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Apple Announces OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

By Norman Chan

Available for developers now, out for everyone else this summer.

I woke up this morning to an all-caps instant message from Will: "they released a stealth OS!" And yup, Apple did just that. OS X Mountain Lion (10.8) incorporates into Apple's desktop OS many iOS features, including iCloud syncing and storage for mail/calendars/contacts/documents, Reminders, Notes, Notification Center (!), Game Center, Twitter integration, and AirPlay. Notification Center in particular looks well implemented, and may be a move away from Growl on OS X. It's available for developers now, and will be released to users this summer. Some developers and friends-of-Apple have been using the Mountain Lion beta for a week, and their first impressions are positive. For those of you who want something to try out immediately, OS X's Messages beta , which replaces iChat, is available to download right now. (And cue an iMessage on my phone from Gary Whitta, sent from his Mac.)

We'll have a full breakdown of what Mountain Lion entails coming later, and are in the queue to download the developer preview to try it out ourselves. Of course, we'll be discussing it on today's episode of the podcast.