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Microsoft Introduces Windows Live Messenger 8.0

Posted on 20-Jun-2006 09:49 | Filed under: News

Microsoft Introduces Windows Live Messenger 8.0
Microsoft Corp. has released its Windows Live Messenger, one of the first of more than 20 new Windows Live services to launch globally over the course of the year. Windows Live Messenger goes beyond the traditional instant messaging (IM) service, enabling people to connect and share, with free PC-to-PC calls and inexpensive calls from a PC to phones around the world, video calling, easy sharing with Sharing Folders, and more.

“Windows Live is all about giving consumers the tools and services they need to be in control as they stay connected to the people they care about, on top of the information that is important to them, and better protected across all their online activities,” said Martin Taylor, corporate vice president of Windows Live and MSN at Microsoft. “The launch of Windows Live Messenger represents a significant ‘down payment’ on the Windows Live vision and an important milestone for the business. We’re proud and excited to release this product to consumers, who have helped shape the service during our beta process so we could deliver an experience that unifies their online communications experience across voice, video, sharing and more.”

A free, synchronized audio and video service, called Video Call, powered by Logitech International SA, allows customers to view and talk to their friends through their PCs in full-screen video. The company says MSN Messenger and Windows Live Messenger have more than 20 million active video conversation users each month, making it one of the largest consumer video telephony providers in the world.

Windows Live Call is also part of the service, with Verizon Web Calling service. In select countries, users can go directly to the Windows Live Call feature and, through the Verizon Web Calling service, place outbound voice calls to normal telephones over the Internet.

Also as part of this launch, Uniden America Corp. and Philips recently introduced phones that make the Windows Live Call feature for Windows Live Messenger available in North America and Europe through a convenient and familiar handset. The cordless handsets talk to a base connected to a PC, and can be used to make landline and Internet phone calls from anywhere in the home working cordlessly away from the PC.

Motorola Inc. also recently announced its plans to retail Windows-Live compatible cordless phones later this year.

To complement the service, Microsoft Hardware and the Windows Live services group announced a line of webcams that are designed for use with Windows Live Messenger. The first of these webcams, the Microsoft LifeCam VX-6000 and Microsoft LifeCam VX-3000, contain several features designed to simplify people’s digital communications experiences. Microsoft LifeCams offer exclusive features such as the Windows Live Call Button for one-touch video calling, LifeCam Dashboard for easy and natural camera controls, and One-Touch Blogging for posting pictures to Windows Live Spaces.

Sharing Folders is a new feature providing an intuitive user interface, so customers can easily share their files and personal photos with others on their Windows Live Messenger Contact List.

Windows Live Messenger Windows Live Contacts keeps contact information always current with enabling customers to easily share their contact information with whom they want to share it and lets them subscribe to their friends’ contacts so they always have their latest contact information. Windows Live Contacts are integrated and accessible across Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Mail and MSN Spaces.

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