New York - February is proving to be a big month for
operating systems, with Microsoft and Apple releasing test versions of their
Apple announced the developer preview of OS X Mountain Lion
is available for download starting today. The OS is expected to go on sale this
Microsoft had already announced the public beta of Windows 8
would be released on Feb. 29.
Mountain Lion's updates are heavily derived from iOS, the
company said, with many features now found on the iPad being ported over. These
include better integration with iCloud, messages, reminders, notes,
notification center, share sheets, game center, Twitter, AirPlay mirroring and
The Apple tagline is "Inspired by iPad. Re-imagined for Mac."
Some of the iPad functionality includes:
Messages, said to be is an improvement on iChat,
allows messages to be sent to any Apple device, along with photos, videos and
Reminders, a list-making app that can work in
conjunction with other Apple devices through iCloud;
Notes, with an extended text-writing function
that can also be shared through iCloud;
Notification center, which acts as a central
depository for emails, instant messages, calendar alert and social-media alerts;
the user is notified via a short-lived banner that appears on the desktop that
something new is in the center for viewing;
Shared sheets, a button that will be found on
many Mountain Lion apps that will push links, photos and videos from the
website to friends; and
Game center, where the user can play multiplayer
games with friends or congregate the games they already own.
New York - February is proving to be a big month for operating systems, with Microsoft and Apple releasing test versions of their latest software.