Forced Messenger 8 upgrade coming, download Live Messenger 8.5Saturday, 23 Feb. '0835 comments4.02
The official Messenger blog reports that users of Messenger 8 running either Windows XP or Vista will soon be asked to upgrade to Live Messenger 8.5, the latest public version of Messenger.
The upgrade will happen in two stages: First, users of earlier versions of 8.5 and Messenger 8.1 will be
encouraged to upgrade to the latest version. Some time after this, those who have not upgraded from BETA versions will be forced to update and install the newest Messenger. If you do not update, you will be blocked from logging in.
The final 8.5 version is the most secure and stable version available, giving you the safest and friendliest experience. It is also probably the last version of Messenger v8 to be released.
Download Live Messenger 8.5
It's also mentioned that the upgrade prompt may take several weeks to reach all users, so if you don't want to wait, you can install it manually. To do this, download Live Messenger 8.5 from below and install it yourself.
- Download Messenger 8.5 Version 8.5.1302.1018 (WLinstaller.exe)
The Live Messenger 8.5 update will use the new Unified Installer from Windows Live, which is different to the installers used in previous versions of MSN Messenger and Live Messenger 8.1 which were released some years ago.
MSN Messenger and Live Messenger no longer supports Windows XP 64 or Windows Server 2003, so if you use these Operating Systems, you will need to download and install Live Messenger 8.1 or stick with the 8.5 BETA version.
Live Messenger 9.0
A small clarification, although Live Messenger 9 is the latest Messenger BETA, Windows Live Messenger 8.5 is the newest public version that is stable to use. With this 8.5 updates occurring in March, it raises the question of when Microsoft plans to unveil the final version of Messenger 9.0 to the public. While this version includes a lot of cool new features (like animated display pictures), it might be quite some time before it is finalized and released. If you want to start using this version now, you can download live messenger 9 BETA.
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