Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion is now available for download from Apple's App Store.

The new operating system costs just £13.99 and promises to introduce over 200 new features to the Mac, many of them designed to closely integrate Mac OS X with Apple's iOS operating system (which powers iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch devices).

See also: Mountain Lion - Everything you need to know in one place

Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Mac OS X 10.8 Highlights include

  • Notification Centre: quickly get alerts and banners for email, Twitter interactions, events, new messages and more.
  • Reminders: Set up a 'to do' list that alerts you when to do tasks based on your location (push syncs to iOS devices).
  • Notes: Seamless syncing of notes between Mac OS X and iOS devices.
  • Documents In The Cloud: Store documents on Apple's iCloud server and edit them on multiple Mac and iOS devices.
  • VIP Inbox: A new inbox for Mail that only displays messages from selected people or groups.
  • Unified search field and built-in Twitter sharing in Safari
  • Gatekeeper. A new security system that requires (by default) developers to be registered with Apple before programs can be installed. Can be turned off.

Various other tweaks and features are included.

Click to read our Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Review while you wait for it to download.

See also

How to get Mountain Lion for free

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