Microsoft Releases Windows Live Messenger 2009 Final
Article by George Norman
On 09 Jan 2009
After having released Windows Live Messenger Beta 2 late last month, Microsoft has finally arrived to the end of this software’s development cycle by releasing Windows Live Messenger 2009 Final (or Windows Live Messenger 9.0 RTW). The announcement that Windows Live Essential Wave 3 Final (which includes the IM client) is available to the general public was made by Steve Ballmer at the 2009 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in Las Vegas.

General Manager with Microsoft Windows Live business group, Brian Hall comments: “We all have different ways to share things online, and with Windows Live we now can offer the ability to do that in a coordinated way. It’s designed from the ground up with all of the sharing or community services that people use online.”


Here is a quick recap of the features you can expect to get in this Microsoft developed instant messaging program (the build number for the RTW and the Beta 2 version is the same: build 14.0.8050.1202)
- The sign-in screen and the user interface got a face lift. There is also a new program/tray icon, the mail icon now better displays the number of new mails, and the Group window header has been enhanced. The What’s new are has been expanded to feature more details.
- The sharing folders feature has been replaced with SkyDrive.
- You can assign signature sound to any contact in your list.
- WebCam Picture replaces Webcam snapshots; Dynamic Picture refers to the tile with moods feature.
- The number of default Scenes has been increased.
- Windows 7 Jumplists.

In related Windows Live news, it seems that the Redmond software giant is taking social networking very seriously and has announced a partnership between Facebook and Windows Live. Brian Hall again: “We’re excited to announce that you’ll soon be able to add Facebook as one of 50+ web activities on Windows Live. This means that in the coming months, if you’re a Facebook user, you can choose to allow info and photos that you post on Facebook to show up in 'What’s new' for anyone in your network on Windows Live.”

If you would like to get Windows Live Messenger 9.0 RTW, a download location is available here.

Tags: Microsoft, Windows Live, Windows Live Messenger
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