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 Webcam vulnerability to be fixed on Patch Tuesday
Webcam vulnerability to be fixed on Patch Tuesday

dwergs says ( 07 Sep 2007 ):


There's no rushing Microsoft when it comes to addressing the webcam exploit discovered in older versions of Messenger and publicly shared on the web at the end of August. Yesterday, the company issued the advance notification for September's Microsoft Security Bulletin and the fourth out of five patches affects MSN Messenger 6.2, 7.0, 7.5 and Windows Live Messenger 8.0. Described as "Remote Code Execution", we can assume this is the fix we're waiting for.

Although rated "Important", the release date of the security patch is set to Tuesday, September 11th. As usual on Microsoft's Patch Tuesdays, it'll become available via Microsoft Update around 11 AM PST.

If you're still using an aforementioned version of Messenger, shun suspicious cam session invitations until you can patch it, or simply update to Windows Live Messenger 8.1 or above.

 Updated: Mess Patch for Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288
Updated: Mess Patch for Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288

dwergs says ( 06 Sep 2007 ):


Microsoft says "a new Windows Live Messenger beta", we say "a new Mess Patch", so here's Mess Patch for Beta 2 (8.5.1288.816) already.

There are no changes compared to the previous version of Mess Patch (it's still +80 options strong!) save the presence of two more languages (17 in total!).

mess patch for windows live messenger 8.5 beta 2Thanks to Rolando for spending his night behind his PC, and thanks to the translators for their great contribution.

>> Download Mess Patch 8.5.1288.816 (or get it via auto-update).

>> Look at the post below to find out where you can download Windows Live Messenger 8.5 Beta 2.

 Released and captured: Windows Live Messenger 2008
Released and captured: Windows Live Messenger 2008

dwergs says ( 06 Sep 2007 ):


Like Messers like Tobias, Ignacio and warmth have reported, yesterday's launch of the Windows Live Installer contains the latest release of Windows Live Messenger. Despite the removal of the Beta-tag, the Messenger team explicitly calls it Beta 2. I was unable to spot many differences in build 8.5.1288.816, except for the slightly darker default header color (am I right?) and the Version 2008 label instead of 8.5 in the About window. Jason confirms my first impression:

"While the look and feel is almost the same, we listened to your feedback and fixed many of the top issues reported by our customers. THANK YOU to all of our beta testers who reported issues."
The main difference is that this release is available in 35 languages, in contrast to the mere six of Beta 1. The main annoyance is that it's currently only available through the Windows Live Installer which seems to impose several other (unwanted) applications upon me. Furthermore, Messer evildust reported that the installer doesn't run on Windows Vista x64, can you believe it?

I'll be uploading the standalone installer in the next hour to help the disadvantaged. For the time being, here's a DIY-fix for x64 owners as provided by raghav.

Those suffering from customization fever can already patch Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288.816 on-the-fly with MessPatch Light (just click the button in the left column), or wait for the ultimate tweaking pleasure as provided by the Mess Patch update later today.

>> Download the official Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288 (Beta 2) installer here.

UPDATE (thanks to MenthiX, and sorry, RapidShared for now):
>> Download Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288 (English).
>> Download Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288 (Spanish).
>> Download Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288 (Arabic).
>> Download Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288 (Dutch).
>> Download Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288 (Italian) (thanks g t!).
>> Download Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288 (French) (thanks Frackounet!).
>> Download Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288 (Greek) (thanks martyr!).
>> Download Windows Live Messenger 8.5.1288 (Brazilian Portuguese) (thanks Adrilindozao).

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 Windows Live Installer goes live today
Windows Live Installer goes live today

dwergs says ( 05 Sep 2007 ):


In the next few moments, Microsoft will release its Windows Live Suite to 58 countries across the globe. Included in the unified installer, which runs on both XP and Vista, are Windows Live Photo Gallery beta, Windows Live Messenger 8.5 beta, Windows Live Writer beta, Windows Live OneCare Family Safety, and Windows Live Toolbar.

While voices in the blogosphere question the importance of this move, Microsoft considers it a milestone in the Windows Live story.

>> Get it at

>> If the Windows Live Installer pages are still unavailable in your country, you can already grab the English (US) version.

UPDATE: I just gave the installer a try and what bothers me is that it automatically updates already installed Windows Live software with no chance to opt-out (except total cancellation). But it does save you some clicks if you need to install two or more of the included apps, for instance on a clean system.

 AirTalkr 2007, a breath of fresh air
AirTalkr 2007, a breath of fresh air

dwergs says ( 05 Sep 2007 ):


AirTalkr 2007 is a new desktop-based IM aggregator running on air. Yes. Air!

AIR stands for Adobe Integrated Runtime and is a "cross-OS runtime environment for building Rich Internet Applications, using Flash, Flex, HTML and Ajax, that can be deployed as a desktop application". Just install the runtime (PC or Mac) and AirTalkr is ready for its first flight.

The newcomer, currently still in beta, claims "it is not just an IM" and tries to surpass the big five services it supports (AOL, ICQ, Yahoo!, Windows Live & Google) by tapping into the social web 2.0. Through its Aircards feature, it allows you to keep up with your buddy's activity on some of the web's most popular destinations: Flickr, MySpace, Friendster, LinkedIn, and Twitter. A contact's blog doesn't need to be on Spaces, but can be anything with an RSS feed output. Admittedly, the Aircards system still has its flaws (unreliable auto-detection and no manual adding/editing of sources), but it's so much more interesting than Windows Live Messenger's plain contact cards. AirTalkr's tabs also integrate Flickr and YouTube, potentially more interesting than any of your current Messenger tabs.

One cool feature obviously doesn't make a killer app. And AirTalkr is still in its infancy, lacking support for even a basic thing like emoticons, and popping out scary errors (which didn't appear to break anything though). Then again, features like chat history and word wheel contact searching -which took Microsoft years to implement- are already there. Ehm... even tabbed conversations! So props by all means for developer Hu Shunjie!

>> Download Adobe Air Runtime by Adobe.

>> Download AirTalkr 2007 Beta v0.35.

>> Watch the AirTalkr 2007 demo video.

>> Read the developer's blog here (includes screenshots).

PS: There's another Air-based and Windows Live Messenger compatible IM application in the making, which is called FUZE. The currently available light version is not up to much, but developer Mike Hungtinton promises Facebook integration, chat rooms, YouTube features, webcam, and file sharing in the final version. There's clearly IM "in the air".

 Windows Live Installer to launch later this week
Windows Live Installer to launch later this week

dwergs says ( 03 Sep 2007 ):


Microsoft is finally releasing its Windows Live Unified Installer this week, according to the New York Times:

"The software release will offer PC users the option of downloading a set of the services with a single Unified Installer program, or as separate components. The individual services are Windows Live Photo Gallery, Windows Live Mail, Windows Live Messenger 8.5 and Windows Live OneCare Family Safety, a computer security program.

The release, though it includes the Windows Live Writer blogging application, carefully avoids cannibalizing two of Microsoft’s mainstays, the Word and Excel programs.
Whether the release of the suite puts and end to the current Windows Live Messenger 8.5 beta-period is yet uncertain.

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