After a short two-year wait since the last major version of Microsoft’s Messenger for Mac shipped (Version 7 shipped for Tiger in April 2008), it looks like Microsoft has made the first public betas of version 8 available (download link). A “crashier” version was leaked earlier this week but this one appears to be somewhat stable. 

New features in version 8 include audio and video chat capabilities.  OK, that’s it.

Microsoft notes (PDF) that some features don’t work in this beta including: File transfers, Video Audio Chat for corporate accounts, and Audio/Video calls on many network configurations.  (not a joke, read the PDF)

All of that, in just two years.

Right.  Going back to Adium.


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