Goodbye, Windows Live Video Messages, Hello New Windows Live Messenger

The Windows Live Video Messages beta will be retired July 21st, according to an email now being sent out to users. While some may be disappointed to see this service leave the net, it’s not as bad as it sounds because the upcoming version of Windows Live Messenger will have offline video messaging functionality built-in. (That seems like a more logical place for this feature, anyway.)

In the new Messenger, when your friends are offline, you can leave them a video message, just as you did before on the standalone service. You can see this new feature in action on a video found here on the WindowsLivePreview.com website

That said, if you have messages you need to retrieve from the Video Messages service before it’s closed, you need to do the following before July 21st rolls around:

1. Go to the Video Messages Beta website and sign in with your Windows Live ID.
2. Open a video message and then click the Save button.(You can only save video messages if the sender has given you permissions to save or forward their video message.)
3. Choose a location on your computer, enter a name for the file, and then click Save.

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