Today we just announced the new Windows Live Messenger Preview which will be available for download soon at www.messengerpreview.com. I’ve been running this for quite awhile now as part of an internal beta program and it’s pretty cool what we’ve done with this version. We kind of broke this down into 3 areas: Improving the IM Experience, Staying in Touch with Close Friends and Bringing Messenger to other services such Hotmail the web and your phone. Here’s a short list of what you can expect:
- Tabbed Conversations – Cuts down on having multiple windows open when having more than one conversation
- Integration of Bing Results
- High Definition (HD) Video Chat – if both users have a HD Webcam and the new messenger they can participate in HD video calls
- Social Dashboard – get updates from other services such as Twitter and FaceBook. Makes it easier to manage all the connections we have today.
Of course there is more so make sure you check it out the preview for yourself at the Messenger Preview site and check out the Windows Live Team Blog for more details of the philosophy behind this version.