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Apple Releases Messages Beta

Hot on the heels of the news about Mountain Lion, Apple has released a beta of the Messages application.

Download Messages Beta and get a taste of what’s coming in OS X Mountain Lion. When you install Messages, it replaces iChat. 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. Here are the features you can expect with Messages:

Click here to download the beta (although as of 2.15pm UK time on the 16th February there was a problem with the download – Apple advise to check back in a few hours).

UPDATE: The download link is back!