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Katheryn (Moderator): We are pleased to welcome our Windows Live Messenger Beta Experts. I will have them introduce themselves now…

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [2] Can we have a bookmark sync feature (i.e like youno) so uor bookmarks are portable between work and home PCs?

A: That is a great suggestion and something we will certainly look at for future versions.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [1] Silly question: Will WLM be an (un)officiall abbreviation for Windows Live Messenger or Windows Live Mail???

A: Windows Live Messenger is the official name

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [5] There has been several problems with remote assistance when both users are behind a router, is there going to be any improvements in this area?

A: Hi, this is Owen, I am in the International group, and can assist with International related questions. Thanks.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [14] will teh colour schemes be improved?

A: Yes.. it will be improve before launch

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator): Welcome to the chat! Nice to meet you and learn about what you think of Messenger!

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [18] Currently signing into WLM is quite slow. Will this be rectified in the future?

A: Yes, we are working on it

InesK (Expert):

Q: [6] some more tools added to the handwritting feature would be great! OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

A: Great idea! Any suggestions?! SMILEY :)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [19] Will the colour of the pages be fixed?

A: Yes. It shpould be fix by the final release

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [19] Will the colour of the pages be fixed?

A: Yes, w have recieved a lot of feedback and we are lookign at changes

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [4] Do yo uthink when we use webcams that the "connection established" message can be moved somewhere else so that we can see the "xxxx is typing a message" (at the moment we can't when webcam is on!!)

A: Thank you for the feedback. We will add this as a request

InesK (Expert):

Q: [29] Any chance a sharing folder download status can be included somewhere in the messaging window as well (even just a percentage) rather than having to look directly at the shared folder itself.

A: It is a good idea but we are trying to keep the IM window as unclottered as possible SMILEY :)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [21] Does the team have any plans for a special WLM emoticon for when WLM finally comes out of beta?

A: Yes. It still under investigation and should come up with more by the final relase

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [17] Are we going to see any more major UI changes?

A: Not currently but were still open for more suggestion before the launch

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [8] Will users need Windows Live Messenger to take advantage of upcoming Yahoo! interoperability, or is it a "switch" that will be server-sider? (maybe a combo of both?)

A: Only Live Messenger

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [9] Why do my @microsoft.com contacts show offline in WLM even when they are online (7.5 shows them online). This seems to affect all non-hotmail and MSN passports. Any resolution?

A: Do you have a Hotmail ID or a EASI passport?

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [11] Are there going to be any imporvements with webcam and video messaging before release of WLM

A: Yes, we are

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [13] 1. I would like to see a new feature in WLM that disables sounds when media is being played in WMP.

A: Thank u for the suggestion.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [34] when are you planning on launching WLM public?

A: No approximate time at this time.

InesK (Expert):

Q: [61] Is it true that the sharing folders is using the same technology as the DFS-R from Windows 2003 R2/Vista?

A: Yes SMILEY :)

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [24] can you tell us more about what you're going to change again in the color scheme of Messenger and will the next version be final?

A: In the next version

InesK (Expert):

Q: [64] what did you guys do with leah? was she to scared to come into te hat after her interview with liveside? SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: Snowboarding WINKING SMILEY ;)

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [3] I found a hole in the Parental Control programs. They do not monitor all or some or none IM clients. I would like to see WLM to have parental controls. The options would look for bad words to block, say you can disable folder share to prevent p*rn sharing

A: There are plans for improved perental controls going forward but it will be restricted to preventing children from getting unapproved buddies onto their buddy list. Later on we will start to allow parents to turn off features.

InesK (Expert):

Q: [60] will WLM have an improved anit virus system??

A: What do you mean by improved?

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [46] So, with the introduction of Sharing Folders, you seem to have perfected crappy wrapped up FTP. Will we, the users of Windows Live Messenger, be able to see more crappy wrapped up existing software in the future? I know I can't wait.

A: Thank you for using Windows Live Messenger. It turns out that the Sharing Folders feature is actually much more than just FTP. We use a pretty advanced replication engine which allows you to "smart" transfer files. In other words, we compress the data quite a bit before sending and in the case that you have already replicated a file and change it slightly, we only replicate over the rest of the change.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [40] When will the block contacts option be fixed? Thay always appears as if they weren't blocked.

A: We are workign ona fix and it will be release dint he next version

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [55] Suggestion One: I think adding windows live messenger parental controls would be a great way to monitor are childrens active online experience within msn messenger and help protect them from predators and other bad online experiences.

A: That is actually a perfect suggestion and we are considering this on our next feature release

InesK (Expert):

Q: [22] how far are we away from the final release? (interms of features and timeline)

A: Good question. I can't reveal that at this time. SMILEY :)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [56] I’ve suggested spell check for WLM8 . is this feature going to be implemented?

A: NOt at this time but currently being consider for the next version release

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [7] and file transer, ability to turn off video, audio VIOP and such, block purchases of premium content.

A: Yup, this is a ways off though.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [48] I am unable to access my Live Contact info to edit it, apparantly a Spaces issue, one that others have. Any info on when that will be fixed?

A: What is the error you get?

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [42] will there be a feature to SAVE emoticons, etc?

A: Yes. Maybe in our next feature release

InesK (Expert):

Q: [35] Are you planning to include more features than just the little Sharing Folders and the Live Call?

A: Time permitting, we will. SMILEY :)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [26] Toasts need to be larger again, one can barely read some people's display names.

A: Thanks for your feedback Jonathan. We pwill consider this on our next version release

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [54] Why do my @microsoft.com contacts show offline in WLM even when they are online (7.5 shows them online). This seems to affect all non-hotmail and MSN passports. Any resolution?

A: EASI passport will see @microsoft.com users offline. Ar eyou sign a @hotmail.com or @msn.com user?

InesK (Expert):

Q: [82] Can we have an option to manage individual files in Shared folder feature? i want to delete or pause only one file from my contacts (before to finish the sync)

A: We have heard that request many times. Stay tuned for future releases SMILEY :)

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

A: I've seen UI plans for multi-video ideas but the bandwidth required is a tough problem to solve. The MS RTC (Real Time Communications) team is working on that but I don't know the ETA.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [73] Deepa, no my passport is @chris123nt.com not hotmail or mksn.

A: Thsi is by design .

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [44] File transfer resume, please, please, PLEASE. You're already doing it in certain scenarios, why not expand it so users are less frustrated?

A: Thanks for the feedback and we will definitely consider this feature on our next release

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [100] Will you ever make sharing folders wo that you don't have a copy of the file in the sharing folder? It would be easier to have just a link to the file or something like that.

A: This is quite a common question....one of the reasons we chose the current design is so that users would not lose their data when they did not intend to. In other words, if you put a file/folder in your sharing folder with a buddy and your buddy deletes the file on his end, it will be deleted from your end as well. We are working on a better solution though. Thanks!

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [73] Deepa, no my passport is @chris123nt.com not hotmail or mksn.

A: Since your passport is an EASI passprot you will @microsoft.com users as offline since the domain has federated.

InesK (Expert):

Q: [47] What integration do you have planned for Expo and Live Messenger?

A: contact card, tabs and more!

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [20] any idea why my messenger just stops responding periodically?

A: We've made a number of performance improvements recently, some of which may address this for you. However, I can't be sure. If you kill the process or otherwise crash/hang WLM please please please submit the crash using the dialog. We use that data to track down and fix these bugs.

InesK (Expert):

A: http://spaces.msn.com/messengersays/blog/cns!5B410F7FD930829E!9599.entry

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [12] when will we see some further integration with WLMail and Spaces such as writing an email or blog within WLM's interface

A: I think eventually we will see IMs and emails begin to merge with either platform being able to access the other. When I don't know.

