Windows Live Messenger 8 Beta Reviewed

Its raining Betas everywhere .. Soon after Microsoft announced that new version of MSN Messenger will be called Windows Live Messenger, they released the program for Beta testers .. The download size is huge, double the size of previous versions but I still decided to test it. So I downloaded it and installed it.. Here’s my experience with it …
Whats New ..?

  • The interface: It clearly says “The Future of MSN Messenger” in the main window. They have redesigned the interface yet again .. I said “Wow ..!” when I first looked at it ..! Its more colorful (You can customize the colors) and its more sleek.. You can find most of the common task in the main interface without right clicking .. Just hover over a contact and most useful tasks are visible ..
    Windows Live Messenger Main Interface

  • Offline Messaging: Its finally arrived for MSN Messenger (Oops) … Windows Live Messenger supports Offline messaging now .. It tells you that your messages will be delivered when next time they sign in to the service ..
    Windows Live Messenger Offline Messages
    There is an Offline Message section in options window too :

    Windows Live Messenger Offline Messages Settings
  • Video Chat: The Video and voice chat is redesigned and it looks sleek ..! This isnt of much interest to me, but others may be interested in it ..
  • Shared Search: This was there in 7.5 too .. Its more like Yahoo Messenger’s s: keyword search . .. Just put a keyword and click on Search button and first three results are displayed in the conversation window .. And unlike Yahoo messenger, the search results are shown in multi user conversation windows too …
  • Personal Music Message: Guess, they have infact listened to some of my suggestions 😛 .. Now MSN Messenger installs a plugin to Windows Media Player that will allow users to set their personal message to whatever song they are listening too .. Better late then never ..
    Windows Live Messenger Personal Music Message
    The link in the status message opens music.msn.com site for the song and album information .. It gives a notification window when its changing your status :
    Windows Live Messenger status changing notification
  • Better Contact Options: Phew .. This is the best thing they have added IMHO .. Now you can set Nicknames of your contacts, so its easy to identify who is who .. As I stopped using Messenger Plus after Sandi’s investigations, this was the feature that I found missing since .. Thankfully they have added it ..
    Windows Live Messenger Edit contacts
  • In built virus scanning: You can install a free virus scanner from Windows Live Security centre. And then all files you share will be first scanned for viruses before you can run them .. The thinking is good … but how many people will trust Microsoft’s antivirus ..? Anyways its free so I decided to test it .. But it didnt installed on my system (it got stuck on 27% ) .. I guess it was due to poor performance of my connection …
    Windows Live Messenger virus scanning
  • Shared Folders: The file sharing is now redesigned as Shared Folders .. It didnt work on my system as it requires NTFS..

Any Problems ..?
Apart from complicating file transfers, I didnt find anything mentionable as annoying .. The resource usage is increased though .. Most features require your contacts to be using the same version to work as I wasnt able to send or receive files from my friends who were using 7.5 version ..

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Overall ..
Overall I find it good .. With this version, MSN messenger is now coming at par with Yahoo Messenger providing roughly all the features available in YIM … Both have changed voice chatting to PC to PC calling .. Both have integrated search features and photo sharing features … Both now eats same amount of memory (wasnt this expected ?) .. Anyways .. lookwise Windows Live Messenger appeals to me .. Lets see what features they will add in the final version ..

I have uploaded more screenshots to Flickr and added more comments there .. Check those too .. 🙂

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61 replies on “Windows Live Messenger 8 Beta Reviewed”

  1. It was released to Beta testers only .. You will get an error message if you try to run it if you are not a registered beta user .. There is a workaround for it but I am not gonna list it here .. 🙂 ..
    You can download the program from here
    Search for the workaround yourself .. 😉

  2. Nice man, liked it 🙂 The UI is much better than current one but I am worried about memory usage…does it take more than yahoo messenger? Yahoo messenger sucks my memory like hell..I need some lite version of messenger..

  3. thanks buddy! these days i don’t get time to read any mags… so i’m just deaf n blind about the happenings. thanks for the review.
    the live messenger seems tempting. if its really that good, i won’t mind to shift to that. but i love the yahoo emoticons 😀

  4. hey, i downloaded msn 8 beta and when i try loggin in a sign comes up and says ” The Passport ID to sign in is not alowd to acces the Beta version of msn” what do i do? how can i fix it, if u help me it wud be great

  5. how do you share files to all contacts in one sweep, there must be a way round individual folders… come on you computer literates…

  6. Like your evaluation. looking for Windows Live Messenger Beta virus scanner. Don’t find it on security site.

  7. The Passport ID to sign in is not alowd to acces the Beta version of msn! Why I get that message? Can anyone help me??

  8. Hi Shahab,

    I am getting a connection error which I think might be because of not having proper invite. I saw the link for beta 8 on MSN Today, so I downloaded and installed. I need invite to be able to use it. 😀

    Do you have any spare invites ? Please send me one on shishircc at hotmail. Thanks !

    Regards
    Shishir

  9. Yeah my name is Emmanuel, I ‘ve the same problem with the Messenger Live Beta 8 saying that ( The passport used sign is not allowed acess to this beta version of messenger. 810003cc) I ‘ve been doing alot of reasearch on forums in Google and it looks like I need an invitation, if someone have one! ‘please’ send me one I am dying to use the MSN Beta 8. It seems amayzing so if somebody help’s me it would be really helpful! to me. This is my E-mail addy: ( [email protected] ) Thank you.

    Sincerely.
    Emmanuel Martinez.

  10. Has anyone got their share folder to work, doesn’t like me or my mate(must be him), remote assistant doesn’t work properly and music mix keeps crashing.
    Any help any one.
    If you really help there might be an invite as i have some left or I might be greedy and keep them for me alll me hahahahahahahaha
    but beleive me its shite

  11. There’s an issue with the personal mess. that can be typed. When I type in a message and hit enter, it pops up on the screen right under the last message I typed but no header next to it listing screen name…does anybody know how to change this so I get the header listing the screen name next to every entry? ….thanx JUST LOVE THE MESSENGER

  12. ummmz it hasnt let me sign in for like 2 days saying it is temporarily unavailable wat is wrong with it??? wen i first downloaded it, it let sign in now itz gone all stupid??

  13. hi i want to use live mail beta version can any body send me a invitation,i will be very thank ful his/her. waiting invitation fom anbody plz do hurry up.take care bye

  14. hi i want to use live mail beta version can any body send me a invitation,i will be very thank ful his/her. waiting invitation fom anbody plz do hurry up.take care bye
    my id is [email protected]

  15. I managed to download and login in, I think. But all my 7.5 contact lost.

    Very hard to ask them to install new version, and no choice have to uninstall and use back 7.5.

    Why can’t msn look into this problem? Allow all msn user to msg even using different version?

  16. Windows Live Messenger is really neat and I’m really looking forward to using it later on when it comes because i certainly chat with my friends and I like to socialize,so I’ll be waiting so keep on makin!!!!!

  17. Hey i hv this unsual problem dont know if any of u guys faced it but i get da same offline message again and again whenever i log in. It very irritating and comes every time i log in to msn. ny idea wht should be done ??

  18. hello i am very desperate to get messenger back onto my hotmail because my icon suddenly started not appearing so i had been hearing that i had the old hotmail version anyway so i thought this would be the best way to get a new fresh hotmail and a newer version so i am realy in need for some help please.thank you

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