This morning Apple announced the upcoming release of its next operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. With plans to ship later this year, it includes new features like an integrated notification centre, better iCloud support, AirPlay Mirroring for desktops and more.
While it's still an early preview, the main new features include:
- Notification Center with access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and more.
- Better iCloud integration with automatic syncing and updating of files.
- AirPlay Mirroring: You can stream your desktop to an HDTV, play games via Game Center and watch movies.
- Gatekeeper security that allows you to control how apps are downloaded and installed.
- A number of smaller updates to desktop apps to align them with their iPhone counterparts. These include iCal, Reminders, Notes and Messages.
Members of the Mac Developer Program can check out a preview release of Mountain Lion right now. Lion users itching to get a small taste can download the beta version of the new messenger client, Messages right now.
Apple OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion [PC Magazine]