First off sorry for the sensationalistic title. This is an opinion piece so make of it what you will. iChat has been on the forefront of full featured, quality instant messaging for a while but has always suffered from Apple's low market share and their use of the AIM network in other countries than the US. Now that Skype has all the features that iChat has and since Skype is cross platform more and more people are switching to Skype, even on Macs. The others that care about text messaging switch to Adium for it being a multi-protocoll client. This leaves iChat as the ugly step-child that it shouldn't have been. Apple missed two opportunities to grow iChat's user base. It could have brought out a Windows client before Skype was that big and it could have actually bought Skype to unite it with iChat and make the best chat client on Windows and Mac. Now Apple faces the problems they didn't solve earlier and they're bigger than ever as, even though the Mac user base grows, the iChat user base doesn't, as people switch to Skype and Adium. This might change a bit when new features like screen sharing are released in Leopard but then again who really wants to have 3 messengers open to be able to talk to everyone and use all the features? The only options for Apple to get out of this predicament is to offer multi-protocoll functionality (hard with MS controlling MSN and being in bed with Yahoo!) or bring out such good functions for iChat and a Windows version that leaves Skype behind. But with Skype becoming the industry standard with telephone makers making phones for it, etc. I don't see this happening. This basically leaves iChat behind as an app with a lot of potential that never really made it and most likely never will. What do you think?