Microsoft releases Messenger for Mac 8 Beta

Xavier Verhoeven
25 March, 2010
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If, like me, you’ve had to use a PC at work before (in a previous job, obviously), you may be aware that Microsoft’s Messenger for Windows is an entirely different beast to the archaic Mac version. A lot of people actually use it!

Now Microsoft has released a new beta version of Messenger for Mac, and it seems it may finally be up to speed with its Windows cousin. Microsoft’s Mac business unit announced the new version, which supports audio and video calls, on its mactopia blog.

“Using your Live ID, Messenger for Mac users can now make AV calls to each other,” writes Keith Vaitkus on the blog. “Messenger for Mac 8 is also the first and only Mac-desktop client that can do calls with Windows Live Messenger 2009.” 

The free download is available now from the mactopia site, weighing in at around 22MB. It requires at least a 1.83GHz Intel Core Duo processor, OS X 10.5 (Leopard) or later, and 2GB RAM.

Messenger for Mac will be officially released alongside Office for Mac 2011 later this year.

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