OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

John Gruber:

And instead of a room full of writers, journalists, and analysts, it was just me, Schiller, and two others from Apple — Brian Croll from product marketing and Bill Evans from PR. […]

Handshakes, a few pleasantries, good hot coffee, and then, well, then I got an Apple press event for one.

Is this how Apple will be introducing major OS X releases from here on? Gruber shares his gut feeling:

Apple didn’t want to hold an event to announce Mountain Lion because those press events are precious. They just used one for the iBooks/education thing, and they’re almost certainly on the cusp of holding a major one for the iPad.

Apple sure is doing some things differently. Here are the new feature of Mountain Lion that I am most excited about:

Update: Software Update will move to the App Store. I never understood where Apple drew the line when updating software to use Software Update or the App Store. Now I don’t have to understand.

Update 2: The Messages app, in beta, is available as a free download. I’ve been using it today to text a few folks and the experience so far is fantastic. A side benefit is I don’t get ripped off by some wireless carrier. Like texts sent using iMessage these texts are free. I don’t normally stay connected to Skype, the only app I occasionally use to IM on my Mac, but I don’t have any urge to quit Messages; in fact I think Messages will be the first IM client in a very long time that will always be running.

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