Apple has just released the 10.8 version of Mac OS X, dubbed Mountain Lion. Apple CEO Time Cook made the formal announcement of the new OS release during the public news gathering of the company’s 3rd quarter financial results.
Mountain Lion includes over 200 new features. It costs $20, and it can be downloaded directly from the Mac App Store— which is automatically installed on the current Lion version. Downloading Mountain Lion on a Mac requires that it be running at minimum Snow Leopard (OS X 10.6.8) or any version of the current OS 10.7.
One of the most significant features of Mountain Lion is full iCloud integration between Mac computers and iOS devices (iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch). iCloud will keep all your mail, calendar alerts, contacts, reminders, documents, and notes up-to-date between devices. Whenever data is added or changed on one device, those changes will be synced to your other devices.
The Notification Center feature in iOS devices is now a part of the new operating system as well. This feature allows users to get previews of email messages, calendar alerts, Twitter updates and much more, from a sliding panel on the Mac desktop.
Two other very useful features include Siri-like Dictation, which allows users to dictate their words, using the built-in microphone, into any text supported application. Mountain Lion also includes Power Nap, which enables your Mac to receive updates even when it’s asleep.
Game Center, Air Play, Twitter and Facebook integration top off the other significant new features of Mountain Lion.