Windows Live Messenger 8.5 beta available

Along with Windows Live Mail and Writer, Windows Live Messenger 8.5 has also entered beta today. Featuring the new Windows Live UI that we showed a few days ago complete with Aero support, Messenger 8.5 beta also includes improved compatibility for Windows Vista. Its also worth noting that a lot of work has been done on the backend systems, potentially providing support for future features. As was discovered from the leaked build a few days back, there is some hidden Windows Live Folders promotion within Messenger 8.5. Let us know if you find anything else :)

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Another change is that Messenger 8.5 features Windows Live OneCare Family Safety integration. This allows parents to control their children’s access to Windows Live Messenger, both signing in and adding new contacts. Parents wanting to give this a try can access this functionality by logging into OneCare Family Safety, clicking the “Edit Settings” button and scrolling to the bottom of the page for the Allowed applications (Beta) section.

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Windows Live 8.5 Beta (Download) (Build 517)
Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta homepage

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