Re: first impressions of the Windows Live Messenger beta

    do     does one also need windows xp in order to download and use this
beta?
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Chris Skarstad" <toonhead5@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: <jfw@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Wednesday, February 01, 2006 7:34 PM
Subject: first impressions of the Windows Live Messenger beta


> Hi all
> I've just downloaded and installed the new Windows Live messenger beta,
and
> it's definitely a nice version so far!  It reads very nicely with JAWS 7
> and all the keyboard shortcuts and scripts work as advertised. I haven't
> played with the shared folders yet, but I'm interested to see how that'll
> work as well.  There are only 2 very small issues I notice with this
> version.  Firstly, in previous versions when alt tabbing back into a
> conversation window, JAWS would go to the bottom of the window and read
the
> last message that came in. In this version however, you must arrow down a
> bit to read the next message.  Not sure if that's a bug or a feature.  The
> other one is kind of a matter of personal preference and maybe they've
done
> this on purpose, I'm not sure.  But I notice that if someone changes their
> status from online to either busy/away/on the phone, their name gets moved
> further down the list and I have to arrow down a bit to find where they
> are.  Again it's not a big thing but I liked how 7.5 and earlier versions
> did it, where when you had the contacts status set to online/offline, they
> were all there in a nice line in alphabetical order.
> You do hear the person's name, their status like online/away/on the phone/
> or whatever, followed by their e-mail address now. So it can be a bit
> chatty, but that's what your control key is for.
> Oh, and the other thing I just noticed...is that when you have someone
with
> a particularly long screen name, it seems to get trunkated somehow.  So
you
> might here, Toonhead, who is...has just signed in, even when the screen
> name was something like Toonhead, who has the new Windows Live Messenger!
> or something similar.  The contact list reads this name fine when you
arrow
> through it, but the online status seems to be trunkated. Not sure if
that's
> a JAWS or messenger bug.  Anyways, over all it's quite usable with speech,
> so if you're into trying new stuff, give it a try.  you can go to
> http://www.live.com and get a link to it from there.
>
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