Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta 2 was released! This beta version is available in almost 35 languages and it is available for downloading now. Windows Live Messenger is the successor of MSN Messenger. This new generation instant messaging application is part of Microsoft’s Windows Live set of online service. The Windows Live Messenger 8.1 was released on 29 January 2007 while the Version 8.5 Beta 1 was subsequently released on 31 May 2007.

The latest version of Windows Live Messenger has came out with a fresh new look. Other than that, all the features that users know and familiar still remain. It allows users to get connected instantly to the people who matter the most—via text, voice, or video. Even if they’re offline, you can leave a message or send a note. With Windows Live Messenger, users can choose from a variety of status messages for any occasion. Use Windows Live Contacts to control your personal information—who sees it and what they see. Users can also share their personal files, photos, and videos with their friends easily. By joining the i’m™ initiative and every time users have a conversation using i’m, Microsoft will donate a portion of the program’s advertising revenue to the cause of your choice.

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Update: Windows Live Messenger 8.1 (for Windows Server 2003 and x64 XP) and Windows Live Messenger 8.5 are available for free download.