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Updated: Messenger Plus! 4.79 Beta for Windows Live Messenger Wave 3 Beta
dwergs says ( 01 Nov 2008 ):
The demand for Windows Live Messenger 2009 Beta-compatible version of Messenger Plus! Live was high and, like some of you reported, a leaked internal version was already doing rounds the past few weeks. So although he doesn't like releasing "anything that's not final", Patchou decided to cave in and release a fully compatible version today:
"Keep in mind that this is beta material so no support will be given for it. Some of the improvements (display pictures in notification pop-ups for instance) are global to all Messenger versions so if you like what's fresh and new, this beta is for you."A detailed changelog can be found here.
Patchou also hinted at an upcoming Christmas promotion involving action figures and collectibles. A bobblehead doll with his face perhaps? Or what about a G.I. Patchou toy?
>> Download Messenger Plus! Live 4.79 Beta.
[Reported by: warmth, MenthiX & EvilSeph]
Spook and be spooked: Halloween treats for Messenger!
dwergs says ( 31 Oct 2008 ):
Internet usage, Messaging transforms your brain
dwergs says ( 29 Oct 2008 ):
Gary Small, a neuroscientist at UCLA in California who specializes in brain function, has found through studies that Internet searching and text messaging has made brains more adept at filtering information and making snap decisions. He said a study of 24 adults as they used the Web found that experienced Internet users showed double the activity in areas of the brain that control decision-making and complex reasoning as Internet beginners.
Small said the tech-savvy generation, whom he calls "digital natives," are always scanning for the next bit of new information which can create stress and even damage neural networks. "There is also the big problem of neglecting human contact skills and losing the ability to read emotional expressions and body language," he said.
The people who will come out on top in the next generation will be those with a mixture of technological and social skills. "We're seeing an evolutionary change. The people in the next generation who are really going to have the edge are the ones who master the technological skills and also face-to-face skills," Small told Reuters in a telephone interview. "They will know when the best response to an email or Instant Message is to talk rather than sit and continue to email."
How does Windows Live Messenger look on Windows 7?
dwergs says ( 29 Oct 2008 ):
Messenger on a SIM card, a worldwide's first
dwergs says ( 28 Oct 2008 ):
Brazilian telecom operator Oi, together with Microsoft and security firm Gemalto, will pioneer Windows Live Messenger built into Oi's SIM card. Owners of any Oi mobile phone who buy the new SIM card will have direct access to Windows Live Messenger straight from the chip's Mundo Oi menu, instead of having to download a client or register a new account.
Basic functionalities includes blocking contacts, changing the status, multiple and simultaneous conversations. There's a €0.1 charge (0.31 Real) for each sent instant message. Customers can still make and receive phonecalls while being logged in.
With 39 million, the Brazilian userbase of Windows Live Messenger is the largest in the world. Consequently, the expected adoption rate of "anytime, anywhere" access to Messenger is rather high.
[Source: Oi, Microsoft and Gemalto Partner to Launch Windows® Live Messenger Through Oi SIM Chip]
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