Software Updates have now been incorporated into the Mac App Store, which is not something I’m a massive fan of, but I can see why it’s been done.
The good news is that you can still update the System software using the softwareupdate command in Terminal, so nothings been broken by this change.
Gone is the option to choose how regularly your machine checks for updates.
There are now the following options
Automatically check for updates – tick this if you want to be notified when new updates are available.
Download newly available updates in the background – tick this if you have an unlimited broadband/data connection, with some updates being a couple of GB in size now, its not wise to leave this checked with a limited plan, as you could go over without realising.
Install system data files and security updates – does what it says on the tin.
Automatically download apps purchased on other Macs – I leave this unticked as I prefer to choose what takes up my hard drive space on each machine, rather than having all apps install on all machines automatically.
The Mail, Calendar & Contacts preference is the place to set up all of your e-mail and Calendar accounts, it now also has the added Social Media accounts such as Twitter, Facebook, Flickr & Vimeo.
Adding these accounts makes it a lot simpler to upload or share stuff through these sites, system wide.
The Energy Saver preference has a new addition – Power Nap!
This enables your Mac to check for e-mail, calendar and iCloud updates whilst asleep, which is great, as it saves on syncing time when awaking a machine, the downside however is that it uses more power than the conventional sleep mode, so it’s best to use it only when plugged into the mains.
The Displays preference has changed a bit, with the best feature being the addition of the AirPlay mirroring feature.
If you have an Apple TV then you can mirror your Mac’s Desktop to your TV screen, which is great for simplifying presentations.
You could have an Apple TV hooked up to a Projector or a Large Screen TV, and have people wirelessly connect to them, preventing the messing around with VGA Cables or forgotten adapters.
A brand new System Preference for 10.8 is the Notifications Preference.
This is essentially just the same as the one on iOS, and gives you options over what type of alerts you receive from all of the various applications on your Mac
Usually the default options for each app are fine, the one thing I would recommend doing however is re-arranging the list so that the apps important to you are at the top of the Notification Center
If you haven’t discovered the Notification Center yet, its accessed by clicking on the notification icon in the menu bar, the 3 dots and 3 lines in the very top right hand corner.
If you have set up your Facebook account, then you will also have a box at the top of this to post instantly to Facebook.