Should Microsoft® be afraid of Apple® OS X 10.8?
Looks like the players in the industry are afraid of Microsoft launching Windows 8. Microsoft should actually be proud of itself for this. Apple is about to launch OS X version 10.8 which could be the ultimate weapon for Apple to face the fight with Microsoft. A developer preview of OS X 10.8 code named Mountain Lion was released last week and it would be available to the Mac users by this summer.
In a way these operating systems aren’t exactly in competition with each other. But let’s see and compare both because, why not? Windows 8 has some great and exciting features which we’ve been talking about, so let’s see how Apple OS X 10.8 fares in this department.
Integration is one of the important features of Apple’s OS X 10.8. The operating system is closely integrated with services like iMessage, Twitter (yes, now you can tweet from your OS directly), and other services which are already available to users of iOS.
The integration of the iOS services with the Mac seems like an important feature that could give Apple’s operating system the edge that Windows 8 has.
Not just a regular upgrade
Unlike Snow Leopard, this one is being branded as an important and major upgrade. If integration of the Mac and iOS services is paving the way for this, then there are hundreds of other features that are going to cement OS X 10.8’s position here.
Facebook was supposed to be integrated with Mac, but talks between both the firms didn’t lead them anywhere; so built-in Twitter integration is going to be introduced in this upgrade.
A notification centre which is similar to the one in iOS will be seen after this upgrade. This will be a change for the Mac users who have been used to the open source notification application Growl. Notifications will appear on the top of the screen as banners and will disappear after five seconds.
Apart from these features, other ones that are worth a mention are the AirPlay feature which is debuting on Mac. The Game Center and the iCloud services are being introduced on Mac too. Sounds like good times are ahead for all Mac users.