A new beta version of Windows Live Messenger is available for download. The company claims that Windows Live Messenger contains features that make it even easier for consumers to stay in touch with the people and information that matter most to them. It’s now available broadly for download, as in the past it was for beta testing by invitation only.

"Windows Live Messenger is changing the way people communicate and stay in touch," said Martin Taylor, corporate vice president of Windows Live and MSN at Microsoft. "With powerful sharing, collaboration and communications tools designed to put the user firmly in control of their communications experience, Windows Live Messenger is a key part of the foundation of Windows Live. The several million consumers already in the managed beta have been giving us great feedback, and we're excited to make the beta of Windows Live Messenger to users worldwide."