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [141] Are there any plans in Microsoft to release versions in other languages, for instance Russian, for Windows Live Messenger or Windows Live mail?

A: Yes, there are currently plans to add additional langauges for Windows Live products. Russian should be available for beta in the next several days.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [143] IS WLM 8 the next version of MSN Messenger 7.5? :O

A: Yes. This is currently the plan

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [151] Why do we still not have tabs in Live Messenger? It's so often requested but never added?

A: It is definitely one of the features that is being considered for future releases

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [144] I'd like to have the following feature implemented in Messenger - being able to Block Groups (instead of just blocking/unblocking each individual contacts). Would this be possible?

A: Yes it it possible and we will consider this on our next version release

InesK (Expert):

Q: [117] So, when is MS going to hire Patchou to work on Messenger...?

A: Has he submitted his resume WINKING SMILEY ;)

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [25] will running more than one WLM instance ever be officially possible? is it held back for technical reasons or by choice? many people like to be logged in with more than one account at once...

A: Probably not, need a good reason to do it. There have been some ideas floated (nothing officially planned though) for 'personas' to allow you to present yourself differently to different people, assuming that's why you want to do this.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [147] Are you fixing the color problems?? Right now everything seems almost bleached out.

A: Yes. We are planning on fixing this before the final launch

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [134] Will there be a mobile version of wlm available in the future?

A: Yes, we are working on this one.

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [109] why is only Windows Live antivirus supported in shared folders?

A: We partner with the Windows Live Safety Center team in assisting them release their great new A/V product...the deep integration between Messenger and WLSC allows us to provide the most secure experience as possible. This does not, however, mean that a 3rd party scanner is not supported. All 3rd party scanners still work in the background on your file system even if you do not have WLSC installed so in theory, we actually support any scanner you might use.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [146] What do you mean deepa by federated? (jw...)

A: Live Communciation Service has been deployed in a corporate environment and federated domains can see only @hotmail @msn domain users online. The federated domains can provide the online presence of users only in certain domains. Since you are ina differnt domain this is the reason why @microsoft.com users are not seen onlien to u

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [148] Will we be able to create our Own Status for example.. "In the shower" or at work"?

A: Not at this time... thank you for the feedback..

InesK (Expert):

Q: [104] Will there ever be storage for shared folders for offline access?

A: Good question. Stay tuned...

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [157] Is there going to be a new version of webmessenger which will make use of these new technologies and the updated Windows Live Messenger features?

A: I'm not sure what technologies you are referring to but the team will be supporting new stuff as fast as we can.

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [136] Niladri: I understand. For example, my GZip program can calculate complex equasions while compressing files. Do you mean something like that?

A: Yah, something like that except that we send the bits over a wire too.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [15] why wlm dont opens hotmail/live mail in the default browser??

A: we don't use the default browser because not all browsers support the automatic authentication method we use. we had to decide which was more important: opening hotmail and having you already signed in, or launch your default browser. we chose being signed in. i know... it kind of sucks, but we feel it is better you be signed in.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [139] what would you like to know from us?

A: Any suggestion to improve WLM would be great

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [156] i would love to have animated gifs for display picrures. Will that ever be available?

A: Have you tired Meegoes?

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [90] When will the block contacts option be fixed? They always appears as if they weren't blocked after we sign in again. It's confusing and annoys people. I think this is the main bug in the latest version of Windows Live Messenger.

A: That is fixed on our internal latest build. I just tried it.

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [174] Will us lolya beta testers get a free MS hat? or how about a pen?

A: You all certainly deserve some MSN/Windows Live stuff thanks to all your great work! I'll see what we can do :-)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [173] Currently if we want to use remote assistance we need windows messenger installed..is this going to change in the near future?

A: NOt at this time since Remote Assistance is part of windows and Windows messenger is part of Window OS

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [161] Currently if we want to use remote assistance we need windows messenger installed..is this going to change in the near future?

A: no, not really. sorry.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [159] Suggestion Eight: Automatic spell check in conversation windows.

A: Thank you for the suggestion

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [175] will voice (audio) quality be improved to be similar do skype?

A: Yes, voice/audio is being continuously improved for future releases

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [32] Will the ability to send to MSN Direct watches be fixed?

A: one of our devs is already working on fixing this. we should have this fixed in the next release.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

A: Nope sorry but thanks for the suggestion or inquiry

Leah (Expert):

Q: [188] The (*Messenger) icon in the task bar: I would like to be able to perform a right click sign out and exit .

A: This is a great idea - especially now that we have the file menu hidden by default. We'll look into that.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [31] will the icon set (particularly for offline) be updated to something more snassy?

A: yes, we should have something a little more shiny by the final release

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [39] Windows Live Messenger -- where does this leave Mac users?

A: MAC Messneger 5.0 is the latest version

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [128] Will we be able to sync our contact list with Outlook?

A: I don't think this will become an integrated feature but we are approaching that by merging our contacts list into the Windows Address Book (which would be different than your local contacts folder on outlook.)
But what you can do is export your contacts to excell and then to a .csv text file and then edit that to match the format of our save/load contacts feature to quickly get these guys into your buddy list.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [36] Are you planning to add more default Winks, Dynamic Backgrounds and/or Emoticons?

A: Not soon

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [203] Will MSN Today (or maybe Live Today) return in upcomming builds?

A: this is being considered for upcomming builds.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [195] the ability to get messages after I sign on is great, thanks for adding that in! OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :DSMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [203] Will MSN Today (or maybe Live Today) return in upcomming builds?

A: yes, it probably will

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [198] Do you plan to merge the office communicator and msn messenger togheter?

A: Not that I know of. We actually attract two different audiences. Whereas Office Communicator is more of a business app, Messenger pleases home users.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [211] Is there going to be a WindowS Live Messenger for mac?

A: Hi,

Leah (Expert):

Q: [202] it would be cool if you add a hovering effect to the contact list, not like the old one that showed the contact information, just a normal hovering effect. is this possible?

A: What kind of hover effect are you thinking?

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [217] Any idea when the icon name will be changed to Windows Live Messenger? It's currently Messenger Beta.

A: When the product officially releases

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [176] Will there be an ad free version of WLM?

A: Nope as this is a free service.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [208] Will there be a compatible version of WLM designed for the MSN TV 2 Player?

A: unfortunately, that is up to the MSN TV team. they handle that themselves. i can't really answer for them.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [43] Two builds ago when you hovered the cursor over a contact name their information would be visible. What happened to that? Can we get it back?

A: We recieved a lot of feedback on this.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

A: There is a MAC messenger offered by Microsoft.

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [219] I'd like to see closer integration between Windows Live Messenger & Windows Live Mail. There was some IM functionality between Hotmail & Messenger before, and some development with Web Messenger... I'd like to access my Messenger IM/chat logs in Mail Beta

A: Good suggestion!

Leah (Expert):

Q: [204] Why don't you allow us to send short .WAV files with the Voice Clips feature? Would be great for adding sound effects to your conversations.

A: This is a good idea. We've only just shipped the first version of Voice Clip - this might be something to consider for a 2nd version

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [222] I honestly feel that there should be more free winks, nudges, emoticons. what do u think?

A: nudges are free, even though some people thing they should cost.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [63] can we hae a new style or status icons?

A: We may have new ones..

