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Slated for release this summer, not much was known about OS X Lion and what new features it would bring besides some scattered details on how it meant to integrate the "best ideas" from iOS. Today Apple released the first OS X Lion Developer Preview giving us some hands-on action on what's coming next for the Mac.
Apple wants to take advantage of multi-touch trackpads and peripherals, marrying that functionality with software features like LaunchPad that turns your desktop into a set of swipeable home screens, similar to what you have on the iPad and iPhone. Mission Control is another actionable feature using touch that unifies Exposť, Dashboard, Spaces to give you a birdís eye view of every app and window running on your machine.
Apple is also giving some weight to the notion of running applications in "full-screen" mode, a multi-tasking approach Windows users have grown accustomed to for a long time, though OS X's take will go in conjunction with the aforementioned features.
Other major features that have been announced and are certainly worth mentioning:
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