Social networking applications are hugely popular, and when Microsoft announce, unofficially, new features planned for Windows Live Messenger 9, people immediately want the new version, even if it's still in alpha. Worryingly for the publishing industry, a couple of rival downloads sites have even found file-sharing links to this closed beta and have offered it to their web users. Do they have any scruples? Windows Live Messenger 9 is only available as a closed and early beta to selected testers, so isn't available for public consumption.
So, what's planned for the new version? Early rumours include support for third-party networks, so you can drop your Google Talk and Yahoo Messenger client and chat to your other network friends through Windows Live Messenger. The new version will enable you to login from multiple locations, assign custom sounds to important friends and much more.
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