Wave 4: What’s New in Messenger?

By LiveSide | In News | Posted April 28, 2010 26 comments

Some of us caught a glimpse of the new WindowsLivePreview.com website which accidentally went live this morning for a short while. We were fortunate enough to capture some of the newly released info before it got taken offline again. We won’t repost the whole website here, but here’s some direct quotes and screenshots from Microsoft that we think would excite Messenger users (those marked with Star are new ones we haven’t mentioned before, other ones we have conveniently linked you to our previous coverage):

  • Tabbed conversations You can manage all your chats in one location so you can juggle multiple conversations in one place rather than having multiple windows popping up.
  • Integration of Bing results Integration of Bing search results makes it easier to add photos and videos from across the web without having to leave the conversation window.
  • Video message When your friends are offline, leave them a video message, similar to a voicemail but as a quick video that will be waiting for them when they sign in.
  • Badges Show your affiliation with an organization or social cause and have this show up next to your name when it fans out to your friends.
  • Hotmail integration If you’re one of over 200 million people who use both Hotmail and Messenger, you can now see who’s online and easily start a chat right from your inbox.
  • Messenger Companion This add-in for Windows internet Explorer detects when you’re on a website that one of your friends has shared content from and surfaces that update so you can instantly view what they’ve shared and comment right back.
  • Messenger for the Windows® Phone, iPhone and Blackberry Get the best mobile experience on these smartphones including access to all your contacts, seeing your social updates, starting a chat conversation, sharing photos and updating your status. Messenger often comes pre-installed on smartphones, but if it’s not on yours, just head over to the phone’s application marketplace.
  • Connect your other networks Messenger lets you bring together your friends, communications and updates from top social networking and sharing websites right into Messenger.
  • Receive social updates from Hotmail Star We’ll pull all the social updates sitting in your Hotmail inbox right into Messenger so you don’t have to go to two places.
  • Single contact list Star By bringing all these networks and updates together, we’ll also do the work to de-duplicate those contacts and give you one master list of friends with all the different ways to communicate and share content with them (across all those different networks).
  • Inline commenting Whether it’s Messenger updates or things you’ve pulled in from one of your networks, you’ll be able to comment right inline and have that post back to wherever the update came from.
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  • Richer status updates Messenger has always made it easy to share text updates. Now, when you type in a URL, Messenger will grab a snippet of that web page and make it easy to share it, or when you drag in a photo or video, you can add a caption and share that with your friends.
  • Synchronized status updates Star When you post an update, you can have Messenger automatically synchronize that update with your other networks and vice versa.
  • Simple privacy settings Star Easily get started by choosing from one of three default privacy profiles that are the most common ways consumers like to share their data. The default is never expose your personal data to the public.
  • Availability by category Star Once you have those categories, it’s easy to choose your presence availability by category so you can be offline to one set of friends while you’re online to another — letting you decide who can reach you in real time.

Exciting stuff coming for Messenger Wave 4! Remember to visit http://www.windowslivepreview.com on April 28 for more info!

Posted April 28th, 2010 at 12:48 pm
  • http://about.me/mackenzieprice mackenziepricee

    I am so excited! : D

  • http://menthix.net/ Menthix

    No android client :(
    Good to see they aren’t forgetting most other platforms though.

    • Chris

      give them time and you WILL see an android client. That is, if google allows it.

      • http://menthix.net/ Menthix

        Heh, Google allows almost everything. Only reasons for removing apps that I know of is malware, copyright complains and seriously buggy apps. And even those you are still free to download, you’ll just won’t find them in the official app store.

        But yes, it probably makes sense to do those others first when you look at market share.

  • http://markk-b.sitesled.com Mark Kéy-Balchin

    That version of Messenger certainly looks better than the leaked builds…

  • http://www.richspalding.com RichSpalding

    Recently in the UK Blackberry Messenger has suddenly become all the rage, with many people handing out their BBM ID numbers to anyone that cares to listen. So I am extremely happy to see WL Messenger available to multiple platforms.

    I just really wish I could chat to Facebook Contacts on WL Messenger.

  • hermanog

    Wow, tabbed web messenger is awesome!

  • Omar

    Am getting

    403 – Forbidden: Access is denied.
    You do not have permission to view this directory or page using the credentials that you supplied.

    is that supposed to happen?

  • Andrew

    I thought it was supposed to go live today. Well today is here and its not live.

    • http://menthix.net/ Menthix

      Welcome to the wondrous world of timezones. Come back when it is tomorrow in all timezones :).

  • sdreamer

    Really wish they’d bring in Facebook chat in there, and better integration across their own platforms, like Windows Mobile. I hope at least 6.1 will get a nice update.

  • nikhil85
    • Asrialys

      Same here. Clicking on any of the top menu items brings up either Server Busy or the login page. Typing in the actual URL to those pages bring you there normally, though.

      lol Should we hope that there’s a connection with new Live services? :P

  • http://www.facebook.com/khris Khristopher Ranger

    I’m really looking forward to Facebook chat integration. Can’t wait for that. I’ve been using Pidgin for that, and I’m not a fan of it.
    Tabbed chatting is finally here. Very awesome as well!
    The rest of it, I could care less about. I don’t use the Windows Live social network, and have no use for it.

  • nikhil85
    • Chris

      impressive video. Surprised its not cheesy like the i”‘m a pc” or “windows 7 was my idea”

      hope the final one (if there is one) will keep the same fell to it

  • http://twitter.com/jwk6 Jason Kohlhoff

    Is it just me, or is all of #WindowsLive down right now? ~1:20PM EST Is this prep for the Wave 4 rollout?

    • raywall

      I noticed that too. I was hoping it was related to Wave 4 and not something on my end.

    • Chris

      Didn’t wave 2 or 3 come out late in the afternoon PDT?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stefano-Bellisario/1294808304 Stefano Bellisario

    Also I notices that Windows Live is “Server Busy…”!
    I’m waiting Wave 4!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stefano-Bellisario/1294808304 Stefano Bellisario
  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stefano-Bellisario/1294808304 Stefano Bellisario

    update: if you go to http://www.windowslivepreview.com/ you can view the new favicon with a 4 inside. For more info:

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Stefano-Bellisario/1294808304 Stefano Bellisario

    LIVE NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • anonymous

    I am one of the 55-60% of those 200 million who are on XP so I’d rather MS stop lying about 200 million. That makes it only 90 million on Windows Vista and 7 that is.

    • http://about.me/mackenzieprice mackenziepricee

      While they are at it, they should also support Windows 95, 98 and 2000.


    • Chris

      time to move on from that old OS XP