Apple Is Killing Messages Beta

Customers told to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion to continue to use the service

Apple’s text messaging app is exiting beta next month, according to an email sent out by the Cupertino giant. The shuttering will occur in mid-December, according to Apple’s message.

Customers enrolled in the Messages Beta program for Lion are being told that Friday, December 14, 2012 will mark the end of the trial.

“We hope you’ve enjoyed the opportunity to preview Messages,” Apple says, adding that “If you’d like to continue using Messages, upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store.”

According to the computer company, Messages is just one of the “many great new apps and features built right into OS X Mountain Lion,” which is why customers are strongly encouraged to upgrade.

The message ends with Apple stating, “Thank you for your participation in the Messages Beta program.”

Indeed Messages is just one of many reasons why customers should upgrade from OS X 10.7 to OS X 10.8. For example, Mountain Lion is proving to be a much more reliable Mac OS than its predecessor, as far as stability is concerned.

“OS X Mountain Lion brings a lot of great things from iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch to the Mac. You can send iMessages. Get your Mac in on Game Center. Receive notifications. And more. And with iCloud, now your Mac works even better with your iOS devices,” reads Apple’s marketing pitch for the new Mac OS.

Users also get new apps like Reminders and Notes, as well as Notification Center, as well as services like Dictation and Power Nap (which keeps your Mac updated during Sleep mode).

OS X Mountain Lion is a $19.99 / €17.99 upgrade from OS X 10.6 or OS X 10.7. Any Mac user running at least OS X 10.6.6 Snow Leopard is good to go.

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