updated 09:10 am EDT, Fri March 13, 2009
Messenger for Mac 8 leak
An internal beta build of Microsoft's Messenger for Mac 8 has leaked online, according to reports. The early version of the instant messaging app is described as extremely unstable, crashing as often as four times in the space of 10 minutes of testing. It is also unable to permanently save settings, including even basic items such as user photos.
The interface is said to be mostly unchanged, with the exception of "Call" and "Video" buttons in the contact window, added to reflect multimedia chat capabilities. The beta is only capable of initiating chats with users of Windows Live Messenger 9 however, a sign of absent Mac hooks in the underlying code. Some Mac integration exists in the form of the Dock icon, which displays a Mail-like indicator showing how many unread messages have been received. A public beta of Messenger for Mac 8 is due sometime this year.