Two very cool things released from MSN today. The first is called MSN Spaces, and is a free blogging service, much like Blogger.com. I setup an account just to test it out (and to protect “mastermaq” of course) and it seems simple enough – you can take a look here. One thing I don’t like right off the bat is that there is no XML icon to get the RSS feed! Fortunately, thanks to Firefox, I can confirm that there is in fact an RSS feed for your space. Anyway, I am not moving my blog or anything, just wanted to test it out.
The second new thing is MSN Messenger 7 Beta. I just installed it and for the most part, it looks pretty cool. My first complaint is that they have changed the Away, Busy, etc icons in the contact list. Now everyone is a green MSN guy with the away or busy logo beside it. Makes it very difficult to see at a glance who is online or not. At least I think so – may take some getting used to. Display pictures are more emphasized, and there are two new features called Winks and Nudges that I will have to wait to try as the other person needs version 7 as well. Cool new features? Maybe the option to “Show my last conversation in new conversation window”. VERY useful. The absolute BEST new feature however? The ability to set your status BEFORE you login. Haha I love it!
UPDATE: Is it really so hard to click the link above to get MSN Messenger? I mean seriously. Your comments are starting to annoy me. For those of you that find this concept too hard to understand, maybe this will help: