Windows Live Messenger 8.1 is out of beta and ready for you to download. Consider this the “next generation” messenger that’s suitable for Windows Vista.  This version of messenger is available in 8 new languages like Romanian, Thai, and Ukrainian, just to name a few. Here are some changes that you’ll probably notice:

  • Yahoo interoperability – now you can chat to your Yahoo Messenger friends from Windows Live Messenger 
  • Your display name, status and personalization roam with you to any computer(Roaming Identity)
  • Improved sign-in performance
  • Redesigned contact cards – Updated look
  • A bonus of 2 free VOIP calls
  • And it runs on Windows Vista!
  • SMS phone book – Quick way to send SMS to a phone number of add phone numbers for contacts.
  • Improved usability
  • Vista presentation mode – When you’re in presentation mode in Vista, your messenger will change status to say “busy”
  • Personal contact invitations – when adding a contact, you can now leave a message so the person isn’t left to wonder who you are.

There have been quite a few improvements with this version of Messenger, one of the biggest being that your flash player will no longer crash (this happened in Beta).  Essentially, this version is just improvements on everything that you already had plus a few additions.

System Requirements:

  • Supports Vista, and XP
  • Pentium 233 MHz (500 MHz recommended)
  • 128 MB of RAM (256 MB recommended)
  • Up to 50 MB of hard disk space for installation, 15 MB to run the program
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer version 6 SP1 or later
  • 800 X 600 or higher screen resolution

You can download version 8 here.

Source: Techtites, and LiveSide