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  • 9 years ago

    Microsoft To Switch Off MSN Web Messenger From June 30, 2009 - eBrandz

    Microsoft To Switch Off MSN Web Messenger From June 30, 2009
    San Francisco -- Microsoft has finally announced that their old-timer MSN web-based messenger will become unavailable from this Tuesday, June 30, 2009. ...

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  • 9 years ago

    MSN Web Messenger Closing

    On June 30, 2009 (yup, just a couple days away now) Microsoft has decided to put an end to MSN Web Messenger. The Web Messenger service has been around for years, and was an alternative for those who didn’t want to, or weren’t able to use the full instant messaging client. With the web-based integration of instant messaging right from the Windows Live People page in Hotmail (fondly called your “contact list”), you can now chat right from Hotmail.


    Just sign into Hotmail, and you should see the familiar Messenger Icon towards the upper right hand side of the screen. Click on the drop down box to see the sign in options (shown above). For those, like myself who don’t use a Hotmail address for authentication, you do have access your contacts from your Windows Live People page with no problem whatsoever.

    While it works great in IE and Firefox, I tried it on two different machines using Google Chrome and the Messenger option simply does not appear. On a fresh install of Chrome, after logging into my Live ID, I was prompted some pages might not display properly with the browser I was using So if you are a Google Chrome fan (like me) you may not be quite as impressed with this change.

    Bottom line? MSN Web Messenger will be gone on Tuesday. If you want to access WLM on the web you’ll need to use the new Hotmail (or Live profile) option, or use a web based client such as Meebo or eBuddy.

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  • 9 years ago

    Making IM Better with Video Chat

    PaltalkI have experience using the Internet since it was first made available for commercial use. And after working in online marketing over the last seven plus years, I have noticed that keeping in touch with all your friends and family every day has become so routine, we almost take it for granted. Over the years, it has gotten much more simple to drop a line, say hi, or find out what?s new throughout the day, regardless of what part of the world they?re in. There used to be a time when this wasn?t the case – people didn?t have the technology available to them in such a user-friendly way to do so, and a result, it never occurred to them that it would be possible. The way we communicate has changed?and for the easier.

    If I think back and compare now to 10 years ago, it?s interesting to see what direction communication has taken. If I want to know what my friends are up to now, I don?t even need to pick up the phone or meet them for a drink. All I have to do is go on Facebook and check out my friends? walls; or I can check out their latest Tweets. I can see where they?ve been, what they?re thinking about, who they?ve become friends with ? all without talking to them. With so many of us online, this has become the norm.

    One particular communication tool that has gotten better over the years is instant messaging, or IM. When it first came out, there were only so many IM clients ? PowWow, AOL, ICQ, etc. And it was only possible to chat with your friends if they were using the same software. Over time, it became possible to chat online with all of your friends, regardless of what IM client they were on. For example, say one of your friends is using Google Talk and your mom is on Yahoo ? if you?re using a client such as Paltalk or meebo, you can talk to both of them without having to install Google Talk or Yahoo. What?s even better is that IM now allows you to video chat as well. Services such as SuperIM from Paltalk or ooVoo make it possible for you to have a webcam chat conversation for free.

    Video chat is so great, because it?s the next best thing to talking in person. Imagine your best friend just gave birth, and you?re working on the other side of the globe. What?s better than a picture of that cute little newborn? Or imagine that a loved one is in the hospital, and you want to let them know that everything is going to be ok. Or say something at work needs to be addressed immediately and it involves multiple people ? with today?s IM tools, it?s easy to have a free video conference on the fly. IM makes it possible.


    To learn more about Paltalk, watch the demo on text, voice and video chat on SuperIM:

    Amman Badlani is an Internet Marketing Manager at, which provides free webcam chat, instant messaging and chat rooms.

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  • 9 years ago

    Essential Digsby Update

    digsby-logo-110x110Multi-network instant messenger and social network tool Digsby today released a long-awaited update. Build 60dramatically improves efficiency, reducing CPU utilization by about 50%.

    Here’s a full list of the features.

