Apple Unveils New Leopard Server Features

Apple announced several new features in Mac OS X 10.5 Server on Monday following the Steve Jobs keynote at the World Wide Developers Conference. Leopard Server will sport wiki server support, Podcast Producer, and Spotlight Server.

The wiki server will allow Leopard Server to manage collaborative Web sites, or wikis. Podcast Producer will take advantage of Xgrid to distribute the process of rendering and uploading podcasts for Web-based access, and Spotlight Server will allow users to find content that is stored on other servers.

Like the client version of Leopard, Mac OS X 10.5 Server will also run 64-bit and 32-bit applications at the same time.

Phil Schiller, Appleis senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing implied that Leopard Server will ship at the same time as the client version. "Only Apple can deliver an advanced server operating system packed with over 250 new features on the same day as our client OS," he said.

Mac OS X 10.5 Server is scheduled to ship in October, and will be priced at US$499 for the 10-client edition, or $999 for the unlimited-client edition.