Windows Live Messenger 8 enters public beta

A new version of the popular Messenger communications client from Microsoft was made available to the general public yesterday (it had previously been available by invitation only).

This latest version remains in beta and has but a few new features to tout, though it did get a facelift to make it more closely resemble the other components of Microsoft's Live initiative, including Windows Live (beta), Windows Office Live (beta), and Windows Live Local (beta).

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