InesK (Expert):

Q: [223] I would stilll like to see more integration with spaces, allowing users to post blgs straight from WLM would be great SMILEY :)

A: That's a great idea! The only interaction right now is if you add yourself as a contact, clicking on the space icon in that car will take you to the Spaces "new blog entry". But I agree more interaction would be nice.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [29] Any chance a sharing folder download status can be included somewhere in the messaging window as well (even just a percentage) rather than having to look directly at the shared folder itself.

A: Thanks for the feedback and we weill defintely look into this.

Leah (Expert):

Q: [227] Will the black skin colour be back, as the grey colour does not seem to work anymore...and I've tried using it on both a CRT and LCD monitor and it just turns white; so I am stuck using the dark blue skin colour?!

A: Great question. There has been a lot of feedback on the current coloring, and we're in the midst of finding a better solution.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [186] Will we have any integration between Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Favorites? I would be a great feature to reach our favorites pages by means of Windows Live Messenger.

A: You can use any custom color you like but it won't look black but a lightened gray. There has been a lot of talk about how to best change this to allow richer color rendering. No decisions yet that I know of.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [41] what happened with the "new visual" used in preview versions of WLM??

A: We got your feedback and it went away! OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [222] I honestly feel that there should be more free winks, nudges, emoticons. what do u think?

A: nudges are free. you can add custom emoticons already without paying for anything. we might be able to allow people to make their own winks, but there are security concerns with letting people run flash applications on other people's computers. i'm not ruling it out, but we need to put more thought into it and how to make it secure

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [232] Nudges should ALWAYS be free! Please KEEP it that way! SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: yes, yes... it will be. don't worry

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [123] Deepa: "Spaces not available, try again later" I've been in contact with support, they said it's a known issue

A: Did this user have a space? What is your ID and I can contact you directly

Leah (Expert):

Q: [232] Nudges should ALWAYS be free! Please KEEP it that way! SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: We have no plans to charge for Nudges.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [221] Are Custom Alerts going to happen?

A: This is great suggestion and we will consider it for future releases.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [226] Romil: You say it's a free service, why not make a premium subscriber package?

A: Thanks for the suggestion and we will look into it.

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [230] Any plans for accessing a shared folder from another PC? Kind of like the mobile team is doing.

A: That's a great feature idea. I'm not aware of what the mobile team is currently doing but I will definitely look it up.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [210] deepa dont u mean 5.1 for macs?

A: Yes

Leah (Expert):

Q: [245] Why did you revert to the old Status icons? I liked the new glass-style icons, but they could have used better differentiation. Like Green/Blue instead of Dark Green/Light Green. Any possibility on the glass icons returning?

A: We heard a lot of response to the first beta that people missed knowing the difference between away and busy. We added the status back in to solve this problem in the short term, but we're working on updating them

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [220] Do you support the unoffical Jonathan Kay fan club?

A: I'm a fan too.

InesK (Expert):

Q: [231] Howbout being able to make your own tabs, like a preview of a web pag eor something... OR AN RSS READER TAB! OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

A: You know that's a good idea. An RSS reader would definitely come in handy. And we are working on making Messenger more extensible so that you can add your own components (i.e: like the Activities APIs for example)

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [108] Will MSN messenger versions be able to be used after Live Messenger is complete?

A: Yes but there will be some features (like file share for example) that won't work. I do expect the older versions to gradually be pulled back to reduce our support costs though.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [236] When is out the OFICIAL Messenger 8 ??

A: when it is done. sorry.

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [248] Would you disinherit your kids if you catch them using AIM?

A: Um, probably :-) Actually, many of us use other clients as well...it's always useful to know your competition.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [257] Will the black skin colour be back, as the grey colour does not seem to work anymore...and I've tried using it on both a CRT and LCD monitor and it just turns white; so I am stuck using the dark blue skin colour?!

A: Please stop repeating yourself.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [122] Will Live Call's from PC to PC be free?

A: This feature is already a free feature if you are refering to PC-PC and not PC-Phone

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [215] Whats the latest info on the status icons redesign? Have you worked out a final new set of images yet?

A: We're working on new tsatus icons.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [256] will there be a new souund scheme one WLM?

A: Maybe someday but I know of no plans to change this right now.

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [250] could we get the search bar and contacts search bar be integrated into one and choose wat to look for?

A: This is a good suggestion. It's someting we've talked about.... and are considering.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [150] When is the next beta release due out?

A: The next release is the non-beta version of messenger

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [259] Re: sharing folders. Is there a way to change the SF directory location? I'm running low on space in my profiles drive, for example.

A: Currently, re-routing the shared folder location is not supported.

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [260] can we expect another beta build in april?

A: Sorry we can not give out dates but just keep watching for our mails in your inbox:-)

Leah (Expert):

Q: [268] Do you guys check mess. be often? WINKING SMILEY ;)

A: I read it all the time

InesK (Expert):

Q: [241] Can there be more wlm dev talk in the newsgroups? I like seeing this...OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

A: Sure. What would you like to see discussed more? The APIs? Inner working of features?

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [247] Will Web Messenger be upgraded to support new features?

A: Ya Ya Youbetcha! But first we have to get quality up. We have lotsa plans!

Leah (Expert):

A: I have to go, bye everyone!

InesK (Expert):

Q: [239] Circles?

A: Squares SMILEY :)

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [242] Will the UI be transitioned to Glass eventually?

A: probably, but probably not before vista is shipped. the guys that make windows wouldn't be happy if we looked better then them. SMILEY :)

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [252] What is your favorite MSN Messenger chatbot?

A: Good news here - we have a new API comming out RSN to make creating chat-bots easy and so anyone can make their own. Its very cool!

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [88] When will Yahoo be incorporated into Messenger?

A: in the next few releases

InesK (Expert):

Q: [238] Will WLM ever see support for Skins and/or Extensions?

A: Skins is definitely a feature request that keeps coming back SMILEY :)In terms of extensions, we are working hard on making messenger more extensible (check out the Activities APIs). And stay tuned for more...

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [89] Are you going to improve the look and fell of WLM? it looks poor in color

A: Yes, we have recieved a lot of feedback

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [251] Could you put an option to sign out next to the mail, sharing, spaces, color on the main window?

A: I always use Alt-F - u to sign out quickly. I don't know of plans to add more entrypoints for this.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [200] Do you plan to add a What you're watching feature and others like it to WLM?

A: There were been a bunch of ideas around different psm messages. we are looking into to some of them.

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [246] Would like a RSS feed in windows messenger .. is this possible?

A: This is another great idea. We've looked into this, but haven't implemented anything yet. BTW, www.msn.com supports RSS feeds.

InesK (Expert):

Q: [286] Ines... inner working of features, just saying Hi or anything is good. SMILEY :)

A: Ah yeah. More team participation, definitely!

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [240] will chat encryption be supported in WLM, as it is already in the mac client?

A: Its one of the features on our long list but I don't know when that will happen.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [267] will there be a PC to PC call feature simliar to skype where you can go through a global directory and choose who to call? SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: Great suggesstion...

InesK (Expert):

Q: [292] If my cat finds a bug and eats it, is that okay?

A: If a bug occurs but no one's there to see it, is it a Bug? SMILEY :)

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [295] When will I be hired? WINKING SMILEY ;)

A: When will I receive your resume?

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [282] When will the rounded corners be brought back to messenger? Everything seems really 'sharp' again, like Windows 98 does SAD SMILEY :(

A: I'm lookin at rounded corners on our current latest internal build.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [284] Thanks for this chat session WINKING SMILEY ;)

A: OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [274] Will we be able to set the transparency level of WLM?

A: yes, that's a good idea. we'll keep that in mind for a future release.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [201] will the PDBs ever be available for msnmsgr on the MS symbol server, like the bulk of windows and other MS products? that can't be a hard thing to do!

