Apple: 'Mountain Lion' Will Be Ready to Take On Windows 8

Latest generation of Mac OS X takes cues from the iPad

Apple today revealed the next generation of Mac OS X, to be known as "Mountain Lion," and released it to developers. The software, which takes many of its cues from the iPad, will take on Microsoft's Windows 8 when it arrives later this year.

The software, version 10.8, will arrive via download. Like its predecessor, Lion, Mountain Lion will further shrink the gap between Mac OS and iOS, incorporating more iOS features into the Mac interface.
New features include "Messages," which will replace iChat, as well as further integration with iCloud.