|Product||Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks||Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)||Apple Mac OS X 10.6.3 Snow Leopard||Microsoft Windows 8.1||Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion|
|Price||Free||$79.94 to $179.95||$29.97||$79.00 to $119.99||Mac App Store - $19.99|
|CNET editors' rating||4.5 stars||4 stars||4 stars||4 stars||4 stars|
|Average user rating||2 stars||2 stars||3.5 stars||2 stars||3 stars|
|Release date||Info unavailable||October 26, 2012||August 28, 2009||Info unavailable||Info unavailable|
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As it's a free upgrade that gives you more apps, improved features across the board, and better performance, there is really no reason not to get Mavericks on your Mac.
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.
If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year.
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.
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