Yesterday we showed you how in OS X Mountain Lion, Software Update has shifted from its own app to the Mac App Store. But how will that work with updating apps that weren’t purchased through the App Store, but were instead bundled with your Mac at point-of-sale or installed from a DVD?
As you can see in the screenshot above, Apple’s got it covered: the Mountain Lion App Store will automatically detect any app that has historically been updated through Software Update and ask to register it to your Apple ID, along with a unique hardware identifier.
What this means is that the App Store will soon be able to update select Apple apps that were purchased outside of the App Store. Theoretically, this should also mean that these apps will then be available for download on any machine tied to that Mac App Store account.
It’s a small touch, but a very nice one that should make keeping your legacy software up-to-date a lot easier.