    • Performance: We’ve optimized performance from the ground up, reducing overall CPU usage by about 50%
    • BuddyListSearch: Press Ctrl+F to easily search your buddy list or the web
    • Emoticons: Added four new emoticon packs to choose from
    • File Transfers: Improved the reliability of AIM, ICQ, and MSN file transfers
    • Conversations: Added an option for new IM windows to start hidden and blink the tray icon instead of popping up a window
    • New Infobox: The infobox now uses the same user interface control as the IM window (WebKit), making it much faster and more versatile
    • MySpace: Added support for setting status on MySpace
    • Google Talk: Added support for the Invisible status on Gtalk
    • And More: Over 100 other bug fixes and enhancements!

    How to get the update

    If you’re already a Digsby user, you’ll get the update automatically the next time you login. It’s a big update, so it may take a while. If you haven’t tried Digsby yet, this is a great time to give it a try.

    Digsby requires Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7. According to the developers, now that they’ve tackled this update, they can turn their attention to versions for Mac OS X and Linux.

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  • 9 years ago

    The Countdown to the Windows Live Messenger 10th Anniversary begins

    As we mentioned last week, Windows Live Messenger is turning 10 very soon and as part of our celebration, we will be sharing, here on our blog, different stories from our users, tips/tricks and fun facts, leading up to big day, July 22nd 2009. We?ll also have special guest posts from people that work on Messenger and from around the community. It?s going to be a great month so stay tuned.

    Today?s Fun Factoid
    If Windows Live Messenger was a country, it would be the third largest country in the world (behind China and India, and before the United States) and almost 10 times the size of Canada.

    Today?s Messenger user story
    Thanks everyone for the stories. We?ve gotten an overwhelming number of funny, touching and odd stories and there is still time to submit one. If you want to share your story and let others participate in your special moment with Messenger, please send your short story in English to by June 28th.

    Our first story comes from Clem from Canada.

    ?I had just met a really cute girl and we started exchanging IMs on Windows Live Messenger. Even though we were on IM, I was still pretty nervous (yes, lame i know) but of course, tried to keep it cool. Things seemed like they were going pretty well and we chatted for a little while until she said she had to go, to work on a finance homework problem that she was stuck on. Being the helpful guy that I am, I offered to help? (limited finance knowledge, but hey, I had to try). She sent me the problem over IM and I was in luck, a good friend of mine, Jon, was online. He?d know the answer. Quickly, I drafted the IM?

    ?Yo Jon, I?m trying hard to impress this really cute girl I just met, do you have a moment to help me figure out the answer to a finance problem so I can send it on to her. You need to help me out, she is so hot!?

    ?then hit send. It would probably take him a moment to respond, so I went back to the conversation with the girl? I read the last message and saw my message to Jon posted there? oh I guess I hadn?t switched windows, so I doubled checked? and that?s when I realized that I had posted that message to HER instead of Jon by accident. My jaw hit the ground and stomach fell out. I can?t really explain how embarrassed I was, and although I didn?t look in the mirror, I could feel my face heat up and I?m sure I was glowing with embarrassment like a tomato?

    I didn?t know what to do? I wished you guys had built in an ?undo? at that point. :) All I saw from her end was ?Jen is typing?? but no message? then ?Jen is typing? but no words? that went on for about 4-5 minutes, then finally, she said something like ?I have to go to bed, bye? and went offline.

    We actually ended up becoming friends but nothing beyond that. We never mentioned that ?incident?, but my friends still get a good kick out of telling the story to people (yes, I have great friends) ;). Anyways, I hope you enjoyed that and keep up the great work.?

    I actually LOL?ed when I read that the first time. Thanks for sharing Clem. I bet many of us have done something similar. :)

    Tip/Trick ? Create your own custom emoticon
    Did you know you can make your own emoticons from your own photos/images? This has been around for a little while and is a nice way to be creative and have some fun in Messenger. Here?s how.

    image Step 1 ? Click on the ?Show Menu? button
    Step 2 ? Click ?Tools?
    Step 3 ? Click ?Emoticons?

    Now the Emoticon window will pop up.

    Step 4 ? Click ?Create?
    Step 5 ? Pick a photo/image to use.
    *Note: it can be a bmp, jpg, png or even an animated gif.

    Step 6 ? Type the keys that you want to use to bring up the emoticon. In this case I?ve picked ?woof? because it?s a picture of my dog.
    *Notes: You can pick any keys you?d like. Just make sure it?s not something you type too often or it will keep appearing in your sentences. :)

    When you are done hit OK.

