Apple Releases Developer Preview of OS X Mountain Lion; Includes Popular Apps And Features From iPad

Apple has released a developer preview of their next generation Mac OS X (10.8) dubbed OS X Mountain Lion with over 100 new features.

OS X Mountain Lion not surprisingly will include a number of popular apps and features such as Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Share Sheets, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring from iPad.

Apple announced:

“The Mac is on a roll, growing faster than the PC for 23 straight quarters, and with Mountain Lion things get even better,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The developer preview of Mountain Lion comes just seven months after the incredibly successful release of Lion and sets a rapid pace of development for the world’s most advanced personal computer operating system.”

OS X Mountain Lion will also be integrated with iCloud – Apple’s new Cloud based service that was launched in October and is integrated with iOS 5 for iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

It also comes with a new security feature called Gatekeeper, which Apple says will give you control over which apps can be downloaded and installed on your Mac.

The preview release of Mountain Lion is available to Mac Developer Program members starting today. Apple plans to release it to users in late summer 2012.

It has hardly been seven months since Apple launch Mac OS X Lion (10.7), so such a quick launch of the next generation Mac OS X does come as a surprise.

Let us know what you think about Mac OS X Mountain Lion.

[via Apple]