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A little bit on Windows Live Writer

August 13th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Some speculation went round on the t’Internet a few days ago about “some sort of tool letting you blog anywhere using this cool client”. Well, yeh it’s true. The guys on Liveside posted a few cool things that you should really check out: – Exclusive: Interview with J.J. Allaire, Architect for Windows Live Writer
Windows Live changes the way you write your blog

Anyway, a little about it. It’s a tool that was acquired by Microsoft some time ago, the Onfolio service, which attaches itself to the Windows Live Toolbar. However, as soon as it was acquired, it was ripped to pieces and made into this new client, the Windows Live Writer. It lets you blog on Live Spaces as well as other blogging services (the Liveside guys can use it to blog there, as we can here). To put you through the pain and agony of reading loads about it, here’s some screenshots demonstrating what it can do.

Oh it’s freaking sweet – view the Windows Live Writer blog and download the software now for free! Oh please note – it’s still in beta, and the performance isn’t great and there will be some updates to come, but so far, so good! 🙂

By the way, this was a super-duper secret project – I’d say this is even cooler than Windows Live Spaces in itself 😀 So secret, rumours only started flying round the web yesterday or the day before – even I didn’t know about it!

Posted in Beta News, Windows Live Messenger | 3 Comments »

New build: Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0812

August 10th, 2006 by Patrick S

Less than two months after the final release of Windows Live Messenger, a new build has been released last night. No word on any changes in Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0812, but we’re looking into it.Download it here,Source

Edit: Hey, I reported this for Darren on LiveSide (because I’m nice :)) and basically it’s just a few minor bug fixes, like when you video call, sometimes in some circumstances the top webcam becomes overlapped by the bottom one. Also there are some server things fixed which means that the client needs updating as well – I think this was meant to be a automatic rollout of Messenger, like an update… but to be honest I’ve lost the plot at the minute… things aren’t looking so good for the UK at the moment. Z.

Posted in Beta News, MS News, Windows Live Messenger | 4 Comments »

A note for to Windows Live Messenger contact cards

August 7th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Have you ever seen these on contact cards and thought “what on Earth do they mean?”. Well here’s a quick, simple and short explaination.

The first contact card, the user is using Microsoft Office Live Communicator, which is the standard internal messaging client within Microsoft. Most likely, anyone with an email address will have this icon in the contact card, or if your company uses Live Communications Server, this will appear on your card as well.

The second contact card is if the user is using Windows Live Messenger with a* account, or they are using Yahoo! Messenger with a Yahoo! account.

The third contact card simply means that they are using a web-based version of Messenger, most likely MSN Web Messenger seeing as they’re all interoperable with each other.

There we go… hope that irons a few theories out 🙂

Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 1 Comment »

MSBLOG Exclusive: Messenger Plus! Live debuts publically

June 24th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

MSN Messenger for a long time has been expanded and enhanced by Messenger Plus! for some time now, a good few years. Now, seeing as MSN Messenger has died and gone to rest in an urn on Leah’s shelf for the rest of eternity, Windows Live Messenger has blossomed out of the beta cupboard kick starting the Windows Live wave of products, and as usual Messenger Plus! Live is never far behind.

But now it’s here! That’s right, the world’s most used Messenger add-in has finally arrived and is back on the scene. It’s got a much cleaner, newer interface and has a whole load of new features that are even said to be in the next version of Messenger itself. So, what are you waiting for? It’s 4.25mb in size, and already the download servers are being pushed, but check it out anyway!

Messenger Plus! Live – Version 4.00.234
Messenger Plus! Live Website
Messenger Plus! Live Download

Click to open the images in a new window (more screenies coming soon!)


Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 2 Comments »

More recent Windows Live Messenger build – from 787 to 792

June 21st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

There’s been another update to Windows Live Messenger, from the original final build of 8.0.0787 to 8.0.0792 which has a few updated problems in there – just some minor bits and bobs which were missed out of the previous finally released product.