A: no currenlty there are no plans to make pdbs available.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [113] will ther be aversion of web WLM?

A: Not at this time bur thanks for the feedback.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [283] Im hungry can you guys but us some pizza pleaseeeeeeeeee, hmm i tryed SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :DPIZZA (PI)

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [279] Will APIs eventually be more powerful and contain more features?

A: That's an area we're working to improve. Expect more information in the future.

InesK (Expert):

Q: [281] RE 239,:I prefer Circles

A: I still ike squares SMILEY :)

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [266] What happened with the color scheme in this build? Are too light... can we see a skinable WLMess?

A: Right, we did recieve a lot of feedback and are lookign at changing this soon.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [278] Bye Lean, Stay Sweet SMILEY :)

A: OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

InesK (Expert):

Q: [275] inesk: both APIs and inner workings would be great! and some PDBs! WINKING SMILEY ;)

A: Why do you want PDBs? WINKING SMILEY ;)

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [269] will you update some older 16-bit icons that had been left by older versions of msn messenger?

A: Yes.

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [294] FolderShare.com used to allow users access to shared files from their website ( "My FolderShare" page Web downloads) - Would it be it be possible to do the same between Windows Live Messenger & MSN Spaces ?

A: That's a great idea! Did you know that we now own FolderShare?

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [69] Does Windows Live Messenger imply that there will be no Mac version?

A: Absolutly not.

InesK (Expert):

Q: [299] How to avoid duplicated files in the shared folders?

A: Currently, no way to avoid it unortunately SAD SMILEY :(

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [216] Are there any plans for a paid version (either stand alone or included in MSN Premium) that will not include the Ads/Video Carousel?

A: There has been talk but I think this is a long ways off.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [253] Will we have any integration between Windows Live Messenger and Windows Live Favorites? It would be a great feature to easily reach our favorites web sites by means of Windows Live Messenger.

A: Yes, I agree too...We are evaluating it..

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [305] Is the messenger team taking applications? If so I would like a job please

A: We are hiring! Feel free to send your resume to mccthire@microsoft.com and we would love to see if we can find a fit.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [244] The ctt file that is generated when saving a contact list, are there any plans to include more details that are saved for each contact, things like nicknames? Would be a pain to move to a new account and have to put all that info in again....

A: Totally agree. Thank you for the suggestion.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [234] will MSN get the option to apper offline to just a group in your list and be online to others?

A: It's a really good idea and we're considering it for a future release

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [262] will more then 1 on 1 video chat ever be supported?

A: The changes to voice and video were mainly to improve the connection quality, but it opens the door to doing other interesting features in the future.

Niladri (Expert):

Q: [316] any plans to decrease wlm's memory usage when its idle (program just minimized to notification area)

A: This is something we are actively working on....memory usage has gotten light years better since our Nov BETA and we hope to continue that trend downwards.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [45] Is there any plans that we're going to see more free dynamic content?

A: We do update them frequently

InesK (Expert):

Q: [315] inesk: to facilitate writing addons, and to be more proactive and helpful when reporting bugs! same reasons theyre available for other MS products WINKING SMILEY ;)if its a simple thing to do, why not do it?

A: Yes, I totally agree on the helping out with debugging and bug reporting. What other MS products release their PDBs?

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [190] Sandy: I was reffering to new technologies such as AJAX, and offline messaging.

A: Yes. The AJAX will come in with our partner websites as they see fit. OIMs are in the works.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [199] Has development on Windows Messenger stopped?

A: no, there is not currently any development on windows messenger right now

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [261] And don't fotget to give a real color scheme in the next build. SMILEY :)

A: OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :DYes definitely.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [68] Leah said on the MessengerSays blog that Tabbed Chatting is on the list of features to add, when do you guys think we're going to see it?

A: In the next release

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [330] is there a way to clean Hot sauce off a keyboard?

A: nope... hot sauce is a killer

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [297] RE 150: So the next release is going to be the public release?

A: Yes I believe so.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [243] Can we have an option to use the search bar but PREVIEW the results before sharing them

A: This is a nice suggestion and we will definitely add it to our suggestion list.

InesK (Expert): Hey everyone, Niladri and I are heading out. Hope you had fun and thanks for all your questions!

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [291] So the next release will be the public one ?

A: That's the plan.

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [263] will there ever be a system to submit custom made winks/dynamic dps?

A: We are looking at other means of personal expression internally, and our partners are also working on ways to enable customized winks and ddps.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [327] Does anyone have Bill Gates on their contact list?

A: OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [329] I wouldn't mind seeing a Voicemail feature for WLM. Any plans for that?

A: Therer are many features such as this that are being considered for future releases

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [23] Will there ever be a feature for premuim users of live products to get rid of ads in wlm like they do in live mail?

A: Not at this time.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [76] I like the fact that I can see the status of blocked users, but there is a need to identify what user is blocked

A: The bug to see blocked users has been fixed and will eb available in the next release

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [331] suggestion: capture screenshot of your computer and send out to user

A: Are you aware of the integration of Remote Assistance and Windows Live Messenger? Instead of just capturing a screenshot, you can actually control the remote computer.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [227] Will the black skin colour be back, as the grey colour does not seem to work anymore...and I've tried using it on both a CRT and LCD monitor and it just turns white; so I am stuck using the dark blue skin colour?!

A: I thought I did.

InesK (Expert): if you have anymore questions/issues with Sharing Folders, feel free to drop us a line at: dogshare@microsoft.com. See everyone on the newsgroups SMILEY :)

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [336] I was told in a previous WLM chat that the PocketPC development of MSN Messenger is separate from WLM. Is this still true?

A: That is correct

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [77] Will we ever be seeing a major reduction in the amount of RAM used by Windows Live Messenger?

A: We are working deligently to fix this issue before the final relase

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [334] Is there anything offlimits with talking about the beta on blogs?

A: if you mean, are you allowed to blog, talk, or otherwise communicate to others about the beta, then yes you can do that

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [271] Does the WLM team get to work with the Yahoo team to try and build that combined IM network?, as said here: http://www.microsoft.com/presspass/press/2005/oct05/10-12MSNYahooMessengerPR.mspx

A: yes. we are actively working towards that.

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [336] I was told in a previous WLM chat that the PocketPC development of MSN Messenger is separate from WLM. Is this still true?

A: Yes, development for the PocketPC Messenger is done by a different team... but we work with them pretty closely.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [310] Can I post a blog to my spaces from Messenger using a popup form so I don't have to navigate to the spaces web site?

A: You can click on the "go to your space" button on the main window and blog away. (That's what I'm looking at on the latest internal build.)

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [325] need to be able to backup BlueMountain content...and encourage more providers

A: I completely agree...this is an execellent suggestion. We will consider this for future releases.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [347] Is there an ETA for the WLM/Yahoo integration?

A: we are working as we speak.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [187] meegos is paid (isnt it?) will you create a free service?

A: How much $ do you think we are making on these? If you were in our position would you make it free? Sorry. HOT SMILEY (H)

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [324] when will WLM invites stop being sended out?

A: How many invites have you received?

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [301] Is MSN Plus working with Beta version of Messenger ?

A: Need to check with the MSN Plus folks

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [152] Will be added a "Group blocking" feature in next builds/versions? Sorry, I don't like the offline chatting feature

A: Sorry not at thnis time. You can only block individual contact at this time.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [353] what do you guys think about BOTS

A: i think they are cool. why don't you write one?

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [288] will you update some older 16-bit icons that had been left by older versions of msn messenger?

A: Yes

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [289] will the beta stop when 8 is released, or will the beta continue for the next release after 8 too?

