Over on the Inside Windows Live blog there’s a new post titled Preview of the new Windows Live Messenger which talks about a key part of what I’ve been working on over the past year or so. Interesting tidbits from the blog post include

Today in a speech at the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil, Steve Ballmer is sharing a preview of the new Windows Live Messenger. In this post we want to talk more about our philosophy and approach for this new version.

Staying in touch with close friends

Most people today visit at least one social network and dozens of content sharing sites, get email with photos and social notifications, and of course, maintain accounts in numerous places with different sets of friends and content. So we focused on connecting Messenger to the social networks you already use, and prioritizing the most important updates so you can quickly see what your favorite people are doing, wherever they’re doing it.

We know your close friends share using email, IM, and social networks. So we brought all of those together into a single view. The status from your Facebook friends who don’t use Messenger? Check. The photos your mom sent you as plain old e-mail attachments? Check. The Office docs you’re collaborating on with friends in SkyDrive? Check. And the stuff your favorite Messenger friends are doing on hundreds of sites they choose to share from? Check.

And since simple “aggregation” can make things worse instead of better, we focused on prioritizing the people that matter most to you, so you don’t miss the handful of important updates from your closest friends and family just because your college and work “friends” are broadcasting their whole life every minute of the day. Just tag your favorite people, and we optimize your feed for the stuff those people are doing. Of course, it’s not 100% exclusive to your favorites – the most interesting things from your other friends like photos, videos, and links (especially the ones being commented on a lot) are there too. This makes us a great companion to the services you already love like Facebook, Flickr, MySpace, LinkedIn and more – and when you have time to go beyond those most important updates, diving deeper into those sites is just a click away.

Lastly, we recognized that we could connect your social updates to the power of the Windows PC and really bring it to life. So we took advantage of the latest advances in hardware and graphics to give you a modern social experience. This means that Messenger brings beautiful high-resolution views of the photos, videos, and links that your friends are sharing, right to your desktop. View their Facebook albums, gorgeously presented so that they're fun to browse through and easy to comment on. Messenger is also the simplest way to update your status and instantly post it to other sharing sites you use. You can even bring your photo albums right into high-definition video chats with your friends.

Here’s a picture of the new social view for Messenger:

Picture of the new social view of the main Messenger window

This is a pretty exciting day for the team and I’ll be scouring the web looking to read what people think about what we’re building. If you want to learn more about the new version of Messenger, you can visit messengerpreview.com 

Later in the year, I’ll see what I can do about writing a post on the Inside Windows Live blog about the philosophy and technology that underlies this experience. Let me know in the comments what you would like to learn more about in such a post. 

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Thursday, April 29, 2010 3:16:25 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
To be honest, Windows Live Messenger is a shame compared to IMs like QQ. I just don't understand why Windows Live Messenger has been missing some very basic features for years. Just two simple examples among many: adding my own emoticon is a pain in Live Messenger. I mean, why does every emoticon have to have the same miniature size? Why can I create one with my own size (within a certain limit, of course) by uploading whatever picture I have? QQ has been allowing users to add arbitrary images as emoticons for years. So has Samtime. That's why outrageously funny and popular emo-cons proliferated, beating stupid and virus infested MSN emoticons hands down . Another example is, why the hell doesn't Live Messenger allow users to share pictures through copy&paste? QQ and many IMs have been doing that for years. Hell, Sametime and QQ even provide a decent built-in screen capture tool. Do people in Windows Live Messenger team even understand how much fun that brings to users? And don't even get me started taking about groups. It just looks to me Messenger team has lost its touch for so long.
Danny Y.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 3:27:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
A post about the thinking behind the product would be excellent - especially considering all the 'open' talk that other companies have been preaching.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 3:52:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
It's it too hard to ask messenger clients to...uhm...message?
Thursday, April 29, 2010 4:18:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
http://www.windowslivepreview.com crashes horribly in Safari on a Mac. What a disappointment.
Thursday, April 29, 2010 5:54:35 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
I received a server error message. Sequence contains no elements - An unhandled exception was generated during the execution of the current web request.
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