Reporters' Roundtable: Mountain Lion and the evolution of operating systems
It's time for what's becoming the annual look at the Mac operating system, OS X. A week ago, Apple announced its latest update, Mountain Lion, and the announcement reveals how the operating system battle is evolving.
Two key trends: Smartphones are influencing desktop/laptop OS designs. And the cloud is becoming integral to the OS.
We're going to talk about Mountain Lion today and the future of the computer OS with two great experts:
- Josh Lowensohn, the Apple reporter for CNET News
- Brian X Chen, a tech reporter for the New York Times, and author of "Always On: How the iPhone Unlocked the Anything-Anytime-Anywhere Future--and Locked Us In" )
First up: What did we learn from the shareholders' meeting?
Let's dive in: Will OS X and iOS merge?
Why is Apple pursuing two different operating systems now, while Microsoft seems to be moving towards one?
Let's talk about the cloud as an integral art of the operating system
What's with the new, accelerated upgrade cycle?
Is Apple's new yearly update too much? What do IT departments think of it?
What's missing from Mountain Lion?
Could we eventually get an OS X that only allowed software to be installed from the App Store?
Discuss Apple's relationship with Facebook, and with Twitter.