Apple Brings iMessages to the Mac

Apple today released a developer preview of Mountain Lion, their newest addition to the Mac OS X Felidae family. In addition to this release, Apple brought iMessages, their popular iOS communication system, to the Mac. While you’re probably thinking that this isn’t available if you’re not a developer, then you’re slightly mistaken. In fact, Apple has given the public a chance to try out the new Messages app on Macs that are running Lion, just as they did last year with FaceTime for Mac. If you’d like to try out this new app, then head over to the download page and grab a copy! The download is approximately 66.9 MB. More information on this release after the break.

Download Messages Beta and get a taste of what’s coming in OS X Mountain Lion. When you install Messages, it replaces iChat. But iChat services will continue to work. And Messages brings iMessage to the Mac — just like on iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch running iOS 5. Here are the features you can expect with Messages:

  • Send unlimited iMessages to any Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.*
  • Start an iMessage conversation on your Mac and continue it on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  • Send photos, videos, attachments, contacts, locations, and more.
  • Launch a FaceTime video call and bring the conversation face-to-face.
  • Messages supports iMessage, AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber accounts.

*iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch must be running iOS 5 to receive iMessages. Mac computers must be running Messages Beta to receive iMessages. Messages Beta requires OS X Lion v10.7.3. Internet connection required.

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