There’s a new version of MSN Messenger out, with a bunch of cool features! This latest release, version 7.5, is part of the new strategy to release three versions a year. Here are some of the new features:
- The UI has been updated again. The login screen now “matches” the rest of the program, showing your display picture, and a better view of your login options.
- Voice Clips! Basically you can record short 15 second clips of audio that get sent to your contact and automatically played.
- Apparently the audio has been drastically improved, though I haven’t tested it yet.
- Patching! In the future, you’ll only have to download small patches to update the client, instead of a complete new program. Very cool!
I’m looking forward to testing out the new voice improvements. Microsoft has an enormous installed base for MSN Messenger, an installed base which seems to download new versions extremely fast, so they could create a viable Skype competitor almost over-night. Certainly MSN Messenger is a better VOIP platform than Google Talk, at least in terms of the user experience.
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