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  • 9 years ago

    Brosix Wins in Best IM Contest

    Best IM recently announced the results of their 2009 Best IM Client Competition which generated thousands of nominations and votes. Brosix Enterprise Messaging was a surprise victor in two categories and placed in the top three in three other categories. Brosix was going up against companies such as Microsoft, Google, and Yahoo. 

    Brosix won “Best Instant Messaging Feature” for their Whiteboard feature.’s Instant Messaging Editor Brandon De Hoyos had this to say in the results page, “This exciting feature allows Brosix users to draw diagrams, images and other visuals to help Brosix?s largely business-based user illustrate their points. Paired with other low-cost conferencing tools, Whiteboard can help make business communications easier and more affordable over similar web-conferencing tools available on the Internet.” 

    Brosix also emerged victorious in the “Developers of the Year” contest which lead to Brandon writing, “Founded in 2006, Brosix?s developers at software creator D-Bross, of Bulgaria, worked to build one of the most versatile, efficient and cost-effective IM clients for business. Today, their client is becoming more and more popular in businesses across North America and around the globe. 

    Offering businesses and organizations the opportunity to operate their own, private, secure IM network while also saving them time and money with their easy-to-use client, Brosix has built a niche for itself where fewer clients are able to tread.” 

    Brosix also placed in the top three for the “2009 Best IM Client” and “Best Independent IM Client”. The other result for Brosix was 2nd in “Most Improved Instant Messaging Clients”. 

    “These results are a credit to the entire Brosix team. We’ve been working extremely hard to build the best enterprise messaging client that we can. We are proud of what we have accomplished thus far and look forward to continuing to work on Brosix for years to come as we build the best enterprise messaging client for businesses the world over,” remarked Stefan Chekanov, one of the founders of Brosix. 

    Founded in 2006, Brosix offers both a secure enterprise messaging client and a free instant messaging version for Windows-based computers, with a Mac version on the way. For more information visit

    For further details on the contest go to:

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  • 9 years ago

    Automatic Mood Detection in Windows Live Messenger

    We all know that it is sometimes difficult to understand the intent of an instant message without hearing the tone or seeing a person's facial expressions.  This is particularly difficult for sarcastic people who have to constantly rely on adding smiley face emoticons to the ends of their sentences.

    Automatically determining a user's mood is something we've always heard as being important for Windows Live Messenger but knew that the technology was years away from being ready.  In WLM 2009, we even took a nice first step introducing Dynamic Photos, which let you manually associate a photo with an emoticon/mood.

    We're happy to announce that due to the great breakthroughs from Microsoft Research, we have an alpha version working that monitors your real-time physiological state and translates that into a mood (happy, sad, anxious, etc), such that you would never have to enter an emoticon again.  At the core of this technology is the patented Human Attitude Heuristic Algorithm, which uses simple instruments, such as a body heat monitor, webcam and keypad pressure sensor to automatically determine your mood and appropriately insert emoticons/phrases directly into your IM conversations? saving you both time and energy.

    Here's an example that currently works on the alpha prototype we have in the lab.  Using facial tracking technology, Messenger would know that you were laughing at a joke and appropriately place an image emoticon into the conversation.  If you stuck out your tongue, we could track that and type a image for you.  If you laughed out loud, your laugh would be picked up by the mic on the webcam and immediately the text 'lol' would be inserted.  If your laugh exceeded the threshold of 95 decibels (~Subway Train at 200ft), you would see 'LOL!? instead.  If you fell out of your chair and were laughing hysterically on the ground? we would insert ?ROFLMAO?? and so on.

    With the special keypad sensor we can also measure the speed and pressure you exert while typing, which can translate into a relaxed or angry state.  The sensor pad has not yet been integrated but you can expect that we'll have a release with full Automatic Mood Detection support, by early April 2010.

    Hope you are as excited as I am about this new feature! image <- (this was inserted automatically)  Let us know what you think.

