"w00t, they're finally catching up!"4.5 stars
Pros: New look; very eyecatching,
Cons: There's all this other stuff you don't need
Summary: Okay, this new version of Messenger has been a big improvement since Messenger 7. It bears the new sleek look, with a nice pattern up the top, and an attractive contact list. The sounds are also more crisper, so when a contact signs in or you're receiving a message, it sounds WAY better than the last version. There's also an option to disable the sidetabs, and nudges etc.
The only thing I don't like about this is the extra stuff added. There's no need to "start an activity" with your contacts. And some of the programs associated with Messenger Live don't work with Firfox.