MSN is about to release a web-based version of its popular Instant Messaging service, reports Mess with MSN Messenger. This means you will be able to chat with your contacts in a similar way like you do with MSN Messenger but using just a web browser on any computer (at school, at work, at a friend's house or anywhere you can't install the MSN Messenger software). Much like -and probably as Microsoft's reaction to- the currently available third party services like WBMSN.net and e-Messenger.net.
MSN Web Messenger, as the service is called, is currently being beta-tested. A full version can be expected later this year at http://webmessenger.msn.com, which currently returns as unavailable..
Here's an overview of the features likely to be included in the trimmed-down MSN Web Messenger:
customization of your text font, size and color,
emoticons (no custom emoticons!),
send and receive e-mail messages,
add contacts to your contact list.
Most probably not included in the web-based client are:
"fun & games" applications,
display pictures, window backgrounds and custom emoticons.
The news source has some screenshots and updated information on this new service.