    [Note added: April 3rd]
    Happy April Fools Day!  It was great to see the light hearted responses and also to see that this is a feature that some people might actually like. :)  From now on, only real features will be discussed... until maybe next April 1st. ;)


    Windows Live Messenger Team

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  • 9 years ago

    Skype for iPhone Now on App Store

    skypeAs rumored last week, Skype for iPhone is now available on the iTunes App Store. The free Skype application works with both the iPhone and the iPod Touch, allowing you to make free or low-cost Skype calls using VoIP and your WiFi connection. That’s right, it won’t work work over 3G or EDGE networks, likely due to business arrangements more than for technical reasons (read: AT&T still wants your dialing dollars).

    Skype did a great job of building an app that takes full advantage of the iPhone design–it looks like it just belongs on the iPhone. 

    Skype for iPhone contact list    Skype for iPhone contact info

    Skype for iPhone gives you most, but not all of the core capabilities of it’s desktop sibling:

    • Free Skype-to-Skype calls from any Wi-Fi zone to other Skype users worldwide
    • Call landline or mobile phones at low rates from any Wi-Fi zone
    • Send/receive instant messages to/from individuals or groups via 3G, Wi-Fi, GPRS or EDGE (whichever is available)
    • Receive calls to a personal online number on Skype
    • See when Skype contacts are online/available to IM or talk


    Skype for iPhone chat   Skype for iPhone call

    “Skype software for the iPhone has been the number one request among our users. We are delighted to deliver on this request and put Skype into the pockets of millions of people around the world who are carrying iPhone and iPod touch devices,” said Scott Durchslag, Skype’s Chief Operating Officer. “Skype for iPhone will open up new ways for more than 400 million Skype users to stay connected and take their Skype conversations with them. Skype for iPhone is an experience that offers the same simplicity, ease-of-use and quality our users have come to expect from Skype, combined with an elegance of design and richness so loved by Apple’s many customers worldwide.”

    Noticably missing from this Skype app is the ability to run in the background with push notifications — a feature promised in the iPhone OS 3.0 this summer. Until then, this initial version should stave off the competition from Nimbuzz and Truphone.

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  • 9 years ago

    Miranda IM Gets a Twitter Upgrade

    The multi-protocol instant messenger Miranda got a whole new gig today. Now you can use Miranda to connect to Twitter, staying up to date on everyone you follow and posting new tweets. Miranda-Twitter is a protocol plugin for Miranda IM v 0.8+. 


    Miranda is a free IM program that works with all of the popular IM networks, allowing you to use one program instead of many. With the addition of Twitter support via this plugin, Miranda is edging into the social networking turf that Digsby first ventured into.  Unlike Digsby, the Miranda installer does not encourage you to install any adware programs. 

    To share feedback on the Miranda-Twitter plugin, visit this Miranda forum discussion.

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  • 9 years ago

    New way to share files in Windows Live Messenger 2009

    We've noticed a few questions from users about the changes to the Sharing Folders functionality in the new version of Windows Live Messenger and thought it was a good time to post a follow-up to our initial December posting.

    The Sharing Folders functionality was removed in Windows Live Messenger 2009 and replaced with integrated access to Windows Live SkyDrive.  If you are interested in reading more about the changes, here?s a link to the full post from December: Sharing Files with Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live SkyDrive.

    What's different?

    • You can now share files in the following ways:
      • Publically
      • Only to pre-defined/custom group of people
      • or just with your contact.

    You have full control over the permissions of the file(s) you share.

    • In the past, files would only synchronize when both users were online.  Now, when you publish files to Windows Live Skydrive, those files upload right away and are accessible whenever your contact logs in, without having to worry about syncing.
    • If you are on vacation or on a computer where Messenger is not installed, as long as you have a web browser and an internet connection you can still sign in with your Live ID and get to your files.

    What is the same?
    You can still transfer files in real-time with a contact who is online.  That has not changed at all.

    What happens to my Sharing Folders when I upgrade to the new Windows Live Messenger?

    Nothing, your files will not be deleted or last.  When you upgrade to Windows Live Messenger 2009 you will see a prompt the first time you try to access/view or publish files online explaining the change and a link to your folder.  A shortcut is also created for you, and placed in the Documents folder. If you do not have Sharing Folder files locally on the machine you are signing in on, you will not see a migration dialog.

