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MacOS Sierra: Top Business Features

MacOS Sierra Finally, Siri has arrived on the Mac desktop.

[Editor's Note (9/20/2016): MacOS Sierra was released to the public today. Users can install the update by downloading it directly from the Mac App Store, or wait for it to be installed via the standard Mac Software Update utility shortly.]

MacOS Sierra, the latest version of Apple's desktop operating system, packs new features to help you get things done. The updated platform includes new security features, better file management and the introduction of Siri — Apple's virtual assistant app, previously available only on iPhones and iPads — to the desktop. 

Here's a rundown of the features that will benefit business users.



Siri has been a boon to mobile workers for years on the iPhone and iPad, but it's only with the release of MacOS Sierra that the virtual assistant app is coming to the desktop. Siri can be launched manually by clicking an icon located on the top-right corner of the screen, or summoned with a voice command. From there, the app can streamline all sorts of tasks, from scheduling meetings to setting reminders. It can even sift through your documents and email to find exactly what you need at any given time.



Last year, Apple introduced a slew of features to help iPhones and iPads work seamlessly with Macs. This year, the company is adding to its so-called Continuity features. First up is the ability to view and access all of your desktop files and folders on your iPhone. The files are automatically synced across your devices with the help of iCloud.



Then, there's Universal Clipboard, a new tool that will let you easily copy text, photos and more from an iPhone or iPad to your Mac. That will help workers seamlessly transition between their desktop and mobile devices without missing a beat.

Apple says the new Auto Unlock feature will make Macs more secure for iPhone or Apple Watch owners. Auto Unlock allows you to pair your Mac desktop or laptop with your mobile device via Bluetooth. After that, your computer will unlock itself whenever it detects the phone or watch is nearby. Workers tired of fussing with passwords will be pleased. 

Using your MacBook for work can fill up your hard drive quickly. A new feature, dubbed optimized storage, will automatically free up space on your computer by transferring files to the cloud when they haven't been used in a while. It will also automatically clear out junk files, like web caches and inactive downloads. 

Brett Nuckles

A former Ohio newspaper man, Brett Nuckles fled the Midwest in 2013. He now lives in Seattle, where he spends his days tinkering with smartphones, tablets and computers. He loves to think about the intersection of technology and productivity, and how to get the most out of new gadgets and apps. He's also a big fan of vegetarian food and digital painting. In his off hours he spends most of his time drawing and painting sci-fi/fantasy scenes on his PC with his trusty Wacom stylus in hand.