Wave 5 video icons spotted: web based video chat?

By Kip Kniskern | In Featured, News | Posted August 7, 2011 19 comments

OK so we can’t wait till next month and Build/Windows, when hopefully the veil of secrecy that seems to be over everything from Silverlight and .Net to Windows and Windows Live is lifted.

Until then, we can speculate, of course (what else is there to do?).  One of the most interesting questions about the future of Windows Live concerns Messenger video chat.

With Microsoft’s recent acquisition of Skype, it’s fairly certain that video chat will play a big role in the future of Windows Live, but what about the immediate future?  The Skype deal hasn’t cleared all the legal hurdles it needs to, and a Skype/Messenger integration of video chat would seem to be very unlikely in the near term, but what then?  Does Messenger go ahead with pre-Skype plans only to rip them out and start over when Skype becomes part of Microsoft?  Or, like Facebook (and conveniently, perhaps able to connect with Facebook’s Skype chat), could there be a Skype/Messenger integration already in the works?

One thing for sure, Microsoft has big plans for video chat (or they wouldn’t have bought Skype, duh).  In fact, we came across an interesting set of icons for Wave 5 Messenger:

Wave 5 Icon MapThese new Messenger icons sets don’t tell us much, other than continued expansion of video chat in Wave 5 looks to be moving forward, but we could certainly wish for some kind of web based, Facebook integrated, eventually Skype enabled video chat, now couldn’t we?

Posted August 7th, 2011 at 10:12 pm
  • Candid Calum

    This concerns me because as much as I love the online indicator around the display picture, these appear to still have gradients, and I have been hopping that the Windows Live division will have been developing versions of their software to conform to Windows 8’s immersive (Metro) design guidelines. I realise Wave 5 will most likely be released before the general availability of Windows 8, but I do hope that they at least have immersive apps in the pipeline for when a beta of Windows 8 is released ready for us to test them.

  • Candid Calum

    This concerns me because as much as I love the online indicator around the display picture, these appear to still have gradients, and I have been hopping that the Windows Live division will have been developing versions of their software to conform to Windows 8’s immersive (Metro) design guidelines. I realise Wave 5 will most likely be released before the general availability of Windows 8, but I do hope that they at least have immersive apps in the pipeline for when a beta of Windows 8 is released ready for us to test them.

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    Hmmm why so non Metro wave 5?

  • http://www.about.me/AngeloGopaul Eingoluq

    Hmmm why so non Metro wave 5?

  • cmwind

    I hope “Windows Live Essentials” as we know it today changes  entirely by the time Widows 8 roles out. MS needs to shift to more of an all encompassing Hub system like Windows Phone. So forget “Windows Live Messenger” it can be reborn simply as the Win8 “Messaging” Hub. Windows Messenger, and Facebook chat can plug in just like on WP7. SMS messages will be backed up into the “Messaging” Hub and they will appear in the same thread as Facebook chat and Windows Messenger. The SMS messages could not be replied to directly from the PC.

    Since they have 2 competing video/messaging service brands my proposal to resolve this is somewhat simple. Windows Messenger drops video chat but becomes the text based chat program in Skype (even if it is in brand only) and therefor would also plug into the Win8 “Messagin” Hub. Video calls fall under the Skype brand. Windows 8 could even have a “Phone” Hub just like WP7. The difference being it would be for free Skype Video Calls OR you could pay for Skype service to receive the ability to call traditional telephone numbers (just like Skype offers now).

    Anyways another example would involve the Win8 “Pictures” Hub. It is the Hub for pictures from your PC, Facebook, Skydrive, etc. “Windows Live Photo Gallery” as we know it today becomes and “extras” type add on app in Win8 to the “Pictures” Hub that functions as a basic, free photo editing service. They could also make similar apps for WP7.

    We will know more at Build but I am afraid that the Win8 team is going to ignore alot of the good work and basic principles that WP team has put out simply to assert their dominance… and what we will get with Win8 is a half-assed version of Win Phone on a Desktop. Win Phone is completely modern. I’m afraid Win 8 will be just as pretty as Win Phone but lack the functionality to back it up

  • Anonymous

    I hope “Windows Live Essentials” as we know it today changes  entirely by the time Widows 8 roles out. MS needs to shift to more of an all encompassing Hub system like Windows Phone. So forget “Windows Live Messenger” it can be reborn simply as the Win8 “Messaging” Hub. Windows Messenger, and Facebook chat can plug in just like on WP7. SMS messages will be backed up into the “Messaging” Hub and they will appear in the same thread as Facebook chat and Windows Messenger. The SMS messages could not be replied to directly from the PC.

