Windows Live Messenger makes it easier than ever to stay connected to the people you care about.
Favorites and groups: Put the people you chat with most at the top of your contacts, so you easily see when they’re online.
Want to chat with several people in one window? Simply set up a group.
Share photos: Look at photos together, right in the conversation window and Messenger tells you when people you know post new photos on Windows Live.
Customize: Show off your personal style with custom scenes, animated display pictures, and signature sounds.
Mobile and web: Using a public computer without Messenger? No problem! You can chat on the web from Windows Live Hotmail or use Messenger on your smartphone
Live Messenger offers plenty of emoticons and winks to cheer up your conversations.
You can expand both collections easily by adding new sets which you’ll find by the hundred on the Internet.
Customization possibilities include changing the chat window background or even adding a personal message to your nickname, but not creating custom status messages.
Also, Live Messenger status messages have now been reduced to “online”, “away” or “busy” – so no more “on the phone” or “out to lunch”, for example.
Chat conversations are not the only thing you can do with Live Messenger.
There is also the possibility of having video chats using your webcam, and also make VoIP calls.
Another great feature in Windows Live Messenger is the possibility to view and share pictures within the chat window, without having to send files over to your contact.
Regarding contact lists, the new Windows Live Messenger lets you create specific groups of users, different from the ones previously known as “groups” and which have now been renamed to Categories.
These groups allow you to have multiple simultaneous chats with several contacts.
Another new feature in the contact management system in Live Messenger is Favorites.
A special category that enables you to have the people you talk to most always to hand.