posted by Thomas.

Howdy everyone!

I’m Thomas from the Messenger games team, and I want to share with you some exciting changes we have made to enhance the overall gaming experience in the new Messenger Beta client. (We just released a Beta Refresh, so make sure you download it from http://download.live.com)  Why change, you might ask?  Well, I believe that every Windows Live Messenger user deserves more than just a dropdown menu when it comes to choosing a game to play with a friend.  I also believe that we should leverage the cool social networking experience Windows Live has to offer.

With those principles in mind, we focused on the following top features:

  • Making it easy for you to find the right game for you
  • Showing off Sharing your game results
  • Discovering what your friends like to play


Getting into the game

We’ve made it easier than ever for you to jump into a game with your friends. Simply click on the Games button while chatting with a friend in the new Windows Live Messenger and select the game you wish to play – an invitation will be sent and you’re off and running!


And if you’re looking for something different to play, we’ve made it even easier to discover new favorites by creating a browser that allows you to see what a game looks like before you send an invitation to play.

It’s quick, easy, and fun!

Publishing Feeds post your game results to your Profile

When you’ve finished playing a game, we’ve improved your social experience by giving you the option to publish your scores directly to your profile.  When friends visit your profile, they can see what games you’ve been playing, your scores and whether you have won or not – and if they click on the game name in the feed, they can learn more about the game and even challenge you to a game! It’s a great way to keep you, your friends, and your family connected and having fun together! 

Here’s an example of the prompt you will see at the end of a game and a feed from my profile.


Play internationally

If you are like me, you’ll undoubtedly have friends in other countries.  With more than 30 great games to play, it doesn’t matter where in the world you are – your friends can join in whether they live right next door, in another state or country, or even in another hemisphere! 

Don’t believe me?  Here’s a screenshot showing the Spanish game browser (click to enlarge).


More new games

Finally, we are also adding more new games regularly – just take a look at a few of the great games that we’ve added in the last few months:

3D Tic Tac Toe

World Championship Diving

Tic-A-Tac Poker

Jigsaw Too Photo Edition

The next time you are chatting with your friends on the latest Messenger Beta client, try playing one of our fun and friendly games.  Can’t decide who gets to pick the movie you’re seeing this weekend?  Well, settle that with a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors… at least that’s what I do. :-)

Take a look at the games and the new gaming experience on Windows Live Messenger and let us know what you think!

Thomas

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