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Mac Messenger v7.0 coming, Word 2004 updated

updated 08:30 pm EST, Wed November 7, 2007

Mac Messenger v7.0 coming

Despite a report yesterday from an employee, Microsoft today confirmed that Messenger for the Mac is not being discontinued, and that a new version is on the way. Microsoft said that Office 2008 for Mac will include the current v6.x in the box and that the v7.0 update is expected time after the release of Office 2008 in January. The Mac Business Unit - Microsoft's team of Mac developers - said that the new version is currently undergoing private beta testing in a number of corporate environments that use Office Communication Server 2007.

The Mac BU also said it is making strides towards making Mac Messenger compliance with its PC counterpart, and will introduce framework required for full audio/video capabilities to personal and corporate users. A solid release date should be available as the beta evolves -- until then v6.0.3 is currently available through Microsoft's Mactopia page.

"The Mac BU just reached a milestone in the development process of the next version, Messenger for Mac 7.0, with the recent launch of a private beta for a select group of enterprise customers in an Office Communication Server 2007 environment who can try out the new Audio / Visual capabilities for business users," the company told MacNN. "The corporate beta is a noteworthy step towards full A/V functionality as the group continues to work closely with the Windows Live Messenger team to bring Audio / Visual to personal users."

Separately, the company this week posted an updated to Word 2004. According to the company, Microsoft Office 2004 for Mac 11.3.9 Update fixes an issue that causes Word 2004 to quit unexpectedly when you print a document. The update is for Office 2004 Standard Edition, Office 2004 Student and Teacher Edition, Office 2004 Professional Edition, and Word 2004. It is available the Web or the auto update function.




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  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    we promise...

    to not have all the features of the Windows version. It will be the poor stepchild of the Windows version, just like the last version was.

  1. danviento

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    I don't know about you...

    but as many of my friends that use IM, very few use MS messenger at all, and then very rarely. Maybe it's the trend for my age group where I live. At work, we don't even use the MS suite, but Lotus notes. Perhaps it has to do with AOL actually getting business back in the day when they were a decent provider in my area.

    Whatever the case is, Me, myself, and a whole slough of others couldn't care less about messenger. I had it for a bit to talk to 1 important person whos AIM ports were blocked at school, but even that is a dead instance now.

    If messenger were to fall off the face of the planet, especially with the reputed proprietary, proc-grubbing design, I think we'd get along just fine.

  1. calverson

    Joined: Dec 1969

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    iChat

    Haying said all that, there is no iChat AV for Windows, so you have to give MS some sort of respect for what they are doing.

    (And I am no MS supporter, whatsoever)

  1. UberFu

    Joined: Dec 1969

    0

    well...

    I agree with "danviento" on one point - I rarely ever have anyone I speak with on MS Messenger and usually that's more phone calls and eMail anyway_

    But the sad thing is they perpetuate things like MS Messenger - but they kill off Explorer for the Mac because Apple developed Safari_ Apple has iChat - why is Messenger still around?

    There are methods of making iChat link up to networks outside of Apple's intentions_ they only claim "officailly" that their software works with AIM and [dot]Mac - but I have mine hooked up to ICQ and Gmail Chat accounts as well_ Recently I have come across a fix to add MSN and Yahoo account into the mix but have yet to try them out_

    More and more folks I know are turnig to software designed to access multiple networks at once_ A group that produces something called Trillian for the PC is Alpha/beta testing a new version for the Mac that is based on their Astra platform looks pretty promising_

    I've used Trillian on Windows and it's mediocre at best - but seems like the better of the Win options_

    On the Mac side there have been several including Adium - which I personally think was torture_ I used something called Fire for years - until the developers decided to axe it and a couple of them migrated to the Adium project_ That's when I found out about the mods for iChat to have it access more networks than just [dot]Mac and AIM_ But in theory it's quite possible to have iChat access most any network via the Jabber connection they built in_

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