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I'm thinking about trying the Messages Beta on OS X Lion. I'm wondering if I will be able to uninstall it if I don't want to use it anymore. If so, will I be able to use iChat again?

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In the Messages menu, there's an option to uninstall the beta. Apple just messes with the App bundle to add support for the iMessage protocol. The underlying app is pretty much the same.

See this AskDifferent Answer and this post which it references for more information.

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Do you know for a fact that it will be Mountain Lion only? Reference please. I'd bet differently. – jaberg Mar 21 '12 at 2:59
@jaberg - Not for certain, but it's likely. See my added links for more. – Moshe Mar 21 '12 at 3:12
None of those links provide any evidence that Messages will be Mountain Lion only. – jaberg Mar 21 '12 at 3:16
@jaberg - That's true. Wouldn't the fact that it's listed as a ML feature imply that, though? – Moshe Mar 21 '12 at 3:17
Not necessarily. My guess as a relatively experienced Apple watcher is that if the beta works on Lion, there will be a version for Lion. – jaberg Mar 21 '12 at 3:19

You can choose uninstall Messages Beta from the menu.

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