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Windows Live Messenger beta
Microsoft's new IM client drops the MSN label and adds VoIP features, integrates contacts with its other services, and allows you to share files with other users.
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A look at Windows Live Messenger beta
What's in store for Microsoft's next IM client? We checked out Windows Live Messenger beta, now open for public beta testing. The most noteworthy new features include VoIP calling plans and support for some cordless phones. Additionally, Microsoft allows chat buddies to mirror each other's selected files to, say, share photos or work on joint projects. You can test this successor to MSN Messenger by visiting ideas.live.com. Read more in our First Take.