The latest version of Apple’s operating system, “Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion” was released this Wednesday. Contrary to the Microsoft’s re-devising of its OS with Windows 8, Apple only brought a few changes, cleaning up clutter but with better Cloud integration and gaming services. So, all in all, it will be something known, just with some new fold of features.
Mountain Lion was first demonstrated in June during Apple’s annual Worldwide Developers Conference and now is available publicly as an upgrade from the previous operating systems – Lion and Snow Leopard for $19.99. Macs purchased after on and after June 11 will be getting a free upgrade, the company stated. Also, Apple has been quietly removing the older versions from its digital and physical stores. However the customers can still get a copy from the company’s online store’s telesales agents.
Talking about the OS, the update is said to introduce 200 new features which includes iCloud integration, new notification center, desktop versions of Messages. The syncing feature will give you the similar experience on all the devices. Social connectivity and sharing is also upgraded with updates made in many apps. Notifications will also be synced from all the devices, displayed as alerts on the right corner of the screen. Some of these features arrive directly from iOS and seem interesting but many of these are unneeded. For instance, the dictation feature can’t be used when offline as it sends your voice to the Apple Servers for translation and the Gatekeeper will prevent you from downloading certain programs. The Mac web browser has also undergone some improvements including a couple of new interface additions. The social gaming service of iOS is stills in its basic phase. The game center however displays the games your friends are playing and it also provides recommendation for new games.
Facebook integration did not make it up for the time being but the company said that the future updates of the Mac Operating System will bring Facebook directly onto the desktop.
You can install the OS by checking the Mac Store and running a software update. Purchase the upgrade and download (about 4 GB size). The installer will then be automatically launched and completes the update. All your documents and files will stay in place during and after the upgradation.
With that price, the reviews say, it’s a deal to go for. The features provide a worthy upgrade for a low price and seem like an affordable treat. Also, the focus on the cloud integration may be the shine of the whole trade.