June 22, 2007 4:17 am

Windows Live Messenger tests Windows Update

By / Senior Program Manager, Windows Insider Program

Today I noticed my Windows Update icon had appeared on my taskbar. I double-clicked to see what updates were available and it was an update for the Windows Live Messenger 8.5 beta.

The update was designed specifically to test Windows Live Messenger updates pushed through the Microsoft Update engine – which you can use within Windows Vista’s Windows Update client off the Start Menu. I had expressed my love for the Windows Update client in Windows Vista in a previous post, and this is why. Microsoft is putting great efforts to push updates through Windows Update and Microsoft Update that add to the Windows user experience.

If I’m not mistaken, I believe Windows Live Mail takes advantage of having updates rolled out through Microsoft Update as well.

The update to Windows Live Messenger 8.5 offers no new functionality or updates to the application itself as it was designed simply to test the functionality of rolling out an update through Microsoft Update.