posted by Steven

Hey people: It is time for another great release of Messenger as well as all of the Windows Live suite of applications and services. This is our biggest and best release to date and I want to make sure you have the latest versions of all of our great applications including Messenger, Mail, Writer and Photo Gallery.

Secondly, I want to make sure that you have joined us in the i’m initiative, which gives real dollars to important charities like UNICEF, The Sierra Club, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and others. In November and December Microsoft will double the donations when you IM for a cause.

Also, if you haven’t already, go to Facebook and join the i’m MAKING A DIFFERENCE group to help us meet our Challenge Grant of donating $50,000 to celebrate the launch of new Windows Live suite. You can even vote on who gets the money! You must join the group by Friday, November 11th though.

The creative people that thought up the i’m Making a Difference campaign are coming up with new ways for people to get involved with this great initiative. Now comes the part where students get to be involved and tell their story of how they support local and worldwide social causes. Windows Live Messenger has teamed up with mtvU to bring you a new reality series based on the lives of student activists. You can go to IM.LIVE.COM to watch the show. In each episode they will be profiling a different student leader, and you can see how they are using the power of the internet and Messenger (of course!) to change the world.

note: currently the donation only applies to Windows Live Messenger users in the United States. If you are in the US and you are IMing with a contact in another country your IM activity will be counted towards the donation.