Mountain Lion Is Apple's Most Successful Release Ever
Article by George Norman
On 31 Jul 2012
On Wednesday, the 25th of July, Apple announced that Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion was rolled out to the Mac App Store. For the low price of $19.99, Snow Leopard and Lion users can upgrade to the 9th major release of Apple’s operating system which comes with more than 200 innovative new features.

On Monday, the 30th of July, the Cupertino-based software company shed a bit of light on the operating system’s commercial success. Apple announced that in 4 days since its release, the Mountain Lion operating system has been downloaded more than 3 million times. It seems that more than 3 million customers from all over the world were eager to put the operating system to the test and experience the new functionality it has to offer.

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Apple’s Senior VP of Worldwide Marketing, had the following to comment on Mountain Lion’s success:

Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever.

As mentioned above, Mountain Lion has more than 200 new features to offer. Here’s a quick look at the ones that stand out:
  • iCloud integration – by using your iCloud account the operating system makes it easy to set up Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, and Notes.
  • Messages – a brand new app that replaces iChat. With this app you can send messages, photos and videos from one Mac to another. Messages provides support for AIM, Jabber, Yahoo! Messenger and Google. A beta version of Messages is available for download on apple.com right now; the final version will be incorporated into Mountain Lion.
  • Reminders and Notes – these are tools you can use to create and track to-dos across multiple devices.
  • Game Center – assuming you’re not familiar with Game Center, it helps you find new games, challenge friends, and play live multiplayer games.
  • Notification Center – displays notifications from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps.
  • System-wide Sharing – easily share links, photos, videos, and other files.
  • Twitter and Facebook integration – the popular micro-blogging site and the social networking site are integrated throughout Mountain Lion.
  • AirPlay Mirroring - wirelessly send a secure 720p video stream from your Mac to an HDTV via Apple TV.
  • Gatekeeper – a new security feature that helps you control which apps can be downloaded and installed on your machine.
  • Dictation - dictation is built into the operation system.
  • A faster Safari browser.

Additional information on Mountain Lion is available on Apple’s official site here and on the Mac App Store here.



Tags: Apple, Mac OS X, Mountaion Lion, Mac App Store
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