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MSBLOG Exclusive: Windows Live Messenger .689 released

May 2nd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

That’s right, after the leaked build of .683_(Branches) was leaked from the Middle East early last month.

Please note, this isn’t a public release yet, so if you wish to download it but don’t have access to a beta invitation or the beta section of Connect, you won’t be able to login. Check the end of this post for a link to submit a comment to apply for an invitation.

In this build, it’s also from the Branches section of the beta development path, but we get to see a much improved interface being the final user interface, as well as many improvements for some of the features. We’ll have screenshots as soon as possible!

We get to see:

  • Colour scheme and final user interface improvements
  • The ability to save space by only having ” says:” when a new person talks
  • Brand new sounds for signing in, alerts, new email messages etc.
  • Live Contacts integration, and better Spaces support
  • Windows Live Call – the ability to call other countries and users at very cheap rates
  • Develop your own add-ins and applications for Messenger

The minimum requirements are as follows:

  • Pentium 233 MHz process (500 MHz recommended)
  • Microsoft Windows XP
  • Minimum 128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • Up to 50 MB of hard disk space for installation, 15 MB to run the program.
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 SP1 or later must be installed on your computer, though it does not need to be your default.
  • Minimum 800 x 600 screen resolution



Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 23 Comments »

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23 Responses

  1. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Leave your name, and your .NET Passport/Windows Live ID compatible email address here, and the first 15 people to leave a comment will have an invite to that email address within the 24 hours of commenting 🙂
    – Zack

  2. Aj Collins Says:

    Is this invite from or Connect? If it is connect please send me an invite to

  3. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Sent 😀

  4. Tommy Schlotterer Says:

    Send one to


  5. Eason Says:

    Pls invite

  6. KW Says:

    If it’s a connect invite, then can you send one to kieranwalsh at

  7. KW Says:

    Ooops 🙁
    I spelt that email wrong. it should be kieranwalsh at of course.
    Thanks again.

  8. tampigns Says:

    Send me one ! Pleeeeeeeeaaaaaaase 🙂
    address :

  9. Xavier Says:

    one for me please….

  10. Patrick S Says:

    All Sent 😀

    Enjoy your Invite. and remember to download the latest build using the button above.


  11. Deansweb2004|NT Says:

    Haha! Zack only has BOT’s has friends 😛 hehe

  12. Vaclav Says:

    I want to try it too. vaclav.panenka at

  13. Zack Whittaker Says:

    All you guys – invitations sent and on their way! 🙂 Have fun and enjoy!

  14. Brenda Says:

    I would like to try.
    Please invite
    Thanks 🙂

  15. Jacob Hansen Says:

    I’d like an invite;-)
    e-mail at: jacobhansen101[at]hotmail[dot]com

  16. Rich S Says:

    rich at

    (if you wouldn’t mind..? 🙂

  17. Zack Whittaker Says:

    We’ll have some more soon… so stay tuned! 🙂

  18. Patrick Elliott [MVP] Says:

    LOL — I just noticed your screenshot of your messenger window shows me as “eating” — figures.. 😛

  19. Zack Whittaker Says:

    I’ve just noticed that the only two people I have in my friends/family (at that time) was the Encarta bot and the Web2Messenger bot 🙁 LOL

  20. Edmund Says:

    May I have one?

  21. Zack Whittaker Says:

    Sorry, none left 🙁 Next time we get more, you’re first on the list 🙂

  22. Johan Says:

    Ain’t there a way to have big user pictures in the contact list like in MSN messenger? If you know what i mean.. Thx!

  23. Patrick S Says:

    Hello there, Had a look…and it dosent seem as if you can. Perhaps it was a removed feature.