Apple continues to update the Mountain Lion developer preview, bringing it up to version 3 so far. The latest update adds even more functionality, this time relating to notifications. Apple has added a “Do Not Disturb” feature, which will hide alerts and banners so that you get some work done instead of being constantly distracted. Mountain Lion still keeps tracks of alerts in the Notification Center, so they’ll be waiting for you when you do want to come up for air.
As a result, Apple has added a moon icon in the top right corner of the menu bar that will allow you to activate Do Not Disturb. It’s a nice little addition for those hoping to kickstart their productivity, but our first thought (just like everyone elses) is to include a similar feature on iOS. Being able to turn on Do Not Disturb when you’re in meetings or sleeping would be a boon.
The Mountain Lion developer previews have otherwise been making steady progress. Apple is definitely bringing iOS and Mac OS closer together, carrying across certain features from mobile to the desktop. Mountain Lion will see a dedicated iCloud app, allowing you to manage all your content, a Notification Center similar to the one on iOS, a new Messages app which includes support for iMessages, Game Center, and deep Twitter integration.