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 Download and test the new MSN Messenger 7.5.0322
Download and test the new MSN Messenger 7.5.0322

dwergs says ( 17 Dec 2005 ):

 

Following up on yesterday's post which sparked great interest from many of you, John Weis has posted g-links to the full installs of MSN Messenger 7.5.0322.

"Remember we are most interested in improvements to sign in. So do some hibernation, standby, go to flaky-wireless-zone, etc. and let's see how this works."

>> Download MSN Messenger 7.5.0322 (English).

>> Download the French or Spanish versions.

Ready... test... go! Post your experiences here.

[Also reported by: hmaster, betamsntester, Zahid & Max Shanly]



 We! Want! Windows Live Messenger BETA invites!
We! Want! Windows Live Messenger BETA invites!

dwergs says ( 16 Dec 2005 ):

 

Sh*thot topic of the day? Without a doubt it's the Windows Live Messenger BETA invites that were distributed early this morning.

According to Alex Barra, XxRebelSeanxX, Rafy and other forum members, current testers have received (a shabby) 2 invitations to send to friends and family. Max Shanly added that when you accept such an invite, you're instantly authorized to download and use Windows Live Messenger without any additional confirmation or validation. UPDATE: nEUTRon informed us that only testers from the US have received their pair of BETA invites.

So now I bet you are all dying to pick up a WLM invite somewhere, anywhere, right now. One golden rule counts though: do not beg for invites!. Hell, I've been spammed with requests already and so have many loyal forum members. Sooner or later we're going to offer Windows Live Messenger BETA invites on Mess.be, so keep your eagle eye on that page!

Messers who have invites left and would like to share them with other Mess.be visitors, please get in touch with me here.

Finally, Timm'ke (from Belgium) reports that those living in countries not covered by the BETA-programs but showed interest in testing upcoming Live products, have started to receive e-mails advising them to be patient. They will be notified as soon as the BETA becomes available where they live.



 Messers asked for help on MSN Messenger 7.5 QFE3
Messers asked for help on MSN Messenger 7.5 QFE3

dwergs says ( 16 Dec 2005 ):

 

MSN Test Engineer John Weis has asked Messers directly to test an upcoming version of MSN Messenger 7.5 and he has done so personally in a Mess.be forum thread. It concerns version 7.5.0322, which we announced earlier this week.

"Over the next few days we should be getting a g-link up for a full install (no more patch difficulties) of v7.5.322. I'll ask you to try it out yourself and tell your friends to give it a try. The more people the better, and especially to people who have had sign-in problems."

If you want to be a tester and contribute to MSN Messenger 7.5 QFE3, leave your name here. NOTE: Don't even think about begging him for WLM 8.0 BETA invites!



 Quick News: discounts, World Cup 2006, your chat privacy, etc.
Quick News: discounts, World Cup 2006, your chat privacy, etc.

dwergs says ( 15 Dec 2005 ):

 

- In connection with the Messer's Wishlist I posted last night, I got a hold of interesting discounts for some of the listed gift ideas. If you're gonna order anything from Allposters, make sure you enter code MDZ86 upon checkout for a 20% discount on your order (valid until Monday). And if you can't resist the Firebox goodies then enter your e-mail address here and you'll receive a free £5 gift voucher (about €7.5 or US$8). Shop for Christmas gifts today, it's not too late :)

- I told you before about MSN's involvement in the World Cup 2006. Well, some of the aforementioned players have already started blogging on their own MSN Space... and surprisingly their blogs get translated in several common languages! Find the links here.

- "A key part of Europe's strategy for tackling terrorism and organised crime was put in place yesterday when members of the European Parliament voted in favour of a deal to ensure phone and internet records can be retained for up to two years for use in investigations by law enforcement agencies." In reality this means that details of connections made to the Internet and details (but not the content) of Internet e-mail and Internet telephony services will be stored starting 2007. So if you live in Europe, you've got one year left to block and delete those terrorists and hackers currently on your MSN Messenger contact list ;) [Source: Public Technology] [Reported by: Timothy]

- "Microsoft has seen the future and it is ad-supported". Here's an interesting take on Microsoft's new application revenue model.

