Messenger Plus! LiveMessenger Plus! Live is an add-on for Windows Live Messenger which adds lots of features and extras that make your instant messenger easier, more useful or just tons more entertaining. FAQs

Latest changes:

  • || Compatible with the public beta version of Windows Live Messenger 8.1
  • || Commands are now recognized even when some characters are automatically replaced by custom emoticons.
  • || The search feature in the sound panel can now display multiple pages and does not display “get random sound” entries.
  • || Added an internal message to help skinning applications interact with Messenger Plus!.
  • || Quick texts now always properly parse emoticon codes.
  • || Enabled scripts are now displayed first in the preferences panel.
  • || If Messenger crashes when started, every installed script is disabled as a precautionary measure and a message is displayed.
  • || Added Arabic language with full right-to-left support. Every window in Messenger Plus! is properly mirrored when this language is selected (as long as support for RTL languages is installed in your Windows).
  • || More changes here

The only thing needed to use Messenger Plus! Live (freeware) is Windows Live Messenger (the latest version of MSN Messenger) which requires Windows XP or above. Messenger Plus! Live can be installed on 32bit and 64bit versions of Windows XP and Windows Vista.
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Yahoo! Mail LogoAfter Google Talk with Gmail earlier this year, Yahoo! will integrate an Ajax version of Yahoo! Instant Messaging directly into the new Yahoo! Mail beta so users can chat and see when contacts are online, even if they don’t have an instant-messaging application installed. Unlike Google, Yahoo! is combining the products into a single interface.

Michael Arrington
caught a peek of the new beta and reports that each new IM can be triggered when users are online, popping up in a new tab within Yahoo email.

Read more: Yahoo to embed instant messaging in e-mail – CNET

Yahoo! Mail Beta and IM
Yahoo! Mail Beta and Integrated Instant Messenger

Yahoo! Mail StatsYahoo Mail continues to surge in worldwide and U.S. usage v. Gmail – Yahoo claims that Yahoo Mail gained more new U.S. users that in the first nine months of 2006 than total U.S. Gmail users to date. Comscore backs this claim up, reporting 250 million worldwise users of Yahoo Mail to Google’s 51 million (September 2006).

Kudos Yahoo! I use Yahoo! Mail and Instant Messenger Big time and can’t wait to get my hands on new features. Yahoo! says they will launch in the next two months.

Gmail LogoGoogle released 5 new features for Gmail, First up is a new Reply button replacing the previously clunky ‘more options’ button at the top of all messages. no more scrolling to the bottom of a long message to find the “Reply” link. Now there’s a Reply button right on top, along with a lot of other options under the little dropdown arrow.

Gmail's Design Enhancements

New MessagesSecond is a Embarassment-reducing new message notifications: Ever replied to a message only to find out that someone sent a better, smarter reply right before you? Now, if someone sends a reply while you’re in the middle of reading a conversation (or replying to it), you’ll get a notification that a new message has arrived. Click “update conversation” to see what you’ve missed.

Third is a new button to Forward All messages in a conversation, use the new “Forward all” link on the right if you want to forward the entire conversation instead of just one message.

Fourth is an offline chat feature. Now, if you’re chatting with a friend who goes offline, your friend will be able to see whatever you were typing the next time he or she goes online.

Last one is Get Gmail on your mobile phone. It’s new and it’s fast. To try it for yourself, point your phone to

Overall, good design improvements for Gmail users.

Long Zheng reports the comparisons of Windows Vista operating system sounds and Windows XP sounds. Yes, Vista system sounds have been revealed! And they sound really subtle compared to XP’s annoying sounds.

Windows Vista sounds
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Windows Vista LogoMicrosoft has declared Windows Vista complete. It’s been five years since Windows XP debuted and three years since detailed “Longhorn”–Vista’s codename–plans were first revealed. Now Microsoft will release the OS to PC manufacturers and gear up for its release to business customers on November 30 and consumers on January 30. Microsoft is planning a release press conference on November 30 for Vista and Office 2007.

As posted before, orkut became available to everyone and this could be confirmed in orkut’s help.
Now orkut has integrated with Google Talk. You just need to go to settings and click on “enable Google Talk”. You can automatically add your orkut friends or only some of them and also gain new options in Google Talk for orkut contacts.

GTalk with orkut
orkut’s integration with GTalk

Links: | Join orkutGoogle Talk

Windows Live Local, an online local search and mapping tool, is powered by Virtual Earth and enables people to learn, discover and explore a specific location. shows the Earth in 3D. Allows you to view two-dimensional aerial and 3D imagery object from four different sides angle (Bird eye view). Microsoft Virtual Earth 3D currently supports 15 US cities with the 3D views only:
San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Boston, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Detroit, Phoenix, Houston, Baltimore, Atlanta, Denver, and Dallas and Fort Worth, Texas.

Microsot Virtual Earth 3D
Mirosoft Virtual Earth 3D

This service only support IE6 and IE7 Web browser, also you are required to download 5mb application that support Virtual Earth 3D services if you have Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 2, Microsoft Windows Server 2003, or Windows Vista. Furthermore, Virtual Earth 3D requires a lot of resources especially on internet bandwidth and a graphics card that supports Microsoft DirectX 9, with 3D hardware acceleration enabled to view the 3D imagery object smoothly.
Windows IconDownload Virtual Earth 3D (Beta) | Link: | FAQs