The Messages Beta program for Lion will end on Friday, December 14, 2012. We hope you’ve enjoyed the opportunity to preview Messages.
If you’d like to continue using Messages, upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store. Messages is one of many great new apps and features built right into OS X Mountain Lion. Learn More.
Thank you for your participation in the Messages Beta program.
The email indicates that in order to continue to use Messages, users must upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion. OS X Mountain Lion is available for $ 19.99 on the Mac App Store [Direct Link].
Messages is Apple’s iMessage client for the Mac, and replaces iChat in OS X Mountain Lion. Apple had originally launched it as a beta program for existing Lion users while Mountain Lion was being completed.
It has been long known that Apple planned on discontinuing the Lion beta, but Apple is only now given customers a timetable. While Apple suggests that customers can upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion to continue using Messages, some customers’ computers may be too old to support the latest OS X release.
ESPECIALLY if they are going to release a beta for it knowing that some users who download it won’t be able to upgrade.
Apple – disconnecting people.
I wish they’d stop this stupidity.
Can’t blame them.
Yes you can, they shouldn’t have released the beta to begin with if they didn’t intend to release a final client.
I’ve submitted a comment/feedback to Apple via their website – suggest everyone that thinks this is a bad move do the same – that’s the only chance we have of getting them to listen.
All the more reason to dislike Apple. :rolleyes:
The feature was billed as a Mountain Lion feature so it sucks that you can’t use it on Lion after the 14th of next month, but I’m hardly surprised that they’ve finally release a closing date of the beta, as it’s been a generous beta. I would’ve thought they would’ve closed it after the public launch of GM.
Yeah, keep defending Apple. But the fact is, this is just another dick move in a long string of disgusting artificial limitations and forced pushes for obsolescence.