Instant messaging


Microsoft takes on Skype with the launch of Windows Live Messenger

By 20 June 2006

Microsoft is upping the ante on VoIP tie-ins with the launch of its new Windows Live Messenger. Essentially an revamp of MSN Messenger, the IM service now offers VoIP calling as well as full-screen video chat thanks to Microsoft's new LifeCams that were... >>

Windows Live Messenger Beta opens to public

Windows Live Messenger Beta opens to public

By 10 May 2006

Microsoft has announced that the new Windows Live Messenger beta is available broadly to the public for download at the Windows Live Ideas Web site. The beta of Windows Live Messenger, which is the next generation of MSN Messenger includes enhancements... >>

UK Prime Minister's question time heading to MSN Messenger

By 15 March 2006

The UK Prime Minister Tony Blair is turning to MSN Messenger to take Prime Minister's Question Time online in a unique competition that will give ten members of the public the chance to put questions live to the PM. The competition is launched today and... >>

Google adds Talk to Gmail

Google adds Talk to Gmail

By 7 February 2006

Google has added a cut down version of its Talk software to its email interface Gmail to encourage more of its users to use the instant messaging service. Through the new interface, users will be able to email or instant messaging any contact depending... >>

Microsoft and Yahoo to tie the Knot in Instant Messaging world

By 12 October 2005

Microsoft and Yahoo are preparing to link together their free instant messaging services as they take on entrenched messaging leader AOL and market newcomer Google, a source close to the companies said on Tuesday according to the news agency Reuters.... >>

Google launches Google Talk

Google launches Google Talk

By 24 August 2005

Google has launched a new chat service later today joining a field already crowded by players such as Microsoft and Yahoo. The search engine company confirmed sketchy reports on Tuesday that it plans to add instant messaging together with VoIP phone calling... >>

Microsoft update MSN Instant Messenger with version 7

By 7 April 2005

Microsoft has launched a new version of its MSN instant messenger application offering VoIP connectivity, blogging elements with MSN Spaces alongside a host of other features. MSN 7 will also include a Video Conversation service, powered by Logitech,... >>

BT and Yahoo launch instant message voice service

BT and Yahoo launch instant message voice service

By 15 July 2004

BT and Yahoo have launched a new service allowing users to make phone calls over Yahoo's instant messenger service. BT Communicator, which was due to be launched in September, but it seems has been brought forward to now adds extra features to Yahoo Messenger.... >>