Hands on with Apple's OS X 10.10 'Yosemite' (pictures)

Summary:ZDNet takes OS X 10.10 'Yosemite', Apple's latest desktop and laptop operating system, for a test drive to show you what's new and improved.

Get ready to see some changes in the Notification Center — it's bigger and better than it was before, and it's taken the best features from its mobile sibling.

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<strong>Notification Center also had an upgrade, donning a design from iOS 8 </strong> Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

Anybody remember Windows "Longhorn" before it came out? It seems Apple took that sidebar and made it bigger, better, and a lot prettier.

Now the Notification Center — still available from its quick-access button in the top-right of the display — includes stock information and a customizable stream of information, including the weather, a world clock, and a calculator. With the ability to add other widgets, it's expected that these will be opened up to third-party developers over time.

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<strong>You can now add 'widgets' to the Notification Center.</strong> Image: ZDNet/CBS Interactive

These widgets can be adjusted, and thrown in or thrown out as the user wishes — so the user isn't stuck with the same old widgets. It also includes the typical calendar functions and other at-a-glance information to keep you updated with what's going on in your life.

Topics: Operating Systems, Apple, Hardware

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Zack Whittaker writes for ZDNet, CNET, and CBS News. He is based in New York City.

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