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Lost in the noise

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August 24, 2005 12:40 AM PST

MSN Messenger 7.5 is now released. Nobody seems to have noticed. I'm sure there is a bunch of new stuff, but all I've noticed so far is: 1. a new sign in screen. 2. voice clips (short audio clips you can send during an IM session. 3. dynamic / animated chat backgrounds backgrounds. There are some minor UI changes here and there.

Some have complained about the crazy amount of tabs that seem to grow with every version. I've found at least one way to turn them off: Tools, options, security, check "This is a shared computer so don't display my tabs."

Comments (2)
Paul, August 24, 2005 12:28 PM:

But instead of hiding it in some multi-level option, why not just give the user what they want? All I wanted was to turn all the bubblegum features off and only have 1 tab for Xbox live status.

J, August 24, 2005 05:16 PM:

I don't even want the Xbox live status tab... Why the heck don't they just show a little green xbox icon next to the contacts that are online in xbox. Instead of "On the phone", it's "On XBox Live". I thought this would be how they did it from the very first time I tied my "messenger ID" to my "xbox id". Am I missing something here?

My views from the previous post on messenger haven't changed. I use windows messenger - the stuff in MSN was just way too bloated. I could even forgive the ads, but there's no reason I shouldn't be able to turn off all the other crap. I'm sure the new features in 7.5 are neat, but the interface has to be cleaned up.

You know, I think we all tried using the voice chat in messenger that's been there for years. The problem was that it didn't work through firewalls. Skype and GTalk do! This illustrates a classic MS problem lately. Their technology just isn't up to standards anymore. If they would have listened to users, and hired a couple people to do nothing but develop NAT traversal technology, who would even be downloading GTalk?

They're losing mindshare purely on technology now, which totally blows me away, given their history and cash reserves. What's happening to "Developers, developers, developers?" That GTalk app isn't even that great... They could have hired a set of interns to do it...

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