Apple will release the latest Mac OS, Mac OS X Mountain Lion, and it will bring us many new features to the desktop OS from iOS. This action will make many apps that we use often and we like very much useless. After the publish of OS X Mountain Lion, the following app will be useless anyway.
Adium & AIM
Most of users have already drop the AIM for a long time and use iChat or Adium. However, after the Messages release, it will make users to forget them totally. Adium now has many pressure about it. Because its hot point is Growl’s compatibility and easy-to-use cross-platform record. While after the release of Notification Center in Messages, this function seems meaningless. If you’d like to sync the chat record manually, it is a nice idea to move it from mobile devices to desktop.
In fact, if you use FaceTime or iMessages to contact with your friends, there are no choice for you except Messages. This is mainly because iMessage does a great job and perfectly support IM agreement. If you are using iPhone or iPad, you have to use it. There is another benefit if you are using Messages. Apple will maintain it always, while Adium is like a homeless orphan. Now, the only thing that Adium is doing well is its icon and skin. Maybe, it is a good news for them.
As we all know that, Jobs likes Dropbox very much. It is said that he once attempted to buy it and integrated it to iCloud for 800 million US Dollor. Some people said that Dropbox is a feature, not a product. But Dropbox still exist independently. Now Apple already surpassed it and even make it die.
Other server seems useless after the new feature of iCloud release. The user document sync on all the devices is a big problem. Altough it includes many functions of Dropbox, but its cross-platform feature makes Dropbox will replace by iCloud totally. And there is still no big file on iCloud, so Dropbox with big file can not sync fast anytime and anywhere. There is no doubt that Apple’s iCloud will win the battle.
Maybe that there are few people in your family who are not using smart phone. It is possible that they will become the lonely island of information exchange after the release of Messages. Because although Messages will be come the center of communication, it needs to record the SMS separately. Cross-platform service become more and more common, such as Gtalk and so on. At the same time, SMS is only used on cellphone. For the iOS users, there is no reason to use SMS any more and it costs money.
Notification Center is like a more easier to use Growl. It uses and improves the core function of Growl, supports show the notice at the up-right of the screen. Growl Rollup is totally used in Apple’s desktop app and which is different from Growl is that the notice will on the screen until user ignore it. Notification Center’s hidden sidebar design uses a more elegant and non-invasive way to get the same info. When users are doing other things and do no see the notice, they would like to see the notice.
Users will get more friendly user experience, especially after Apple opens the API of it to the third party apps. So the OS Mountain Lion will kill Growl soon after its release.

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