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Jul 25, 2012

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Now Available for $19.99

Today, Apple made available for download the latest flavor of its Mac OS X, namely 10.8 Mountain Lion, which packs over 200 new features when compared to the previous software available for Mac.

Users who choose to download and install the new OS flavor on their machines will benefit from improved messaging capabilities, a better notifications center, enhanced sharing capabilities, and a wide variety of other updates as well. The new platform was made available with a price tag of $19.99 attached to it, but it is available for free for those users who purchased a new Mac in the past five to six weeks or so. OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion comes with a new Messages app, providing users with the possibility to easily send text, photos, videos, contacts, web links, and more to their contacts on another Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. The application also provides users with the possibility to start a conversation on one device and continue it on another, while benefiting from support for instant messaging services like AIM, Yahoo! Google Talk and Jabber.

The new platform release also comes with Documents in the Cloud, so that users can create and edit documents on Mac, iPhone, and iPad, as well as with a new Reminders app for easy management of tasks. The new sharing capabilities of the platform include the possibility to easily send links, photos, videos, and other files right from the app you're in, while offering support for sharing with Mail, Messages, and AirDrop.  Through the Game Center in OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, users will be able to enjoy access to multiplayer and turn-based games playable against friends on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac, as well as access to leaderboards and achievements.

Some other features of the new platform release include:

  • Dictation lets you talk anywhere you can type—no setup or training required.
  • AirPlay Mirroring shows your Mac screen on your HDTV with Apple TV.
  • Power Nap keeps your Mac up to date while it sleeps so it's instantly ready to go.
  • Gatekeeper makes it safer to download apps from the Internet by giving you control over which apps can be installed on your Mac. 
  • New features for Chinese users include improved text input, leading search engine Baidu as an option in Safari, sharing to microblogging service Sina Weibo and video websites Youku and Tudou, eight new fonts and a new Chinese dictionary.

Users will also benefit from a series of enhancements in Safari, such as support for typing both searches and web addresses in the new Smart Search Field, or the possibility to pinch to see tabs with Tab View and swipe to switch between them. The new Notification Center will display notifications in the top right corner of your screen. Users will be able to open the Notification Center from anywhere in OS X to see recent notifications, and will also be able to configure notifications so as to receive only those that interest them.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion
Images credits to Mac App Store


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