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    Microsoft Announces Significan Update to Windows Live Messenger dubbed Windows Live Wave 4

    Microsoft will be launching an all-new Windows Live Messenger as part of its Wave 4 version of Windows Live. The range of new features will be more in line with the modern online generation, and it’s a significant step up over previous versions.

    Many of the changes are styled around social networking and the ability to share media content with friends. It’s been tailored rather specifically to work with Windows 7 and Vista.  XP users are out of luck.

    Microsoft Announces Significan Update to Windows Live Messenger dubbed Windows Live Wave 4

    With 320 million users exchanging over 10 billion daily messages with friends, it can become a bit of a chore to juggle content on a humble desktop. The most immediate fix that will appeal to all is the option of a tabbed interface to store multiple conversations and quickly switch between them.

    Provided you have an HD webcam, the new version offers video chat in high definition along with the ability to play and share games. Video and photos can also be integrated into a chat and viewed together.

    Huddle Collaboration

    The wealth of social networking and media sharing sites such as Facebook, FlickR and YouTube can be tied in to provide users with updates in real time when new content is added, as well as sending messages to Facebook via the client. Updates can be filtered according to a set list of favorites to help prioritize your closest friends or family first.

    Finally, Messenger Connect allows users to add Messenger Windows to any website and mobile users can access the software via an iPhone or Windows Mobile device to offer many of the new advantages on the move.

    No release date is confirmed for the software yet, though it’s expected to get a beta release over the next few months.

    Published on May 3, 2010

    David Novak
    David Novak
    For the last 20 years, David Novak has appeared in newspapers, magazines, radio, and TV around the world, reviewing the latest in consumer technology. His byline has appeared in Popular Science, PC Magazine, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Electronic House Magazine, GQ, Men’s Journal, National Geographic, Newsweek, Popular Mechanics, Forbes Technology, Readers Digest, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Glamour Magazine, T3 Technology Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Maxim Magazine, Wired Magazine, Laptop Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indiana Business Journal, Better Homes and Garden, CNET, Engadget, InfoWorld, Information Week, Yahoo Technology and Mobile Magazine. He has also made radio appearances on the The Mark Levin Radio Show, The Laura Ingraham Talk Show, Bob & Tom Show, and the Paul Harvey RadioShow. He’s also made TV appearances on The Today Show and The CBS Morning Show. His nationally syndicated newspaper column called the GadgetGUY, appears in over 100 newspapers around the world each week, where Novak enjoys over 3 million in readership. David is also a contributing writer fro Men’s Journal, GQ, Popular Mechanics, T3 Magazine and Electronic House here in the U.S.

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