Microsoft has silently announced its plans to support Windows Live Messenger 8.1 within Vista Media Center.
According to the folks at LiveSide, the project (Windows Live for TV) codenamed Orbit will be in limited beta test to US participants shortly.
The main features will be:
· Browse millions of Spaces in rich 3D graphics with new Gallery views and full keyword search
· Find out what your friends have been doing and saying on Windows Live Spaces
· Have real-time text and voice conversations*
· Call your friends' mobile or landline telephones by signing up with Verizon Web Calling to make affordable domestic and international calls**
· Easily navigate with your mouse, keyboard or a TV remote (remote navigation requires Microsoft Media Center Remote and IR)
· Make free PC-to-PC calls to other Windows Live Messenger users.