A: Once final is relesed beta will stop

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [293] Have you managed to fix most of the high RAM usage issues?

A: Yes, we have been continusly working on improving the performance.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [285] Aarthi - Messenger has just said the next release is non-beta does that mean were nearing a final release?

A: as of the current plan the next release is a final release and that is what we are working towards

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [357] With the lastest build I can block a user and the block icon shows but later it disappears and now I can no longer see who I temporaily blocked(at a glance), can this be fixed back to the way it was.

A: yes, i believe this will be fixed by the final release.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [289] will the beta stop when 8 is released, or will the beta continue for the next release after 8 too?

A: I very much expect a beta to go for every major release. Your feedback is super valueable! SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [337] Will Microsoft contract other companies besides BlueMountain

A: We do work with other content providers world wide. I believe that Meegoo winks are available in the US too. So.... the anwser is yes.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [300] Has anybody meet ESP Billy in person? WINKING SMILEY ;)

A: 3 times for me. WINKING SMILEY ;)

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [307] How about a monthly chat like this? That'll be nice...SMILEY :)

A: Yes, this is good for us too. Lot of good suggestions

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [344] Yes... but remote assistance is pretty slow.. and sometime one screenshot suffice

Q: [331] suggestion: capture screenshot of your computer and send out to user
A: Are you aware of the integration of Remote Assistance and Windows Live Messenger? Instead of just capturing a screenshot, you can actually control the remote computer.

A: Perhaps in that case, you can use file transfer...although I realize that involves quite a few steps. Also, Remote Assistance is working on improvements for the Vista release.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [322] 7PM EST is best for me.....please have future chats at this time SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :Dsure but there are others to consider as well.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [341] since block users are identified by the "blocked" icon, what about showing the actual status of that contact instead of "(blocked)" behind its name/email...

A: This is a bug that will be fixed in the next release

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [350] Regarding MSN Messenger on PocketPC: has development for it stopped, or are there plans for Windows Live integration? Specifically, PocketPC 2003...

A: Yes - Messenger on Windows Mobile devices is still in active development.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [326] Any plans to make the window frame the size of the menu-less WLM window?

A: Done in our latest build. ANGEL (A)

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [355] music plugin for different music programs like winamp, etc?

A: there are plugins for winamp - they just aren't written by us.

Marty (Expert):

Q: [360] In the latest build I find it hard to differentiate between contacts that are offline and those that arent - please make it more clear before the final

A: thanks for your feedback. the final status icons are still being polished by our crack staff of graphic designers. expect the final version to be easier to distinguish status with.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [365] any secrets on getting a Q6 advantage? ha ha!! Is that even the same dev team???

A: nope, that's a whole different group of people

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [335] Maybe the option to hide the search button, so the text input box stays as small as possible?

A: Cool idea! I like it - now if we can just talk the search guys into it! NERD SMILEY 8-|

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [361] can you guys bring your dogs to work like the guys @ google?

A: Google guys get to take their dogs to work? I thought that was just Amazon. Seriously, Microsoft is a pretty cool place to work.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [366] http://www.quebecmicro.com/Bass/1.jpg This issue was never fixed

A: i don't understand. what exactly is the bug here?

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [354] Will users be able to stay with MSN Messenger 7.5 or will they need to upgrade to WLM8 when released?

A: Currently there is no plan to force upgrade the MSN Messenger 7.5 users.

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [363] will us beta testers get the final version of WLM 8 a few weeks before its made public so we can do some last minute bug finding!!??

A: We normally give out a build close to the final release for testing, but not final release.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [339] I would love to see a feature to back-up and restore chat history. Are there any plans for this?

A: Chat history is stored in an XML file on your drive - its easy to backup and restore if you know where it is. WINKING SMILEY ;)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [309] Suggestion: Let the menu bar disabled even if the window is maximized.

A: Thanks for the suggestion.

Marty (Expert):

Q: [323] how many users is in the "Messenger" network, and what percentage is MSN?WLM messenger users out of the total?

A: there are in excess of 200 million messenger users today. we are ramping up the number of beta users every day, but are still a fairly low numbers relative to the entire user base.

Sophy - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [135] Why did you revert to the old Status icons? I liked the new glass-style icons, but they could have used better differentiation. Like Green/Blue instead of Dark Green/Light Green. Any possibility on the glass icons returning?

A: Reverting to the old icons was a temporary solution for the beta. We'll have new icons for the final release. Thanks for your feedback!

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [358] Are there any plans to reduce contacts' pictures using "Show details" so that It doesn't use too much space in the main Windows Live Messenger window?

A: We now have a view that has the buddy pictures the size of this emoticon: NERD SMILEY 8-|I'm looking at it on our latest internal build.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [369] Aarthi: strethced emoticons?

A: are you seeing stretched emoticon problem?

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [340] will it continue to be a requirement to scan an exe for virus's before transfering it?

A: currently it is a requirement when you receive it. Moving forward, we are working on making it so that it is a requirement when you send and receive it.

Sophy - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [179] Cached contact list has been really bad for me. Nicknames keep on showing wrong. Is this going to be fixed soon?

A: Yes, this will be fixed in our final release.

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [178] Can we please have a skin that doesnt look like flipping MSN Messenger 7.5?

A: yes, we can

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [377] any plans to use avalon to messengers advantage come vista?

A: Probably not. We use a pre-avalon solution called DUI right now and it meets our needs and works on more OSs.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [349] Being that we are your guys beta testers may we add soem of you to are messengers for future contact and big issues ? SMILEY :)thanks

A: i'd like that very much. unfortunately, there are a LOT of people in this chat and I can't add thousands of people to my contact list. sorry.

Adam [Beta Team] (Moderator):

Q: [368] Are there going to be more Developer features?

A: We are excited about expanding our API story in the future and hope to share a developer preview soon. Meanwhile have you seen the Messenger Activity SDK on MSDN?

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [382] Out of curiousity... what do u each of u devs specialize in for wlm?

A: I do UX stuff. Lots of little random things.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [371] do you guys make you own coffee or can i be hire to do such thing and do i need a resume for that SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: no... we have to make our own. but its also the only time we're allowed to get up from our desks, so we relish it. SMILEY :)

Deepa-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [197] Will Auto-Update performance be improved in the future?

A: yes, the Auto-Update's performance will be better in the future

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [385] will the RLE image format you use internally ever be opened up?

A: Doubt it. Its done by some internal tools our team made but it might become company wide someday.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [371] do you guys make you own coffee or can i be hire to do such thing and do i need a resume for that SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: There are many variety of coffee makers we have around. Thanks for the inquiry though.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [380] Are we going to get first dibs on 8.5 beta invitations?

A: I think that is likely but we have >1M beta testers now so I would say you probably won't be first in.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [390] Q: [340] will it continue to be a requirement to scan an exe for virus's before transfering it?.......But I hope that this "requirement" is something you can turn of in the options since their might always be the problem of false detections and what not

A: The last thing we want is a virus propagating exes to every buddy on your list. This will have to remain a requirement for your own protection. Sorry. SAD SMILEY :(

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [376] are there any plans to develop usefull standalone tools/applications (or addons) for Messenger. eg: like a backup tool for all your custom emoticons, winks, display pictures, etc... so you can integrate them easly again when you do a full format or somethi

A: Sorry but not at this time.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [396] Btw, how did that whole flooding problem work out? is it all dried up again SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: yes. we're all better now... though a little moldy. but we're in seattle, so we're used to that SMILEY :)

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [371] do you guys make you own coffee or can i be hire to do such thing and do i need a resume for that SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: I'm not a fan of coffee.

