With Apple’s announcements of their new OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion yesterday, the company released a new messaging application that brings full integration between Mac and iOS device users. The new app, called Messages, will offer something that has been rumored since the first few leaks of code were discovered within OS X: support for iMessage.
Users familiar with iMessage for iOS will certainly find some similarities with Message, which serves as a messaging cross-platform chat client for iOS. It will allow users on either Mac or iOS to send unlimited messaging to any iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch running iOS 5.0 or higher. Along with having the ability to send messages, it will also support photos, videos, attachments, contacts, and a bunch of other functionality.
And with the integration of iCloud into Mountain Lion, anyone will have the capability to start a Message conversation on your Mac and continue it on your iOS device, and even start a FaceTime video call. Messages will come with built-in support to add other services such as Yahoo!, Jabber, AIM, and Google Talk, making it the ultimate universal IM client.
While Messages will replace iChat in function, Apple noted on their website that all the services of iChat will remain intact. All that will happen is that the iChat app will be renamed Messages, and that will it now supportiMessage and FaceTime.
While in beta, the Message application can be downloaded to your Mac by paying a visit to Apple’s official website. In order to download this latest beta software, users will need to have Mac OS X 10.7.3. installed in your computers.