Report: Apple to launch Snow Leopard on June 8

The Baltimore Sun writer has come up with a report that Apple will roll out Snow Leopard, its next operating system on June 8, by noting down the similarities between the June opening of the Mascone Center and past Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) events.

The San Francisco event center, Moscone frequently booked by Apple for its developer conference has an opening from June 6 through June 12 for a corporate meeting. Apple held its WWDC at Moscone during the same time of the month in 2007 and 2008 . Last year at its WWDC , Apple confirmed that the next upgrade to Mac OS X would be Snow Leopard and it would launch in about a year. CEO Steve Jobs delivered the keynote on the Monday of WWDC, last year and unveiled the iPhone 3G which Apple started selling from July 11. According to The Baltimore Sun, similar to previous developer conferences, Apple will hold a keynote on the Monday of the event and announce the launch of Snow Leopard.

Microsoft is working towards the RC release of Windows 7, the next version of its operating system with the internal target date set to April 10, 2009. A Collins Stewart analyst has projected that Microsoft will finalize the code for Windows 7 by June or July. The release of Windows 7 would allow Microsoft to make $1.5 billion in additional revenue, with nearly $1 billion coming from the upgrade market and $680 million from the netbook market, if Microsoft increases the number of premium versions of Windows being used on Netbooks. Microsoft's shares could make a good investment even with a sluggish PC market, says the analyst.

With rumors about Windows 7's RTM launch in August and the final release by the end of this year's holiday shopping season, we could be seeing two of the major operating systems - Apple's Snow Leopard and Microsoft's Windows 7 competing for a final release this year.

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