A few months ago, Jason and the folks at Messenger Says let me make a post about Messenger and Spaces. I’m excited to report that last week the Windows Live Spaces team had a big release that included updates to the “What’s New” that now make it easy to catch-up on recent activity from your Messenger contacts (and Spaces friends) in a single view:
The “What’s New” module now includes details on recent updates from your (two-way) WL Spaces “friends” and WL Messenger contacts. The type of information in the details is:
- Photos – album title and thumbnails of up to five recently added photos
- Files – folder title and icons of up to five recently added files; you can hover to see the file name as a tooltip
- Blog entry – blog entry title and a text snippet from the
- Lists – list title and the number of items in the list
- Profile updates – a list of profile fields that were updated
- New friend – when a friend (or messenger contact) of yours adds a new friend, you see the new friend’s display name and a link to invite them to be your friend (if they’re not already your friend)
The What’s New module shows up to ~25 items, but you can also click the "What’s New" module header to view a full What’s New page with ~100 items.
Some other changes that we’ve made to the Spaces home include:
- Upcoming birthdays are also in the What’s New module.
- Recent comments now includes comments on your photos and guestbook and the module was moved above the fold
- Invites to new Windows Live Events now show-up in the “Welcome module”
- There’s a link to the Community page in the top right
- New features are highlighted at the bottom of the middle column
My favorite part(s) of What’s New is that it’s comprehensive and up-to-date. Basically, if you have permission to see content on a contact or friend’s space, you’ll get it in your What’s New. Also, updates come through in minutes; so check back often for the latest updates from your contacts 😉
To get to the Spaces home / What’s New, just go to http://spaces.live.com and sign-in or click the “spaces” button in Messenger (shown right).