|Product||Mac OS X 10.8: Mountain Lion||Microsoft Windows 8||Apple Mac OS X Snow Leopard||Google Chrome OS||Google Android 4.1 Jelly Bean|
|Price||Mac App Store - $19.99||Pricing is currently unavailable.|
|CNET editors' rating||4 stars||4 stars||4 stars||3 stars||4 stars|
|Average user rating||3 stars||3.5 stars||3.5 stars||3.5 stars||0 stars|
|Release date||Info unavailable||October 26, 2012||August 28, 2009||Info unavailable||Info unavailable|
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Though it's not a complete system or interface overhaul, Mountain Lion's improved core apps and new features make it well worth the $19.99 price.
Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price.
Intel Mac users will like Snow Leopard's smartly designed interface enhancements, and its Exchange support is a must-have (especially with Outlook for Mac on the way). With a ton of technological improvements, Snow Leopard is worth the $29 upgrade fee.
Chrome OS struggles with the delineation between apps and Web sites, even though they are fast growing together. Great for students and casual home use, the day is coming when it'll be competitive, but it's not yet a replacement for a more mature OS.
You won't be left too far behind without it, but Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is a worthy update that brings improved voice search, notifications, and sharing.
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