Mac、Xbox 上的 MSN Messenger 都要一起衝到 9 了！
剛看到一篇文章，文章內容主要是說 WLM 9 將會使用新的設計（看來是用 Jabber？），希望能夠與 AIM/GTalk/ICQ 這些不同的 IM 系統都能互相通訊，甚至到 WLM 10 的時候要支援多人視訊會議（這個 iChat 早就有了:p）。
既然要用新的架構，所以微軟也宣告了將不再更新現在 Mac 上的 MSN Messenger，但保證會有讓人耳目一新的東西（Really, really cool and awesome），當然，現在用於 XBox Live! 的 MSN Messenger 7 屆時也會一次換成 8.5 或 9 的版本，也就是說到時所有的 MSN client 都必須要 follow 新的架構。文章中有段話蠻有意思的：
One feature of the API he demonstrated was he created a Vista Sidebar gadget that showed a single contact and their status. Double clicking on it opened up a chat, dragging text, images, or files to the gadget automatically started a file transfer or sent the text. Another use was for servers “talking” to administrators, and he showed how he could have a server linked with the API that would alert the admin through WLM by text whenever the HDD space was low and he could get that forwarded to his cell phone. and he also showed a user-created app that would show exactly where all of your friends were in the world using some of the abilities of the API and the information provided by your contacts. Also, he showed how he could recreate the entire WLMessenger program (with his horrible UI that he joked about) in only a little over 400 lines of code, with full chat/nudge/file transfer support between it and the real version of WLM.
注意最後一段，新版的 WLM 核心功能只有 400 多行的程式碼，不知道是不是真的會比較厲害呢！
Windows Live! Messenger 9 預計會在 2008 年底到 2009 年初釋出正式版，希望到時候不要又產生一堆 WLM 7 到 8 時候的怨言了 😛