The highly awaited new version of Messenger for Mac is finally out. Microsoft’s Mac Team blog, Mac Mojo, has all the details on the new features, which include nicknames, detailed presence information, Bonjour support and the long awaited audio and video support, which we had given you an update on back in November. So what is version 7 of Messenger for Mac like? Here is a roundup of its features.
You will still have to sign in using your hotmail or Windows Live account. Once installed, you’ll see Microsoft Messenger 7 offers a slightly updated interface, yet overall very similar to that of version6. Messenger now offers Bonjour support, so you can detect and connect with users on the same local network as you. Features like sending files, displaying a picture or emoticons are unchanged. You can change your display name and add a personal message just by clicking on them. One new feature is that you can give nicknames to your friends. Just click on their display name and start typing. We also liked the search feature, which is really handy to quickly find a contact or email address.
It’s obvious that this upgrade is aimed at corporate users as they get the most significant updates though. The highly touted audio and video feature, with which you can have videoconferences with your contacts, is only available to them. The same goes with detailed presence information, as you’ll need a version of Office Communications Server 2007 to use it.
Corporate users will love the new features in Messenger for Mac 7, like Bonjour Support, detailed presence information and especially audio and video. Personal users will find barely anything different from version 6.