The new cross-platform Mac Messages application for iOS it will be a great feature for the upcoming OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion which is set to be released this summer. But for those curious and impatient users, the early beta version is now available to download for free, directly from Apple’s site.
“When you install Messages, it replaces iChat,” Apple said. “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.”
This beta version requires the latest version of Lion, OS X 10.7.3. According to Apple, the Messages features list is:
- 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.
With this application, Apple is making big steps in obtaining cross device compatibility, having Mac OS X and iOS fusing to form a unified OS.