New Windows Live Messenger 2010 screenshot reveals social features

A new Windows Live Messenger Wave 4 Milestone 3 screenshot has leaked onto the Internet, spotted by LiveSide.net.  Neowin can confirm the screenshot is genuine and looks identical to ones we have seen and published over the past few months.

Image Credit: messengeradictos.com

From the screenshot you can see a collapsible “social” pane on the left hand side which includes the latest posts from Facebook and Windows Live.  Windows Live Messenger also appears to have support for more social networks than just Facebook and Windows Live, similar to what Windows Phone 7 Series is receiving.

Facebook integration not only shows the feed, but looks like it will allow commenting, photos and filtered feeds, including highlights, recent, my profile (me), photos and more.  It doesn’t appear from the screenshot that Windows Live Messenger allows Facebook Chat, but Facebook recently opened its XMPP chat protocol to the masses so it could be possible in future.

Microsoft has also included SkyDrive support, possibly for sharing photos, documents and storage media.  A new way to share your online photo albums with your contacts is shown.  Note: “Mary North” has posted “via SkyDrive.”

The Inside Windows Live team also posted a short history of Windows Messenger recently, including a screenshot of the new emoticons:

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the chances of it actually looking like that are pretty slim, I suspect they are just testing the features and not the design, some people need to seriously calm down when they see leaked screen-shots of an unfinished product

Doesn't look half bad, not too fond of the advert pane though, wish that was something like a notification update list or something, anything other than an advert, that's what has always forced me to go and modify messenger with sites like mess.be.

Wonder what will happen to the silverlight app for facebook which MS came up with, don't see the point of it if this links in with Facebook or other social networking sites.

Wow a lot of posts calling it 'bloated', yet there is NO WAY to know if it is bloated or not.

This thing could run faster and with less memory than the current client, you have no idea if it is bloated or not.

Chances are if anything like the Zune client, it will proably be using the latest APIs including hardware acceleration via WPF or Direct2D.

Call the interface cumbersome or gaudy, but stop using a word reserved for a poorly coded application. The screenshot can tell you a lot of things, but it CANNOT tell you if the application is BLOATED.

I think Facebook need to design their own standalone IM client. It's the only IM I could see my friends mass-migrating to from WLM, which has officially gone down the hole.

Shannon said,
I think Facebook need to design their own standalone IM client. It's the only IM I could see my friends mass-migrating to from WLM, which has officially gone down the hole.

No need; Facebook uses XMPP now, so there are plenty of clients around.

I really like Windows Messenger I been a Microsoft product user for many years and I would not stop using messenger as all of my friends are on it and its the most used chat client in many countries. I understand that at the moment in time it seems very full and bloated as many people say but it still in early stages of development and sometimes watt we see i sent exactly how its going to come out, I feel Microsoft its taking a step in the right direction with the integration of the social networking into messenger as its very used these days and part of everyday communications and I think it would be the wrong decision for Microsoft not to follow or integrate the social features into they chat client WLM. As technology advances these types of social features are becoming more part of everyday software integration, I will stick with WLM as its very useful to me and keeping in touch with my friends and family.

I find it retarded to judge a product based on screenshots alone.

You can't judge it until you actually use it.

Oh man...this is fugly... almost all of my contacts have moved onto Gtalk and I don't blame them. This makes me think that the WLM team has finally lost it.
Might sound extreme but this is one more nail in the coffin if not the last.

MSN Sucked after v1. Simple IM. Google Chat have at least replicated that and stuck to it. Just hope they don't start adding Buzz to it.

A poll concerning this new UI should have this options

I hate it
I hate it more
I hate it even more
I am crazy (I Like it)

Wow, I'm glad they're still working on it and that picture doesn't represent the final product. While I agree that so many diff social apps has led to integration being the mainstay, keeping looks minimal is the attractive way to go IMO.

As a matter of facts if that one become the default windows or even a windows (as Skype) I will swift off my MSN account forever.

Really How Bloated can Windows Live Messenger become?, OMG this annoying.

Skype had to restore the compact mode, I don't know anyone whom would want to use a full screen window.

I guess to me Instant messenger applications should be minimalist as possible.

Ads and bloat? Why do you people continue to put up this client, seriously?
Not even trolling or anything, I'm actually confused here.

hotdog963al said,
Ads and bloat? Why do you people continue to put up this client, seriously?
Not even trolling or anything, I'm actually confused here.

