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Apple Puts The Kibosh On OS X Lion Messages Beta

Now exclusive to Mountain Lion

Nov 19 2012, 1:31am CST | by

Apple Puts The Kibosh On OS X Lion Messages Beta
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Apple will no longer be supporting a beta version of its Messages app, which it has been offering for users of the Lion operating system. Instead, it is asking users to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion if they want to continue to be able to use the messaging service.

The Messages platform was first rolled out as a replacement for Apple's long-running iChat instant messaging service. Of course, iChat was great because it allowed users to connect to all of their favorite messaging applications like AOL Instant Messenger and Yahoo, but even though it was an Apple product, it didn't include any of Apple's burgeoning platforms like iMessage or FaceTime.

Granted, those platforms were previously known only in the mobile realm, and when they were created it was back in the days before everyone started wanting to have hyper universal integration across devices and platform types.

Nevertheless, we have now reached a point where everyone expects that their mobile experiences can be replicated on all their other computing devices. As a result, Messages is standard with the new Mountain Lion OS.

However, those with Lion will no longer be able to piggyback onto that experience. In a message sent out to beta users, Apple wrote, "The Messages Beta program for Lion will end on Friday, December 14, 2012. We hope you've enjoyed the opportunity to preview Messages. If you'd like to continue using Messages, upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store. Messages is one of many great new apps and features built right into OS X Mountain Lion."

Via Cnet

 
 
 

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