Microsoft Messenger 8 Beta Available Now

It’s gotta be tough being a chat program for the Mac. Sure, Adium kicks ass and there are a few others too, but iChat is already built into the OS. Most people just log in there and away they go. No fancy sign up name, no special e-mail account, just good to go from the start.

But maybe you work in a corporate environment where everyone uses Microsoft Messenger and you – the Mac person – has to follow suit. Or maybe your old college roommate uses Messenger, and you want to talk to them again online so you can get that $100 they still owe you. Think I forgot about that Jay? No sir, I have not.

Anyways, yesterday Microsoft announced a new beta for Microsoft Messenger:Mac, Version 8. What does it include? Well all the usual Messenger functions, but it also adds video chat, which is pretty cool (Yes, Messenger 7 had it before, but only for corporate accounts). All that, plus a fancy sign-in screen that requires a Windows Live ID. We can also assume it follows the looks and stylings of the upcoming Microsoft Office for Mac 2011, coming later this year. Excited yet? We are, so go out and download it – then let us know how it works.

Kevin Whipps

Kevin Whipps is a copy editor, writer, photographer and custom car builder based in the Phoenix, Ariz. area. For the past 10 years he's been building his portfolio, mostly in the automotive publishing industry. When he's not wrenching on cars, most of his time is spent discovering new gadgets and toys, and of course, using everything Apple. Whipps is also married, and has a baby boy, Kevin Whipps Jr., coming on February 7, 2010.


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