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Survey: The OS X features you love the most (and those you don't love at all)

Macworld staff | June 3, 2013
Ten days before Apple (presumably) unveils the next OS X, we find out which features in OS X Mountain Lion our readers and staff actually use. The winners: Messages and Notification Center. The losers: Dictation and Game Center.

Game Center
Poor Game Center. Just 1 percent of our survey participants said that they use you all the time, and only 14 percent turn you on from time to time. No one on our staff admits to using the green-felted game network even occasionally on their Macs.

Of the Macworld editors who had any opinions about the service, all said that they used it far more on iOS than on OS X.

What Gatekeeper setting do you use?
This question was a departure from the others. Admittedly, our readership skews toward the more experienced end of the user spectrum, so it's no surprise that only 10 percent of respondents reported that they restrict their apps to ones from the Mac App Store. Beyond that, the split was nearly even between users who said that they run only apps from the store or from identified developers and those who have embraced a Wild West approach and allow all applications to run, regardless of provenance.

Two-thirds of our staff follow the Anywhere approach, with the remainder choosing the middle-ground. "I option-click anything that's not from an identified developer," says Serenity Caldwell; Lex Friedman answers similarly. Dans Moren and Frakes say that they opted for the most open of Gatekeeper settings due to the large number of apps they have to try out for work.


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