[muglo] Apple Releases Public Beta of New Messages App for OS X



Apple today announced that it has released the first developer preview of the 
company's next-generation operating system, named OS X Mountain Lion. The 
release will bring over 100 new features, including a number of those familiar 
to iOS users such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification 
Center, Twitter integration, and AirPlay Mirroring. The first developer preview 
is available to registered developers today, with a public launch through the 
Mac App Store scheduled for late this summer.
“The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and 
with Mountain Lion things get even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s 
senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The developer preview of 
Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release 
of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world’s most advanced 
personal computer operating system.”
OS X Mountain Lion included deeper integration with iCloud to automatically 
configure services like Mail, FaceTime, and Find My Mac, while iCloud Documents 
handles automatic push syncing of documents across devices. Security is also a 
focus in the upcoming release, with a new feature called Gatekeeper helping 
users to specify from which sources apps may be installed on their computers. 


Finally, Apple is continuing its emphasis on expanding into China with 
substantial improvements for Chinese users included enhanced Chinese input 
methods and the addition of Baidu as a search engine option. Integration with 
Chinese email and video hosting sites as well as the Sina weibo microblogging 
service is also included. 

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