    If you still can't find your files, you can look here:

    MicrosoftMessengerSharing Folders

    For example:
    C:UsersMyNameAppDataLocalMicrosoftMessengerMyAccount@live.comSharing Folders

    If you are still having problems finding your files, make sure that you are actually on the same machine that had the files on them locally.  Several users have mentioned that were still having problems finding their files.  Please keep in mind that, it's likely in this scenario, that the files had never been synchronized to that specific machine, even though you may have had a sharing relationship with that contact.  If that is the case, you'll have to go to the machine that has the files on them locally.

    The Windows Live Messenger Team

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  • 9 years ago

    Skype for iPhone Arrives Next Week

    skype-logo-bubbleI love a good rumor, especially when it’s about two great products. In this case, the rumor involves the popular VoIP messenger Skype (which has been downloaded over 400 million times) and the iPhone. GigaOM has it on good authority that an official Skype app for the iPhone will be showing up at the iTunes Application Store as early as next week during the CTIA Wireless industry event in Las Vegas.

    Readers at Engadget point out that there are already several VoIP solutions for the iPhone (Nimbuzz and Truphone, to name two), but most of these are clumsy to use, at best. Skype products generally have a very polished feel about them, and we will be watching this news closely as the story develops.

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  • 9 years ago

    JBuddy Messenger

    jbuddy-logo-70x70JBuddy Messenger is a multi-protocol, cross-platform instant messaging desktop client. JBuddy Messenger supports popular public instant messaging protocols as well as enterprise instant messaging servers and runs on Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Solaris and other Java-enabled desktop environments.

    System Requirements:

    JBuddy Messenger requires a Java Runtime Environment (JRE) which means it’s suited to run on most modern operating systems.

    Download & Deployment:

    JBuddy Messenger v3.0 supports three download formats; one for each popular operating system.

    • - for Windows XP and Vista; extracts to a simple exe launcher
    • JBuddyMessenger.dmg - for Mac OS X; extracts to a simple JBuddy
    • JBuddyMessenger.tgz - for Linux, Solaris and other Unix platforms; extracts with a simple shell launch script

    Free Public Instant Messaging Support:

    • AIM
    • ICQ
    • Windows Live Messenger (MSN)
    • Yahoo! Messenger

    Paid License - Enterprise Instant Messaging Support:

    •  Google Talk
    • XMPP / Jabber / iChat Server
    • IBM Lotus Sametime
    • Microsoft Office Communications Server (OCS 2007)
    • Microsoft Live Communications Server (LCS 2005)
    • JBuddy Message Server (Zion’s own enterprise IM server)

    Paid License - Business Features:

    • Chat Log Browser
    • Chat Log Search Engine
    • English Spell Checker


    JBuddy Messenger support several Java Look and Feel skins, which means how it looks can be customized depending on the environment and user preferences.

    JBuddy buddy lists

    Buddy List Management

    One of the challenges of using a multi-protocol instant messaging client is buddy list management. Often a savvy instant messaging user will have multiple screen names for many of their contacts; perhaps a work screen name and a home screen name. JBuddy Messenger v3.0 introduces Meta-Buddies (Trillian calls them Meta Contacts). A meta-buddy is an aggregation of the presence of multiple screen names under one buddy. Also, buddies groups of the same name across multiple accounts can be visually merged to simplify large buddy lists.

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  • 9 years ago

    Palringo Launches Multi-protocol IM for Google Android

    Popular multi-protocol mobile instant messenger Palringo is now available on the Android Market.  This free Palringo instant messenger connects with a range of IM networks, including AIM, ICQ, WLM (MSN), Yahoo! Messenger, Google Talk and Facebook. And unlike Palringo on the iPhone, this runs in the background on Google Android phones, allowing you to stay connected and get notified of new messages as they are received. 

    ?By integrating the messaging capabilities of popular IM applications and social networks into a single application, Palringo has created a messaging community that runs to hundreds and hundreds of millions of users? said Martin Rosinski, Palringo?s CTO.

    Palringo for Android is also location aware, as you can see from the screenshots below — allowing you to see where your friends are (assuming they are also running Palringo, and have location aware phones. 

