There’s a lot of OS X Mountain Lion news today, including the public beta release of Apple’s new Messages app for OS X. Positioned to replace iChat, Messages for OS X will integrate iChat and FaceTime functionality under one roof, while also being able to communicate with the Messages app for the iPhone and iPod Touch.
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.
You can download and check out the new app via Apple. The app measures in at about 63 MB.