I'm a day late to blog this but it looks like we announced releases in both the consumer and business instant messaging space yesterday.

From the InfoWorld article Microsoft uses Ajax to Web-enable corporate IM we learn

Microsoft Corp. Tuesday released a Web-based version of its corporate instant-messaging software that gives users access when they are working remotely or from non-Windows computers. Gurdeep Singh Pall, a Microsoft corporate vice president, unveiled the product, Office Communicator Web Access, in a keynote at the Interop New York 2005 show.

Office Communicator Web Access includes support for Ajax (Asynchronous Javascript and XML), a programming technology that enables developers to build applications that can be altered dynamically on a browser page without changing what happens on the server. The product provides a Web front end to Microsoft's Office Communicator desktop application, and is available to customers of Live Communications Server 2005 for immediate download at www.microsoft.com/rtc, said Paul Duffy, a senior product manager at Microsoft.

I'm confused as to why InfoWorld feels the need to mention AJAX in their story. It's not like when other products are announced they trumpet the fact that they are built using C++ or ASP.NET. The AJAX hype is definitely getting ridiculous.

From the blog post Windows Live Messenger Beta - Released from the Windows Live Messenger team's blog we learn

 Windows Live Messenger Beta is now available for use and testing to a limited set of users in the US, UK, Japan, Australia, Canada, China, France, Germany, Brazil, Korea, Netherlands, and Spain. More and more of you will be invited to join over the coming weeks/months.

They also have a blog post on the Official Feature List for Windows Live Messenger. Unfortunately, none of the features I'm working on are in this release. I can't wait until the features I'm working on finally get out to the public. :)