The current WLM9 client looks really nice with the adverts removed, and integrates with the Windows 7 superbar. It also supports all the the messenger features such as multiple points of presence, webcam and so on.

Maybe 3rd party clients support these now, not something ive looked in to. I would personally choose a patched WLM client over something like Pidgin to be honest... just personal preference more than anything else.

It's a shame the 3rd party clients haven't completely nailed webcam chat, that's the only thing I've missed since switching to Miranda IM 3 years ago.

What the hell is that? Why is it so complicated? I know you can collapse it, but aren't I only left with my favourites list then? Why is that advert so huge?

I'm not normally one to criticise changes (I'm one of the weird ones that didn't mind the orange colour scheme in the Messenger 8 beta) but this just doesn't look right to me.

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. said,
The UI looks perfect. WLM is turning into a social app.
Deal with it, minimalist look fanboys!

Deal with it? Hah. No need. Better alternatives out there. Much, much better than this steaming pile of ****.

Looks like Zukona is back (the user who leaked this screenshot), he/she also leaked almost all of the Windows 7 builds, including the RTM!

All I want from messenger a small 1.5 inch window with my list of contacts, who is online and who is not. And if they EVER remove the push F2 button to send a voice clip I'M GONE, not even skype does this and all I do all day long is send voice clips, I DON"T HAVE TIME for calls, why in gods name did they remove the voice chat feature from the MOBILE edition??!!. My biggest beef is when you MINIMIZE messenger and hover over it, the mini window shows TWO windows when there is only one open. There is a window with your profile picture AND a window of the list of contacts. This has been VERY confusing for newbies. I think they should go back to having a skype like icon near the clock. Any news on what it looks like when mimimized in Win 7?

jimmyfal said,
All I want from messenger a small 1.5 inch window with my list of contacts, who is online and who is not. And if they EVER remove the push F2 button to send a voice clip I'M GONE, not even skype does this and all I do all day long is send voice clips, I DON"T HAVE TIME for calls, why in gods name did they remove the voice chat feature from the MOBILE edition??!!. My biggest beef is when you MINIMIZE messenger and hover over it, the mini window shows TWO windows when there is only one open. There is a window with your profile picture AND a window of the list of contacts. This has been VERY confusing for newbies. I think they should go back to having a skype like icon near the clock. Any news on what it looks like when mimimized in Win 7?

the dual jump list issue is easily resolved by running WLM in compatibility mode with Vista SP1/2

More importantly, what the hell happened to viewing your contacts in list view? This new tile stuff is just awkward.

Kristan K said,
More importantly, what the hell happened to viewing your contacts in list view? This new tile stuff is just awkward.
The left panes are collapsible. I would expect the contacts view is customizable too - I'm sure they realise it's not a good design for larger numbers of contacts.

Edited by Kirkburn, Feb 19 2010, 7:29pm :

I think they should set the installer to include a "Classic Windows Live Messenger" mode, or perhaps a Splash screen for when you start Messenger itself. I actually think the new one with the metroUI looks promising, and is certainly a step in the right direction but for those who struggle to send an instant message on a good day, it will perhaps be too confusing.

torrentthief said,
looks really bad, i'd be annoyed seeing faces instead of emoticons.
What rob.derosa said, and it's not new.

Good thing all my contacts are on Skype now.
Its been ages since I have used messenger. I might never use it again thanks to this messy UI.

I like the Create a Dynamic Display thingy, but everything else looks garbage. Will deff look to other 3rd party IM's if it really looks that cluttered when released.

Kirkburn said,
Same way as normal? Open a contact window?

I don't see a friends list anywhere other than the favorites. I know it'll be there but I think people want to see where it is. The screenshots only show the big changes.

dogmai said,

I don't see a friends list anywhere other than the favorites. I know it'll be there but I think people want to see where it is. The screenshots only show the big changes.

It's on the left pane, where the big social stream. As you can see by the header bar with the options "SOCIAL MSN GAMES FRIENDS", one would naturally assume that pressing friends would replace that content with the friends list. So in that case I hope we can hide the favourites panel xD

~Johnny said,

It's on the left pane, where the big social stream. As you can see by the header bar with the options "SOCIAL MSN GAMES FRIENDS", one would naturally assume that pressing friends would replace that content with the friends list. So in that case I hope we can hide the favourites panel xD

Hopefully we would be able to merge the friends list with the favorites. I use the favorites a lot but still go to my regular friends list and don't want to have to open up the app almost full screen just to get to the list. I noticed the Friends part right after replying lol