    Palringo contact list  Palringo location sharing

    This version also provides the ability to share pictures, allowing you to snap a pic with your phone’s camera and send it to your buddies, regardless of their platform (they could be on AIM sitting at their desktop, for example). 

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  • 9 years ago

    Skype 3.0 For Windows Mobile Adds File Transfer and SMS

    skype-mobileSkype has released a new beta version for Windows Mobile that adds file transfer and SMS capability. The Skype 3.0 Beta for Windows Phones was announced on the Skype blog, where they outlined the details of the new features. 

    The SMS capability can save you money, but generally only if you need to send SMS messages internationally (or you are travelling internationally). You would use Skype credits, and their rates, while generally much lower than standard mobile carrier rates, do not include data usage. The bottom line is that it can save you money, but you better calculate all the hidden costs and use it wisely. 

    The more practical feature is file transfers, which will work across any platform that Skype runs on. File transfers are secure, so you can safely send that Powerpoint presentation from your WiFi connection at Starbucks. 

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  • 9 years ago

    New YouTube App for Windows Mobile and Nokia S60

    youtube-110x110Google has released a new version of their mobile YouTube app optimized for Windows Mobile and Nokia/Symbian Series 60 devices. The new app promises faster startup, search and video loading (up to 90% faster); improved video quality; and enhanced WiFi support.

    The new app will also automatically alert you when new updates are available to download, making upgrades easier. 

    Click here to view the embedded video.

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  • 9 years ago

    Windows Live Messenger Web Toolkit ? Coming soon to a website near you.

    Dharmesh talks about this in more detail on the Windows Live Team Blog, but I thought it was cool enough for a quick MessengerSays specific post. :)

    This week at Mix09 we released the Windows Live Messenger Web Toolkit which are controls and libraries that connect people who use Windows Live Messenger together no matter where they are from the browser to anywhere Windows Live Messenger runs (PC, Phone, Xbox and Mac).

    In other words, we?ve made it very easy to integrate Windows Live Messenger directly into a website using only a few lines of javascript.  Not only does this help make the surfing experience more social, it means that as long as you have a web browser and internet connection, you can still have a great Windows Live Messenger experience.

    Here?s a screenshot of the web bar.  You?ll notice that your full contact list and categories are available, you can chat with multiple people at once and you have all your favorite emoticons handy.


    The team has done a great job with this and I predict that we will begin to see this toolkit being used on more and more websites going forward.

    There is a lot more information on the Messenger Developer blog and I encourage you to head over there if you?d like to learn more about how to add this to your site.

    Lastly, here?s a video of Keiji and Steve on stage at Mix09.  Where they show how to add IM to a site with the Windows Live Messenger Library and UI Controls.  We also have an Interactive SDK which allows you to code and learn at the same time.

    Have fun with it.
    Windows Live Messenger

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  • 9 years ago

    Windows Live Messenger MVPs visit Microsoft

    Last week, 1500 of Microsoft?s Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) from around the world descended on Microsoft Campus, here in Redmond, Washington, for the annual MVP Summit. Among those were MVPs on technologies ranging from .NET and Silverlight, to Zune and Windows Live.

    Taken from the MVP site:

    Microsoft Most Valuable Professionals (MVPs) are exceptional technical community leaders from around the world who are awarded for voluntarily sharing their high quality, real world expertise in offline and online technical communities. Microsoft MVPs are a highly select group of experts that represents the technical community's best and brightest, and they share a deep commitment to community and a willingness to help others.

    The Windows Live Messenger team held several sessions with Windows Live MVPs throughout the week to hear their thoughts on the latest version and anything else that was on their mind.  We had some great discussions and appreciate the preparation that the MVPs did in advance to help facilitate productive meetings.

    After a breakout session on Wednesday afternoon, we were able to sit a few of them down in a room and catch some of their comments on video. Here's a video of our quick chat with Jonathan (Canada), Kurt (Belgium) and Chris (Netherlands).

