During that time, Microsoft released seven major versions as follows. It included only basic features, such as plain text messaging and a simplistic contact list. America Online continually tried to block Microsoft from having access to their service until eventually the feature was removed, and it has not re-surfaced in any later versions of the software.
When this code runs, it determines if the client is AIM and sends a message back to verify the client. NET Passport at that time account to connect. Microsoft released the first major update, version 2. It included a rotating advertising banner and the ability to customize the appearance of the chat window.
It came as an install option for Windows Me. This version was followed the next year by version 3. It included major changes to the user interface, the ability to group contacts, and support for voice conversations.
NET Messenger Service ". It was the first version that was allowed to be installed along with Windows Messenger on Windows XP. An update, version 6. The theme color could be set differently for each user. Another update, version 6. MSN Messenger received a major upgrade to version 7. This version brought wink features that were previously only available in threedegrees. This version also advertised items to sell to you including animated display pictures , emoticons and backgrounds.
The contact list window style was also updated to match instant message windows. This version also introduced the Xbox Live Integration feature. This version also introduced digital ink and handwriting recognition support. The last version of MSN Messenger before the name change, version 7. New features included the Dynamic Backgrounds feature and the "msnim" protocol handler, which allowed Web sites to provide links which automatically add a contact or start conversations.
Additionally, a new Voice Clips feature allowed users to hold down F2 and record a message for a maximum of 15 seconds and send it to the recipient. The window for conversations was changed slightly with an added video button. This version also introduced the Windows Installer for its auto-update feature. The first beta of the newly renamed Windows Live Messenger, Beta 1, was released on December 13, The second beta of version 8.
Major changes and additions included the introduction of Windows Live Contacts , the reintroduction of single file transfer, improvements to the "Add a Contact" dialog box, improved color themes, minor changes in the conversation window, and revert of the "Busy" status icon back to the normal dash icon.
A refresh to version 8. These include the addition of the roaming identity feature so that the same user's display name and picture would appear on any computer , a new contact card appearance, a "recently used" list for the emoticon, wink, display picture and background menus, an SMS phone book in the main menu allowing the association and editing of a phone number to the contact and allowing text messaging to a contact, a "sign out" button, a "report abuse" option in the help menu, interoperability with Yahoo!
It reported of a security vulnerability in versions of Messenger older than 8. This led to an auto-update being released to all older versions. Versions running on Windows and below were required to update to a new version of MSN Messenger 7. The mandatory upgrade requirement would be fully phased in by late October and began on September 15, The first beta of Windows Live Messenger 8.
It was the first version to be installed in a "Windows Live" folder under "Program Files," with the shortcuts placed in a "Windows Live" folder in the Start Menu. Major changes and additions in Beta 1 included a new installation program in conjunction with the release of Windows Live 2. The second beta of Windows Live Messenger 8. Compared with the first beta, the build does not say "Beta" on the top of the window, although developers had noted that it was not the final release.
The final release of Windows Live Messenger version 8. There is a basic internal version that works with XMPP already. Microsoft sent an invitation to participate in the Windows Live Messenger "9" beta program to Microsoft Connect members on November 20, ; a week later, Microsoft began sending out emails welcoming them to the Windows Live Messenger "9" beta program for the first release, known as Beta 0.
A fan site for Windows Live Messenger, Mess. The screenshots featured a new user interface design matching the " Wave 3 " design in development by Microsoft. The images were later removed by the site after a DMCA notice was received. It would later be discovered this build was a preview of Milestone 2, or M2. News web site LiveSide published an article on September 4, , with screenshots of M2 of the newly minted "Windows Live Messenger ," which had become version LiveSide summarized its new features, including protection against messaging spam , the ability to stay signed into the application from several computers referred to as "Multiple Points of Presence Support" , animated GIF files in the photo area, per-contact customized sounds for various user actions, and clickable URLs in the status area.
The ability to submit feedback, however, was restricted to select participants of the Microsoft Connect closed beta program.
