Messenger:Mac beta with AV coming in 2009

Yesterday, on Mac Mojo, we gave a quick update on the progress of Messenger.

Windows Live Messenger has just entered beta (along with several other Windows Live apps). Their beta is important to us because WLM is moving to a new backend for their audio/video support. This new backend is the same one that's already in use by Office Communicator Server. Messenger:Mac users who are using OCS2007 servers can do audio/video chats today -- I've been using it for several months to chat with my (currently snowbound) colleagues in Redmond. WLM using the same backend as OCS brings us here in MacBU one step closer to being able to give users of the personal service the same support for audio/video as can be found in the corporate OCS service.

They're in beta, so they're still ironing out a few things. If you come by the Office booth at MWSF, we'll be giving demos of our support for audio/video on the personal service.

Comments (9)
  1. Mauro says:

    Hi Nadyne,

    it is possibile to test the new beta of Messenger for Mac when it will be avaiable?

  2. The Messenger:Mac beta will be a public one.  Once we have more details available, I’ll post here, and someone will post over at Mac Mojo too.

  3. Douardito says:

    OOooooh Yes Please!! Let us know when we will be able to try this!!

    Very interesting.


  4. Three Mac betas coming in 2009!

  5. Will Ziccardi says:

    Excellent! Any news as to when Messenger will go into public beta?

  6. Will – Sorry, no details yet.  I’ll post here the second that it’s available. 🙂

  7. Mdude says:

    Will it look any different from Messenger for mac 7? Is there a rough beta release date?

  8. Mdude – We’re not making any major UI changes in this release.  As I’ve said in the comments to this post, we don’t have a release date yet (lots of things depends on how the beta for Windows Live Messenger goes), but I’ll post about it the second I can share.

  9. Drew says:

    I hope they update date it again this year with ui changes.

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