Apple sent out emails on Friday, telling its customers that the company will be discontinuing the Messages Beta program for Lion on December 14th.
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.
The email tells users if they’d like to continue to use Messages, they’ll need to upgrade to OS X Mountain Lion from the Mac App Store. (DIRECT LINK.) Messages is built into Mountain Lion, along with other new features.
The email reads as follows:
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.
Thank you for your participation in the Messages Beta program.
Users have long known that Apple would eventually end the Lion Messages Beta, but now they have a firm date to work with.