Mountain Lion, a.k.a. OS X 10.8, marries the Apple desktop operating system to iOS features that previously were found only on the iPhone and iPad. Among them: Messages, Notifications, Reminders, a Game Center, and better integration with iCloud. It's not a revolutionary upgrade to the desktop OS, but it should please Mac enterprise users.
Apple hopes it just works
Microsoft's Windows Vista, the follow-on to Windows XP, created a huge panic in the enterprise when it was introduced back in 2007. Users couldn't understand the logic or reasoning behind the design changes. By contrast, people switching from Lion to Mountain Lion will suffer no such trauma.
Mountain Lion is not revolutionary. As with its iOS mobile operating system, Apple is content to introduce carefully engineered and designed evolutionary changes. Upgrading to Mountain Lion will be similar to upgrading from Leopard to Snow Leopard.
Though it might not sound exciting, Apple's approach to desktop upgrades does guarantee a smooth experience for users. And users' perception that "it just works" is more important than ever as Apple makes a push for the enterprise.
Google in the Enterprise SurveyThere's no doubt Google has made headway into businesses: Just 28 percent discourage or ban use of its productivity products, and 69 percent cite Google Apps' good or excellent mobility. But progress could still stall: 59 percent of nonusers distrust the security of Google's cloud. Its data privacy is an open question, and 37 percent worry about integration.
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