Apple Releases OS X Server for Mountain Lion

Along with the release of OS X Mountain Lion for Intel-based Macs on Wednesday, Apple also released OS X Server as an add-on for the new operating system.

Apple describes OS X server as, “the next generation of Apple’s award winning server software. Designed for OS X and iOS devices, OS X Server makes it easy to share files, schedule meetings, synchronize contacts, host your own website, publish wikis, configure Macs, iPhones and iPads, remotely access your network, and more.”

OS X Server for Mountain Lion available on the Mac App StoreOS X Server for Mountain Lion available on the Mac App Store

Instead of selling OS X Server as a stand-alone operating system, Apple chose to make the server features a low-cost bundle users can easily add to their current Mountain Lion installation.

The server add-on includes File Sharing, a Wiki server, Profile Manager for configuring Macs and iOS devices, TimeMachine hosting, Web server support, server support for email accounts, Calendars, Contacts and Messages, and more.

OS X Server is priced at US$19.99 and is available for download at Apple’s Mac App Store. The add-on pack requires OS X Mountain Lion, which was also released today.