Apple Releases Public Beta of New Messages App for OS X

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    Alongside today's OS X Mountain Lion news, Apple released a public beta version of its new Messages app for OS X for existing users. Set to replace iChat in OS X Mountain Lion, the new Messages app integrates features of iChat and FaceTime and adds compatibility with the iMessages service introduced for iOS last year.
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    Update: Apple's servers appear to be overwhelmed at the moment, with the download button for the Messages beta showing an error message. The app is, however, still available via direct download (63.8 MB).

    Update 2: The Messages download button is now operating properly.

    Article Link: Apple Releases Public Beta of New Messages App for OS X
     
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    Awesome. Also, mountain lion?
     
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    I'm so excited for this!!! (which makes me kinda sad to think about it.. )
     
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    Download link unavailable at the moment.

    Going to be great being able to reply to messages from my Mac. Hope Apple can sort out the whole SMS mess too though, since right now, they won't show up on the iPad or Mac (if a person replies to an iMessage but it comes in via SMS).

    Things are moving fast in Cupertino now and it's nice to see the Mac getting some love. I'm sure this is all part of Steve Jobs roadmap.
     
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    Didn't we just recently get lion? A sort of not quite finished, slightly buggy OS.....and now for another one? Overtaking microsoft in more ways than just revenue maybe?
     
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    Now can someone please reverse engineer the iMessage protocol, and give us a client on Windows?

    Thanks!
     
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    Download page is broken for me, shame.

    This looks really cool though, just wish Skype and Apple would make peace at let this use Skype as an option, but considering Microsoft bought Skype, I doubt it.
     
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    Downloading. Glad this came out on my day off. I would have been at work eager to get home and try it.
     
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    I posted this in the Mac OS X board but it's relevant here...

    Unfortunately, in my field of work I'm forced to use a PC in the office. By making Messages a standalone app, I won't be able to iMessage with my friends and colleagues on my computer and will still have to use my iPhone.

    It would have been awesome if Apple included iMessage as part of their iCloud web interface (even if they also created the standalone app for Macs). This would have allowed people using any computer in the world (even as a guest) to interact with their iMessage contacts. I thought this was the route Apple was going to take so I'm a little disappointed with the news this morning.
     
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    Great News! Can't wait for the download to be available here in the UK!
     
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    It might be me, but I see this as a first sign that Apple is preparing it's current Mac software for tablet devices. Maybe, just maybe, we are going to see an iPad in 2013 or 2014 running Mac OS X.
     
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    Anyone notice that on Apple's OSX Mountain Lion page, there's not a single picture of a Mac Pro?

    Clearly, "trucks" will play little (or no) role in Apple's future.
     
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    Would appear the download link is sadly down - anyone got it mirrored anywhere yet?
     
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    Only two features i am really excited about is Airplay (mac to atv) and Message!;)
     
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    iChat in 10.7.3 is 6.0.1, so sounds like they may have added the protocols in as a point release and changed the name.
     
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    iChat is at version 6.0.1.

    Messages is a revamped iChat.
     
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    Can someone reverse engineer it and give us a client on OS X <.7 ?
     
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    Do people really use stand-alone instant messaging programs still?
     
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    Can any of the ones that already downloaded it, upload it to dropbox or something like that?

    Or send me a PM if you have it and I'll give you my e-mail.

    I've been waiting for this since day one of iMessage!
     
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    Finally, I have been waiting for this for way to long.
     
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