BEIJING, June 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Microsoft Corp. said on Monday that it has
launched a new internet messaging service -- Windows Live Messenger.
The service is the next-generation of its free MSN
Messenger e-mail service, the company added.
The free program is an upgrade to MSN Messenger, the
previous name for the software maker's tool for quickly communicating online.
Officials at the software giant said the new service will
allow users to make video calls using the company's new LifeCams, which were
unveiled last week.
Other features of the new product, Microsoft said, include
the ability to connect users to the Verizon Web Calling service, allowing the
use of cordless phones designed exclusively for the product, and enhanced
Martin Taylor, corporate vice president of Windows Live
and MSN, said: "Windows Live Messenger offers people the ability to see, talk
and share with family and friends in such a seamless way that puts them in
Windows Live Messenger is one of the first products to
debut under Microsoft's new "Live" brand. The company is renaming some products
and launching others under the "Live" brand as it tries to offer more Web-based
MSN Messenger, reportedly used by 240 million people
worldwide, will remain "alive and well" with people having the option of
upgrading at no cost to Windows Live Messenger, according to Microsoft. Enditem