As you may or may not have heard, Apple has a new OS on the way – “OS X Mountain Lion“. In this new OS, they are including an updated application for IM/Presence/Chat called Messages (although it may be changed to iMessage to match the app on IOS devices).
Of course this app focuses on FaceTime and iMessage communication to iPads, iPod Touches, iPhones – however like iChat before it you can use it as a client for IM services that use open standards….like Cisco’s Jabber services!
The power of open standards is this. Use the application you want to use. When a new one comes out from your favorite computer maker, use it! If you want to have a single client that ties FaceTime (an Apple proprietary environment) and IM with customers, partners, and co-workers, go for it! If you want to use the applications from the manufacturer, go for it. If the manufacturer doesn’t have an application for your desired OS (yet), go for it!
Don’t box yourself into a corner. Choose open standards.
If you want to try out the new Messages app you can download a beta of it from here.
Below is a quick video of how to setup the Messages app for use with Cisco’s Jabber Connect service.