Thanks to AJ for pinging me whilst I was just getting cushy with my girlfriend… another night where she’s gonna have to wait a little bit longer 😛

Download the new build here: Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0792

UPDATE: OK they screwed us – they’ve taken down the link and nobody’s all that happy. However, because I installed it on all my machines before it was taken down, I managed to salvage the .msi installer package which actually installs Messenger! So, here we go:

Server 1 (please use this one first): Download Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0792
Server 2 (use only if server 1 fails): Download Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0792

Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 4 Comments »

Messenger Service – issues signing in

June 21st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Well, to be expected really. Try and put this into context… there have been special Windows Live Messenger servers running for the last few months to enable the new users to use some of the new features. The old MSN Messenger servers were tied into them so that the WLM and the MSN clients can still talk and communicate with each other. Now that Windows Live Messenger has been released, they all need upgrading to at least accommodate the new client.

As expected (well, duhhh) there are/were/will be teething problems. Those who can sign in, don’t sign out. Those who can’t send messages to a particular person, close the window then open again and for some reason this seems to help. If you can’t sign in, use the MSN Web Messenger which should still work.

Other things might arise – such as not being able to use certain features, and some contacts (except Mobile contacts) may not appear online, and those who are currently still talking to you may appear to be offline. Although there isn’t a time set on when this will be fixed, it should be sorted within the next few hours of this post, so by about 11pm British Summertime, and yeh, it’s a worldwide issue 🙁

To demonstrate this easier, I’ve mocked up the following concept design:

Posted in Bugs, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 2 Comments »

Windows Live Messenger – well and truly live!

June 19th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Today, was launched, the new site which is the new site which anyone can download a released beta version of a Windows Live product, or a full released-to-manufacturing product such as Windows Live Messenger, which has been released this evening.

Get Live ( is different from Live Ideas ( because Get Live is a purely download orientated website, whilst Live Ideas is an ”everything” site, showing what is coming, what is new and gives links to their team blogs, forums or other information sources.

Check out for further reading:

Note: the Get Live site is still being slowly integrated out and won’t be available fully until June 20th, midday (Pacific Standard Time) – until then, you can use the links below.

As Dennis says: Minutes ago, Microsoft has launched the Windows Live Messenger! Live Messenger is one of over 20 new Live services. Live Messenger is providing PC-to-PC, PC-to-Worldwide calls and of course videocalling. Check out all the latest details about it at the download location.

 Get Live! (beta)
 Download Windows Live Messenger (build 8.0.0787) (updated link)
Windows Live Messenger (Get Live)
 Windows Live Spaces (pre-Live beta)
 Windows Live OneCare (final released product)
 Windows Live Mail (beta) 

Well, to wet your appetite even more, we’ve got some screenshots of the new Windows Live Messenger, as the final product. Mainly, some slight user interface tweaks, such as the top right hand corner of each window has a more advanced “refraction” look. Check them out below – just click on an image to open it in it’s own window.  

Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 10 Comments »

Invasion of the Robots

May 29th, 2006 by Patrick S

You heard right, Robots are invading however no need to panic Messenger robots cannot hurt you.

A while ago Microsoft ran a pretty cool competition to make the worlds best application for MSN Messenger, some pretty cool concepts were entered with Hide & Seek taking out the contest overall.
With Windows Live as the new kid on the block they thought it about time they should have a competition of their own.

Introducing, the new competition launched by Windows Live that’s going one step better than the “Worlds Best App” contest and targeting messaging itself. The title sort of gives it away but this time round Windows Live are asking competitors to make MSN chat bots. There is $40,000 in prizes up for grabs (not to mention good publicity).

What’s cool is the site provides 3 SDK’s for users to learn how bots work and get the hang of writing them (i.e messenger protocol, headers, sockets etc etc.) 

 Most of you no doubt have tried a chat bot on MSN (and realized how fun they are-e.g. BOT2K3) so why not go one better and run your own bot. Enter today!

Patrick S

Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 2 Comments »

Windows Live Mobile Client

May 21st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Few days ago I spoke about the Live Mobile Client at the Windows Live Session in London. I couldn’t get any photos of it, however I tried my best to run off my memory what I saw, where and how it worked. Please note, it’s a concept so until I can get some screenies, this’ll have to do.

