Apple has just announced that the latest major update its desktop OS – OS X Mavericks 10.9 will be available as a free download from the Mac App Store today.

The update offers substantial speed improvements and over 200 new features including a new notification system, better support for multiple monitors and full screen apps, new redesigned apps like Contacts, Calendar and Notes.

This marks the first time Apple is not charging for a major update. The previous 10.8 Mountain Lion cost and nominal $19.99 and 10.7 Lion was US$29.99.

To make things sweeter, Apple is opening the update to all Macs running OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and above.

During the keynote presentation, Apple took pot shots at Microsoft – Windows 8 costs $199.00.

Brace yourselves for very overloaded Apple servers.

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