Apple's Software Downloads pages have been assimilated into the company's Knowledge Base online support area.

Previously, downloads could be found at www.info.apple.com/support/downloads. Now, though, Apple is directing users to a page that states: "Software Downloads are now available from the Knowledge Base, the same database that contains Apple's Technical documents. In the new Software Downloads format you can read an update's Read Me file, and download the software from one convenient location."

These pages contain only the most current Apple software updates. Earlier versions of Mac OS software and hardware must be found by browsing the Downloads Web site.

The page also lists a number of the most recent updates, with links to take users straight to the relevant section of Apple's site.

Apple also suggests users utilize the Automatic Software Update feature of Mac OS 9.x, or the Software Update System preference of Mac OS X.