With rumours rife that popular networking site Myspace is creating an instant messenger of its own, today was a good day as any for Microsoft to unveil their latest Messenger application to the public. Renamed to coincide with Microsoft’s push towards a fully integrated online service; Windows LiveTM Messenger Beta adds a few handy features that will surely be welcomed by its millions of users. As a result, the old and somewhat clunky interface has been replaced with a much slicker appearance. Users can now send messages to contacts even when they are offline, and when people update their details, they will automatically update for you too. Folder and file sharing has also been improved, whilst you can now rename your contact list even if your mates don’t approve. As ever, the annoying Ad’s are always a distraction and a drawback, yet it does keep it free.
All your contacts and settings will be transferred when you upgrade, but, as with all betas, caution is advised. Get it here.
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