Windows Live WebMessenger Public Beta "coming soon?"

Chris is repoting that, Andy from Messenger Stuff has noticed, updates on the dogfood signin page of Windows Live WebMessenger.  It also, now features an updated screenshot of the service. The new webmessenger service started external testing back in September, but since then things have been quiet. Maybe this is a sign that a public beta is on the way. […]

Chris is repoting that, Andy from Messenger Stuff has noticed, updates on the dogfood signin page of Windows Live WebMessenger.  It also, now features an updated screenshot of the service. The new webmessenger service started external testing back in September, but since then things have been quiet. Maybe this is a sign that a public beta is on the way.

To recap, the notable updates from MSN WebMessenger include:

  • Ability to set a display picture and personal message directly from within the browser
  • Contact groups are now shown - MSN Webmessenger only shows them by online/offline status
  • Tabbed chatting with the open conversations stacked vertically on the right hand side
  • The Windows Live Wave 2 UI

Here's a comparison of the new shot with the old:

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