Apple, without much fanfare, has announced and released the first developer preview of their next-generation of OS X, named Mountain Lion. This new release will bring over 100 new features to the venerable OS, with many of them coming over from iOS. Features such as: Messages, Notes, Reminders, Game Center, Notification Center, Twitter integration and AirPlay Mirroring are coming to the desktop.
Mountain Lion will also offer greater integration with iCloud, with automatic configuration of services such as Mail, Find My Mac, FaceTime, and thankfully, syncing of iCloud documents (created with apps like Pages) across all devices linked to that account.
Apple will also continue its push into the Chinese market with greater integration with Chinese services such as Baidu. There will also be new methods of input for Chinese users.
It’s also worth noting that Apple released a public beta version of the new Messages app for OS X. This application will replace iChat in Mountain Lion, but for now, will exist on Lion users’ computers and incorporate features from FaceTime, iChat and iMessages.