posted by Jason

On September 5th, I announced that the Messenger 8.5 Beta 2 release had come out.  As part of that release, we’re now going to start upgrading users from Beta 1 to Beta 2.  Please note that you are only affected by this upgrade if you’re currently using the 8.5 Beta 1.  If you’re running an earlier version of Messenger (like 7.0 or 8.1) or have already upgraded to 8.5 Beta 2, you won’t be affected by this new upgrade process.

For all you beta 1 users out there, you should expect to start seeing the upgrade prompts.  We’re testing a few different upgrade scenarios with this release, so it is expected that different operating systems will have different upgrade experiences:

  • Windows XP users will see the new unified installer experience as an optional update
  • Windows Vista 32- and  64-bit users will see the Windows Installer and MSI experience as a mandatory update
  • Windows XP 64 and Windows 2003 Server users will see the Windows Installer and MSI experience as an optional update

These scenarios are all part of our beta testing – thanks again for being a beta tester!

Other important details for 8.5 Beta 2:


If you have a comment on this post please comment! For other questions/concerns/discussion topics/rants/raves/etc – please head over to the Windows Live Messenger Newsgroup.