Much to my irratation I’ve had to use MSN Messenger to keep in contact with some friends and contacts. Others who use Yahoo! Messenger I’ve ignored and where possible I’ve tried to get people onto Skype because of its superior voice quality. Well that may not be the case anymore.

There has been a few changes in Microsoft’s Internet strategy in the last 12 months or so. Firstly they have been pilloting the Windows Live search engine. And now they’ve also launched the next version of their IM client, aptly renamed Windows Live Messenger.

And Microsoft and Yahoo has also finally implimented their announcement from nine months ago, that their Instant Messaging platforms will connect so users can talk to each other.

Remember MXIT, the leading South African mobile IM application can connect with MSN Messenger, Jabber, ICQ and Google Talk.