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Apple's best new tricks in the new Mountain Lion OS

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(Read caption) Mountain Lion, the new operating system from Apple, launches today. Here, Mountain Lion is shown on a MacBook Air.

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Busy week for Apple: more rumors of a new iPhone, gossip about a new iPod, the less-than-impressive Q3 showing, and the launch of its ninth Mac OS X iteration. Mountain Lion was first announced back in June, at WWDC. It boasts a reported 200 new features, including the brand new Messages app and a malware net called Gatekeeper. 

It's probably most useful to think of Mountain Lion like Windows 8, the forthcoming OS from Microsoft. Both operating systems steal liberally from the mobile OS ecosystem – Windows 8 with its tiles and touch-friendly interface and Mountain Lion with its iOS-like Game Center and Notification Center and Messages. Mountain Lion launches today – you can download it through the Mac App Store. So how does it stack up?

Pretty well, generally speaking, although some critics have been quick to point that Mountain Lion isn't exactly an overhaul.

It's more of a slight nudge upward. 


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