- Office Communicator Web Access 1.0 is now available for download. Microsoft launched its enterprise IM client the same day it unveiled its beta-test plans for Windows Live Messenger (aka MSN Messenger 8.0). Microsoft Office Communicator 2005 integrates IM, voice, video, telephony and Web conferencing and is Microsoft's preferred client for its LCS (Live Communications Server) enterprise IM server. The Web-based version, Office Communicator Web Access, is an AJAX-based client that allows users of Microsoft Office LCS to access their corporate IM and presence capabilities from a Web browser. [Source: eWeek]



 Free Dynamic Display Pictures from Sony BMG
Free Dynamic Display Pictures from Sony BMG

dwergs says ( 15 Dec 2005 ):

 

free dynamic display picturesIt's been a while since you could last score free Dynamic Display Pictures, but Sony BMG is now giving away DDPs featuring nine popular artists. There are MeeDisplays (as MeeGo calls them) of Anastacia, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Shakira, Jamiroquai and a few others, all coming with 4 animated moods that respond to the emoticons you use in your conversations.

>> Get your FREE Dynamic Display Pictures here (no limit, download them all while the offer lasts!)

>> Also check out our own 5554 free Band & Artist MSN Display Pictures.



 Need some last-minute christmas gift inspiration?
Need some last-minute christmas gift inspiration?

dwergs says ( 14 Dec 2005 ):

 

Check out the updated Messer's Wishlist 2005 santa emoticon



 EXCLUSIVE: Patchou announces Messenger Plus! Live
<b>EXCLUSIVE</b>: Patchou announces <b>Messenger Plus! Live</b>

dwergs says ( 14 Dec 2005 ):

 

Mess.be is extremely proud to be the first in the world to inform you of Patchou's future plans for Messenger Plus! Remember, you heard it here first! :p

windows messenger plus liveWith the (name) switch to Windows Live Messenger, one giant leap for MSN Messenger also means a giant step for the hugely popular Messenger Plus! addon, now used by almost ten million users. Since the start of November, Patchou has started working on version 4.00 which will only be compatible with Windows Live Messenger (Messenger Plus! 3 will stay available for users who remain true to MSN & Windows Messenger, but don't expect any major updates anymore). The brand new version will be recoded from scratch and bear the fresh name: Messenger Plus! Live.

Patchou told us that he didn't exactly know yet what kind of new features he's going to add, but that all the existing ones will be re-thought and adapted to be more useful in the new Windows Live Messenger: "I have a lot of new possibilities that I’m exploiting which means for example a brand new interface, designed to closely match the one of Windows Live Messenger and thus, blend in more seamlessly with Messenger".

More information on this big new project will follow as soon as we gather it. Also keep an eye on the new domain: msgpluslive.net. One thing is for sure though: there will be no release of Messenger Plus! Live before the final release of Windows Live Messenger (expected in the first half of 2006). Patchou needs all the time he can get to create the best product possible.



 At one version per day, MSN Messenger 7.5.0322 on its way
At one version per day, MSN Messenger 7.5.0<b>322</b> on its way

dwergs says ( 14 Dec 2005 ):

 

Because of a problem with the digital signature on the MSN Messenger 7.5.0320 patch released in today's early hours, a newer build (322) is already in the making and expected to be finalized within 48 hours. Version 7.5.0322 will be identical to 7.5.320, except for this (non-problematic) bug. Thanks to Betamsntester for reporting this!

However, this does not fix the errors some Messers are seeing during the installation of today's QFE Patch (eg. MSN Messenger setup has failed with error code: '1642' or '1604'). If you're having such problems, try uninstalling MSN Messenger completely first. Then go over to messenger.msn.com to download and install the current 311 build (do not apply Mess Patch or any skins!). Finally, run the QFE Patch again and Bob's your uncle!



 Updated: MSN Messenger 7.5.0320
Updated: MSN Messenger 7.5.0320

dwergs says ( 14 Dec 2005 ):

 

Calm down WLM fans around the world, we do not have a new king in town just yet. Almost around the same time that the Windows Live Messenger BETA was sent out to a limited set of testers, yesterday evening Microsoft announced a QFE Patch for MSN Messenger 7.5. The 2.3mb patch updates MSN Messenger 7.5.0311 versions to 7.5.0320 and combines all the magic of the two QFE patches (316 & 319) we told you about during the last couple of weeks.

Apart from various bugfixes, the main result is a much improved sign in process. Count those buddy spins when you sign in with build 320... if you're quick enough!

>> Download MSN Messenger 7.5.0320 QFE Patch.

NOTE: Pass this QFE Patch on to contacts of yours who have trouble signing in.

