Today, we’re excited to announce the release of Discourse 3.0! We are bringing our customers and users some major new capabilities to enable communities to have thoughtful, purposeful discussions online. This new release includes real-time chat and user status to enable more informal communication, a customizable sidebar for
Real time chat with a Lounge. Looking good!
Yes I tried the chat when it was in beta. Nice overall, but a bit too basic still IMHO. Also no bridges to other chat systems yet, although apparently they are exploring one to Matrix.