Monday, July 30, 2012

Apple's OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion Exceeds 3M Downloads, Best Apple OS Release To Date

In just four short days since its release, Apples latest operating system OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion has already become the company's top operating system release ever. Topping more than 3 million downloads in that short four-day period.

Mountain Lion is the ninth major release of Apple's desktop operating system and has been available through the Mac App Store as an upgrade to Lion or Snow Leopard users for just $19.99 (US).

“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 in a press release.

Mountain Lion features more than 200 new improvements and additions to the previous generation OS X Lion. Those include the all new Messages app, Notification Center, system-wide Sharing, Facebook integration*, Dictation, AirPlay Mirroring and Game Center. iCloud integration makes it easy to set up your Mail, Contacts, Calendar, Messages, Reminders and Notes, and keep everything, including iWork documents, up to date across all your devices. For more information or to download Mountain Lion visit

The release hasn't come without a few issues. Several reports trickled in over the weekend regarding concerns that some Mac users who are entitled to a free copy of Mountain Lion through Apple's Up-to-Date program were having issues either getting their downloads or receiving invalid redemption codes.

As part of the program, Apple is offering a free copy of its newly released operating system, OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, to those who purchased a new Mac on or after June 11. But some users have been forced to wait several days for their redemption codes, while others have received non-working codes. Besides sitting through the long wait, some users reported that they received non-working codes. That problem seems to have occurred because Apple's form to request a free copy of Mountain Lion went live two days before OS X 10.8's release. As a result, some users were able to get their code ahead of the operating system's launch, only to later find out that the code didn't work.

All in all it looks like great news for Apple. How does this stack up against Microsoft and say Windows 7? Well that's hard to say as Microsoft rarely releases those numbers. However Windows 7 was proclaimed the fastest selling OS in history topping more than 90million in sales in the first 4 months. 

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