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Messages Beta for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion Ending on December 14

The beta version of Messages for Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, which Apple released in February of 2012, expires on December 14. Those who participated in the Messages beta program should have received email from Apple alerting them to the expiration. However, it appears that Apple does not intend to release a final version of the software for Lion users; instead, Apple recommends that such users upgrade their Macs from Lion to OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion, which includes the final version of the Messages application. As Glenn says in a note accompanying his Introduction to Take Control of Messages in Mountain Lion, “I don’t cover the Messages beta for Lion as it was prone to crash and had other difficulties not necessarily found in the final (Mountain Lion) version.” For those Macs capable of running Mountain Lion, the upgrade to it is $19.99 from the Mac App Store.

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