Windows Live Messenger 2011

Posted on February 9, 2011


Social networking sites are very popular today.  I am sure everyone has a social networking site profile.   That is why the latest version of Windows Live Messenger has new features that integrates social networking sites.

The sign in screen of Windows Live Messenger 2011 has changed.  It now loads faster than previous versions.

The first time you sign in to Windows Live Messenger, you will be prompted to choose between Social Highlights and MSN.

When you choose Social Highlights, your default full view screen will show updates from your social networking sites.  However, you have to link first your social network profile to your Windows Live ID.

Let’s try Facebook.  As you can see, you can choose if you want to be able to chat with your Facebook contacts using Windows Live Messenger.  Also, you can select if you want to synchronize status updates that you make in Facebook with your Windows Live Messenger status.

Once you have linked Facebook, your Windows Live Messenger should look something like this:

Now, I can chat with my Facebook friends using either my internet browser or Windows Live Messenger.

You can hide the updates by toggling between the full view and compact view.  The compact view looks similar to the old versions of Windows Live Messenger.

Like the previous versions, I can still add and chat with Yahoo contacts to Windows Live Messenger.  Just make sure to include,, or depending on whichever domain your friend is using.

One feature that is only available in Windows Live Messenger is the ability to create dynamic pictures.  When you click on your avatar, you will be prompted if you want to upload a picture, or use a webcam.  With your webcam, you can take a picture, or use a short video as your profile pic! Also, you can assign a picture or a short video to an emoticon such that when you use that emoticon, your avatar will change to the corresponding picture o short video.

You also have the flexibility of signing in at two or more places at the same time.  With this feature, you can remotely sign out using another computer. You can also toggle Facebook chat so that you can filter out you Windows Live Messenger contacts.

The old features like file sharing, photo sharing, and games are still intact. The video calls have improved, as you can already stream in high definition. You can also leave a video message if your contact is offline.  Notifications when you receive an e-mail or someone sends you an instant message looks better.

Speaking of notifications, are there times when you are in the middle of a presentation and a window pops out because someone sent an instant message?  With Windows Live Messenger, when you set your status to Busy, these pop outs and notifications won’t come out.  If you are using Windows 7, you can use Aero Peek see the control buttons for status.

Windows Live Messenger is part of Windows Live Essentials.  You can get it for free here.

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