Before the official release of Windows 8, which is expected in October 2012, Apple launched its latest and more refined OS, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. Apple has done a great job of integrating features of the company’s mobile OS, iOS.
Apple claims that there are more than 200 new features in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion..
For now, the general consensus on the Internet is that if you are a user of Apple devices, the $20 update is definitely worth it. The OS has also has a positive effect on the overall performance of the machine.
There are many features of the OS that are impressive, but not all is well. There are also a few features which are disappointing, especially when it comes to the functionality of the OS, or the region specific features unavailable in some parts of the world.
Taking a leaf from iOS, Apple has introduced the Notification Center for OS X 10.8. The notifications appear on the right side of the display and can be easily accessed with one swipe of the trackpad or by clicking the icon in the topmost right corner of the screen.
The Notification Center not only gives updates, but also allows users to directly share their content on Facebook and Twitter.
Want to protect your Mac from fraudulent apps and malware? Well, Gatekeeper is the feature for you. Gatekeeper gives users three security options for downloading and installing apps. Users can download and install apps from anywhere, so long as the source has a Developer ID. Mountain Lion alerts users if they download and try to install applications from developers that don’t have a Developer ID.
If you’d still choose to install an app from a developer that doesn't have a Developer ID, you can do so.
Wouldn'tit be great if your Mac works even when it is in sleep mode? With Power Nap,applications such as mail, notes, reminders, and messages are updated in thebackground while the Mac is in sleep mode. Power Nap also lets the systembackup to Time Machine in sleep mode, as well as downloads updates.
The Game Center app on Mountain Lion is the same as it is on your iOS device. Logging in is as simple as entering your Apple ID and password. You are ready to game. Game Center not only gives you access to the plethora of games available for the Mac, but also has the ability to add friends, and show you everyone who is online in your gaming network. Game Center also lets you see the games your friends are playing, and recommends games to you based on your preferences.
One of the best features of Game Center is that it allows multiplayer gaming cross platform. So, you can play multiplayer games with friends on a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
Setting up your account with Apple’s cloud-based service is as easy as signing in once with your Apple ID. Once iCloud is setup, you get seamless access to Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, FaceTime, Game Center, Safari, Reminders, iTunes, the Mac App Store, and Notes.
The iCloud Document Library gives users access to their iCloud documents across all their Mac computers and iOS devices. The cloud sync helps you begin work on once device and finish it on another.