Notable changes in Milestone 3 include a new revamped and refined user interface to follow suit with the rest of the Windows Live "Wave 3" design, the ability to set a "Scene" by customizing the background image and color of the contact list, and the display of these scenes in conversation windows for improved contact identification and window management.
Milestone 3 also brings a new " Groups " feature that allows users to create a continuous group conversation between select contacts, newly redesigned status icons which now resemble small gems rather than the previous "Messenger Buddy" icons, a new default "Favorites" category in which you can place your favorite contacts for easy access to them, a new Photo Sharing utility that allows contacts to quickly and easily browse photos together, and a "What's New" section at the bottom of the contact list to outline recent contact updates.
Display pictures have been moved over to the left side of conversation windows, and new colorful borders appear around display pictures to display the current status of that contact. Milestone 3 is the first version of Windows Live Messenger to use the standard window frame on Windows Vista in accordance with the user experience guidelines.
Several features were removed in version 9. This build also included over bug fixes including the "Custom Emoticon Bug" and saving of pictures when using the Photo sharing feature. On January 7, , the same build was released as the final version of Windows Live Messenger Specifically, the ability to independently show only your own webcam or your contacts' webcam one way webcam and without an audio call is gone.
However, as the software was designed for private beta testing, non-beta testers cannot sign into this leaked build. Among the new features are tabbed conversations, a redesign of the old emoticons, integration of Bing results, built-in video message support, HD video chat, in-line commenting of social updates, a new social photo viewer that supports commenting for Facebook and SkyDrive photos , badges support, synchronised status updates, availability by categories, as well as integration with Facebook chat.
According to Tony Bates president of Skype Division at the time , Messenger users could sign into Skype using their Microsoft accounts , access their Messenger contacts and communicate as usual.
The process would start on April 8, , with English users and would end on April 30, ; Messenger would remain available in mainland China.
This transition took place language by language. Brazil was the last country to be "upgraded," on April Chinese Messenger users received mail from Microsoft in August , containing an announcement that Messenger service in China would end on October 31, ; users were advised to migrate to Skype and receive free credits. The album viewer is interactive and supports full screen and slideshow modes, as well as viewing and uploading comments on Facebook and SkyDrive albums. It also supports people tagging for SkyDrive.
The album viewer closely resembles the Microsoft Silverlight counterpart for web photo albums present on SkyDrive. Appear offline to individuals or categories[ edit ] Windows Live Messenger allow users to appear offline to particular individual contacts, as well as to an entire category within Windows Live Messenger, while appearing online to other contacts.
This is a recent feature of Windows Live Messenger , and is a departure from the previous versions of Windows Live Messenger, where blocking a contact would prevent the "blockee" from sending the user any messages to the "blocker". With the "appear offline to" configuration currently implemented, "hidden from" users can still send "offline messages" to the target. Users can also post status updates and photos directly to the connected services within Windows Live Messenger.
Additionally, Messenger also imports all contacts from the connected services and integrates with Facebook Chat via the XMPP protocol for instant messaging support with users on Facebook. Offline messaging[ edit ] One can send messages to contacts who are offline; they will receive the messages once they come online.
Additionally, a user can start conversations even when his or her status is set to Appear Offline in Windows Live Messenger or before. Games and applications[ edit ] Main article: Games and applications for Windows Live Messenger There are various games and applications available in Windows Live Messenger that can be accessed via the conversation window by clicking on the games icon, and challenging your friend or contact to a competition in a game, or inviting them to launch a shared external application.
Messenger Companion[ edit ] Windows Live Messenger Companion Windows Live Messenger Companion was an add-in for Windows Internet Explorer that detects when a user is on a website that one of their friends has shared content from and surfaces that update so that the user can instantly view what their friends have shared and leave a comment to the shared content on Windows Live.
The features of Windows Live Messenger Companion include: Sharing links to webpages with the user's friends on Windows Live within the web browser See links to webpages the user's friends have shared.