updated 05:15 pm EDT, Mon June 8, 2009
Snow Leopard Server
Although the WWDC keynote on Monday focused primarily on the new iPhone 3GS and Mac OS X Snow Leopard, Apple also introduced Snow Leopard Server. The operating system features updates to several included programs; iCal Server 2, Podcast Producer 2, Wiki Server 2, Address Book Server and Mobile Access Server. The company has integrated a new 64-bit kernel, enabling the use of more physical memory and increasing the number of simultaneous system processes, threads and network connections that can be handled by the server.
iCal Server 2 now supports push notifications, with automatic alerts for new invitations or changes to existing entries. The program also includes a new web-based calendar client, with options to view schedules, set up meetings, or view the availability of other team members. iPhone users can securely access their calendar and create or modify entries from the mobile device.
Podcast Producer 2 adds several new features for creating videos. Dual-source capture enables users to create picture-in-picture podcasts, using either Apple's templates or customized layouts. Web capture can be used to take video from remote cameras and microphones accessed through any web browser on a Mac, PC or iPhone.
Wiki Server 2 now integrates the Quick Look feature found in Mac OS X, allowing users to preview a document before downloading it. Supported files include text, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, QuickTime and PDF. A new QuickSearch function can be used to search through wikis, blogs, mailing lists, calendars and podcasts. The software also connects with the iPhone, enabling access to content, updates, comment viewing and document changes from the mobile device.
Address Book Server is designed to share contacts across multiple computers. The software uses a new vCard format, CardDAV, for storing contacts outside of the LDAP directory. Permissions can be configured to allow other users on the network to view the content or transfer it to Mail, iChat or Address Book.
Mobile Access Server provides tools to set up and manage remote access to a business network. The software enables secure access to firewall-protected services, without using a VPN, and integrates an organization's existing directory service for authentication. The system eliminates the need for client software, while supporting common protocols such as HTTP/HTTPS, IMAP and SMTP.
Snow Leopard Server is scheduled to ship in September 2009 for $500. A developer preview is currently available.