iMessage From Your Mac Desktop

Would you like to send free instant messages to friends and family around the world from your Apple computer to their Apple product including iPod and iPhone?.

Well now you can thanks to a new feature appearing in 10.8 Mountain Lion.

Apple are replacing the iChat application with a new one called ‘Messages’ and this brings iChat up to date including the use of iMessages right from your Mac computer!.

I tested it just now with a friend and not only did messages i send from my MacBook Air show up on my computer but on checking my iPhone which is also linked to iMessage, all the messages in and out also showed on there so you can start, continue and finish a conversation in multiple places on different devices!.

Nilay from The Verge has put together a very good video with some new features of the new OS but also covers how Messages app works between devices

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On their download page Apple have said:

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:

  • Send unlimited iMessages to any Mac, iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.*
  • Start an iMessage conversation on your Mac and continue it on your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch.
  • Send photos, videos, attachments, contacts, locations, and more.
  • Launch a FaceTime video call and bring the conversation face-to-face.
  • Messages supports iMessage, AIM, Yahoo!, Google Talk, and Jabber accounts.

Messages is still in beta but is a free download right now from the link below.

Link: Messages for OSX