on Sun 17 Jun 2007 (20:26 GMT) (8499 views)
The first release of Windows Live Messenger came around in June 2006 but Windows Live Web Messenger was nowhere to be seen. Now, nearly a year later, there has still been no sign of it and people continue to struggle with the outdated, slow and featureless MSN Web Messenger.
Rival instant messaging networks such as Yahoo! Messenger and Google Talk have released their own fresh web messengers fairly recently and even third-parties such as eBuddy have taken advantage of the lack of progress from Microsoft and released very good web messengers that support Windows Live Messenger.
It is known that Windows Live Web Messenger is in development, but how much longer will it be?
Well, earlier this year LiveSide said that Microsoft's "next generation web messenger" will be around "this summer" (whether it will be in the form of a private or public beta or even the final release has yet to be discovered), and earlier this week Microsoft commented that "Changes are coming in a future release" in response to a suggestion to improve MSN Web Messenger on the private Windows Live beta Connect site.
So will Windows Live Web Messenger finally make an appearance this summer? It seems increasingly likely but all we can do is wait and see.
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on Thu 03 May 2007 (19:37 GMT) (5984 views)
I won't go into detail of the features, Yahoo! have made a video summing up the service. What I will say is this is making Microsoft look really bad, their current web messenger is ugly, lacking in features, ridiculously slow and annoying to use. It is way past an update, and hopefully this will push them up a gear.
Remember Google Talk is now a web messenger as well. Microsoft used to be the big guy in this field. It just goes to show a couple years of neglect can change everything in this fast, advancing industry of instant messaging.
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on Tue 01 May 2007 (16:23 GMT) (24965 views)
The first group of testers for the 'Early Bird' beta will be strictly limited, so if you are interested, get in now!
The popular Web Messenger has been rewritten from the group up to improve ease of use and performance (the current version often gives me browser lag).
Yesterday I signed up, it was really quick and simple, and now I have been accepted into the first testing stage. I can tell eBuddy has been totally changed; the structure of the web messenger is looking at a wider picture than just adding simple new features.
However using separate windows is highly annoying, I wish they would offer an alternative, which I could manipulate in my browser. That being said, eBuddy looks as if it has a strong future ahead, which is why I respect it as a great web messenger.
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on Sat 28 Apr 2007 (17:21 GMT) (8586 views)
However I've adapted this simple idea by using the vast amount of web messengers available to come up with an alternative for pretty much all IM clients. The answer is Meebo, the ridiculously popular web messenger, an instant success.
Here is how you do it (Firefox guide):
- First visit Meebo's homepage and bookmark it.
- Go into Bookmarks > Organise Bookmarks, find Meebo, right click and select properties.
- Simply tick the checkbox 'Load this bookmark in the sidebar'.
- Login to the service and start using Messenger.
Here is how you do it (Opera guide):
- Navigate to Meebo's homepage.
- Go to Bookmarks > Bookmark Page.
- Expand the dialogue box by clicking on the button that says 'Details >>'.
- Tick 'Show in panel' at the bottom of the box and hit 'OK'.
- Open the sidebar, if you haven't already, by hitting F4. Click on the freshly added Meebo button and you should be on your way.
Moving windows around can be a little frustrating at first, and it does lack many of the fun features within Messenger, but you may really like it. I believe surfing the net and using Messenger at the same time is so much better than constantly clicking buttons on the taskbar.
View it in action for Windows Live Messenger
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View how to do the same for Google Talk
on Fri 06 Apr 2007 (14:15 GMT) (9223 views)
The web messenger is very good. Fast, simple, does the job. It makes other web messenger's look like a joke e.g. MSN's web messenger (ouch, that is painfully hard to use). This step just makes using Google Talk easier, and with more people gaining a Google account, things only look brighter for Google. I think it's time Windows Live Messenger launched a new web messenger, learning from the simplicity and user friendliness Google often offers.
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on Fri 19 Jan 2007 (18:12 GMT) (2321 views)
Meebo is the web messenger client of the future. It supports a variety of networks, is jam packed with features and has that professional touch. It uses new programming techniques, heavily armed with AJAX to make using it simple, fast and easy.
Meebo only launched in September 2005, entering a large market. Yet it has made millions from such a simple idea. Why? Because it is different to other web messengers, it's professional touch means more people want to use it. In fact it's only downfall is your school may have blocked access to it.
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on 26 Jun 2006 (4293 views)
It is believed that the company, based in The Netherlands, has recently received funding from an as yet undisclosed, but top tier, VC firm which has allowed it to relaunch under its new name. The original eMessenger, which had been around since 2003, added AJAX functionality in February.
Future plans for eBuddy are currently unknown but now it has funding it will surely try to expand and get better. To start with it has already hired TheBlasphemer, and he seems to be quite busy with them!