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[ARST] Testers unsatisfied with Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta program

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The first Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta build was released in November 2007. The release brought the ability to sign into Messenger from up to four computers at once, the ability to choose customized sounds for your sign-in and for your contacts, URLs in Personal Status Messages, and Animated Display Pictures. However, features requested across the many Messenger programs such as Tabbed Conversations and the ability to decline a group conversation invite were nowhere to be seen.

Since the first beta release, there have been no new builds, no information leaks... effectively nothing. Something is just not right in the Windows Live Messenger department, and the beta testers are feeling it too. An anonymous tipster e-mailed me that the third top-rated suggestion in the Windows Live Messenger 9.0 Beta program, is entitled "Unsatisfied with this Beta Program." The suggestion, which is more of a complaint, is a very lengthy one, but here's the core of it:

I've been browsing through the various bug reports and suggestions that have been submitted to date, and one after one they are all being marked as either Won't Fix or Postponed, and I can safely say that with my experience with these WLM Beta programs, that whenever a suggestion or Bug is marked as Postponed, it never actually finds its way in. So I think I speak for many when I say, what's the point? Why do you run this program if you just continuously disregard our feedback? It's obvious that when you start these programs, that you already have a clear image of what you want and don't want to implement into the client, so why bother? And why waste our time?

This entry was posted on January 1, 2008, and has since accumulated many supporting comments. Microsoft has not made a response to it; it's been over four months now. Taking this into consideration, along with the fact that no new builds have seen the light of day, I would wager that Microsoft is hard at work on a refresh build.

It's quite sad to watch Yahoo redesign its messenger client and truly bring out some great Vista-only capabilities while Microsoft sits on its hands. As a Windows Live Messenger user, I hope that the beta testers have made the software giant realize that it needs to get its act together.
Source: http://arstechnica.com/journals/micr...trates-testers
Edited by wolf_08 - 5/19/08 at 11:58pm
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Bleh I really hate M$...
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I hate windows messenger anyway.
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Me too. They are evil.
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I use WLM, but I gotta admit, this dude definitely has a point. The bugs, even in the official releases, are glaring. They range from random crashing to completely not being able to sign in; What's more, instead of resolving the problem automatically, they give you an error code when the program crashes. Then you get to go romp through M$'s error-code data base. If the error code doesn't work, there's a "full error code" underneath that... an even longer random hashing of numbers that you have to type up, and pray that there's either a lot of people having the problem or a big support forum, because M$'s advice usually doesn't do jack.
    
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Do people actually use windows live messenger?

STEAM FTW
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WLM is crap, I use Trillian instead, works wonders, and I love the IRC style format

And besides, a fair few of those features they want are in MSN Plus.
    
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Originally Posted by justarealguy View Post
Do people actually use windows live messenger?

STEAM FTW
I dont like steam, steam is evil. Source is great , steam is evil. What if i want to sell the orange box ina few years? cant.
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I used to use WLM, I use pidgin now, I like the muti-protocol, also WLM has way to many adds for my taste.
Can't remember catastrophic errors, it just was not as good as an IM client could be.
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mercury messenger FTW
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