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MSN Windows Live .NET Messenger Beta Plus XP Service IM Pro 2005

Ok, so Windows released a beta version of Windows Live Messenger. I just have one question. How does this relate with existing products? Namely, Windows Messenger, MSN Messenger, the Messenger Service and the .NET Messenger Service? I hear there is a new service too- the Live Messenger Service? So we have three instant messengers that each connect to a seperate service?

Are they trying to confuse their userbase? Because I think they are doing a good job. Here's an idea, albeit right field, but maybe, just maybe they could streamline the product and the service? One IM to connect to one service.

I have a headache.

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  1. darren kopp | May 24, 2006 at 10:02 am | Permalink

    actually each product has a different niche. windows messenger can be used like msn messenger, but you find it used more in business enviroments that want users to be able to chat together, but not necessarily online. msn messenger is, well, msn messenger. the new live messenger is what msn messenger will become, but due to the fact that it's a closed beta and has new features, the current protocol is incompatable (well, somewhat) with the current msn protocol, therefore there are two different services. there will be only one in the end, but for now, there are two.

    i find it simple really.

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