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Mac OS X Operating System

Mac OS is a series of operating systems developed and sold by Apple Computer for their Macintosh line of computers. The orignial operating system, introduced in 1984, was one of the first commercially available graphical user interfaces.  The tenth version of the operating system was branded Mac OS X, which stands for Macintosh Operating System 10.  In recent years, Apple has released updates to OS X annually.  OS X is the basis for Apple's other operating systems: iOS, which runs on iPhones and iPads, WatchOS, which runs on the Apple Watch, and tvOS which runs on Apple TVs.

    Version Name Release Year
OS X 10.11 El Capitan 2015
OS X 10.10 Yosemite 2014
OS X 10.9 Mavericks 2013
OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion 2012
Mac OS X 10.7 Lion 2011
Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard 2009
Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard 2007
Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger 2005
Mac OS X 10.3 Panther 2003
Mac OS X 10.2 Jaguar 2002
Mac OS X 10.1 Puma 2001
Mac OS X 10.0 Cheetah 2001
Mac OS X 10 Beta Kodiak 2000



Getting Started in OS X

Apple's website and Lynda.com are both excellent sources of information about OS X. MPT recommends you start there with the following:

Mac OSX El Capitan New Features: Learn how to use the new features in El Capitan, the newest version of Mac OS X, including Split View, multitasking, and new Spotlight search options. Plus, check out the updates to apps that come bundled with Mac OS X 10.11, such as Notes, Maps, Mail, Safari, Photos, and Disk Utility.

Mac OSX El Capitan Essential Training: Learn all the ins and outs of El Capitan, Apple's Mac OS X 10.11 operating system. First, take a tour of the core interface elements—the menus, Finder, and Dock—so you can start working with files, folders, and applications right away. Then learn how to save files and find them again quickly, as well as use the core applications that come bundled with El Capitan (Mail, Calendar, Messages, FaceTime, iTunes, and Safari), and install new apps from the App Store.

Getting Started with OS X: Become an OS X expert with Mac's multi-media guide to OS X.

Mac OS X: Switching from PC to Mac: A short guide outlining that basics you need to know to make a painless switch from Windows to Mac OS X.

Mac Training

Apple offers free hour-long workshops on a variety of topics, including OS X, iPhoto, iMovie, iWork, and more.  Visit Apple's website to find a schedule of free classes at a store near you.