updated 12:45 am EST, Sun February 27, 2011
Lion does Yahoo audio and video chat
Another finding late Saturday has shown Apple expanding iChat AV to Yahoo Messenger. Marck Unkow has found that users can now sign into Yahoo for both audio and video conversations, much as they could with AIM in the past. The client's only non-AIM support in the past had been for Jabber, which led to support for Google Talk, but only for text.
The expansion may be partly to reduce the dependence on Apple's frequent rival Google, but it also helps make iChat more of a de facto messaging app for most services. So far, the only major holdout to date is Windows Live. Microsoft allows use of Live in third-party apps such as Adium or aMSN but isn't known to have received attention from Apple.
Yahoo's search deal with Microsoft has allowed creating a shared connection between its IM and Windows Live, but support for contacts from Live through this method might not be guaranteed. [via AppleInsider]