With it, you’ll be able to talk to other Messenger people whether they’re using a mobile device or a PC, you’ll be able to send and recieve nudges, instant messages as well as emoticons. The speeds between the PC and the Live Mobile Client are pretty fast – with about a second or two waiting times. You’ll be able to transfer files from and to your mobile device, including recording a voice clip using your device microphone and send pictures with your device camera.

With the Live Mobile Client (not the final name by the way, we’ll keep you posted on it), you’ll be able to click on a contact with your devices buttons, and check out their contact card and Live Contacts details – so you’ll be able to check out whether they’ve updated their blog and also pick up their contact details from your handset. You’ll be able to subscribe to RSS feeds and view the latest updated feed, as well as being able to access your Space and email via Windows Live Mail (Mobile). It’s really cool from what Phil showed us, and is expected only to run on Windows Mobile 5 devices, and we should be able to see it arriving in beta within the next few weeks 🙂


Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 61 Comments »

Calling all developers! Business Opportunities with Live Services!

May 4th, 2006 by Jabez Gan [MVP]

If you are developer and you always wanted to start a business, here is the opportunity for you! With the introduction of Windows Live Platform, everybody can have access to Windows Live Services to create shared opportunities!

If you have an idea on building an application for integration with Live Services or Live Messenger, here is the chance to present your work (and eventually start a business using it!).

For more information, please see Business Opportunity for Building Applications with Windows Live and MSN Messenger 


Posted in MS News, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 1 Comment »

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 »

Windows Live Messenger official banner?

April 23rd, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Just seen this as an advertisement in Windows Live Messenger – could this be an official banner or at least a preview of what the official banner looks like?
Either way, still looks pretty cool 🙂 That’s certainly a larger view of the new icon that comes with Windows Live Messenger, but maybe we can expect to see some more cool graphics coming soon.


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Windows Live Messenger goes public

March 20th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Just reflecting on some news brought to us earlier on today, Windows Live Messenger is now available for public usage. You don’t need a special invite or a Beta Passport to access the program now. The people who got invitations by myself, well, I won’t send them as there’s no point really.

More information:
Windows Live Messenger – Live Ideas
Download the latest build of Windows Live Messenger
Official Messenger blog

Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 2 Comments »

Windows Live Messenger invites giveaway

March 18th, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Well, we have twenty invites for Windows Live Messenger beta to give away, and it’s first come first serve. This is the way it’s going to work:If you want an invite, you *must* email because of security reasons and stuff, we don’t you leaving your email address here because SpamBot’s can come across any time, take them and use them to send you loads of spam.

So, send an email to *removed* with the subject “I want a WLM invite!” (that’s an image by the way so you can’t copy and paste, my own security for SpamBots :P) and first come first serve… I’ll inform you by email if you’re one of the top twenty. Good luck!

Invite’s left: 1  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  11  12  13  14  15  16  17  18  19  20


Please see the latest post – available here.  

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Windows Live Messenger 566 released

March 1st, 2006 by Zack Whittaker

Oaky doaky, got word from the WLM teams and build 566 has been released to testers. The word from Microsoft is this:

“Build 562 was intended for Managed beta testers only but since many people outside of the Managed beta may have installed a leaked build they all are affected by this without the benefit of this information. Feel free to post these instructions on your blogs or in public newsgroups.  Any moment now, the public download link ( will be pointing to build 566.”

At the moment, you can download the new build without any problem, however you must be authorised with the MSN Passport servers to be allowed to sign into the beta product. This can only be done if your on the beta or have a Windows Live Messenger invitation. So if you don’t have one… make friends with someone who does 😉

Edit Patrick S-OR You can upgrade from the leaked build to the recent build using the following Instructions,

1. Run auto-update again, keep the installer open.
2. Go to “Start” > “Run” > Type “%TEMP%” in the box > “OK“.
3. Copy – Look for the WLM .566 installer .exe (filename is random, look for filesize around 13 or 14MB).
4. Copy the installer to your desktop to make sure it won’t get deleted.
5. Close the 566 installer.
6. Uninstall build 562 from your computer
7. Run the 566 installer from your desktop.

Posted in Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger | 1 Comment »

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