"There's no need to stick with Beta 1 if there's a Beta 2", the Messenger team thought, so yesterday it started to force all users of the first beta of Windows Live Messenger 8.5 to upgrade upon connecting to the service. Messer Artea reported seeing the upgrade prompt early today, but it may take a few more hours to appear for others.
In a way, the upgrade is part of the beta as well, and there are different scenarios for different operating systems:
- Windows XP users will see the new unified installer experience as an optional update.
- Windows Vista 32/64-bit users will see the Windows Installer and MSI experience as a mandatory update.
- Windows XP 64 and Windows 2003 Server users will see the Windows Installer and MSI experience as an optional update