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Apple OS X Mountain Lion tops three million downloads

Apple’s OS X Mountain Lion has exceeded three million downloads since its release four days ago.

Apple said its ninth release of the desktop operating system was the most successful in the company’s history.

“Just a year after the incredibly successful introduction of Lion, customers have downloaded Mountain Lion over three million times in just four days, making it our most successful release ever,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing.

Mountain Lion has 200 new features including iCloud integration, a new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center.

The new Messages app replaces iChat and brings iMessage to the Mac, so the user can send messages to anyone with an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch or another Mac.

The Notification Center streamlines the presentation of notifications and provides easy access to alerts from Mail, Calendar, Messages, Reminders, system updates and third party apps.

System-wide Sharing makes it easy for users to share links, photos, videos and other files quickly without having to switch to another app, with acesss to third-party services like Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and Vimeo.

Facebook integration allows the user to post photos, links and comments with locations from their apps, automatically add Facebook friends to their Contacts, as well as update their Facebook status from Notification Center.

Dictation allows the user to dictate text anywhere they can type, whether they are using an app from Apple or a third party developer.

AirPlay Mirroring gives the user the ability to wirelessly send an up-to-1080p secure stream of what is on their Mac to an HDTV using Apple TV, or send audio to a receiver or speakers that use AirPlay.

Game Center brings the social gaming network from iOS to the Mac so the user can play live, multiplayer games with friends on a Mac, iPhone, iPad or iPod touch.

iCloud integration allows easy set up of Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, keeping everything including iWork documents up to date across all devices.

Other new features include Gatekeeper, which makes downloading software from the internet safer; Power Nap, which automatically updates apps and system while the Mac is asleep; and a faster Safari browser.

New features for China include significantly improved text input, a new Chinese Dictionary, easy setup with popular email providers, Baidu search in Safari, and built-in sharing to Sina Weibo and popular video websites Youku and Tudou.

Mountain Lion is available through the Mac App Store as an upgrade to Lion or Snow Leopard users for £13.99.

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