Well, I just got my invite to Windows Live Messenger 8.0 Beta. :D
However, there are no download links at the moment.
This beta, like all new Microsoft Betas, is being handled though Microsoft’s “New” Connect Web Site.
Current news is that only pre beta testers have gotten the download link though a different E-Mail message. Also, know as dogpile users. ;)
Well I can not wait to test out some of the new exciting features.
Here is a quick run down of the new exciting features:
- How is Messenger 7.5 different from 8.0?
There are several new features such as call, sharing files, and the look and feel of Messenger has changes dramatically.
- Voice calling? How will that work?
This feature will let users who sign up for Windows Live phone call (provided by a Microsoft partner) to easily call landline and mobile phones. You will be able to set up a Windows Live Call account through the Messenger interface and start making calls within minutes. You will be able to purchase minutes upfront, then add minutes when your balance runs low. One of the great things about this will be that you will be able to use it to make really affordable domestic and international calls.
You will be able to make PC-to-PC calls for free, with no need to sign up for a Windows Live phone call account, so long as you and your Messenger contact both have compatible speakers and microphones (or headsets).
- What are Sharing Folders?
Sharing Folders will be a new and simple way for you to share personal photos, documents, and files with your Messenger contacts. You will be able to create a Sharing Folder by simply dragging files onto a contact name in Messenger. This will create an exact copy of the files on both you and your contact’s computers, and create a Sharing Folder that can be accessed from Messenger, and on the desktop.
- I can already share documents using e-mail. So what’s the big deal?
The Sharing Folder will be easier than email for sharing photos and documents. In a Sharing Folder, any time a file in the folder is added, modified, or deleted, those changes will be synchronized with the person you’re sharing with. The Sharing File icon in Messenger will also show you a gleam on a contact so you will know when a Sharing File has been updated. And it will be a simple drag-and-drop to share files, even simpler than the â€œsend fileâ€ and â€œsave asâ€ functions you are already familiar with in Messenger.
The Sharing Folders will work pretty much like the PC folder experience you already know, so it will make sense right away. Just like in Windows, you will be able to drag and drop, get different views of files, copy, paste, etc. You will be able to access a Sharing Folder from your desktop, to manage files whether online or offline. And a Sharing Folder requires virtually zero setup or configuration, and efficiently handles file synchronization without any fuss.
- Can you please tell me more about Video Conversations?
Well, first of all, it will be way improved: You will be able to get live, full-screen (640×480) video, with fully synchronized audio. Those old science fiction movies with TV phones? It will be like that, only better. You and your contact will need compatible Web cameras, microphones, and speakers (or headphones).
- That’s all great, but what if I just want old-fashioned instant messaging?
We’re all over it. Windows Live Messenger will still give you immediate text chat, with customizable fonts, emoticons, animated winks, a white board, and more. And, as always, your Hotmail contact list will be accessible through Messenger, and you will be able to see who has recently updated their Spaces blogâ€”look for a little gleam next to their name.
What you will be able to do with it:
- Send all your familiar winks and emoticons, plus some cool new ones
- Have real-time text, video and voice conversations
- Call your friends’ mobile or land-line telephones with Windows Live phone call, and make affordable domestic and international calls
- Easily share documents of all kinds with Sharing Folders
- Make free PC-to-PC calls with other Messenger users
**Both parties must have compatible Web cameras, speakers, and microphones.
**Windows Live phone call is provided by a Microsoft partner.
Also, if you where not one of the lucky ones and are still hoping to join the beta then be sure and take a look here:
Then you just might get a chance, no promises though. :P
Also, a Microsoft spokes woman as stated that almost all MSN Messenger 7.5 beta testers are being invited to Windows Live Messenger 8.0 Beta.
So if you tested MSN 7.5 and have no gotten your 8.0 invite yet, well you have nothing to worry about because within the next few days everyone should have their invites.
Well take care and hope everyone had a great weekend.