Microsoft launches Live Messenger

By Derek Sooman on June 20, 2006, 6:04 AM
Microsoft has now officially launched its Live Messenger service. This is a new, enhanced version of MSN Messenger which allows users to share their online experiences and to use VoIP and video conferencing services. More new features include shared folders, where users can share data, and also the ability to share contact information (users can even subscribe to their friend's contacts details so they are constantly updated.) The service is one of 20 or so 'Live' services that Microsoft will be launching over the next year or so. Also on offer will be the likes of Windows Live Search, Windows Live Local, Windows Live Mail and MSN Spaces. Microsoft intends that Live Messenger will become the communications hub for many of these services.

Martin Taylor, corporate vice president of Windows Live and MSN, said: "Windows Live Messenger offers people the ability to see, talk and share with family and friends in such a seamless way that puts them in control."

"It's built to help people connect and share in all kinds of rich, unique ways," he added.

Windows Live and MSN are set to get a lot of focus from Microsoft. The company intends to commit approximately 1.1 billion dollars (US) of the company's overall 6.2 billion dollar research and development budget to these services.

Good old MSN Messenger, still used by some 40 million people worldwide, will remain active and usable, but you can upgrade to Windows Live Messenger for no extra cost.




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barfarf said:
The question is can you uninstall it and revert back to the older msn messenger with out a major hassle.heck i still use the default windows xp msn messenger version 4.7. It works fast and is very light. Not a bloat ware.
aksd said:
Yes you can uninstall it. just open 'Add, remove programs'. I've been using Live Messenger for about 4 months now and havn't had any problems. Some of my friends won't switch.
canadian said:
I have used it for months and months, the big problem with the beta, was how you had to have your passport account setup to be a tester, so none of my friends could use MSN on my computer, and they didn't want to get live messenger because then others could not use theirs... But oh well, the full version is finally out.
Julio said:
Despite of its few shortcomings, I'm still with trillian all the way. Live Messenger, MSN Messenger... almost the same in terms of bloat and unneccesary add-ons that cripple the experience. Perhaps if they were left as optional, then it would be good enough, but that is not the case.
DragonMaster said:
[quote] Despite of its few shortcomings, I'm still with trillian all the way. Live Messenger, MSN Messenger... almost the same in terms of bloat and unneccesary add-ons that cripple the experience. Perhaps if they were left as optional, then it would be good enough, but that is not the case.[/quote]Trillian was quite bloaty when I tried it (MUCH LESS THAN THE M$ VERSION ANYWAYS), there is Gaim and Miranda IM you can use too, but they look bad compared to Trillian & MSNMsg...
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