    Since they have 2 competing video/messaging service brands my proposal to resolve this is somewhat simple. Windows Messenger drops video chat but becomes the text based chat program in Skype (even if it is in brand only) and therefor would also plug into the Win8 “Messagin” Hub. Video calls fall under the Skype brand. Windows 8 could even have a “Phone” Hub just like WP7. The difference being it would be for free Skype Video Calls OR you could pay for Skype service to receive the ability to call traditional telephone numbers (just like Skype offers now).

    Anyways another example would involve the Win8 “Pictures” Hub. It is the Hub for pictures from your PC, Facebook, Skydrive, etc. “Windows Live Photo Gallery” as we know it today becomes and “extras” type add on app in Win8 to the “Pictures” Hub that functions as a basic, free photo editing service. They could also make similar apps for WP7.

    We will know more at Build but I am afraid that the Win8 team is going to ignore alot of the good work and basic principles that WP team has put out simply to assert their dominance… and what we will get with Win8 is a half-assed version of Win Phone on a Desktop. Win Phone is completely modern. I’m afraid Win 8 will be just as pretty as Win Phone but lack the functionality to back it up

  • Anonymous

    I hope “Windows Live Essentials” as we know it today changes  entirely by the time Widows 8 roles out. MS needs to shift to more of an all encompassing Hub system like Windows Phone. So forget “Windows Live Messenger” it can be reborn simply as the Win8 “Messaging” Hub. Windows Messenger, and Facebook chat can plug in just like on WP7. SMS messages will be backed up into the “Messaging” Hub and they will appear in the same thread as Facebook chat and Windows Messenger. The SMS messages could not be replied to directly from the PC.

    Since they have 2 competing video/messaging service brands my proposal to resolve this is somewhat simple. Windows Messenger drops video chat but becomes the text based chat program in Skype (even if it is in brand only) and therefor would also plug into the Win8 “Messagin” Hub. Video calls fall under the Skype brand. Windows 8 could even have a “Phone” Hub just like WP7. The difference being it would be for free Skype Video Calls OR you could pay for Skype service to receive the ability to call traditional telephone numbers (just like Skype offers now).

    Anyways another example would involve the Win8 “Pictures” Hub. It is the Hub for pictures from your PC, Facebook, Skydrive, etc. “Windows Live Photo Gallery” as we know it today becomes and “extras” type add on app in Win8 to the “Pictures” Hub that functions as a basic, free photo editing service. They could also make similar apps for WP7.

    We will know more at Build but I am afraid that the Win8 team is going to ignore alot of the good work and basic principles that WP team has put out simply to assert their dominance… and what we will get with Win8 is a half-assed version of Win Phone on a Desktop. Win Phone is completely modern. I’m afraid Win 8 will be just as pretty as Win Phone but lack the functionality to back it up

  • john

    I hate those bubbly gradients. Lets make wave 5 look decent ok?

  • john

    I hate those bubbly gradients. Lets make wave 5 look decent ok?

  • john

    I hate those bubbly gradients. Lets make wave 5 look decent ok?

  • Acid I3urn

    Here’s how this will go… Wave 5 will look the same and only gain a few functions, not only that but we won’t see another update till Windows 8…

  • Acid I3urn

    Here’s how this will go… Wave 5 will look the same and only gain a few functions, not only that but we won’t see another update till Windows 8…

  • Acid I3urn

    Here’s how this will go… Wave 5 will look the same and only gain a few functions, not only that but we won’t see another update till Windows 8…

  • #TeamCortana

    Maybe this is Wave 4.5…

  • Anonymous

    Maybe this is Wave 4.5…

  • Anonymous

    Maybe this is Wave 4.5…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551119507 Brent Vermilyea

    Ugly. Sorry Microsoft. It’s just not Metro. It’s the past. Move forward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551119507 Brent Vermilyea

    Ugly. Sorry Microsoft. It’s just not Metro. It’s the past. Move forward.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=551119507 Brent Vermilyea

    Ugly. Sorry Microsoft. It’s just not Metro. It’s the past. Move forward.