Apple Announces OS X Mountain Lion Download Availability

OS X Mountain Lion - Credit: Apple

(Best Syndication News) - The ninth major release of Apple’s OS X operating systems was made available today on the Mac App Store. The newest version is called Mountain Lion, which features an all new Messages app, Notification Center, sharing throughout the system, integration with Facebook, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring, and Game Center. Mac users who have Lion and Snow Leopard can upgrade their operating system for $19.99.

Apple’s OS X Mountain Line has over 200 new features. The newest idea integrated in the operating system is iCloud support. This allows a person to share information on several devices with Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, iWork, and more.

The Notification Center will alert users about incoming Mail, appointments on the Calendar, messages that they have received, reminders, and more. Facebook will be integrated into the operating system at a later revision of Mountain Lion. However, once it is available inside the Notification Center, there is a place to change your Facebook status and you can automatically add your Facebook friends to your Contacts.

Social networking has been integrated into the operating system. Users can share links, photos, videos, and files on the spot just by signing into their Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, or Vimeo account.

Users can dictate text instead of typing it on the keyboard with the new Dictation feature. Anywhere that a user can type, Dictation can be used.

Users can stream video wirelessly from the Mac to a HDTV set that uses Apple TV using AirPlay Mirroring. The AirPlay utility can also send audio wirelessly to a supported receiver or speakers.

Social game play is brought together with Apple’s Game Center, which will let users play with other people who have a Mac, iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.

Mountain Lion has also improved on security with Gatekeeper, which makes downloading on the Internet safer. The Power Nap utility will keep apps up to date while the Mac is in sleep mode. The Apple Safari browser has been tuned-up to surf the Internet faster.

By: Julie Marcus
Science and Technology Writer

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