Strategic Tech Slideshow: 10 Things You Should Know About Mac OS X Mountain LionBy Don Reisinger | Posted 04-02-2012
The Design Wont Change Much
The Apple Mountain Lion operating system looks nearly identical to its predecessor, Lion, and will work in much the same way. For current fans of Mac OS X, that's a good thing. But for those who want a different look and feel, it'll be a problem.
iPad Ideas on the Desktop
Apple's core focus with Mountain Lion is to bring some of the ideas from the iPad to its desktop operating system. It's a smart move. Apple's iPad is wildly popular and tens of millions of people around the globe are using it. By bringing some of its features to the desktop, Apple can woo more folks to Macs -- including enterprise users.
Employees Will Feel Right At Home
If you have some employees running Lion right now, they shouldn't have any trouble running Mountain Lion. Plus its functionality will appeal to iPad users. So, don't expect to spend too much time training employees on how to use the operating system.
When Apple launched its iMessage platform on iOS, the company allowed both iPhone and iPad users to send free text messages. With Mountain Lion, the company will add iMessage functionality to Macs. So, if you have employees running iPads or iPhones, expect them to be able to message folks back at the office. Not bad.
One of the biggest issues with Mac OS X is trying to find out what's going on system-wide; there isn't a good application in place to inform users about notifications. In Mac OS X Mountain Lion, Apple plans to add Notification Center, allowing you to see everything that might be trying to talk to you across the operating system. Expect Notification Center to come in handy if and when you deploy Mountain Lion.
iCloud Plays A Key Role
Apple's iCloud platform will, of course, play a key role in Mountain Lion. And although iCloud is now focused more heavily on consumers, it's also a fine option for enterprise users who want to be able to sync content across multiple computers. In the future, iCloud is likely to add in corporate-friendly features -- and with Moutain Lion you'll be able to capitalize on it.
If you're holding meetings in a conference room, Mountain Lion's installation of AirPlay Mirroring might just be your best friend. If you have an HDTV or anything capable of connecting to an Apple TV, you can quickly switch your screen over to that and put it up on the display. It's a great option that'll come in handy for a bunch of companies.
Apple's OS X Mountain Lion is slated to launch with a security featured called Gatekeeper. Although Apple has kept many of the app's features close to the vest, it claims that the software will "prevent you from unknowingly downloading and installing malicious software." Apple says that Gatekeeper will make Mountain Lion the safest Mac OS X installation yet.
App Store, App Store, App Store
One of the nicest things about Mac OS X Mountain Lion is that, like its two most recent predecessors, it will support Apple's Mac App Store. The offering allows you to ditch discs and download digital apps, but also affords you the opportunity to develop your own proprietary programs. The App Store is a major benefit of deploying Mac OS X Mountain Lion.
One of the nicest things about Mountain Lion for cash-strapped companies is that the operating system will work on all existing Macs. So, if you don't really want to invest in a new MacBook Pro or Mac Pro for the office, don't worry about it. Apple likes to sell more computers, but interestingly, it lets its product designs do that, and not its software. What a good move.