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [390] Q: [340] will it continue to be a requirement to scan an exe for virus's before transfering it?.......But I hope that this "requirement" is something you can turn of in the options since their might always be the problem of false detections and what not

A: No, do you really want to take the chance and transfer file that failed virus scanning? Also, you do have the option to use any other virus scanner of your choice instead.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [401] RE 380: I'm talking about Managed beta testers, not beta users.

A: Yes. I would expect so.

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [67] Logging or Message Archiving/History in WLM is still quite terrible. Will there be any improvements before RTM?

A: I'm not aware of any changes to the current message archiving scheme at this time, however I did submit your requests from the last chat into our feature request/idea database.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [343] how offten do you use this emoticon: UMBRELLA (UM)

A: Not too often unless you live in a rainy area.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [400] 4, 8, 15, 16, 23... and?

A: 42

Marty (Expert):

Q: [399] Are there plans for Messenger, AIM or Yahoo to have inoperability?

A: messenger and yahoo publicly announced their intent to interop in the near future. stay tuned!

Chatter-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [255] what's your favorite Messenger add-on?

A: BOTs

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [400] 4, 8, 15, 16, 23... and?

A: life, the universe, and everything

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [93] Can we please stop people who are appearing offline from nudging us!!

A: You will not be able to send IMs when you are appearing offline. That includes nudges.

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [413] are you guys getting overtime for this chat?

A: no, but we're getting pizza SMILEY :)

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [404] suggestion: uploading display pictures to the web; so that after u update a display picture, antoerh pseron can see it even if u are offline

A: good suggestion... i'll keep it in mind

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [391] will the next build fix the emoticon bug? where it paints over IM windows and Contact List

A: All of them

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [414] you guys dont watch "lost" then, huh? WINKING SMILEY ;)

A: yes... some of us do

Marty (Expert):

Q: [408] how big is the wlm team?

A: about 60 full timers, including a few manager overhead types ;-)

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [412] when is the next build going to release?

A: We build every day but the final should be late April - we hope.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [389] how many graphic designers work on messenger?

A: All of them..SMILEY :)

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [403] Are you going to be adding VOIP functions to the mobile version?

A: That is under consideration.

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [185] The windows icon in the task bar: I would like to be able to perform a right click sign out and exit .

A: Right click exit does sign you out, not sure I understand the question/request.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [131] any plan to implement " shared / private calendar" feature in the tabs?

A: Cool idea. This may come out as a P4 app but I doubt as a tab - but a really cool idea!

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [409] Are we going to be considered on first place for future betas?

A: yes

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [420] When a recipient receives an ink message, does he receive ink, a vector- style graphic, a wmf image, a raster picture, or what?

A: we try and use ISF if both sides support it. otherwise we use gif

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [205] oh! any chacne to imporve the 'waht i'm listening to feature' so that it supports players like fooobar200??

A: I think that's a possibility. WMP and iTunes are so big that it might be awhile though. People could hack up adapters to make other players look like WMP or iTunes though.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [296] is anyone considering messenger 9 yet? WINKING SMILEY ;)

A: Thanks for the feedback and we are considering it

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [426] In DirectUI, there is a custom class called EmoticonText. However the Parser class will not create this from a fresh instance of the parser, and if you create the class object manually from the IClassInfo, the content property's emoticon shortcuts are not

replaced by the emoticon. Why is this?

A: who are you? what are you doing in our code? what are you trying to do? want to do it officially? send us your resume. tell the hiring manager to cc "Geeven"

Marty (Expert):

Q: [434] Is there going to be a Windows Mobile version of WLM?

A: you'll have to ask the mobile team, sorry.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [392] Why doesnt WLM work on versions older than win xp? a friend was annoyed that he couldnt use wlm?

A: We had a ton of code to support Win9x and there were new features we wanted that simply couldn't be done on win9x. It was a lot of work to support and test and the number of users that still use 9x is now small enought that its not worth it. Its 9x or a lot of features. We went for the features. Sorry.

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [405] How much do you get done in a day?

A: Not nearly enough CONFUSED SMILEY :S

Chatter-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [416] question in vista 5308 what version of messenger can a person use

A: use the latest released version on 5308, log on as local admin when install the client. Look for the release notes for more details on how Messenger works in Vista.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [430] Are we allowed to post the transcript of this chat? Or is it strictly private?

A: Please don't.

Marty (Expert):

Q: [439] A lot of websites are managing invites, sending them to people that need them. What do you guys think of that?

A: the more the merrier - but I'm a bit disappointed people are selling them...

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [419] i hope you guys get coffee COFFEE CUP (C)- I am drinking some Indonesian coffee....yum! SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: I roast my own and have a Solid Master 5000 in my office that other members of the team use. Good stuff!

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [418] RE[413] Sweet.. i get pizza instead of overtime too OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

A: WINKING SMILEY ;)

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [435] Sorry for my ignorance. ISF = what?

A: Ink Serialization Format - part of the Tablet SDK

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [422] Why cant we have more builds more often? even if they're buggy?

A: brave

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [303] i would like a feature that allows you to have a nickname colored, and with costum emoticons. is that possible?

A: You can actually place an emoticon next to a contact nickname but just color.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [426] In DirectUI, there is a custom class called EmoticonText. However the Parser class will not create this from a fresh instance of the parser, and if you create the class object manually from the IClassInfo, the content property's emoticon shortcuts are not

replaced by the emoticon. Why is this?

A: stop asking the same question repeatedly

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [440] can i sell invites if i find a buyer

A: We'd prefer you don't.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [444] Will the future version of WLM be built on WinFX and XAML?

A: probably - assuming we can eventually ship WinFX and XAML

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [149] I am seeing alot of "in the next release" for answeers - are the features we see today in the current beta what we'll be getting in the final release or will there be more features added in future beta releases?

A: What you see is what you get + whatever else we could get in + changes based on your feedback. LEFT HUG ({)RIGHT HUG (})

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [425] anyone of you guys watch JAG?

A: {kelly} I was really hooked on Project Runway. Choe was so much better than Daniel. I think she deserved to win.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [333] When you say next release does that mean post 8 or next build.??

A: Next build

Chatter-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [306] I would like to be able to create a shortcut to a contact on the desktop or in the Quick launch bar. Any thoughts?

A: yes, you can do addcontact, chat, voice, video and phone using exposed messenger APIs from deskrop, web page, command line

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [432] unscramble this word: KISDTYCRA

A: Cry at Kids

Marty (Expert):

Q: [373] I dont know if you can answer this, but what will happend to the current MSN Premium / Sympatico partnership after this whole "Live" thing is launcehed?

A: MSN Premium is still a support application and we will continue to support custom domains like sympatico.ca for the foreseeable future

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [448] can anyone quickly write a "go to the toilet" activity for messenger... I need to go... badly....

A: ewwwwww\

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [417] hey share that pizza i asked for some a while ago hahaha SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: PIZZA (PI)

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [429] will there be an option to exit from messenger, by simply clicking the window's close red x?

A: That's not a request I've heard that much, since we have the 'close to tray' model that has been quite popular. We tried to make the 'exit' from the tray/menu work better though, anyone notice?

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [442] Geeven: Just trying to write an addon to your wonderful application.

A: We're working on more supported ways to do this. Can you give us more information about the scenario you're trying to achieve?

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [351] when will more than 1 on 1 video chat come in?

A: Not for awhile. Its a hard problem considering the bandwidth and UI requirements.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [356] Is there an an e-mail address or channel to get feedback to team who develops Messenger for Windows Mobile? It's seriously lacking in features when compared to the desktop version of Windows Live Messenger.

