Windows Live Messenger 8.1

By Chris | Posted January 29, 2007 10 comments

Yes the beta has drawn to a close and Windows Live Messenger 8.1 is now available. Nice work by Dwergs in getting the English download link, no doubt he’ll be posting the other language builds shortly.

Download Windows Live Messenger 8.1

Updates from 8.0 include:

  • Yahoo interoperability – now you can chat to your Yahoo Messenger friends from Windows Live Messenger 
  • Your display name, status and personalization roam with you to any computer
  • Improved sign-in performance
  • Redesigned contact cards
  • A bonus of 2 free VOIP calls
  • And it runs on Windows Vista!


Nicole, from the MessengerSays blog has posted their official “End of Beta” announcement.  It is available for download from the Messenger page.  In addition to the features that we posted earlier, Nicole notes these new features:

  • SMS Phone Book
  • Improved Usability
  • Vista Presentation Mode
  • Personal Contact Invitations

Again, you can check out the team’s blog post here: MessengerSays.

Posted January 29th, 2007 at 6:10 am
Category: News
Tags: Messenger, Windows Live
  • cleitondj

    nice Mr. Chris…. 2 words “DOWNLOAD NOW!”


  • dwergs
  • mark_memory

    i have been using beta for months,now finally it’s coming to to an end.very nice.

  • Khristopher

    odd. it only went up from build 168 to build 178 as final. and build 168 came out a long time ago. you think there would have been a lot more builds than that considering how many bugs there were.

  • Chris

    Dwergs: I’m not a charity kind of guy ;)

  • xpclient

    To WLM team if you’re listening: For WLM 9, please add multiperson (5+) audio and video conferencing and good video quality codec. Look at iChat if you’re running out of ideas.

  • LosHavros

    Does anyone know what Messenger looks like when running in Vista? If it looks the same, they should make the vapour theme semi transparant. Now that would be cool.

  • Chris

    LosHavros: It is almost identical, and yes there is no Aero Glass.