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Periodically, Apple, as well as other software manufacturers, will release software updates to their programs. Sometimes to fix bugs, and other times to add features or improve performance. In my experience, it's usually a good idea to run these updates as they are released. So that your computer continues to run efficiently and in a stable manner. Now in Mountain Lion, there's actually a couple of ways you can check to see if there's any updates available for you software. One of the obvious ways is down here in your dock.
You're going to notice that on my App Store icon, I have a small badge indicating a number 1. And that's really telling me I have one software update on my computer. So, I could click on the App Store icon to launch the app store. The other way is to come up here to your Apple menu and choose Software Update. And it's really going to do the same thing. You'll notice that down here, the App Store is open as indicated by the small Icon underneath. But you'll also notice that it automatically jumps to the Updates Section within the App Store Application.
Now in my particular example, I have an update to an application that I use regularly called iWork. Now I should point out that not only Apple products are sold on the App Store. Programs from other vendors are also sold here and if you purchase that application from the App Store. It's also a really efficient way for the vendor to provide updates to you within the App Store as well. Now in this particular example I have an update to iWork version 9.2. So to run that update, is simply a matter of clicking the Update button. And you do need to be signed in using your Apple ID that you use to purchase this software.
And then it's going to download this update for you. You can see towards the end it's going to show you the installing progress. And once it's finished it's going to give you an indicator telling you that it's been installed. There we go, so that's how easy it is to run updates on your computer. As you can see, keeping your software updated is not difficult at all. And it will generally ensure that your computer runs efficiency, without any unexpected interruptions.
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