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Apple's new OS X 10.8 is integrating Apple's iCloud service

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February 17, 2012

It was revealed late yesterday that Apple's new OS X 10.8 operating system, dubbed Mountain Lion, will be more deeply integrated into Apple's new iCloud service, with a sharp focus on the user's freedom to do more than ever before.

For example, storing your documents 'in the cloud' won't feel like an extra value-added feature-– it will simply feel like its already part of the OS itself, and that's because it is. Mountain Lion was designed from the ground up using the Cloud, and it does it eloquently.

Apple says that the cloud is just simply another drive, and it is, and saving to the cloud should look and feel no different than saving to your documents folder, to your desktop or to any other folder of your choice located on your local hard drive or network drive.

And the concept isn't new at all-- it's been around for the past 15 or more years! It’s what startups like Dropbox are doing today-- making a drive that appears like any other, but that can be accessed from any computer or server.

While on the surface, it’s easy to call iCloud “Apple’s version of Dropbox,” but the truth is actually more complex-- it’s all about building a new computing paradigm, and doing things a bit differently, but without changing your life around in any way.

In testing the new iCloud integration in Mountain Lion, a file could be open in multiple locations, say your Mac, your iPad or your iPhone, and when any change is made to the file, it appears almost instantly across all three devices and in real time.

You don’t have to wait for a notification that the file was closed in the other device, or reload the file in any way. It just appears and it's there for you.

And while the concept could be interpreted that iCloud is rapidly turning into Apple’s own, an improved version of Dropbox, it’s also a strong competitor to Google Docs, and the long-rumored Google Drive-- two products which are similar in concept but that don't exactly integrate or work in the same manner.

To help make the transition to the cloud a bit more seamless, Apple has embedded the cloud deep into its new version of Mountain Lion, right down to the Open and Save dialog boxes.

Mac Store Apps will be able to immediately save to either the local file system or to iCloud directly. Apple's iCloud is also integrated into the Finder, revealing a realtime list of multiple files, all sorted by applications.

And managing all those files has an iOS-like flare-- you drag and drop them on top of each other to make a folder, for example. And even the background looks like the iOS springboard.

But with Google, the concept is that file creation itself can migrate to the cloud. An online office suite is “good enough,” if not as good, as a native one. And “good enough” will win due to ease of use. With almost a completely opposing view, Apple’s iCloud system is doing the reverse-- bringing all the capabilities of the cloud to the richer, more robust native apps.

This includes not just office apps in iWork, but through the use of developer APIs, it will extend to any apps that need to be iCloud-enabled. Although today, iCloud support is more limited for third-parties, the APIs will improve in time.

Eventually, any app running on the Apple platform (desktop or mobile), will have all the tools to move data between its various different installations, no matter where they reside, which is the whole idea behind Cloud-based apps.

However, Apple’s iCloud isn't just about building a better Dropbox-– it’s all about keeping everything in sync: Mail, Contacts, Documents, Photos, Graphics, Calendars, Reminders, Bookmarks, Notes, Accounts, and a lot more.

But for now, the end user sees Apple's iCloud eco-system as "this Internet location", as represented by a new choice to make: “save to iCloud?” But this feels like a small transitory step between the world we’re accustomed to and a future in the cloud.

The funny thing about this in-between step is that it somewhat misrepresents the cloud in its attempt at simplicity. The cloud isn't actually a “hard drive in the sky”. It’s simply a tool that allows us to maintain a single computing environment, no matter where we are or what device we use. Period.

From we can tell here, and from the various tests we've done, it looks like 'Mountain Lion' is off to a good start, and we've also noticed that the OS responds fast to any click of the mouse.

Source: OS Today.

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