Microsoft previews next Windows Live Messenger

Microsoft has just taken the wraps off of windowslivepreview.com that showcases the upcoming changes to the live platform.  Currently they are only revealing the new messenger platform but this site will be the springboard to all future updates.

The new messenger, is described as the “most meaningful way to stay in touch with the people that matter most and has great new ways to connect and share.” Microsoft is touting that this version of messenger is easier to use and has more meaningful interactions, keeps the best of your social networks at your fingertips and goes with you on the web and your mobile phone. 

Microsoft has also built in better integration with Facebook, tabbed Messenger windows and video messages. Microsoft is expected to release a private beta version of Windows Live Wave 4 in mid May with a public beta scheduled for June.

Microsoft did not unveil any of the other upcoming changes to the live platform but Neowin has been covering leaks around other changes to the platform.  This release is just the first step in many to come as they continue to roll out wave 4 of the live platform.

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So as regards to the Facebook usage, it only shows you the updates of friends? I was hoping it would actually intergrate the Facebook chat into it as well, so that's a shame.

I find having MSN in my mail program to be completely useless, but I guess some other people might like that feature.

:: Lyon :: said,
Wait..I'm confused..so basically this is not out yet right? Why do they put a misleading download button on the same page :[

they finally fixed it.

"*New release coming soon. Get the current release by downloading it from home.live.com"

Edited by apn3a, Apr 29 2010, 8:50am :

jrolson said,
Who needs this messenger when you can just text message from your phone?

-1

you cant even compare the two! chatting on a real computer keyboard is waaay more comfortable than on a phone.

Frankenchrist said,
People still use Messenger? In 2010? I see it still display Ads! /facepalm

of course they do. not as much as 5 years ago, but it's still millions of users each day. which is a pretty decent market.

I just hate the idea of it being combined with facebook etc, as I use different e-mail addresses for each and don't really care about facebook news when I signed in to talk to people

cooky560 said,
I just hate the idea of it being combined with facebook etc, as I use different e-mail addresses for each and don't really care about facebook news when I signed in to talk to people

It's always seperate accounts, even if you use the same email. You don't add anything but Messenger, you don't see anything but Messenger.

cooky560 said,
are you saying it's MY CHOICE what networks I add (or don't add)

of course it's your choice. i have it installed. and only the msngr servise is default. facebook or other need to be added IF you want to.

i LOVE the fbook integration option. *OPTION*

cooky560 said,
are you saying it's MY CHOICE what networks I add (or don't add)

that's right, you don't have to connect it with facebook or anything else, if you don't want

cooky560 said,
I just hate the idea of it being combined with facebook etc, as I use different e-mail addresses for each and don't really care about facebook news when I signed in to talk to people

Then don't link your Live account with your Facebook account - simple!

cooky560 said,
are you saying it's MY CHOICE what networks I add (or don't add)
How on earth would they know if you didn't tell them...

Effin AWESOME !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Finally !! Microsoft is pushing something new, the group offline feature is a sure MUST ive been wishing for it for AGES

Honestly, the only reason I'm moving to the latest version is because I have to run the current version in Compatibility Mode or it breaks the superbar previews.

billyea said,
Honestly, the only reason I'm moving to the latest version is because I have to run the current version in Compatibility Mode or it breaks the superbar previews.

I run compatibility mode for the tray icon instead of an empy superbar icon

I like the idea that you can surf the web with a little messenger widget hovering in the corner. I often get interrupted surfing sites when I am chatting and this will really help!

All I ever needed Messenger for was to chat online with friends and transfer the occasional file. In many ways MSN done that back in 2002. Its all been kind of bloat since then.

Orange Battery said,
All I ever needed Messenger for was to chat online with friends and transfer the occasional file. In many ways MSN done that back in 2002. Its all been kind of bloat since then.

yes, because people only have the same basic feature requests you do.. sorry, but msot of what's been added to WLM are making it better for the typical consumer... it's not like ICQ who kept adding different ways to do the same things, it's adding features to make it more usable for more people.

Orange Battery said,
All I ever needed Messenger for was to chat online with friends and transfer the occasional file. In many ways MSN done that back in 2002. Its all been kind of bloat since then.

Key word there: "I"

You're not the only person who uses Windows Live Messenger. I'd much rather take this version any day over any of the previous versions. The new features which integrate social networking features are going to be so handy for me.

Shadrack said,
So, is Windows Live Mail and Windows Live Messenger integrated now? Some of those screenshots seem to suggest that.

No, Hotmail is upgraded and has web messenger. So you can talk to friends and use emoticons. But can't use any of the main WLM features.

Windows Live Mail is the program. Which is separate but is loads better than the 2009 version.

TechDudeGeorge said,

No, Hotmail is upgraded and has web messenger. So you can talk to friends and use emoticons. But can't use any of the main WLM features.

Windows Live Mail is the program. Which is separate but is loads better than the 2009 version.

Cool. Does WLM have Exchange support? Or is that still an Outlook only feature? I ask because Mail.app on Mac has Exchange support and it seems odd that MS allows the default slimmed down mail client on Mac to have support but on Windows you need Outlook. I would love to get my email at home w/o going through Outlook Web Access.

That video chat mode sure looks like a great improvement! With effects to apply to your video as well

I love the option to be able to select individual groups to change to appear offline. I hope they make it so you can do that individually instead of just groups.

Thrasko said,
You can do it individually in the current version of messenger. It's called "block".

yeah, but not exactly. if you block a co-worker cuz of a private chat, you wouldnt get his/her offline messages.. which can cause a big problem later! :-/

dogmai said,
I love the option to be able to select individual groups to change to appear offline. I hope they make it so you can do that individually instead of just groups.

The thing is that yahoo messenger has had that feature for years. Microsoft should adapt it earlier.

burnsflipper said,
man those ads are huge

They get bigger and bigger and more widespread with every messenger release, Unless there is an A-patch made for this Wave 4 messenger I'm not going to upgrade.

Windows Live Mail on Windows 7 does an Epic Fail for me. I can't open it anymore. Had to go Outlook and I can't say I like the complexity of Outlook for my needs.

PsykX said,
Windows Live Mail on Windows 7 does an Epic Fail for me. I can't open it anymore. Had to go Outlook and I can't say I like the complexity of Outlook for my needs.

Works for me, Windows Live Photo Gallery OTOH, fails for me.

hmmmm.. its cool, but I still hope they come with different themes.. i hate the current look of WLM.. something about it! -

While some groups inside Microsoft are quick to upgrade to the latest, some are not.
When I was there 2.5 years ago, my group had a big project to migrate a bunch of their SQL servers from 2000 to 2005, and was right around the time SQL 2008 was being released. Their Server 2003 servers were still on SP1 will no plans to upgrade.