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 Updated: Pidgin 2.5.5
Updated: Pidgin 2.5.5

dwergs says ( 05 Mar 2009 ):

 

Plenty of bug fixes for the Windows Live Messenger (MSN) component in the 2.5.5 release of the "universal chat client", Pidgin.

Pidgin IM client- Fix transfer of buddy icons, custom smileys, and files from the latest Windows Live Messenger 9 official client.
- Large (multi-part) messages are now correctly re-combined.
- Federated/Yahoo! buddies should now stop creating sync issues at every signin. You may need to remove duplicates in the Address Book (see FAQ).
- Messages from Yahoo! buddies are no longer silently dropped.
- Fixed a crash on Windows when removing a buddy's alias.
- We no longer try to send empty messages. This could happen when a message contained only formatting and that formatting was not supported on MSN.
- Buddies on both the Allow and Block list are now automatically removed from the Allow list. Users with this problem will now no longer receive an ADL 241 error. The problematic buddy should now appear on the buddy list and can be removed or unblocked as desired.
- Don't try to parse Personal Status Messages or Current Media if they don't exist.

>> Read the entire changelog here.

>> Download Pidgin 2.5.5.



 Windows Live Messenger versus Facebook Chat: Battle of Titans?
Windows Live Messenger versus Facebook Chat: Battle of Titans?

dwergs says ( 04 Mar 2009 ):

 

It's been almost a year since Facebook started to roll out its own web-based instant messaging system. Back then, we wondered if Facebook Chat would kick Windows Live Messenger's ass. Time to check the score so far!

Windows Live Messenger
- Age: +9 years
- Number of users: 325 million
- Number of Instant Messages per day: 10 billion
- Peaktime: unknown

Facebook Chat
- Age: 11 months
- Number of users: 117 million
- Number of chat messages per day: +300 million
- Peaktime: +4 million active channels

I look better on FacebookNote that the number of Facebook Chat users includes those who have chatted at least once, i.e. 67% of Facebook's 175 million accounts. Nevertheless, the chat service attracted more than a third of Windows Live Messenger's users in about 1/10th of the time. The record adoption rate is an achievement which is applicable to Facebook in general. The popular social network is growing by five million new users every week, and assuming two out of three users try Facebook Chat, it'll take them less than one year and three months to reach the current userbase of Windows Live Messenger.

But will we really speak of a takeover on the projected date of (ceteris paribus) May 2010? Even though the numbers are impressive and probably very intimidating to Microsoft -and any other company in the world- Facebook Chat needs an awful lot of improvement before it can compete with Windows Live Messenger. Where's the contact list, for example? When will they enable group conversations? And how about permanent chat history? Until these features are added, Facebook Chat is not exactly poaching on Messenger's territory. Until these features are added, they can easily coexist.

Both services aim to "connect people", but Windows Live Messenger is clearly a private communication tool, while Facebook is more of a broadcasting tool with photos and status updates being its most popular features. Their growing userbases will surely overlap, more and more. Did you know the first-ever message on Facebook Chat was actually: "msn chat?" (see this video)

It ain't no battle of the titans yet, but let's enter the arena again somewhere in May next year. Meanwhile, I'll keep an eye on Facebook... You never know... ;)



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