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Messages may become Mountain Lion-only after beta

updated 01:10 pm EST, Fri February 17, 2012

Hidden text urges users to buy new OS

The Messages app introduced alongside OS X Mountain Lion will become exclusive to the new OS after the current beta period has finished, French site Consomac says it has learned. Buried in text strings for the app is a future alert for users of the Lion-based beta. "Thank you for participating in the Messages Beta program. With the inclusion of Messages in OS X Mountain Lion, the Messages Beta program has ended," the notice reads. "To continue using Messages, please visit the Mac App Store and purchase OS X Mountain Lion."

Mountain Lion is scheduled to ship this summer. The decision to make Messages exclusive to the OS may be seen as arbitrary, as the technology is already working in Lion. Messages is expected to be a selling point of the new OS though, and Apple may be unwilling to invest resources in maintaining backwards compatibility.




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  1. Le Flaneur

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    yes, when ML ships

    I'll bet that this message is displayed (and the app is disabled) once Mountain Lion ships.

  1. Paul Huang

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    Nice bait, but...

    Furgettaboutit.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +1

    Oh, that's just plain stupid.

    Apple! Get a clue! Leave it alone. People intrigued enough to try the beta and like it, may very well upgrade to get the additional features of Mountain Lion. I probably will, but disabling an otherwise working product just leaves a bitter experience. THAT IS NOT CUSTOMER DELIGHT!

  1. pastusza

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    No Surprise

    Apple has done that with every single public beta they have ever released. Happened with Safari. It also happened with iCal and iChat. This is quite expected.

  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969

    -2

    who cares

    It's a freaking message app. It isn't like some killer feature or anything.

  1. Grendelmon

    Joined: Dec 1969

    +2

    That's ripe

    Mountain Lion is scheduled to ship this summer. The decision to make Messages exclusive to the OS may be seen as arbitrary, as the technology is already working in Lion. Messages is expected to be a selling point of the new OS though, and Apple may be unwilling to invest resources in maintaining backwards compatibility.

    Yeah, cause I'm sure maintaining backwards compatibility is really that difficult for a freaking messaging app.

  1. Flying Meat

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    I didn't memorize the

    boiler plate software disclaimer for nottin' ya know.
    "There is no warranty, expressed or implied, as to the suitability of this product for any purpose, including that for which it was intended. Any damages arising from, or associated with the use of this product is the sole responsibility of the user."
    ;)

  1. facebook_Andrew

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Feb 2012

    0

    FaceTime anyone?

    If I remember correctly, FaceTime was originally released in October 2010 as a solo product but then was kept on for everyone. Messages will probably be a repeat of that.

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