    Step 7 ? Now scroll down to see your ?Custom emoticons?
    Step 8 ? Your emoticon now shows up and you can use it.
    image I open a chat with Dharmesh, since he loves dogs and I send him the emoticon just by typing ?woof?. Once it shows up in his conversation window, he can right click and add it to his collection.

    Have fun.

    Thanks for reading.

    The Windows Live Messenger Team

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  • 9 years ago

    Share your favorite personal Windows Live Messenger story with the world!


    Wow, who would have thought that it has been almost 10 years since Messenger was launched. Windows Live Messenger (called MSN Messenger back then) was released to the public on a warm, sunny Seattle day on July 22nd 1999.

    With more than 330 million active users every month, Windows Live Messenger has grown quite a bit over the last 10 years! But for a 10 year celebration it?s not all about the numbers ? even more important is how Messenger enabled friendships, changed lives or just brought a lot of fun to a quick chat with a good friend or family member.

    We want to learn about those very personal stories and moments and we would ask you to share your story with us. What was your funniest, most unexpected or most emotional moment with Messenger? If you have a great story and you would like to share it with others, please send it to us! Please note that we will publish the best anecdotes in our Windows Live Messenger marketing or public relations communications. Of course we will do that anonymously, only mentioning your first name and home country (and maybe a related picture if you decide to add one).

    If you want to share your story and let others participate in your special moment with Messenger, please send your short story in English to by June 28th. Please add your first name and home country ? you can also add a related photo if you like. We will share the best stories during the month of July, right here on the blog.

    We?re looking forward to reading your personal Messenger story!

    The Windows Live Messenger Team



    By submitting your Messenger story and/or photo you agree that your entry only includes material that you own, or that you have permission from the copyright/trademark owner to use. By submitting your entry, you agree to allow your entry, in its entirety, to be exhibited on the internet and in other media, without compensation. You further agree to allow your first name, likeness and country to be used in connection with your entry, including exhibition on the internet or in other media, without compensation.

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  • 9 years ago

    Happy Birthday Plus!

    It’s that time of the year again: Messenger Plus! has turned 8 :-).I’m currently working on the next update and, asmentionedpreviously ,I’ve also started considering what version 5.0 will be like. It’s also a good time to announce that the contest organized this year will be the biggest to date and the theme will be animation, movies and video games (which will fit perfectly with the yearly Fantasia Festival sponsoring). More features, more prizes, more everything! Stay tuned.

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  • 9 years ago

    We want to hear from YOU!

    I admit it, at first, itwas fun to count the years. But now, like for a kid who has grown older, it seems that Messenger Plus!’s childhood is over as the intervals between its birthdays become less and less significant and noticeable. 8 years now my friends, yep… 8 years. What’s even more surprising, at least to me, is that I still feel the need to do more, much more with this software. Considering the massive amount of people who use it every day, it’s incredible to think about all the possibilities that are still left to tap into. Messenger Plus! has grown way past its original intended life span and version 5 will mark the beginning of something new, different, andmore satisfying for everybody.

    Speaking of version 5, while I’m still working on the schematics, I thought I could make this step more interactive than I’m used to. The question I want to ask you today is: What do you think of Messenger Plus! ? Do you like it, hate it? I often read articles about the software, or even about myself, but for once, I would like my users to give me their honest, true, unfiltered opinion. It’s also a great way to share your ideasof anything you would like to see in the next major update of your Messenger add-on (although the forum is always available all year long for that purpose).

    It can be a single word as well as two pages of text, in English or in French,and I promize to read it all, positive or negative, whether I get 10 answers or 10,000.Also, if you visit forums or blogs as part of your daily internet routine, don’t hesitate to talk about thisand bring more people to this news post.Hopefully, this little exercise will also help make a better software and bring better support to those who need it in the future. Thank you!

    Edit: big thanks for the hundreds of comments you sent me in such a short period of time. I have now removed the form as I now have enough text to read for a while :-).

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  • 9 years ago

    Notification to Messenger customers.

    Earlier today, Messenger customers may have received an instant message that looked like this:


    We sincerely apologize, but this was accidentally sent out. If you received this notification today, please ignore it. You will be able to continue to use your current e-mail address, and there is no reason to make any changes.

    These service notifications are only used for urgent issues but unfortunately, somebody made a mistake that caused this message to be sent out. We will definitely be reviewing our process to make sure we avoid such mistakes in the future.

    If you have already clicked the link, there is no harm to you. You should have been told that your ?Windows Live ID can?t be changed at this time? because there is no need for the change.

