Thought it was
gooseberry season in the MSN Messenger universe?
Think again, a new MSN Messenger BETA has been
released to selected BETA-testers, including KebecoiS
and sk8michael who were so kind to provide us
with the first-ever screenshots of MSN Messenger 7.5
BETA. The bug/feature/leak-hunting season has opened,
First screens first, the sign in screen has been
redesigned. If you tick the Remember Me option,
it will show your MSN Display Picture and
automatically fill in your e-mail address. There are
separate options for saving your password as well, or
sign in instanteneously altogether.
Not much changes in the main window: the Add a
Contact has been replaced at the top of the Contact
List (rendering the bottom "I want to" actions pane
obsolete) and the My Space button is now titled
My MSN Space.
in the conversation window, the Webcam and
Audio buttons are now renamed to Video & Voice
and the Video button also has a new symbol. A
completely new feature we announced before are the Voice
Clips, which enable you to send voice messages (or
whatever you sample, really) by holding the button (or
hold F2) and recording through your microphone. Yelling
your contact's name sounds like a good alternative to
the Nudge button. Obviously, this feature only works if
both contacts own MSN Messenger 7.5.
Voice clips can last up to 15 seconds, but their quality
can be rather mediocre depending on the input. Luckily,
they do not automatically playback when received and you
need to press the Play button first.
Bloat-alert: just like MSN Display Pictures,
conversation window backgrounds can now be dynamic.
While I have yet to see it in action, I can imagine many
an epilepsy seizure caused by these Dynamic Backgrounds.
I don't think anyone was waiting for this feature, but
according to KebecoiS: "the animation is more
pleasant [than Winks], the text color matches it so you
can still see it clearly and it's not just annoying".
Two Dynamic Backgrounds from Blue Mountain are
included in this BETA. One has a fish swimming, the
other shows world clocks (though according to Mini-Me
the times shown on the clocks are not accurate,
screenshot by sinuz). UPDATE: Want to see
them in action? Here's a a video preview of
Dynamic Backgrounds. As reported by SAM and
balupton, free animated backgrounds can be
Digging further, the Connection TroubleShooter is said
to be more comprehensive. In the Security options you
can now chose to disable hyperlinks in conversations (a
protection against IM worms), disable Voice Clips
and allow MSN Messenger to fire up a conversation
window if you click a link in your web browser (the
conversation link feature has likely been reinstated for
use on MSN Spaces and Hotmail Kahuna). And
in the Alerts and Sounds options, you can define
a sound to be played when invited to an audio
conversation. UPDATE: By default, it's two times
a classic phone ring.
Finally, some bad news for the pre-XP generation.
According to XxRebelSeanxX on the forum, the
MSN Messenger 7.5 setup only supports Windows XP.
There's a small chance that this issue is limited to the
The MSN Messenger 7.5 BETA-period will take place
approximately six weeks during July and August. That's a
final release in September, then?
Several screenshots and facts have been added. Check the
above post for the word UPDATE. Keep checking the
news as we continuously update.
- Messenger Plus!, CustoMess and IEDP 2 are all
compatible with 7.5. The release of a Mess
Patch for 7.5.0160
is still uncertain and
depends on the demand is scheduled for tomorrow.
The Busy nudger bug is still present, as is the
.pif group conversation kicker.
The chat area of the conversation window now comes with
a slightly gradient background.
In the same conversation window, a tiny webcam icon
underneath the Display Picture reveals whether the
contact has installed a webcam (reported by Huuf).
When you apply a Dynamic Background the Nudge
sound will change according to the background's theme
(reported by SAM). Sometimes a Nudge is even
accompanied by a Wink-sort-of animation.
Some Winks now have a maximum size and don't
stretch out with the conversation window size (reported
Two days after the first private MSN Messenger 7.5
BETA, Microsoft already issued a new build to
its English testers numbered 0162. The only
change is said to be a (visually) improved Audio and
On August 3rd 2005 MSN Messenger 7.5 BETA users
are asked to update to MSN Messenger 7.0.0244
upon signing in.
MSN Messenger 7.5.0244 BETA (leaked)
MSN Messenger 7.5.0160 BETA (leaked)
MSN Messenger 7.5.0162 BETA (leaked)