Thanks GFD well I can't believe other sites haven't picked up on the *other* big release of January 7th, that is the Messenger Plus! 2 extension by Patchou. This is the long awaited MSN5 compatible version that also gives Messenger 4.x/5 many enhanced functions. The beta is out and we love it, so if you use MSN Messenger this is a worthwhile addition.
This new public beta-version of this freeware Add-on made by Patchou for MSN's Messenger Service is packed of improved and new features to improve your instant messaging experience; such as Improved Logging, Boss Protection, Integrated Pop Mail Verification, Multi text Formatting inside IM windows, Quick emoticons, Quick Texts, Events Logging, Improved Text Recall, Instant Locking to protect your privacy, Custom Contact Login Sounds, Integrated IRC Commands, Personalised Status Messages, and other enhances such as changing the security warning, adding transparency effects to Messenger Windows, Removing MSN Banner-Ad, Truncating long contact names, boosting the max. message length, and much more. (article by GFD)
The official site is: http://www.msgplus.net (it's currently down due to excessive traffic during the last days)
Â» For support and questions visit the forums at: http://msgplus.mybboard.com