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What's new in OS X Mountain Lion

A quick, visual tour of the most important new features in Apple's latest operating system: OS X Mountain Lion

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Apple brags that OS X Mountain Lion boasts more than 200 new features. Even though that number involves some creative counting, there are a lot of impressive additions. Here are 14 of the most important.


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Messages - more than just iChat

Messages is more than just a reskinning of iChat. Sure, the interface is different: The Buddy list is no longer primary. It's been supplanted by this two-pane view, with recent contacts on the left and recent conversations on the right. But the feature that most clearly separates Messages from iChat is its support for Apple's iMessage chat system. It means that, in theory, you can start a chat on one device and finish it on another. You should also be able to see the same conversation histories on any device as well. So far, in practice, it hasn't been quite that seamless.


  • Meet Mountain Lion
  • Notifications Center
  • Getting to grips with iCloud
  • Systemwide sharing
  • Gatekeeper
  • AirPlay Mirroring
  • Auto-Save
  • Taking a power nap
  • Reminders
  • Messages - more than just iChat
  • Contacts
  • Calendar
  • Lots more you can do in Notes
  • Amping up security in Safari
  • Designating VIPs in Mail


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