The Wave 4 version of Windows Live Messenger has been made available as a preview following an announcement by Steve Ballmer, in his “Five Dimensions of the Cloud” presentation at the Universidade de Sao Paulo, Brazil. This’s the first official announcement around new features in the next generation of Windows Live, and it has a whole slew of social features built in. Not least, you get a totally new social pane in the main window that shows feeds from Windows Live, Facebook and other services. You see photos your friends have posted from Facebook right there in the Messenger pane. You can also send messages to Facebook directly from Messenger. Bing search results are integrated, Hi-Def video is supported for video chat, richer photo, video sharing, video messages, games, and one-click access to files on your PC, photos & videos shared on SkyDrive, other sharing sites, and you get a single contact list with your contacts across Live, Facebook etc. Tabbe conversations is just a simple idea that you realise you can’t live without and you can also change your status using a jump list of sorts on Windows 7 via the taskbar. The new Messenger bring Hotmail integated into and add-on for Internet Explorer let you share links & comments from whatever website you’re on. And an updated version of Messenger Web Toolkit (now called Messenger Connect), lets websites embed Messenger friends, conversations, and social updates directly into their experiences. Over 320m people send more than 10 billion messages every day.
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