In Pictures: A sneak peek at Apple's upcoming OS X Mountain Lion

Apple says its latest Mac OS X version will be released this [southern ] winter; here's a look at what to expect

System-level notification

Instead of forcing Mac software developers to devise their own notifications capabiltiies, Mountain Lion features integrated, standardized notification technology. All alerts and notifications will appear in the top-right corner of the screen. Notifications remain there for five seconds, then slide off screen; alerts, on the other hand, remain on-screen until you click a button (Show, Close, or Snooze). That's essentially the same as how notifications work on iOS devices, though the Snooze option is (so far) unique to OS X Mountain Lion.

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