The new cat is out of the bag.
Out of nowhere, Apple announced the developer’s preview for their next OS- OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion. The release of the new OS will be somewhere in Summer of this year.
Like Lion, Mountain Lion tries to borrow features from iOS and integrate them into the desktop OS. This time around, Messages makes an appearance which will basically replace iChat present on the current generation of OS. Although iMessages on an iOS device only works with it’s own messaging system, the desktop version will let you add Jabber and AOL accounts like you currently do to iChat. Besides Messages, Reminders and Notes will also be added to the desktop system. Through iCloud, this will basically keep all your mobile and desktop devices completely in sync.
Two other new features of Mountain Lion borrowed from iOS are the Notification Center and Game Center. Like the mobile counterpart, Notification Center will basically be a central location for all your new notifications. Apple has introduced a new, two-finger swiping motion that opens it up on the side of the screen, as well as a new menu bar item in the top right-hand corner of the screen that does the same thing. To coincide with this, there’s also a new notification banner and alert system that lets application developers choose between banners and pop-ups that notify you in the corner of the screen, as well as an alert option that won’t go away until you click on it. Game Center will let you see all the games on your Mac as well as friends you have along with achievements and leaderboards.
Sadly, Siri has not made it to the desktop yet- at least not in the developer preview, but Apple has mentioned that new features will be added to the OS so you never know. What is new and exclusive to the desktop system is Gatekeeper, a new security feature designed to control malware and rogue applications. Users will be able to chose their security levels between Mac App Store, Mac App Store and identified developers and Anywhere.