Sunday, February 27

Mac OS X Lion iChat supports Yahoo Messenger video and voice chat

As the title of the article title states, Apple's OSX iChat client on OSX 7 Lion supports Yahoo Instant Messenger adding to support for AIM, GChat, and standard Jabber.

This is a welcome addition and stands to keep chipping away at the other major Instant Messenger clients, but, why is there two separate video chat clients for the Mac? (Facetime, iChat)

It would seem to me that it would make more sense to combine these two.

  • Facetime traverses NAT (etc) better than iChat

  • Facetime uses less bandwith

  • Facetime is now "HD" (as Apple calls it), leaving the "quality" issue behind (iChat's resolution was better than Facetime, as Facetime is faster on the network)

  • However, iChat does support up to 3 video calls at once (and like, 10 audio)

Anyway, I hope they fix this before OSX 7 is released finally.  I'd love to have one app that covered both IM and Mobile Video Chat.

Appleinsider has a great breakdown featuring some nice videos of OSX7 on their site here and here.  Check it out if you are an Apple user like me.

Other notable features of OSX7 I think:

  • No Front Row

  • Java runtime is not installed by default, it's a download now.

  • Rosetta support (so support for running PowerPC apps on Intel machines) is gone.  Meaning that Apps should be smaller in size.

  • Migration Assistant now supports helping Windows users move over to the Mac (smart)

  • OSX Lion was given to a few researchers for review, so they can beat it up.  Very nice work.  I hope Apple rewards the researchers in some way.

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