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Apple's "other" operating system gets a major update

Windows enthusiasts around the world are waiting for the October release of Windows 8. However, for those of the Mac persuasion, today marks the release of OS X 10.8 "Mountain Lion". Mountain Lion is the latest in a long line of OS X releases and is available for a "mere" $19.99 from the App Store.
For customers that purchased a new Mac computer since June 11, the upgrade to Mountain Lion is free from Apple.
Apple brags that Mountain Lion includes over 200 new features -- which are obviously too numerous to list here -- but we'll include just a couple of the highlights:
  • Full iCloud integration
  • Game Center, Reminders, and Notes -- all three are staples of iOS, and all three are iCloud-enabled
  • Messages -- another iOS transplant
  • Notification Center -- most Mac users got their notifications via Growl, but now Apple is getting into the game with the -- once again -- iOS-esque Notification Center
  • Dictation
  • Power Nap -- this feature allows a Mac to still periodically check email and sync iTunes content while in a deep state of sleep. If connected to a power source, the machine will also perform Time Machine backups and download software updates.
  • Facebook and Twitter -- these two social networks are also baked into the upcoming iOS 6 release

A few sites have posted reviews of Mountain Lion and the consensus is that it's a worthy upgrade to Lion. The Verge's Nilay Patel is overall pleased with the upgrade:
Ultimately, this is pretty easy: you should spend the $20 and upgrade to Mountain Lion, especially if you have a newer Mac. You’ll gain a handful of must-have features, and everything will get faster and smoother. I haven’t really missed Snow Leopard at all since upgrading, which is remarkable considering how much I disliked Lion...
Mountain Lion is the first version of OS X to deeply integrate network services at every level, from storing documents to sharing photos to connecting external displays, and it seems that much lighter for it — as though Apple’s relentless charge into its post-PC era has allowed the OS X team to rethink exactly what a PC is and should be. Mountain Lion isn’t perfect, but it’s a confident, thoughtful step towards the future of desktop computing.
Engadget's Brian Heater acknowledges that Mountain Lion is a bargain upgrade, but also notes that it seems as though OS X is mainly taking a back seat to iOS when it comes to attention/features, and that the operating system is in need of a complete "rethink":
That said, it seems time for Apple to make a bold new pronouncement on the desktop front. The company appears to have most of its resources invested in the mobile side -- and there's no question as to why: the iPhone and iPad have reinvigorated the company, making it a computing player on a scale that no one (save, perhaps, for Jobs himself) could have predicted a decade ago. Still, it might be hard for OS X users not to feel neglected -- many of the latest new features feel a bit like iOS hand-me-downs. When and if Apple rolls out a new operating system this time next year, hopefully we'll be seeing a very different side of Mac OS.
But with a price tag of just $20, Mountain Lion is a no-brainer upgrade for members of the Mac community.

Sources: The Verge, Engadget

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RE: Just $20
By Pirks on 7/25/2012 10:31:31 PM , Rating: 2
I was just saying that profits are more important than market share, and illustrated this with a couple of examples. Why you guys are so dumb to understand such simple and obvious things is beyond me.

RE: Just $20
By retrospooty on 7/25/2012 10:40:41 PM , Rating: 2
Your comparison of iron to diamond nails is not at all like apple vs ms. Both are very profitable. It's not like ms has all market share and no money. One sells software and the other hardware. Throw in the multi billion dollar enterprise sector that ms lives off and it's even less relevant. I agree though, much of it is beyond you.

RE: Just $20
By Pirks on 7/26/2012 1:21:47 AM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter if you like my analogy or not, my point about market share being less important than profits is still valid.

Because company with huge profits and 1% market share may eventually buy out the competitor with tiny profits and 99% of market share.

This is how free market economy works, dude. Even though, much of this knowledge is beyond you and Reclaimer.

RE: Just $20
By retrospooty on 7/26/2012 7:36:26 AM , Rating: 2
"Doesn't matter if you like my analogy or not, my point about market share being less important than profits is still valid."

If your a stockholder or owner yes. But this discussion wasnt about profit.

"Because company with huge profits and 1% market share may eventually buy out the competitor with tiny profits and 99% of market share"

Yes this is true if it were 99 to 1 or even 90 to 10, but MS and Apple are roughly equal, both make billions every year. Thus your analogy is irrelevant to the subject matter. Its not that it isn't true, its just not applicable to THIS conversation.

RE: Just $20
By Pirks on 7/26/2012 11:29:42 AM , Rating: 2
If your a stockholder or owner yes
So if you are a user of something like BlackBerry, and you observe how a smaller but much more profitable competitor like Apple starts go use their profit leverage to slowly but steadily push your beloved BlackBerry out of the market - you'd still care about BlackBerry? Or you'd say screw it, I'm not a shareholder so why would I care?

RE: Just $20
By Reclaimer77 on 7/26/2012 10:24:17 AM , Rating: 2
LOL you know Retro, right or wrong, I think Pirks has the best self image and confidence in himself than all of us put together. When he dies I hope he donates his brain to science.

RE: Just $20
By Cheesew1z69 on 7/26/2012 10:53:51 PM , Rating: 2
No matter how much they study it, they still will not be able to fix stupid.

RE: Just $20
By Pirks on 7/27/2012 2:25:35 AM , Rating: 2
You're too late to the party, clown.

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