Messenger Live Beta

FYI the new version of MSN Messenger, Messenger Live, has been taken out of invite-only beta. It’s still not the final version, and is XP-only, but anybody can download and try it out here. The interface has been substantially upgraded since the previous beta, and it’s far neater:

Messenger Live Beta

Also, somebody’s finally realised that the tabs suck, and made it easier to remove them in the options menu. It also claims to be able to handle 640 x 480 video chats, with lip-synched audio, although I haven’t tried this out yet. Finally, the little blue system tray man is now a little green system tray man.

Update: There are some new sounds, too, and the new-contact-online chime makes me think I’m in Blackpool. That’s just gotta go.