Messenger 9 Beta appears to be up and running

Well it didn’t take long for information to start appearing about the Messenger 9 Beta – a poster over on the WinBeta Forums has posted a welcome email and some screenshots.  According to the post, the email says, in part:

Congratulations and welcome to the Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta!
We are pleased to inform you that you have been accepted into the Windows Live Messenger 9.0 beta program! We’re excited to hear what you think about the next version of Windows Live Messenger. As part of this select group you get an exclusive preview of Windows Live Messenger 9.0.
Here are some of the changes you’ll see in 9.0:
Sign-in and messaging in multiple locations – be logged into Messenger from more than one computer at the same time!
Signature sounds – choose the sound your friends here when you log in, and customize the sounds you hear in Messenger
Animated display pictures

Here are the links to the screenshots included in the forum post: