Today, Microsoft released a new version of their instant messaging app, Messenger, version 6.0. This version brings Intel based Mac support as a universal binary, and packs a other new and notable features:
Yahoo! Instant Messenger compatibility with the standard Windows Live Messenger (WLM) Service account (used to be an MSN or Hotmail account).
Spotlight searches of previous IM conversations.
Spellcheck as you type.
Version 6 has a few other customizable niceties as well. In the status menu, it lets the user create their own away messages as well as show the currently playing iTunes song. Those that like to have fun with emoticons—Messenger has you covered—by allowing you to “[c]reate, send, and receive custom emoticons with personal contacts.”
Messenger 6 lets you communicate with others on different IM platforms in two different ways. As noted above, the standard WLM account gets you access to other WLM users and Yahoo! IM users. However, for those in the corporate world, if you have a MS Office Live Communications Server, you can use it as a gateway to not only IM with folks in your corporate setting, but also members of AOL IM, Yahoo! IM, and iChat (AOL IM users through .Mac).
I’m downloading it now and plan to leave my impressions of it in the comments below or as a later post.