Meet the New Windows Live Messenger 2011

Friday, October 1, 2010
The world's favourite instant messaging service now brings together all your social updates from across the web to ensure you never miss an update from the people who matter most.

Sydney, Australia. 1st October 2010: The new Windows Live Messenger 2011 officially launched in Australia today, providing the five million Australian Messenger users with a one stop communication shop, allowing for web messaging and social networking to integrate seamlessly to form one 'social dashboard'. Upgrades have also been made to Messenger mobile products, including the phenomenally popular Messenger iPhone App.

One of the key new features is the integration with Facebook Chat, meaning Messenger users can now chat with friends signed in to Facebook Chat without having to leave Messenger.

"Messenger continues to be Australia's favourite way to stay connected with real friends online and this new version offers many great new ways to connect and share content with the people who matter most to you. Features such as personalisation, photo sharing, YouTube compatibility, HD video chat and the improved accessibility of Messenger wherever you're connected to the internet really makes this the best way for people to communicate online.

"Our integration with Facebook Chat also further demonstrates the Messenger's status as the 'ultimate social dashboard', with users from both Messenger and Facebook interacting directly for the first time," said Alex Parsons, Director of Marketing and MSN Products, ninemsn.

In addition, Messenger 2011 will aggregate updates from other social networks including Facebook, MySpace and LinkedIn, allowing friends to share, comment, and send messages across these networks all directly from within Messenger.

Messenger will also make it easier to share information from sites like YouTube and Flickr by allowing content to be exchanged from within a conversation window. Users can then prioritise who they want to receive information and updates from through the favourites function, which will automatically order the information displayed within Messenger.

Other new features available from today include:

  • High-definition video chat: Full screen, high-definition video chat available with a compatible web cam. Photos, videos or games can also be shared in real time to watch or play together with friends.

  • Integration of Bing results: Integration of Bing search results recommends searches and makes it easier to add photos and videos from across the web without having to leave the conversation window.

  • Social Highlights: A new way to view social updates designed around "favourite" people, thus prioritising social updates.

  • Single contact list: Automatically de-duplicates contact lists from different social networks to provide one master list of friends, including all the different ways to communicate and share content with them across the various networks.

  • Synchronised status updates: Automatically synchronises a Messenger update with other social networks (like Facebook) and vice versa.

  • Access Messenger anywhere: Access contacts, social updates, instant messaging, photo sharing and status updates via Web Messenger and on most popular smartphones.

Over 320 million people worldwide use Windows Live Messenger every month sending 10 billion messages every day. In Australia, five million people use Messenger with a total of 92 million conversation sessions every month*, making it the nation's most popular instant messaging service.

Messenger is currently available to customers in over 76 markets and 48 languages worldwide.

The new Messenger 2011 is available for download at


Source: * Neilsen NetRatings, August 2010.