July 26, 2012

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Apple have released their latest addition to the OS X family with version 10.8, also known as "Mountain Lion". This new version brings with it a whole host of improvements, most of which focus on bringing features such as the Notification Center and iCloud from iOS to the Mac. In addition to those new features, 10.8 also includes system wide refinements, which make the OS feel like what Lion should have been.

The inclusion of some new apps which started their lives on iOS. If you've used iOS before, these "new" apps shouldn't really feel all that "new". Notes, Reminders, and, Game Center are all nearly identical clones of their iOS counterparts, with a more grown up feel on the Mac desktop.

You can store the notes you create either locally or sync them with iCloud. Reminders works just like you'd expect, and is even is able to tap into your location (presumably based on your WiFi and IP address) and deliver reminders either when arriving at or leaving a location. Similar to the iOS version of the app, Reminders also lets you set reminders for a specific date and time. 

End users now have a notification system that is both integrated and easy to use, and programmers have one consistent way for their apps to send notifications.

-It includes the ability to mirror your Mac's screen to an AppleTV or any other AirPlay receiver.

-Users with an AppleTV on the same WiFi network as their Mac will notice an AirPlay icon appear in the bar; simply click the icon and select your AppleTV to get started. You will see your Mac's desktop on the big screen. (WoW)

-New improved Messages

-Better iCloud File sharing

- Enhanced sharing capabilities - From the "Mail, Contacts & Calendars" screen in System Preferences, users can now set up Twitter, Facebook, Flickr, and Vimeo accounts with the OS.

OS X Mountain Lion includes system-wide refinements for just about every app. After installing the OS on my computer, everything just seemed to work a little bit better. 

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