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Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Developer Preview 4

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.

Twitter integration

Twitter just keeps getting more popular, especially among the hyper-connected younger cellphone set. Adding Twitter to Mountain Lion might not be a huge development, but it further demonstrates Apple's desire to bring the desktop and mobile devices closer together. Now you can keep all your followers up-to-date more easily from the desktop.

Like its mobile counterpart, Twitter in Mountain Lion lets you tweet directly from integrated apps, provided your credentials are stored. However, unlike iOS 6, which integrates Facebook at the OS level, Mountain Lion currently does not bake in Twitter. Expect an update for that later. In my opinion, though a nice start, the desktop feature is incomplete. Yes, I tweet, but I also use Google+ and LinkedIn, among other networking services. This part of Mountain Lion isn't going to be finished until I can consistently update all of them at the same time.




Apple gives you the ability to tweet to your heart's content from desktop apps that directly support Twitter. Safari is a great example. Click the little bird and up pops a What's Happening screen.

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