As the release of OS X Mountain Lion looms closer, scheduled for July, Apple has extended their existing software testing base to include select Apple Retail employees. Apple sent an email to Apple Store Genius Bar members and Creatives to request that retail staff begin testing the new software before it is released sometime in July.

Testing is said to be done on employees’ personal Macs and it’s not standardized in-store OS X Mountain Lion training. This is a first for Apple, which suggests that they are trying to test the near-final OS X Mountain Lion seeds as fast and widely as possible in a way that Apple keeps Apple in control.

Apple’s decision to include retail staff in the testing of the new software will not only provide additional testers for Apple as it extends beyond registered Mac developers, but it will also give retail staff a chance to become familiar with the upcoming software before formal training begins.

OS X Mountain Lion is a major update for Macs with over 200 new features and improvements, including Notification Center, Twitter and Facebook sharing, iMessage, and AirPlay Mirroring. It’s important to have the new software tested as much as possible before its release to the general public so that any problems or bugs can be fixed.

Source: 9to5Mac via MacRumors
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