Wednesday, April 6, 2005

MSN Messenger Reaches 155 Million Users

Microsoft released Version 7.0 of its MSN Messenger client. The company said it now has more than 155 million registered users who collectively exchange more than 2.5 billion instant messages (IMs) every day.

MSN Messenger 7.0 is available worldwide in 26 languages and introduces improved video, voice and personalization features. These include:

  • PC-to-PC video conversation -- the free MSN Video Conversation service, powered by Logitech technology, connects people with one-click synchronized audio and video, and offers full-screen video viewing.

  • Higher-quality audio functionality for PC-to-PC calling

  • PC-to-mobile communications using IMs. Customers in selected countries will be able to send SMS text messages from MSN Messenger to mobile phones -- even if the person they are sending to doesn't have an MSN Messenger account -- and the mobile user can reply to the MSN Messenger user. This feature will be available in certain markets this spring.

Microsoft is also expanding MSN Spaces, a blogging service, and integrating it with MSN Messenger.


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