MSN Instant-Messaging Client Nears Beta
Testers in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Spain, Korea and Netherlands are on the tester list.
MSN is planning a broader beta to go out later this year. The target date for the final is early 2005, company officials said.
With MSN Messenger 7, Microsoft will be integrating some of the features
The NeoWin Windows enthusiast site on Wednesday reported some of the features expected to debut in next weeks MSN Messenger beta. Among these are the "winks" and "nudges" Microsoft pioneered with threedegrees. Winks and nudges are animations that help grab other IM users attention.
MSN also said to expect other IM personalization features to debut in the MSN Messenger 7 release, including:
MSN is touting other new features for its next IM client release, as well, including tighter integration with MSN Search. A search bar will be included at the bottom of each IM client. Users also will be able to search within an IM conversation by highlighting a word and right-clicking on it.
MSN also plans to add more "value-added transactional services," such as avatars and emoticon packs for more markets. MSN has already introduced these kinds of features in Korea and the United Kingdom. With MSN Messenger 7, MSN will add the United States and France to the list of supported countries and will add new, purchasable background and display picture offerings, too.