Inside Mac OS X 10.7 Lion’s iChat 6
With Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, you can reach both your Yahoo and MSN chat buddies. Thanks to iChat 6!
Apple’s bundled instant messenger app, iChat 6, now adds Yahoo IM support. Unlike e-mail, the IM is partitioned into proprietary solos – like AOL, ICQ, Skype and many others – using their own systems for text and video chat. Hence, anyone who wants to exchange messages with users of different system must use a multi-protocol chat client.
But although iChat 6 only supports text chats in Yahoo IM, this builds a gateway for users to support both populations of Yahoo and MSN. In addition to this, it integrates separate chat accounts and protocols into a buddy list. It also features a coordinated login across all user-configured accounts. But don’t fuss! This feature can be disabled if you don’t want to share the same status for each IM client that you use.
Another feature on the list is the iChat Theater with live web pages. With iChat Theater, a web page can be shared via established video chat. The sender can navigate around the web page, while the receiver sees a static view. But no matter how sweet these iChat 6 features might be, don’t confuse it with FaceTime.
FaceTime, though it uses the same open technology that iChat 6 does, still uses phone numbers or e-mail addresses to establish video connections. Hence, it is more like a phone call rather than an IM client.View Article Source »