    The level of dedication and passion these guys have for the product is only out matched by their passion to help people. On behalf of Windows Live we thank Jonathan, Kurt, Chris and all the other Windows Live MVPs for the great work they do.  If you are a passionate user and love to help people, you can learn more about the MVP program here:


    - Lonn, Sameer, Marisol
    - Windows Live Messenger


    p.s. Sameer and Marisol have a cameo in the video? ?Hi? :)

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  • 9 years ago

    Emotion Sound Servers Maintenance

    We’ve just completed the final move to what is now the new home of Emotion Sounds. We’re sorry if you experienced problems during the past week with this feature, things have been bumpy since last autumn because of the amount of people using this feature continuously. More than 4 billion sounds have been sent since activation and the original server array was suffering from it, begging to be put to rest, despite the repeated improvements.

    You can now enjoy sending emotion sounds again, rapidly and without worrying about errors. I can’t promise there won’t be any surprise this week while we adjust the new servers but things look very good so far. Don’t be shy and try out some new sounds from to have some fun while chatting today. It’s free, as always, so think about sending sounds on Messenger instead of buying things with your Facebook points ;-). Thank you for your patience.

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  • 10 years ago

    Windows Live Messenger update notice

    The latest version of Windows Live Messenger (14.0.8064.0206) is now available for free download here.

    Over the next month, if you?re still running versions 8.1 or 8.5, you?ll get a prompt encouraging you to upgrade to the latest version of Windows Live Messenger. If you accept the optional upgrade, the installer will launch and start your free upgrade.


    Here is what the notification will look like.


    After clicking the notification you will be prompted to install the upgrade.



    We?ve also made improvements to the latest release so even if you have downloaded Windows Live Messenger 2009 in the past month, you will still receive the upgrade prompt.  To check if you have the most recent version go to the Help menu and click ?About Messenger'.  The latest release is Version 2009 (Build 14.0.8064.0206).  If you are running a different version, you will soon be asked to upgrade, or you can go, download and install the latest version on your own.

    While Messenger is installing, you?ll be given the option to install other new applications that are part of our suite of Windows Live Essentials. You can click each program to get more info about it before you decide which ones you want, but they?re all great additions to your Windows PC, and they are all free.

    And if you already have older versions of any of these programs installed (ex. Windows Live Mail, Photo Gallery, or Toolbar), they?ll be automatically upgraded to their latest versions along with Messenger.

    clip_image001There are tons of new features and improvements in the new, 2009 version, and we really hope you?ll try it out. From improved video and audio calls, to new ?favorite? contacts, dynamic display pictures, and a fast and easy new way to share photos, we?ve worked hard to bring you the best release of Windows Live Messenger yet. So good that it got the Editor?s Choice Award from PC Magazine!  If you haven?t seen it yet, check out this demo of the new version of Messenger:

    Try it out and let us know what you think, either here in comments, or through our feedback site at

    All the best,
    - Sameer, Lonn and the Windows Live Team

    P.S. If you have difficulty signing in to Messenger after the upgrade, please visit
    For help with webcam connectivity in Messenger, see this blog post:!8B3F39C76A8B853F!14323.entry

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  • 10 years ago

    Messenger Plus! Live 4.80 is here

    After a longer than usual beta period, the new Messenger Plus! is finally ready and can be found in the download section of this site. Of course, the main attraction of version 4.80 is full compatibility with the latest version of Messenger, Windows Live Messenger 2009, and when we say “full compatibility”, we mean just that. You won’t find any â€ťlight” trimmed-down version of your add-on here.

    Despite the lack of visual changes in the software, the change log shows that many things were done under the hood. As often, scripts and skins in particular got their good share of improvements. There are now more than 500 of them in the official databases of this site. This means that you could spend the next month customizing Messenger with Plus!, its scripts and its skins and you would still haven’t seen everything. Big thanks to all the developers who keep on working on these improvements to make our daily IM life better.

    In addition to the bug fixes and cosmetic improvements, this new Messenger Plus! also allows external developers to modify Messenger’s encoded windows’ files (UIB files) like they did with previous versions of Messenger. More information about that can be found in the skinning documentation. Note to all the developers reading this: Messenger Plus! is not required to be installed on your users’ computers for this feature to be used. The UIB files generated by Messenger Plus! can be read by Messenger just like the original ones which means that you can do the modifications you want on your system, encode the files and distribute the final result with your application.

    Thank you for your renewed trust and support :-). Let’s have another great year together!

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