A: Have you tried to reach them through http://support.msn.com?

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [447] Will the time limit be raised when replying back to an offline contact? Currently its a minute or so I noticed and after that you can't message them.

A: i do not believe that this is by design. What you are describing probably sounds like a bug. Can i get more details? are you saying the offline IM feature works only for a minute or are you saying that offline IM isnt working for you?

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [453] what kind of pizza are u guys having? pizza hut?

A: Pagliacci

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [451] geevan: TheSteve didnt ask the coding question more than once.. both were #426.. bug on your end i think

A: Geeven says 'ok ok'

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [460] Can I save this chat transcript for future reference?

A: Yes, for yourself, but please don't post in public.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [456] Are custom statuses being considered for later?

A: You mean something beyond your personal status message?

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [393] Q: 310 not answered. the question is restated clearer: could we have a winform in Messenger to type and post our blog without navigating to the spaces website via "go to your space",

A: Great suggestion

Katheryn (Moderator): Katheryn (Moderator): We're about 70 minutes into the chat, with 20 to go...again, thanks experts for hanging in there and answering so many questions

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [462] when will the ability to chat with yahoo messenger users (announced some months ago for this summer) be added in messenger?

A: We are working on this now.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [458] I havent seen an answer to this yet.. So Ill ask one more time. Will there be a feature to be offline to some and online to others?

A: We are exploring options for this and considering it for a future release

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [467] are you all in the same room right now huffing and puffing and talking aloud as u answer these questions? SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: yes. with pizza

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [466] Where // What did you guys go for school?

A: RPI, in upstate NY, computer science & computer engr major

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [474] I *hate* the personal status message and I have some friends that put REALLY stupid stuff in there. Can you upgrade my friends for me!

A: ANGRY SMILEY :@So are you saying you want an option to not see your buddie's PSM?

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [461] I love the search contact list feature, it's simply brilliant for large lists. But sometimes it takes a lot of time for the contacts which have a nickname the same as what you entered to appear.. Is this going to be fixed? Or simply my computer being slow?

A: yes, we're trying to imporove the performance of messenger in a lot of areas, including the contact list. the next version should be much better

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [470] also, for whenever the ability to chat with yahoo messenger is implemented, will it be just chat, or also stuff like emoticons, voice clips, audio/video chat, etc?

A: We're starting out with text, and we'll consider adding support for other features later.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [478] Do you guys approve msgplus?

A: no. in fact, since the program modifies our binary, i believe installing msgrplus is a violation of the messenger terms of use.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [471] when will the file transfer speeds be fixed? -_-

A: There has been a ton done on this. We try to use P2P as much as we can and the new sharing features minimally uses diffs to transfer file updates. We will continue to make this as fast as we can. PARTY SMILEY <:O)

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [475] Aarthi - Messenger, if I'm using msn messenger 7.5 and my friend messages me (he's on wlm8) if I don't respond within a minute I can't message him back, if he messages me again I have another minute to get back, and it works.

A: This definitely is a bug. We'll definitely work on a fix.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [477] unscramble this word: KISDTYCRA A: Cry at Kids> no the answer is YardstickOPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :D

A: SAD SMILEY :(

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [483] what SWAG do we get at the end of the beta? MSN butterflies? SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

A: No more butterflies...they're a thing of the past. We're windows live now :-) ...we're working on the SWAGs.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [475] Aarthi - Messenger, if I'm using msn messenger 7.5 and my friend messages me (he's on wlm8) if I don't respond within a minute I can't message him back, if he messages me again I have another minute to get back, and it works.

A: If i need more information about this issue

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [484] My "Turn on what I'm listening to" is check but doesn't show what I'm listening to anymore. Any ideas on how to fix it? I think it stopped with an earlier version, and uninstalling/installing doesn't fix the problem.

A: Make sure inside WMP that in Options, Plug-ins tab, Background category the "Windows Live Messenger Music Plug-in" is checked. I believe WMP turns off all plug-ins when they crash in case the plug-in caused it, so after crashes you may have to reenable the plugin.

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [489] Why'd yall kill the butterfly SAD SMILEY :(?

A: Geeven says it smelled bad

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [457] Romil - Messenger> sorry, but i already knew that, what i ment was emoticons created by you, or some you download.... ect.

A: Ok.. sorry.. misunderstood you. This is actually a good feedback and we will; definitelt consider it.

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [471] when will the file transfer speeds be fixed? -_-

A: This is probably related to your network settings, or the settings of the person your transfering files to. What size and type of files do you tranfer? (Just wondering if compression would help.)

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [312] Yahoo Messenger used to allow (not sure currently) me to change the background on the buddy list area. Is this a possible addition to WLM?

A: Very possible. Don't know when though.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [475] Aarthi - Messenger, if I'm using msn messenger 7.5 and my friend messages me (he's on wlm8) if I don't respond within a minute I can't message him back, if he messages me again I have another minute to get back, and it works.

A: Can you please describe this problem to reachmessengersupport@hotmail.com. We can correspond more regarding this issue

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [490] Suggestion: Make it so we can have a voice clip library of wav files to play to others - Its really anoying to have to play drphil-get_a_life.wav through my speakers and record it via the mic every time

A: Good suggestion - this may fit nicely into some other work we're doing.

Chatter-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [499] When will wlm take overt the world? (6)

A: soon..

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [493] Thanks Aarthi - Messenger I just posted it in the "bug" newsgroup, earlier I had it in the Suggestion area, my bad.

A: awesome. thanks.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [321] I asked this earlier, but it might not have been seen. Does the messenger team know about messenger no longer being integrated in the new MSN 9.2 build? If so how do you feel about it?

A: Yes. There are some other plans for this comming down the pike. DON'T TELL ANYONE SMILEY :-#

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [497] Katie the butterflies are still a group of testers for you. You should check the newsgroups more often...heck I'm even on the butterfly tour in May this year.

A: Sorry - no offense :-)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [454] Will there be more statuses in upcomming builds of WLM? I think we need more SMILEY :)

A: Thanks for the feedback and we definitely need more.

Marty (Expert): Katie is really blushing! EMBARRASSED SMILEY :$

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [498] I commonly hear from friends/associates that the latest version of Messenger gets more bloated (in terms of size, unnecessary features), is this something which your team discusses? this is why "smaller" clients like GTalk or ICQ Lite is more appealing?

A: I agree SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :PIs the issue runtime speed, memory usage, disk space usage, download size? I realize all of these are important, but when someone complains about software being "Bloated" I'm always curious what their priorities are. What's bugging them, and why?

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [500] katie, do you wish to participate in a one night stand?

A: I like cats...not dogs

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [488] what is your official opinion of MSG Plus!?

A: we're not really fans of it. it modifies our binary, so it causes a bunch of bugs. plus, when people submit crashes - which we do look at - when msgr plus is installed the crashes are usually worthless. however, patchou comes up with some interesting features and we always encourage user feedback.

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [502] I'd *love* to review my voiceclip before sending it! Pleeeeaaassssseeee?

A: We explored this and will consider it for the future.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [459] I have seen some requests for multi-party video - how about at least one person showing video with two or more being able to see it?

A: That is a cool idea! We should work on that. HOT SMILEY (H)

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [492] note to Geeven: Messenger Plus! does not modify the files of Messenger and never did

A: it may not now, but it certainly used to. it can cause us a great deal of problems

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [507] I think "out to lunch" is much related to wa work enviroment... any plans to change this? to leike PIZZA? or Eating? (lol not pizza. but u now what i mean)

A: I use my PSM for the exact same purpose.