    Again, we?re very sorry for any confusion that may have been caused.

    - Windows Live Messenger Team

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  • 9 years ago

    New Version, New Skins, New Scripts

    In case you wouldn’t have noticed already, Messenger Plus! Live 4.81 was released two weeks ago. We are so busy working on the next major release that we simply forgot to make a proper announcement about it. This new version includes improvements such as proper sorting of chat logs in the Log Viewer and a new way to support Messenger Plus! with the new home page (still in beta, not distributed to everywhere).

    If you visit the Skinsand Scripts section of this site, you’ll also notice an avalanche of new products, all free, all designed to improve your Messenger experience, technically and visually. We’re still working on the new database web site, in the meantime, please take a couple of minutes to browse our pages of listings :-). This month, we’re also getting a special treat from Willz: not 1 but 4 complex skins based on the forthcoming Transformers 2 movie. The first skin, Optimus Prime,is already available for download, the next ones will be released once a week until the end of the month.

    Transformers Skins

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  • 9 years ago

    Forum is down

    Just a quick post to let you know that we’re currently working on the forum servers, they will be back as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

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  • 9 years ago

    New MSN Live Messenger - Mini Review - TechShout!

    New MSN Live Messenger - Mini Review
    TechShout!, India
    Messengers sure are a gateway to our social life circle. It?s been quite a long time since we have been using instant messengers for our daily chats and conversations. Well, we decided to download the all new MSN Live messenger and if you continue ...

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  • 9 years ago

    MSN Live Messenger -

    MSN Live Messenger, India
    Put the people you chat with most at the top of your contacts, so you easily see when they're online. Want to chat with several people in one window? Just set up a group. Look at photos together, right in the conversation window. ...

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  • 9 years ago

    Yahoo! Mobile Now Available

    yahoo-logoYesterday at the CTIA Wireless conference in Las Vegas, Yahoo! announced the availability of Yahoo! Mobile supporting over 300 devices, and provided a sneak peek at Yahoo! Messenger for the iPhone.

    Yahoo! Mobile comes in two basic flavors, an application (available for iPhone, Windows Mobile and a few others) and a web-based mobile version for everyone else. They share a similar look, and do a pretty amazing job of integrating services from a wide range of popular choices. News, email (including Gmail), instant messaging, social networks — they are all available.

    In related news…Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone

    Announced yesterday–but not yet available for download–was Yahoo! Messenger for iPhone. This is somewhat curious, as Yahoo! Mobile (including the iPhone version) and Yahoo! oneConnect (which is also available for the iPhone) already support Yahoo! Messenger. So with this “new” product, you now have three ways from Yahoo! to connect to Yahoo! Messenger. And that’s not even considering all the third-party options (Nimbuzz, Beejive, Palringo, etc.).

    Granted, Yahoo! Messenger for the iPhone is more full-featured, but the multiple products still leaves me wondering if they have a cohesive plan for all these products. Check out the video demo:

    Click here to view the embedded video.

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  • 9 years ago

    Zoho Chat Adds Multi-protocol IM

    zoho-logoIn the world of software as a service (SAAS), Zoho provides serious competition to Google Apps. Zoho provides a rich suite of web-based apps, from document creation, spreadsheets, databases and even HR and accounting. And now, their web-based chat appZoho Chat 2.0adds features that make it a serious alternative to Meebo and eBuddy.

    Zoho Chat 2.0 is integrated with a range of Zoho products, but the most significant update is support for multi-protocol instant messaging. Now Zoho Chat supports AIM, ICQ, Yahoo! Messenger, MSN (Windows Live Messenger), Google Talk and Jabber in addition to their own Zoho network.


    I tested the integration with Zoho Meeting, which allows multi-point desktop sharing, and it worked very well without any software downloads or special configuration. Zoho has also provided ways to embed Zoho Chat into your blog or website to chat with visitors or provide live customer support.

    While the multi-protocol IM support leads to obvious comparisons to Meebo and eBuddy, Zoho is clearly targeting SOHO and enterprise business. This could be a real plus for companies looking to plug IM functionality into an existing enterprise social network, wiki or blog without requiring them to built-from-scratch. It allows Zoho to establish a presence in a market where the other players seem more interested in the consumer or entertainment world. Will the strategy pay off? Only time will tell. But for now, web workers everywhere win.

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