LeahOnIm LeahOnIm

Niner since 2005


  • Windows Live Messenger - What. How. Why.

    mpspringer wrote:

    Great Video!  It's fun to see and hear the people that make a good app work.

    I do have a few suggestions though;
    1. It would be nice to be able to shrink the window smaller when IM'ing (like G Talk)
    2. I have to agree with the prior post about the "lite" version.   I really wont be visiting Ebay anytime soon from WLM. 

    In my business and in life, i try to live by the acronym, K.I.S.S.  Sometimes less is more.  You have a great product.. . Keep up the good work!

    BTW, Leah- are you single?  If so, how about a martini at Tini Bigs?

    Yup - a lite version would be nice. But then we have people who are say, using skype while they IM on Messenger because they don't know that Messenger has a calling service. We have to find a good way to expose people to our features while making those who know, but choose not to use them, happier. This is something we're looking at in our design.

    BTW, nice try. Wink
  • Windows Live Messenger - What. How. Why.

    Personally, if we're just talking about the software itself, i think Messenger Plus! is rad  - i'm totally impressed. The reservations i have are related to the same reason we don't officially support it. Many people who use it don't really know the difference.  Messenger Plus! doesn't go through the same testing & security & privacy passes that we do so we worrry that if there is a problem with the software 1) messenger plus! doesn't have the same resources/incentive to get it fixed and 2) many people who don't know what's going on contact us for help, and we have a hard time helping them.  But those are just byproducts of having mass-appeal, you end up with users who are less knowledgeable about what they're putting on their PC.  Can't fault the Messenger Plus! guys for having mass-appeal, they do some great work.

    As for your second question - as I think Katie mentioned in the video - this is just V1 of APIs. I don't know what they're exploring specifically, but as long as the APIs are safe, i'm sure we'll look at ways to expose them.

  • Windows Live Messenger - What. How. Why.

    Glad you noticed - and i promise i wasn't trying to stack the video!I think you might be right that more women are attracted to working on social networking software - but also, once you start to get a few women on the team, the culture starts to shift and it become an environment that attracts more and more women. Having been in a computer science program with WAY more men than women - i prefer it this way. Ads to the diversity and social air.
  • Windows Live Messenger - What. How. Why.

    That's a good question. The answer is "yes-ish".  We have people on our team dedicated to this very task. The first beta version of 8.0 had significantly worse performance than 7.5 - while the final version of 8.0, has accross the board, slightly better performance than 7.5, thanks to those folks. 

    The real issue is that we're getting bigger. As we do so, we continually make performance improvements on every piece, but we have more pieces so it adds up to something that looks like status quo. I guess that's not very comforting if you're hoping for drastic improvements, but perhaps be comforted in knowing this is an area we take seriously and pay close attention to.