updated 09:50 pm EDT, Mon October 25, 2010
Latest Messenger now out of beta testing
Microsoft has finally released Messenger for Mac 8, the latest version of the communication utility. The update maintains a focus on Office integration for Windows Live users, which excludes the gaming and social features recently added to Messenger 2011 for Windows machines.
Messenger 8 allows users to collaborate with friends on Windows or Mac computers, cellphones, or Hotmail e-mail. Aside from instant messaging, the software also provides options for video calls or audio communication.
The latest version of Messenger for Mac will be offered later this week alongside Microsoft's Office for Mac 2011 lineup, while a standalone version is already available as a free download.