Apple Releases OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Per Cupertino’s PR machine:

Apple® today announced that OS X® Mountain Lion, the ninth major release of the world’s most advanced desktop operating system, is available as a download from the Mac® App Store℠. With more than 200 innovative new features, Mountain Lion includes iCloud® integration, the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration*, Dictation, AirPlay® Mirroring and Game Center. Mountain Lion is available as an upgrade from Lion or Snow Leopard for $19.99.

“People are going to love the new features in Mountain Lion and how easy it is to download and install from the Mac App Store,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “With iCloud integration, Mountain Lion is even easier to set up, and your important information stays up to date across all your devices so you can keep editing documents, taking notes, creating reminders, and continue conversations whether you started on a Mac, iPhone or iPad.”

Now that 10.8 is publicly available, I suppose now I can disclose that my excitement for this has been tempered by the fact I’ve been using the betas for months1. In fact, the GM seed is identical to the final release version currently on the Mac App Store.

The most exciting part of today has been sending the plethora of Mountain Lion reviews to Instapaper for reading later. I have a lot of reading to do -- good thing I’m off work for a month. It’ll probably take me that long to get through John Siracusa’s epic. (His OS X reviews are like War and Peace for nerds.)

  1. That is, on my main machine. Still need to update my 11-inch MacBook Air.  ↩