No updates as of yet. And a release of a chat feature, if it happens, will have to wait until sometime next year.
There is a fairly decent and actively-developed chat plugin, called Babble, supported by our forum platform. Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as installing the plugin and off we go. We run our installation of the platform super custom than what comes out of the box, so releasing something like this is a pretty massive undertaking. Perhaps if the interest in such a feature grows this year and early next year, we could maybe push this as a priority.
Keep the interest up and feedback coming!