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [508]

Q: [498] I commonly hear from friends/associates that the latest version of Messenger gets more bloated (in terms of size, unnecessary features), is this something which your team discusses? this is why "smaller" clients like GTalk or ICQ Lite is more appealing?
A: I agree  Is the issue runtime speed, memory usage, disk space usage, download size? I realize all of these are important, but when someone complains about software being "Bloated" I'm always curious what their priorities are. What's bugging th

Usually it's the memory usage.

A: We've made some progress on this since previous beta build releases, and will keep working on it. It is one of the areas I care deeply about HOT SMILEY (H)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [137] when will MSN Premium be upgraded that will work with messenger better xp and Vista

A: When it's done.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [507] I think "out to lunch" is much related to wa work enviroment... any plans to change this? to leike PIZZA? or Eating? (lol not pizza. but u now what i mean)

A: OPEN-MOUTHED SMILEY :DI always like to let the user make the call but how will all your buddies know what this really means? It would be cool to have some random set of strings for this but its kinda like making a game. Your PSM lets you make things crystal clear! WINKING SMILEY ;)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [111] When is WLM expected to go live?

A: When it is done.

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [516] Suggestion: Perhaps one way to make it less bloated (when the time comes) is to have an advanced install with options to install certain features (eg: winks/packs etc)

A: Certainly the kind of thing we're thinking about, although having a bunch of different configurations that all have to work turns into a huge testing nightmare. We definitely want to be lean and mean, though.

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [518] I haven't seen this answered: Is the current white/blue theme final? I really like it.

A: We're still making minor tweaks.... especially around colorization.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [505] can bill gates give me a donation (6)? hahaha

A: PIZZA (PI)

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

A: I find that PSMs are more than sufficient for me. Dont you like using PSMs for custom statuses

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [524] will users be able to limit bandwidth on file transfers?

A: File Sharing does a better job of limiting bandwith. Limiting FT bandwith is a good idea...

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [516] Suggestion: Perhaps one way to make it less bloated (when the time comes) is to have an advanced install with options to install certain features (eg: winks/packs etc)

A: Good suggestion...we are also working on reducing our working set and improving perf.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [519] will you add tabbed conversations?

A: we know this is a common request. we haven't come up with a model we really like, but when we do, we'll probably do it.

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [528] Andrew: regarding Messenger (bloat), many people do look for core functionality (i.e. IM, voicechat)... could there perhaps be a Lite version of Messenger which addresses this? Many people I know don't really care for winks, custom emoticons etc.

A: I'd certainly like to see that users only have to 'pay' for what they use. That's not as true today as it will be in the future! Whether this is done with installation options or not is to be determined.

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [127] Suggestion Six: Auto-Away me4ssages, To be able to set a message to send to a user that messages you while you are away Example, Mike is sending Steven a message , Hi Steve how are you, Then Mike will get a response saying Sorry i am away shopping.

A: We have a whole cool feature comming to answer this need. HOT SMILEY (H)

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [534] what language is used for programming WLM ?

A: Mostly C/C++.

Katheryn (Moderator): We've got 7 minutes left..please submit your final questions to the experts

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [511] any plans to implement a new dev chat system that weeds out the questions already answered that ppl are to illiterate to read?

A: No but that would be cool! CONFUSED SMILEY :S

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [530] well if you guys dislike msgplus... will you ever prevent installations?

A: probably not, unless it becomes a REAL problem. if you wantto shoot yourself in the foot, we're not going to keep you from doing that either

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [526] Romil- Re: Q: [137] when will MSN Premium be upgraded that will work with messenger better xp and Vista. Are you saying that messenger integration will be readded to MSN Premium?

A: There is a plan but no solid date as of yet

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [544] Can you add more length to the Voice clips?

A: You must have a lot to say! How long should we make them?

Owen - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [535] Can we have the ability to make our own Flash DP's?

A: No.... not in at least this version. There are some security concerns we have around user created flash content since flash is scriptiable. (You don't really want this....)

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [527] what was the purpose of verifying the binary and disabling shared folders/etc if it was patched?

A: There are a lot of powerful features and letting rogue clients running around can be very dangerous for us and our customers. We need to keep control of this monster. SURPRISED SMILEY :-0

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [552] could you optimise the time to load wlm for the non best computer ? compilation mode for speed.

A: We do as much optimization as we can, and will do more.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [543] Is a gadget just a handle to an Element?

A: no. an element is a wrapper for a gadget. again, if you really want to write messenger code, why not come work for us?

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [58] The webcam function is MUCH improved in the latest build.

A: Thanks for your feedback.

Chatter-Messenger (Expert):

Q: [548] The personal message is not retained after the signing out and signing in. Is this by design.

A: please contact support.live.com for that and the issue will be looked at

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [154] will there be an option to disable people leaving us offline messages?

A: I think that will come about after this is released. I personally don't like my IM app becomming an email client either. ANGEL (A)

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [555] would any of you experts like an invite to use WLM? I have 40

A: I'm cool, thanks though.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [554] Can we make our own status names?

A: the personal status message isn't enough for you? man... you guys are getting greedy. SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [551] Thank you so much Romil SMILEY :)I've really missed my messenger being in the dashboard CRYING FACE :'(

A: You are welcome

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [557] I'd just like to say thanks to everyone from MS who took the time to chat tonight. Cheers!

A: you're welcome!

Katie (Moderator):

Q: [557] I'd just like to say thanks to everyone from MS who took the time to chat tonight. Cheers!

A: And thank you for hanging out with us!

Katheryn (Moderator): Okay! That about wraps it up tonight

Sandy [MS] (Expert):

Q: [556] thank you for being more open with questions (especially the dev related ones) this time! SMILEY :)

A: They asked us devs to show up this time with a nice bribe of PIZZA (PI). We love our customers but we sometimes hate bugs more! SMILEY WITH TONGUE OUT :P

Katheryn (Moderator): Thank you so much for joining us as the experts finish up the final questions

GaryMock (Moderator):

Q: [532] Do we get anything for being a beta tester

A: You get the opportunity to new products and features, before the majority of others, in addition to a chance to have your voice heard & suggestions implemented by the Product teams

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [568] OK...have a great evening

A: You too.

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [561] will there ever be support for animated gifs as your display picture?

A: no, probably not. we make too much money from the 3rd party pictures

Marty (Expert): thanks everyone for participating!

Marty (Expert): g'nite now.

Aarthi - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [553] what are the plans for allowing users to customize Wlm8

A: with wlm8 you can customize the colors in the main window. you can change your view and group by options. All the pre-wlm8 customization features are still available.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [565] Thank you for your answers tonight, they are really appreciated. You guys have done such a better jon tonight than I have ever seen in the past. Have fun coding, I'm looking forward to the next build SMILEY :).

A: Thank you. It's nice to hear this from our user. SMILEY :)

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [563] Thanks again guys!

A: You are welcome.

Romil - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [564] gd night

A: good night

Geeven - Messenger (Expert):

Q: [569] my xbox is cool. as it has an hacked dashboard. can i have wlm for it?

A: what? you hacked on piece of MS software, and how you want our help with how to use it? sorry man... you're on your own. DON'T TELL ANYONE SMILEY :-#

GaryMock (Moderator):

Q: [572] Can we do this more often? RED HEART SMILEY (L)

A: Definitely - We will do another Beta Chat pretty soon...

Andrew [MS] (Expert):

Q: [74] Suggestion Two: Multipul Messengers, To be able to run more then one Messenger account at any given time for those who have more then one Messenger account.

A: Since there's obviously so much interest in this I'll dig deeper. Thanks for the feedback!