Messenger 8.1 Beta says: Hello World


OSNN Addict
Jul 2, 2005
Windows Live Messenger 8.1 Beta is released. It is what we call a dot release, the changes are not as major as in a major release (go figure) they are small updates to the existing stuff in Messenger
What’s new with Windows Live(TM) Messenger 8.1 Beta

Check out the features we’ve added:
• Redesigned, smarter contact cards give you more data about and easier access to your friends
• Your display name, status and personalization roam with you to any computer
• Try PC-to-phone calling with two free calls to virtually any phone in the world*
• Better server performance
• Automatic updates
• Improved sign-in performance
Windows Live™ Spaces
Widows Live Messenger 8.1 Beta Info
Download Windows Live Messenger 8.1 Beta
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Political User
Jan 3, 2005
The 8.1 Beta info link is down. Any other one?
I personally experienced too many bad issues with WLM (comparing to 7.5). I hope that the "better server performance" feature will resolve these issues.


OSNN Addict
Jun 11, 2006
Honestly, I like WLM, but yes some of the sign-in issues are annoying. However, it's a lot easier to use. I won't be going to 8.1 till release because I like my patch. :)


Tech Junkie
Apr 19, 2002
Installed it on my desktop (running Vista RC2) yesterday. Ran into the crash bug, but fixed it using the instructions on the WLM blog:

Vista users please follow the work around below to avoid the "DEP flash crash".

1. Uninstall Flash Player (Click Start->Control Panel->Uninstall a Program, then select Flash Player)
2. Close Windows Live Messenger and any other programs that use Flash
3. Open Adobe public Flash Player beta site
4. Click "Download Installer for Windows Active X" to install!5B410F7FD930829E!23982.entry?_c11_blogpart_blogpart=blogview&_c=blogpart#permalink

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