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Messages Public Beta and Preview of OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion

Message Beta running on my MacBook Pro! Awesome!

Public Beta for Messages (Mac OS X) now out

From out of nowhere Apple announced that their newest operating system, 10.8 Mountain Lion, will come out later this year. One of the features is a new app called Messages. Yes, it delivers unlimited iMessages sent out via your MacBook using WiFi but it also can integrate other chat services making it a central communications app! There’s currently a public beta out and you can download and actually use it if you’re running 10.7.3 (to check click the Apple logo on the upper left and click About this Mac). I downloaded it myself and used it for a couple of a minutes. The screenshot you see at the top is the Messages Public Beta app running on my MacBook Pro! You just have to properly organize your Address Book and this can turn out to be a really good cross platform messaging client.

Anyway if you’re running at least 10.7.3 you can get the download link here.

OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Feature Rundown

This is a major OS X update that you definitely shouldn’t miss. With OS X 10.8, Apple takes another step in marrying iOS with OS X as they try to integrate various cross platform apps. Here’s a quick list of features that was shown during the developer preview:

  • Notification Center
  • Messages
  • AirPlay Mirroring via AppleTV
  • Game Center (cross-platform gaming… wow!)
  • Notes App
  • Reminders App
  • Twitter Integration
  • Gate Keeper

This isn’t free though so expect to shell out around $29 USD for it when it comes out later this year.

Via The Verge

Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

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