[Reported by: Betamsntester & Inky]



 BETA is coming to town (the sequel)
BETA is coming to town (the sequel)

dwergs says ( 13 Dec 2005 ):

 

It's getting closer out! :D

Windows Live Messenger BETA has been released to selected users from the US, UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Brazil, Korea, Netherlands, and Spain.

More information soon! Stay tuned.

UPDATE: To stay true to our Santa-inspired post yesterday, we've turned Mess.be's Christmas mode on...

[Reported by: Phil4071]



 World's Best App: Shared Search
World's Best App: Shared Search

dwergs says ( 13 Dec 2005 ):

 

shared searchShared Search is a way for you and your contact to perform searches on the same keywords and view the results together. The results of searches are synchronised so you will both see the same results, and clicking on a search result will open it in the Shared Search browse window inside Messenger. Don't want to view the shared page in a small window? Simply click the new window button for it to open in a new window with your contact (as long as they accept!). All searches and shared browsing require both user's permission (a dialog will appear on your contact's screen) to start. This makes sure that you both know what you are searching for before the search begins.

This useful app was created by our very own Zero1 as his entry in the World's Best App competition. Every time you launch it, he gets one little step closer to winning one of the amazing contest prizes and I'm sure he's already dreaming of an Alienware PC. So share your search and show your support!

>> Launch Shared Search (enter the verification code to vote).

NOTE: I'm aware of other recently added contest apps all deserving to be mentioned. I will post them ASAP.

UPDATE: Those interested in the MSN Messenger APIs should check out the 21-minute Channel 9 video-interview with Scott Swanson!



 Windows Live Call powered by MCI
Windows Live Call powered by MCI

dwergs says ( 13 Dec 2005 ):

 

Users of the (leaked) Windows Live Messenger BETAs have been aware of this for a while now, but it was only yesterday that Microsoft and leading global communications provider MCI announced their global, multiyear partnership to provide customers the possibility to place calls from a personal computer to virtually any phone (including mobile phones).

"MCI and Microsoft are testing the service ("MCI Web Calling for Windows Live™ Call") as part of a Windows Live Messenger limited beta with subscriptions initially available in the United States, and expect to jointly deliver the PC-to-phone calling capabilities to France, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom in the coming weeks. Once subscribed to the service, customers can place calls to and from more than 220 countries with rates starting at $.023 per minute to the U.S., Canada, the U.K. and Western Europe during the beta testing period. Upon sign-up, MCI Web Calling customers will receive up to one hour of free calls. Final pricing will be determined when the product officially launches in 2006. [...] Customers will purchase prepaid calling time from MCI in $5, $10 or $25 blocks for use with the service."

[Source: Microsoft PressPass]



 The day before Christmas: BETA is coming to town
The day before Christmas: BETA is coming to town

dwergs says ( 12 Dec 2005 ):

 

No, you did not get cryogenically frozen for two weeks and defrosted on December 24th but -for full-blooded MSN Messenger fans like us- today feels exactly like the day before Christmas. All because Windows Live Messenger (the next generation of MSN Messenger) is finally entering its BETA-period tomorrow. Ah, the tension! Download links will become operational during December 13th US time (probably in the evening/nighttime for other continents like Europe and Asia).

Mind you that the first term of the BETA will be private only. A whole bunch of Messers have already found personal invitations in their inboxes, others are still praying to receive theirs. Gradually these "chosen ones" will be able to invite their friends into the BETA in order to test the product on a larger scale. The hunt for BETA-testers has opened and suck up-strategies should promptly be devised ;) No, seriously, don't harass fellow Messers too much... it's likely to work counterproductive.

Naturally, Mess.be will play a huge role in the entire Windows Live Messenger mania. Even more than you could possibly expect! We strongly advise you to pay us a visit DAILY for the latest buzz.

UPDATE: For your information, the current pre-BETA version number is 8.0.0365. As reported by two anonymous sources this latest build adds the ability to rename contacts ("Add a nickname") in order to cleanse your contact list from indistinct or ultralong display names.

Related news:
- Updated: Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0365
- Updated Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0363 BETA build
- Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0328 dutch translation
- Windows Live Messenger 8 Beta details
- Windows Live Messenger 8.0.0328
- Windows Live Messenger 8 Downloads
- Exclusive: Windows Live Messenger 8 Screenshots
- Hot: A first look at Windows Live Messenger!



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