The Windows Live Messenger launch has arrived

WLMessenger new icon.gifIn just minutes, Windows Live Messenger will be released and publicly available on this site. It is expected that the release will be announced at a beta tester chat scheduled to start shortly. Microsoft has officially issued its press release and the details have not changed since Chris' post yesterday. Here is a snippit from the press release. Click through to read the whole thing.

Microsoft Corp. today released Windows Live Messenger, available at, one of the first of more than 20 new Windows Live services to launch globally over the course of the year. Windows Live Messenger goes beyond the traditional instant messaging (IM) service, enabling people to connect and share, with free PC-to-PC calls and inexpensive calls from a PC to phones around the world, video calling, easy sharing with Sharing Folders, and more. Windows Live is all about giving consumers the tools and services they need to be in control as they stay connected to the people they care about, on top of the information that is important to them, and better protected across all their online activities,” said Martin Taylor, corporate vice president of Windows Live and MSN at Microsoft. “The launch of Windows Live Messenger represents a significant ‘down payment’ on the Windows Live vision and an important milestone for the business. We’re proud and excited to release this product to consumers, who have helped shape the service during our beta process so we could deliver an experience that unifies their online communications experience across voice, video, sharing and more.”

Update: The Messenger team blog (Messengersays) has posted their announcement.

Update 2: The download is now available here.

Yet Another Update: The Messenger site is now live. Official Press Release

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