7 and Snow Leopard hit the streets and first impressions count. We look at the worlds most dangerous online celebs, Telstra "Now we are tweeting" and multitasking is can be bad for detail.

August 31 , 2009

It’s spring time in Australia, and with the changing of the season, new life starts blossoming everywhere and your computer is no different. This season sees two new operating systems roll out with the long anticipated launch of Microsoft’s Windows 7, and Apples new cat, leopard.

For those of you thinking of upgrading your hardware or maybe even purchasing a new laptop or desktop, now is the time. And for those of us who have been holding off, the wait is almost over.

Snow Leopard and Windows 7

In the case of Microsoft, Vista has been a dog of an operating system. It started life about the same time Apple’s OSX hit the streets, so the pressure was on for Microsoft to release something of its own in the market place around the same time. Many have speculated that because of the rush, Vista ended up being a half finished system which was heavy on resources. At the time, of its launch, there were very few machines that could do the OS justice.  In the Apple camp, OSX gave mac users a seamless upgrade from an operational point of view as well as a functionality point of view. It was the time of change for Apple, as the welcomed Intel into the fold. OSX was an operating system designed to win customers over from Microsoft, and this it did.

So has the Windows 7 wait been worth it? Well it’s too early to call at the moment as the pride of the fleet for Microsoft has just been released to industry professionals, with the public release scheduled for October 22. The true indication of the success of the system will only be know after that.

Back to the leopard, this release seems to be an engineering update, with lots of changes from an operational point of view as opposed to a user experience. And as for the price of upgrading – well there’s cheap  and cheaper. Something that Apple is not normally know for.

For owners of Intel-based Macs who are still using the older Tiger version of the Mac OS, Apple is officially making Snow Leopard available only in a "boxed set" that includes other software and costs $169. The reasoning is that these users never paid the $129 back in 2007 to upgrade to Leopard. But here's a tip: Apple concedes that the $29 Snow Leopard upgrade will work properly on these Tiger-equipped Macs, so you can save the extra $140. Who said being a late adopter wouldn’t pay!

And the Windows 7 upgrade? Retail prices for Windows 7 in Australia will be broadly similar to those charged for Vista. Home Premium will be $A299, Professional will be $A449, and Ultimate $A469.

Upgrade prices will be $A199, $A399 and $A429 respectively.

In an apparent attempt to avoid customers delaying new PC purchases until Windows 7 ships on October 22, Microsoft has announced that the Windows 7 Upgrade Option will be offered in Australia, starting June 26.

So the pricing winner for this round is the Leopard. Who would have thought.

Also on the show this week:

  • Adam Turner takes us riverside for his thoughts with Macworld podcaster Anthony Caruana
  • Telstra turns to Twitter for customer support! Now we are TWEETING!
  • Nokia has unveiled its first phone running on Linux software and
  • Let the game console price war begin! Microsoft's Xbox $100 cheaper in Australia