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...and so, the Microsoft engine turns outs another Beta that I have wormed my way into... (Ok, so I hung around a PC forum begging for an invite ^_^ )
What is Windows Live Messenger
Anywho, for those that dont follow PC events, or for those that simply don't know, what is WML? Well, the easiest way for me to answer this, is to borrow some text from Mr Gate's homepage...LooksOriginally Posted by The official MS Beta test bolg
Lets face it, Looks mean a lot to some people, be it a car, a woman, or a Chat client, so here are some comparison shots
The main window
so, not much of a change there. Some slight tweeks on the icon placement, and the advert banner has got slightly bigger. On the whole though, nothing to shout about
Again, nothing to write home about. Just to point out, the blue bar on the top of the WLM windows, that can be changed to any RGB colour, so yu can have WLM tie in with your desktop colours.
WLM does include some very nice new features, but does this make it all worth the upgrade?
First off, is a change to the way you can share / send files. In WLM, not only can you send individual files to individual contacts, but you can set up a Shared folder. This allows ANY of your contacts to jump into that shared folder and take items. So? want to share a photo, drop it into the folder et voila, all your contacts can now see it. (NOTE! this features only world WLM -> WLM, it does not work if people are using MSN 7.5 or Trillian etc... )
The Shared Folder Page
WLM does have the option of disabling the Shared Folder option and using the old style file transfer, which is useful for sending files to contacts not using WLM.
WLM also includes a Skype style telephone option. Unfortunatly, I havent yet tried this out.
Within WLM, you are able to add "notes" to your contacts, and then use the word wheel to search through those notes. To use LO as an example, I could list the armies that each of my contacts use, and then use the Word Wheel to find all Eldar players, or all Guard players.
Tired of working out who "OMG I AM TEH ROXORZ!" is? well, now you can give your contacts "nicknames" which appear on the main window, allowing you to easily identify people with more obscure tag lines.
So, yoour about to leave the house, but you really need to let Dave know that tomorrows Basketball game is cancelled! OH NO! Dave is offline, what do you do! Well, now you can send offline messages, you type out the message as normal, and next time Dave logs in, that message will be sent to him!
To me, the introduction of WLM is nothing more than bringing MSN on par with similar chat clients.
Users who installed MSNPlus! (a third party product) have been able to rename contacts and store message logs for years, although these are only just being intergrated into MSN / WLM.
The telephony options are a not so subtle attempt to compete with Skype.
Overall though, I think Microsoft have pulled it off. From first impressions, I am pleased with Live Messenger. Its definatly a step in the right direction, with MS providing increased functionality with no drawbacks to the performance of the client.
It will definatly be interesting to see how WLM develops from Beta to General Release.
P.s. For more detailed info on WLM, i suggest going to The Official MS WLM Beta Test Blog
I think the design has improved
no, all contacts are transfered from the previous installation of msn messenger
I've been using a program called Trillian for the past 3 years or so (partly because of my MS hate, partly because of ease of use), but as "upgraded" as Windows Live Messenger is, it's still only able to access a whopping 2 IM systems. Trillian on the other hand can access ICQ, AIM, MSN (now WLM), Yahoo, and IRC networks, all through the one simple to use interface; and has the capacity to handle multiple accounts for each system without a hiccup.
The other problem I have is with allowing a Microsoft product access to all my contact information, both mine, and those of my friends. I do not trust that a company that cannot produce a program without major design/security flaws (WinXP), to safely protect that information in a "world wide" personalised settings folder (or equivalent).
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