Snow Leopard to have Cocoa-based Finder, Exchange support

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AppleInsider is reporting that the new Mac OS X 10.6, also known as Snow Leopard, will feature a massive rewrite of its Finder application to be on its Cocoa environment, similar to most applications that Apple and other developers have been using to write applications. On Leopard (OS X 10.5), it still uses the old Carbon environment.

New features include the support of Microsoft Exchange in Snow Leopard’s versions of iCal, Address Book and Mail; and a new, third option for disc image-based installations called ImageBoot, which allows you to set up any number of installations on a secondary partition, or even an external hard drive.