Mac OS X Mountain Lion: 10 Features Apple Users Need to Check Out

NEWS ANALYSIS: Mac OS X Mountain Lion is launching soon. And there are some features that will make it a standout in the software space that everyone will want to know about.

Mac OS X Mountain Lion has officially turned gold, meaning it€™s nearing its launch in the Mac App Store. The Apple operating system will retail for just $19.99, and come with a host of improvements€”200 in all€”that today€™s Mac users will be more than happy to find. From better security to some nice, iOS-like additions, the operating system seems poised for great things.

But for users who don€™t know much about Mountain Lion, determining why the operating system might be so appealing isn€™t so easy. With that in mind, it€™s a good idea to take a look at some of the features that will make the operating system something worth looking forward to. Granted, Mountain Lion is not a major update over its predecessor, but it€™s a notable one.

In order to find out which features really matter the most to Mac OS X users, eWEEK looks at 10 specific improvements within Mountain Lion.

1. Gatekeeper

For enterprise users, especially, Gatekeeper could be one of the most important additions to Mountain Lion. According to the company, Gatekeeper will maximize the platform€™s security and make it nearly impervious to outside risk. Of course, whether it€™ll actually be able to live up to that remains to be seen.

2. An iOS flavor

Apple has realized that it should start combining some of the functions of each of its operating systems in order to make them more appealing on a wide scale. So, to do that, the company has integrated a host of iOS functions into Mountain Lion, including expanded multitouch, a Siri-like voice-dictation service and Notification Center.

3. Notification Center

Speaking of Notification Center, it might just prove to be one of the more appealing additions to Mountain Lion. With it, users will be receiving all kinds of alerts from programs, including updates to social networks and emails. Basically, a feature Notification Center users have come to enjoy on iOS is making its way to the Mac.

4. iMessage

Apple€™s messaging platform, iMessage, is also coming to Mountain Lion. With it, users will be able to instant message iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad owners, and extend the way in which they communicate with others. Expect iMessage to be a widely used addition to the operating system.

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger

Don Reisinger is a longtime freelance contributor to several technology and business publications. Over his career, Don has written about everything from geek-friendly gadgetry to issues of privacy...