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:
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.