New features include ways to grab a contact's attention, dubbed "winks" and "nudges." Users can now send a sound animation, called a wink, or make the contact's Messenger window vibrate on screen, a nudge.
According to Microsoft roadmap, a public beta test should follow by the end of the year, while reaching final by the first quarter of 2005. MSN Messenger attracts some 135 million users per month.
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