MSN Messenger quietly made its way to public availability sometime in the latter
part of April. I saw fellow MVP Paul O'Brien with the tag "MSN 6.2 - strange!" on MSN Messenger
which prompted me to download and install this new version.
The first thing I noticed after completing the installation is that it now
sports an extra set of icons. These icons are Yellow Mobile icons. So is
this of any special value to Windows Mobile users?
Let's find out the truth about MSN Messenger 6.2 and mobile devices. With
6.2, emphasis is given to keeping in touch even when a person is logged off.
Aside form the usual email option, two other options are added if the off-line
contact wants to be contacted via alternative means.
These contacts that opt to be accessible are given the Yellow Icons which denote
Mobile Contacts. Mobile Contacts are off-line contacts who have their passport
accounts connected to MSN Mobile and may be contacted via SMS or via a Voice
Service whilst being offline.
By selecting this option, you change your Red Offline icon into the Yellow
Mobile icon which is also means Offline from MSN Messenger.
This is the prompt that you get when you try to send a message to a person who
is offline but has chosen to be accessible via a mobile phone or pager (Yellow
Contrary to news found on another site, the Yellow Icons are not limited to
Windows Mobile Devices. Even the widely distributed Nokia mobile phones,
Sony-Ericsson phones, and any current mobile phone that supports current SMS
standards can receive alerts from MSN Mobile.
Here is how to interpret the icons. A Green icon simply means that the person is
signed into MSN Messenger using a PC. A Green icon with a mobile phone icon
means that the person is signed into MSN Messenger on a mobile device (Pocket PC
via cellular phone connection, Pocket PC Phone Edition, Smartphone, Symbian-powered
devices such as the Series 60 and UIQ). A Yellow Mobile icon if the person is
Offline and opts to be notified via SMS on an SMS capable phone such as a Nokia,
Sony-Ericsson, Panasonic, Siemens and of course Pocket PC Phone Edition
and Smartphone too. A Red icon simply means that the offline contact can only be
reached via email.
It is actually nice to see that MSN Messenger has the mobile user in mind.
While it may be available to users of various platforms, this will hopefully
generate more users who may decide to opt for a Windows Mobile device which has
MSN Messenger support built in.
MSN Mobile availability depends on the participation of the local cellular
carriers and may not be available in some countries.
Other cools features of
the new MSN Messenger 6.2 are:AutoComplete in-line emoticons
Fun & Games
Audio connectivity enhancements
Connectivity TroubleshooterAnd more
Mabuhay! ~ Carlo
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