Portable Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Final

Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Final Portable | 15,52 MB
The public beta release of Windows Live Messenger has a fresh look and feel - it is easy to personalize and features a toolbar that provides one-click access to customers - favorite services. Some features include the following:

Windows Live Call with Verizon Web Calling service. With one click, users can go directly to the Windows Live Call feature and, through the Verizon Web Calling service, place affordable outbound local voice calls and domestic or international long-distance voice calls over the Internet. Service is already offered to Messenger customers in five countries: the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain. As of next week, this calling service will be available in localized languages and currencies for six new markets Austria, Belgium, Finland, Ireland, Italy and the Netherlands giving more customers more ways to communicate with the people that matter most to them.

Cordless phones designed exclusively for Windows Live Messenger. Beginning today, customers will be able to purchase phones from Uniden Corp. and in the coming weeks from Philips that make Windows Live Call available through the handset, which can be used to make landline and Internet phone calls. Consumers can use their cordless phones from anywhere in the home, even while away from the PC.

Windows Live Contacts. Contact information is always current with Windows Live Contacts in Windows Live Messenger; users choose which contacts they want updated automatically. Windows Live Contacts are integrated and accessible across Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail and MSN Spaces.

Unified contacts. Customers now have the ability to see and search all their contacts with the unified contact list accessible through Windows Live Messenger. Users can have up to 600 contacts, and easily search using the word wheel feature, which automatically sorts the contact list.

Sharing Folders. By simply dragging and dropping their files and personal photos of any size to their Windows Live Messenger window, customers can share them with family, friends and colleagues.

Offline instant message (IM). Customers can now send an IM to their offline contacts, who will receive the IM the next time they log in.

Video conversation. The free synchronized audio and video service in Windows Live Messenger, powered by Logitech International SA, allows customers to view and talk to their friends through their PCs in full-screen video with one push of a button using the webcams and broadband Internet connections.

What's new on version 8.0.0787:
So, here is the final version of the instant messeging tool from Microsoft. The kernel of the application hasn't changed too much, but it got lots of new online features, that makes it much interactive with the user. I really got a connection problem that was solved automatically online. I was really surprised because in general the troubleshooting button ment nothing to me. A big thumb up for Microsoft in beginning to solve automatically online problems. The second really improvement is the sound quality of PC to PC call. Much better than the one fron Yahoo Messenger. You will get also a very fast and intuitive wizard that will help you set you audio device. The background interface is very similar to the one in Yahoo Messenger, but it will be much better integrated in the new Vista interface. Still let's go back to the new features:

- bots service: it's a service provided by virtual users. They are working like small search engines that can be manipulated through the conversation interface. You just have to put the standard questions and you will get the information you need. At this time you can get informations from movies, horoscope, enetertainment gossip, music, encarta.
- tabs: these are shortcuts to important services like E-bay, RHAPSODY music provider, MSN Dating & Personals service, MSN Money service, XBOX products and news, MSN Games, alerts service, FOXSPORTS, Theme packs to change the background of the application, MSN Space.
- share folders: beside sharing files, if you want to share more than one, you can share a folder. A very practical features which it works very well.

I had the feeling that Windows Live Messenger is running slower comparing to Yahoo Messenger, and it might not be so stable. In conclusion it seems that the latest softwares from Microsoft are much better (even though the ideas are taken from different other companies).

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