Microsoft Messenger update will add A/V support

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Microsoft’s Macintosh Business Unit on Thursday said a forthcoming update for its Messenger communication software will add audio and video support to the personal service.

Messenger for Mac 7 corporate has audio and video support, but those features were missing from the consumer version. Microsoft said in a note on its Web site that an upcoming release of Windows Live Messenger delivers the new A/V protocol that will enable the company to deliver A/V support to Messenger for Mac.

Microsoft said the new features would come in a beta to be released in 2009. The company said it's working on additional features for the corporate and personal versions, although gave no additional details.

A demo of the new version of Messenger with A/V support will be shown at Macworld Expo next month.

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