Microsoft aiming to give Windows Live Messenger a leg up with new features
Windows Messenger started out its life as a small instant messaging application: version 4 came bundled with Windows XP, and later, downloadable versions reached version 7.5. In more recent years it has morphed into a larger, ad-supported application called Windows Live Messenger that started out at version 8 and later got bumped to 8.1, with 8.5 just coming out of beta last week. Now, Microsoft is preparing a major upgrade to the already feature-laden program, and select beta testers have been receiving invites from the Microsoft Connect service for Version 9.0, which is scheduled for public release in late 2008 or early 2009.
Full article: arstechnica.com