I installed Live Writer today so i didn’t need to be online to blog, especially now that I’m writing the WF 4.0 stuff and could well be commuting again soon.
As part of the Live Writer you get a whole host of tools you can also I install, most of which I passed on except for the Office tools and Messenger. I’m glad I did!
The new messenger has disappeared from the system tray and now lives full time in the Task Bar. Here’s the new icon:
and when I become busy, the little green circle goes red.
As you’d expect with apps designed for Windows 7 it has a new menu that you can open from the Task Bar. This is basically all the options you had on the menu from the System Tray.
The final change I really liked, is a change in how the conversations are organised. It’s now grouped by the speaker, so if you’re doing all the talking, your bits are all grouped together.
I know it’s a lot of little changes, but somehow it improved the whole experience 🙂 It’s also nice to see apps beginning to move away from living in the System Tray, as I think far too many apps end up living in the System Tray.